Toys, Gifts & Books for Babies and Pre-School Children
They say Christmas is just for Children, but I think that us big children enjoy it just as much. However, our enjoyment starts long before the big day, and simple pleasures like hunting for and buying the perfect present for babies and pre-school children are just as much fun. Here are some of the great ideas I have stumbled upon during my expeditions this year.
This Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn™ Crawl Around™ Car puts baby in the driver seat of a fun-filled stationary vehicle with all-around learning and play. The interactive lights and sounds dashboard keep baby busy with a light-up baby “GPS”, horn to honk, gears to shift, and more. With over 75 sung songs, tunes and phrases, and three modes of play, there’s plenty of fuel for learning adventures and fun! Please note: The car is stationary. Recommended Age 6-36 months RRP £31
Why not discover some noise with this One Man Band from Galt’s Ambi Toys collection? This cheeky little musician entertains with a drumstick in one hand, a double-ended whistle in the other, and a tummy drum filled with beads. The One Man Band’s head turns and makes a gentle ratchet sound and his little hat is a bell. Recommended Age 12 mnths + RRP £14.99
Read here what our reviewers think of the One Man Band.
Treat your special princess to the gorgeous Ruby & Belle Rocking Horse. Ruby features stunning vintage printed fabric in vibrant pinks and comes with a scrunchy faux suede mane and tail. Ruby has an appliquéd pocket on her body in which she carries her cute companion Belle, an adorable rag doll that little ones can play with separately too. Recommended Age 12 months + RRP £125.00
Learn to ride the rails with TOMY Chuggington Wilson and the Wild Wind Storm Maker. Now you can join the young trainees on their adventures in the world of Chuggington with traintastic toys! As seen in the Episode, “Wilson and the Wild Wind” Wilson enters the storm maker machine where he is blown around by the wind. Pull the lever when Wilson enters to activate the lights, sounds and rumbling of the storm maker. Watch Wilson launch out of the storm maker and go down the 3 foot 360 spiral! At the bottom Wilson whips around the turntable! Includes new and improved track! Chuggington Diecast Engine Wilson also included. Recommended Age 3+ RRP £49.99
Slide down the slide, go up and down on the see-saw, swing back and forth on the swings or wind up the merry-go-round and watch it spin back magically. The Hive Playground Sets are the perfect toy for creative play. There are four set’s to collect which can all be linked together to create your very own playground. The rotating hands on the character figures can hold any item from the range. Recommended Age 3+ RRP £14.99
Can you imagine your little cherub all comfy & cosy with these adorable Strap Covers by MaByLand? These Cutie Strap Covers are a colourful and unique way to accessorize a car seat or pram, and make travelling around with your little one a little more fun! As well as preventing the seat straps from chaffing on your child’s delicate skin, they make a great headrest for when they nod off! RRP £9.99
Icing on the Cake is the actual style name for some of these adorable baby shoes. Designed to comfortably cocoon your newborn’s unique triangular foot shape, the New-B range from Bobux Shoes supports natural development and movement. Made from 100% soft New Zealand leather these flexible soles allowing natural balance, coordination & posture. Recommended for New Born Feet 0+ RRP £26
Plod Ons are the latest addition to the Sock Ons family of simple yet brilliant baby gadgets, and are designed to protect baby’s knees as they crawl around on hard floors or scratchy surfaces. Made from a lovely soft and stretchy cotton, they fit snugly over tiny knees without restricting movement and are ideal for any time of the year when delicate knees might otherwise be bare. Plod Ons come in different funky designs from cow print, spots to stripes. RRP From £6.98
The Sophie La Girafe – Peekaboo Sophie has been a huge hit with our review panel. Watch as your Baby will learn in a stimulating and fun way with touch and feel elements and lift-the-flap surprises. Under an apple flap, Sophie finds Josephine the Mouse and Kiwi the Bird with fabric details. And what’s under the flowery flap? It’s Lazare the cat with a soft textured body to pat! The simple read-aloud text encourages interaction between you and your baby and is guaranteed to have them giggling ‘Peekaboo!’ in no time. Recommended Age 0+ RRP £4.38
Imagine rummaging in the dressing-up box and coming across an eye patch. Put it on and become a pirate. In this book ‘When I Grow Up’, a simple accessory on the acetate page magically transforms a child into an astronaut, zoo keeper, a superhero…(a boat becomes an eye patch, a paint brush an artist’s beret). At such a young age, anything seems possible! Let your imagination flow with this fun, colourful and interactive book. Simple yet deceptively clever! Why not let your child control the action in this fun and innovative book! Look what our reviewers thought of this book When I Grow Up..
Be quick if you want this Limited Edition Tractor Ted Christmas Activity Book which has 32 pages of Christmas fun, colour, count, spot the difference and cook, great festive recipes including Christmas pud crispies – yum, yum! It’s a perfect Christmas stocking filler and a great addition to the existing book series. Recommended Age Range 2 – 6 Years. RRP £4.99