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All I Want for Christmas is...40+ Gift Ideas for Children from Birth to Two Years Old

As a speech-language pathologist for almost 50 years, I honestly believe that the most important part of a child’s communication development is….. their parents! The runner up at a close second place are toys! And when you combine both, the phenomenon of actual dialogue amazingly occurs. It’s important to note that some toys are better at helping this process. I felt is was very important to develop a list of approximately 10 toys for children within the following age groups: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1 year of age and 2 years of age and share the success I have witnessed with you: parents, grandparents and other family members and friends. Enjoy perusing, purchasing and playing. Have fun, and Happy Holidays!


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Gifts for Babies 0-6 Months Old

  1. Fisher Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym

  2. iHaHa Baby Tummy Time Water Play Mat

  3. Splashin’ kids Inflatable Tummy Time Premium Water Mat

  4. Baby Einstein 4-in-1 Kickin’ Tunes Music and Language Play Gym

  5. iPlay, iLearn 10-piece Baby Rattle Toys

  6. Sassy Tummy Time Floor Mirror

  7. Taf Toys Toe Time Infant Car Seat Toy

  8. Vtech Tummy Time Discovery Pillow

  9. Fisher Price Soothe ‘n Snuggle Otter

  10. Fisher Price Rainforest Music Lights Deluxe Gym







Fisher Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym

Features: This portable play gym can be used in any part of the house or taken with you for family visits.

Best for: Cognitive and motor development






iHaHa Baby Tummy Time Water Play Mat

Features: This water play mat is colorful and portable.

Best for: Cognitive development and development of muscle strength and range of motion.







Splashin’ kids Inflatable Tummy Time Premium Water Mat

Features: This water mat is visually entertaining for babies.

Best for: Development of upper body strength and visual perception





Baby Einstein 4-in-1 Kickin’ Tunes Music and Language Play Gym

Features: This play gym has activities for children in early infancy through their 3rd birthday. It transfers to many configurations to

accommodate tummy play and for carrying the musical instrument.

Best for: Development of language concepts, speech development, motor strengthening and color and music appreciation




iPlay, iLearn 10-piece Baby Rattle Toys

Features: These rattles are multicolored to introduce choice-making.

Best for: Eye-hand coordination development, environmental and body exploration





Sassy Tummy Time Floor Mirror

Features: This mirror is excellent for tummy play, highchair time or interacting with mom and dad during lap time.

Best for: Every baby needs to see their beautiful face! Promotes facial part recognition and development of self-awareness





Taf Toys Toe Time Infant Car Seat Toy

Features: This toy allows infants to engage in stimulating learning experiences without premature exposure to unnecessary screen time while traveling in the car.

Best for: Excellent infant stimulation of cognitive skills. Stimulates thinking, motor and language skills






Vtech Tummy Time Discovery Pillow

Features: This baby pillow is soft and easy to hold.

Best for: Environmental exploration and awareness




Fisher Price Soothe ‘n Snuggle Otter

Features: This snuggle toy has 30 minutes of soft music and lights, customizable sound and breathing motion. It's also machine washable.

Best for: Soothing baby after activities and play time




Fisher Price Rainforest Music Lights Deluxe Gym

Features: This toy is the #1 pick of a speech-language pathologist.

Best for: Overall infant development! Activities

on mat, above baby and on poles

surrounding baby



Gifts for Infants 6-12 Months Old

  1. Mini Tudou Baby Blocks

  2. Munchkin Sound Asleep Nursery Projector and Sound Machine

  3. TUMAMA Stacks of Circles

  4. Vtech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

  5. Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack Baby’s 1st Blocks Bundle

  6. Splashin’kids Infant Toys Beginner Crawl Along Game

  7. Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Puppy or Lil Sis

  8. Vtech Lil’ Critters Shake and Wobble Busy Ball

  9. Vtech Sort and Discover Drum

  10. Bright Starts Around We Go 2-in-1 Walk-Around Baby Activity Center & Table




Mini Tudou Baby Blocks

Features: This toy is a safe introduction to block building with soft colors and images.

Best for: Stimulation of the 5 senses during play




Munchkin Sound Asleep Nursery Projector and Sound Machine

Features: This night light and sound machine allows for multiple LED scenes that project on the wall or ceiling.

Best for: Calming or soothing baby after a day of play and stimulation




TUMAMA Stacks of Circles

Features: These rings are an ideal fit for infant hands and features funny sounds with each stacked ring.

Best for: Cognitive stimulation for introduction to STEM learning. Many learning opportunities in one toy




Vtech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

Features: This walker has a removable busy board for stationary floor play.

Best for: Promotes overall development while promoting gross and fine motor strengthening.





Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack Baby’s 1st Blocks Bundle

Features: Two essential toys at a reasonable price- ring stack and shape sorter.

Best for: Wide variety of concept development including “dump & fill” play stage, and exposure to shape/color/size exploration.





Splashin’kids Infant Toys Beginner Crawl Along Game

Features: This toy is easily inflated and colorful.

Best for: Encourages mobility, building strong core and cause and effect while baby tries to catch this visually stimulating toy.




Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Puppy

Features: This learning toy is soft and huggable.

Best for: Plush boy dog to learn body parts and action word vocabulary






Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Lil Sis

Features: This learning toy is soft and huggable.

Best for: Plush girl dog to learn body parts and action word vocabulary





Vtech Lil’ Critters Shake and Wobble Busy Ball

Features: This ball is easy for baby’s small hands to manipulate.

Best for: Infant exploration and problem solving





Vtech Sort and Discover Drum

Features: This musical drum has a colorful, removable lid.

Best for: Beginning skills like following directions, matching and learning attention to task




Bright Starts Around We Go 2-in-1 Walk-Around Baby Activity Center & Table

Features: This activity center comes in 3 colors/patterns and has a wide variety of activities in a safe environment.

Best for: Baby can safely walk around while exploring an age-appropriate activity center.




Gifts for One-Year-Olds

  1. Melissa and Doug K’s Kids Hungry Pelican

  2. Playskool Elefun Busy Ball Popper Toy

  3. Learning Resources Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set

  4. Magifire Wooden Toddler Puzzle Set of 6

  5. Fisher Price Little People Big Helpers Home

  6. Fisher Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm

  7. Fisher Price Little People Musical Zoo Train

  8. Lego Duplo Classic Brick Box

  9. Leap Frog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

  10. Cute Stone Kids Picnic and Kitchen Playset





Melissa and Doug K’s Kids Hungry Pelican

Features: This pelican toy is washable, soft and huggable and children can change animals within the pelican's “diet.”

Best for: Excellent parent/child face-to-face play with built-in language stimulation and social development





Playskool Elefun Busy Ball Popper Toy

Features: This toy is colorful and versatile.

Best for: Development of problem solving and imagination





Learning Resources Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set

Features: This set has realistic produce and vibrant colors.

Best for: Learning to sort and categorize, learning to make pretend and vocabulary growth




Magifire Wooden Toddler Puzzle Set of 6

Features: These puzzles provide versatile and developmental learning and are based on Montessori learning principles.

Best for: Fine motor and logic development, with 4-piece to 6-piece puzzles included




Fisher Price Little People Big Helpers Home

Features: Comes with a family sized just right for toddler hands and folds with a handle for carrying.

Best for: Developing social skills, speech and language vocabulary




Fisher Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm

Features: This farm plays songs and makes animal sounds.

Best for: Speech/Language development, including imitation, vocabulary and concept development




Fisher Price Little People Musical Zoo Train

Features: This musical train has animals that engage in actions during the ride.

Best for: Language development and imaginative interactive play




Lego Duplo Classic Brick Box

Features: Select set(s) compliment the child’s interests by including people, animals and vehicles with basic blocks.

Best for: Motor development, imagination, peer play and vocabulary growth




Leap Frog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

Features: This basket can speak to your child for social growth or be turned off.

Best for: Integrated play with basic shaped foods that match plated shapes




Cute Stone Kids Picnic and Kitchen Playset

Features: You don’t need a kid-size kitchen for kitchen play. This playset is portable with picnic side play.

Best for: Social skill development, learning sequencing skills and imaginative play.





Gifts for Two-Year-Olds

  1. Melissa and Doug Animal Rescue Safari Shape Sorting Truck

  2. Peaceable Kingdom’s Acorn Soup

  3. Peaceable Kingdom’s Where’s Bear?

  4. Leap Frog Electronic Talking Words Book

  5. Fun Little Toys Kids Camping Gear Set

  6. Melissa and Doug Sound Puzzles: Musical Instruments, Around the House, Zoo Animals, Farm Animals, Old MacDonald’s Farm, Wheels on the Bus

  7. Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head

  8. Funerica Durable Cash Register

  9. Melissa and Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter

  10. New York Doll Collection 11” Dolls (girl)

  11. New York Doll Collection 11” Doll (boy)

  12. CoComelon Doll House



Melissa and Doug Animal Rescue Safari Shape Sorting Truck

Features: The animals store within the truck.

Best for: Versatile learning, imaginative play, language development and fine motor skills




Peaceable Kingdom’s Acorn Soup

Features: The soup ingredients store in its own cardboard lidded soup bowl.

Best for: Learning 1:1 correspondence, communication skills and imaginative interactive play





Peaceable Kingdom’s Where’s Bear?

Features: This bear also serves as a building/nesting toy.

Best for: Excellent vocabulary development of a child's environment, facilitates “WH” question answering, matching skills and developing eye for detail.




Leap Frog Electronic Talking Words Book

Features: Parents will love that they can turn off the sound.

Best for: Variety of books for broad vocabulary learning. Needs only light tap by a toddler to access words, and many of the books are bilingual.




Fun Little Toys Kids Camping Gear Set

Features: These realistic toys actually work, and the backpack holds pieces.

Best for: Excellent for hours of make pretend play and language interaction





Melissa and Doug Sound Puzzles

Features: All of these puzzles feature realistic sounds and are children supported.

Best for: Excellent at providing stimulation to promote the sound imitation necessary for speech sound development.




Musical Instruments







Around the House






Zoo Animals