Fresh Gifts for Moms, Babies, and Toddlers ($20 and Under!)
Spring presents for little kids
Kuru-kuru Hair Clips
You didn’t make it to the shower for you college roomie’s firstborn … and that was over a year ago. If her weekly photo updates show that her toddler has a shock of gorgeous locks, these handmade mod clips will express your (however belated) “What a looker!” sentiments.
Klean Kanteen Sippy
We’ll spare you the lecture on how awful grab-and-toss water bottles, juice boxes, and milk cartons are for, well, the whole planet (and maybe for Baby too, and just say how much we love that our favorite grown-up bottles now come in little-kid sizes.
Clear Mind Balm and Cheerful Mind Balm
This little duo packs a powerful new-mom punch: She can dab on the Clear Mind Balm when the baby’s napping and the return-email barrage begins—the rosemary/grapefruit/ginger/cardamom scent suggests it’s time to get things done.
And the minty-orange Cheerful Mind Balm makes a soothing post-umpteenth-load-of-laundry hand moisturizer and general on-the-go de-stinker. But you just need to tell her it’s a pretty lotion.
Mini Chick Finger Puppet
Four inches tall and super fluffy, this chicklet wins for Cutest Toy to Surprise Your Toddler with on a Road Trip. Your little one—not this batteries-free plushie—will chirp away in the backseat, all the way to Boise (or Montauk, or the Cape…).
The Essential Breastfeeding Log
Just as there are some folks who’ll never leave their day planner for an online calendar, there are some mothers who can’t fathom using a digital tool to track their nursing routines. This 26-week
breastfeeding log lets type-A (or, OK, just nervous) moms record by hand their stats on feeding sessions—length, frequency, which side—and diaper tallies, plus it includes space for jotting notes about what is and isn’t working.
We’re not suggesting that your mommy friend needs to take up a new photography hobby. But you know she’ll be snapping and posting photos anyway, and these shirt decals can make tracking her little one’s growth that much more fun over the first 12 months. They stick right to baby’s shirt, and come in a slew of cool designs. Feeling spendy? Add two onesies (0-6 mos, 6-12 mos) to complete the gift.
Nested Newborn Socks
The presentation of this sweet package is coo-worthy: Three pairs of organic cotton infant socks are balled into little eggs, nestled into a tiny bird’s nest, and topped with an embroidered drawer sachet. Available in pink or blue.
Beginnings Baby Pop & See
When Mom pops together these primary-color animal beads, they reveal surprises in their bellies that delight Baby: bright designs, contained rattle balls, and jingly chimes. Our 6-month-old tester used each as a grab toy before being wowed by them as a short chain, and she (safely) tried munching on each nobby end during solo play. Ahh, multi-use toys.
Photo Credit: Difraxusa.com
Difrax Pacifier System
Is it a soothing tool or the ultimate fashion accessory? These eye-popping pacifiers from Difrax
come in a host of fun colors and patterns, from red hearts to yellow honeycombs. But don’t buy them for their looks alone—the pacifiers are available for three different stages (0 to 6 months, 6+ months, and 18+ months) and are specially designed for the babies’ development at each stage.
Photo Credit: Baby Blanket Music
Baby Blanket Music
The dilemma: you love upbeat pop songs by stars like Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson, but know that blasting them in your baby’s nursery would do nothing to help with naptime. The solution: Baby Blanket Music. These CDs feature soothing instrumental arrangements of songs by some of the most popular musicians of all time. The arrangements are said to improve babies’ music cognition.
Photo Credit: Really Toys
Really Toys Banks
Teaching toddlers to save their pennies can be made extra fun with Really Toys’ animatronic banks. Choose from one of three banks with exciting features: Bailey the Money-Hungry Mutt “slurps” coins from a food bowl; the mouse in The Cat & Mouse bank wheels coins around the cat; and Fuzzy Wuzzy Kitty pops up out of the box and grabs coins with his paw.
Photo Credit: Board Book Albums, LLC
Take Your Pix Board Book Photo Album
Can the babies and toddlers in your life be trusted around a photo album, or are they likely to rip it to smithereens? If your answer is the latter, the Take Your Pix Board Book Album might make the perfect gift for you: The sturdy, durable pages are made to withstand tough treatment from tiny fingers. The album isn’t just a keepsake—it can also be used as a learning tool, helping children relate objects in photos to the world around them.
Photo Credit: 2 Red Hens
When Mom has a rare night out, she might want to skip the giant mom purse and opt for one of these cute clutches by 2 Red Hens. Choose from five different patterns, including Grey Damask, Chevron Stripes, and Owl Dots. The bags feature wristlet handles for easy toting.
Photo Credit: Amazon
Add a splash of color to Baby’s bath with a new twist on a classic bath toy. These Kool Duckies floaters by Kushies shed the traditional, plain yellow shade for polka-dotted ducks that come in pink, green, black, and white. Each set comes with four large rubber ducks.
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