Developmental Christmas Gift Ideas for Birth to 3

Updated: Dec 21, 2020

Thinking of what to gift your children this Christmas? Here are ideas to help you save time for those last-minutes presents.


As we approach Christmas in the year of COVID-19, it’s important to think of ways to entertain your child at home. The days of going to the park, finding an indoor gym, or playing with kids at children’s museums are less and less. Our families find themselves hunkering down at home, going on nature walks/hikes, enjoying open spaces and less people.


There are ways that you as a parent can provide the same kind of play opportunities that challenge your child’s skills -- at home! And Christmas is the perfect time to take advantage of all the great deals on toys. It also is an opportunity to find indoor developmental activities when it is snowing outside.


When making a decision, the basic guide to use is this: “Less noise/distractions = more learning.” When it comes to infant development (or development in general), the more you do for baby, the less they learn to do for themselves. Keep this in mind when looking at the flashy toys with lots of buttons and lights. Usually, the more basic the toy, the more their brain will light up. Merry Christmas!


Just a reminder that you will have to use your own discretion on which toys are age appropriate for your child’s age and developmental level. If your child has an early interventionist in their life, that person would be a good resource for recommending toys that will challenge them at the level they are currently emerging into.


COMMUNICATION/COGNITION:

Kitchen set (either play kitchen or pretend food/kitchen tools)

Play phone

Rattle

Teethers

Baby Chewy Tube (can purchase on Amazon or Ark Therapeutic)

Bath toys

Basic blocks

Themed pretend play sets

Toy cars with no small pieces

A car/town play mat

Magformers

Duplo Lego blocks

Books, books, and more books!


SENSORY

Bath paint

Kinetic sand

Sensory balls

Baby chewy tube, https://www.amazon.com/Therapeutic-Light-Blue-Grabber-Chewie/dp/B01KYJKLJ6/ref=sr_1_16?dchild=1&keywords=baby+chewy+tube&qid=1608053241&sr=8-16


MOTOR

Wooden puzzles

Shape Sorter

Basic blocks

Tumble blocks to climb on/over

A slide or miniature jungle gym

Rubber ball

Magformers

Duplo Lego blocks


FEEDING

OXO flush spout sip cup

Chewy grabbers https://www.amazon.com/Therapeutic-Light-Blue-Grabber-Chewie/dp/B01KYJKLJ6/ref=sr_1_16?dchild=1&keywords=baby+chewy+tube&qid=1608053241&sr=8-16

Oral stimulation toys (things that are easy to clean with soap and water (without an air intake hole) that are safe for the child to mouth (and are made for oral mouthing)


Toys aren’t just part of play. They play an important role in your child's development.



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Lauren Tandy, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in pediatric and school-aged intervention in the areas of speech-language development and feeding/swallowing disorders (dysphagia). She may be reached at hello@tandytherapy.com.


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