The Sleep Lady’s Complete Guide to Holiday Gifts for Every Stage

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  • November 15, 2017

Fall seems to fly by. As soon as we’ve eaten the last piece of Halloween candy and set the clocks back an hour, we’re already looking for those unique gifts for the holidays. Finding that special gift for everyone on your list can be a real challenge. That’s why The Sleep Lady has put together this list of favorites that will cover every stage of babyhood — from expecting, to childhood — with convenient links, so all you have to do is relax and click!

Preparing for Baby

Someone on your list expecting? Here are our favorites for parents-to-be.

Pure Safety Vertical Crib Linerspure safety vertical crib liner

  • Keeps all your baby’s limbs safely inside the crib with these easy-to-use and easy-to-wash crib liners
  • Eliminates the risk of suffocation or strangulation with optimum air-flow and liners that zip instead of tie to the crib.
  • Works for any crib size
  • Reversible, so you can choose from two different color options

BabyCloth Diaper BagBabyCloth Diaper Bag

  • Upgraded design includes separate front bag, padded shoulder straps, extra protection for the bottom of the bag, and strap on the back, perfect for when you need both hands
  • Includes tons of pockets that are great for all the things you need to carry as a parent
  • Gives you the option to carry the bag in four different ways (tote bag mode, backpack mode, stroller mode, and suitcase mode)
  • Durable, waterproof, and easy-to-clean

Snoozeshade Car Seat Canopy

Snoozeshade Car Seat Canopy

  • Fits snuggly around a car seat, while exposing the handle, to help protect your little one from the elements of the outdoors, and provide privacy for a sleeping baby
  • Made from soft stretchy material that’s breathable and protects against UV sunrays
  • Zipper-front panel allows you to quickly access your baby
  • Snooze panel allows you to check on your sleeping baby

Crane Character Cool Mist HumidifierCrane Character Cool Mist Humidifier

  • Auto shut-off sensor shuts off when the water level gets too low
  • Gallon tank fits under most bathroom sinks making it easy-to-use and fill
  • Runs whisper-quiet for up to 24 hours
  • Clean control reduces mold and bacteria so you can rest assured that your child is breathing a clean mist

QuickZip Crib SheetsQuickZip Crib Sheets

  • Safest crib sheets available because they wrap around the mattress preventing them from coming loose
  • Two-piece crib sheet system includes a base sheet that wraps around the entire mattress and zip-on sheets that can be changed in seconds.
  • Built to last using the highest quality materials and durable zipper

Evoz Visionevoz vision

  • Smart baby monitor that uses cry-detection algorithms to distinguish baby cries from other noises. This patented alert technology can notify you with SMS, email, or push alerts when your baby cries based on your personal settings.
  • Securely connects to iOS and Android devices so you or your loved ones can watch your child from virtually anywhere
  • Easy to assemble, with clear HD video perfect for daytime and nighttime viewing
  • Automatically collects data and allows you to input information about your baby to share with his/her doctor, or to document your baby’s milestones

Marpac White Noise MachineMarpac White Noise Machine

  • Perfect distraction to help your baby sleep soundly through noise disturbances in your home
  • Customize a white noise sound by adjusting the tone and volume control with two-speeds
  • Creates the sound of soothing rushing air without the disturbance of actual moving air

The Sleep Lady’s Good Night Sleep Tight BookThe Sleep Lady’s Good Night Sleep Tight Book

  • Learn all about baby sleep and how to form good sleep habits with your baby from the beginning
  • Chapters are broken out by ages, so skip ahead to find help for your child’s age
  • Create a secure attachment with your baby while instilling healthy sleep habits for the entire family
  • Learn how to use Kim’s original, gentle sleep coaching method “The Sleep Lady Shuffle”

Newborn

New baby on your list? Here are our favorite gifts for newborns.

Skip Hop Travel Soother

Skip Hop Travel Soother

  • Includes motorized movements and light-catching prisms to capture your baby’s attention
  • Easily attaches to a stroller and travel cribs
  • Easy-to-fold so you can take it on the go
  • Includes 20 minutes of continuous music

Love to Dream Swaddle Bags 

  • Temperature-regulating wearable sleep bag helps reduce the risk of overheating and keeps them cool on warm nights
  • Includes extra-long zipper so you can change your baby’s diaper easily while they wear the Swaddle Bag
  • Made from a hypo-allergenic and extra light fabric so your baby remains super comfy

The Honest Company Diapers 

  • Eco-friendly diapers that are good for the environment
  • Made without chlorine processing or chemical bleaches
  • Designed to keep your baby comfy and dry
  • Comes in adorable — and I mean adorable! — colors and patterns

 MAM Glow in the Dark Pacifier

  • Designed to be the ideal nipple for your baby’s jaw and teeth development
  • Uses silicone SkinSoft nipple, which is more easily accepted by babies
  • Pacifier sits comfortably on your baby’s face and is ideal for a newborn
  • Surface of nipple has multiple openings allowing air to circulate and your baby’s skin to breathe

Baby

Babies love toys and teethers. Here are our favorites:

Fisher Price Rainforest JumparooFisher Price Rainforest Jumparoo

  • Lets your baby jump safely without having to use a doorway
  • Lights up and has fun sounds and music to reward your baby for jumping
  • Includes soft toys to keep your baby occupied, in addition to a light-up musical piano

Ubbi Squeeze and Squirt Bath ToyUbbi Squeeze and Squirt Bath Toy

  • Sensory toys that help with hand-eye coordination and imagination
  • Toys can be mixed and matched by twisting them apart
  • Easy-to-clean and dishwasher safe. Simply untwist the top and bottom, clean, disinfect, and dry so you won’t have to worry about mold
  • PVC, BPA, and Phthalate free

Comotomo Silicone Baby TeetherComotomo Silicone Baby Teether

  • Small size is perfect for little hands to grab and hold
  • Soft hygienic silicone makes it ideal for teething babies
  • Easy to clean
  • Designed to be a non-choking toy

Green Sprouts Twisting Beads

  • Encourages your baby to learn and discover by twisting and turning to shape toy
  • Made from FSC certified wood
  • Easy to hold, gum, and chew

Toddler

Toddlers are busy! These toys should keep them occupied and learning.

Best Learning CubeBest Learning Cube

  • Winner of the Family Choice, Mom’s Choice Gold Metal, and Tillwig Brain Child for 2017
  • An interactive cube that helps your child learn alphabets, numbers, colors, music, animal sounds, and musical instruments on all six sides of the cube
  • Helps your child learn, be creative and imagine, think logically, learn motor functions, dexterity and memory

LeapFrog Learn and Groove TableLeapFrog Learn and Groove Table

  • Introduces numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and more to your child
  • Interactive buttons exposes your child to 70+ songs (including classic children’s favorites) and tunes
  • Helps your child learn and explore while working on the skill of standing and balance

LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic BasketLeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

  • Encourages your toddler to build motor skills as they sort, match, stack, empty, and fill the basket
  • Helps your child learn fine motor skills, shapes, color, and pretend play
  • Everything stores right inside the basket, making cleanup easy
  • Includes sound effect and instrumental music for your child to listen to while they play

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning WalkerVTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

  • Helps your child to stabilize themselves while they learn how to walk
  • Includes a removable panel that features spinning rollers, shape sorters, pretend telephone, five piano keys, and light up buttons
  • Features over 70 sing-along songs, music, sound effects, and fun phrases meant to help your toddler learn and grow

Obrium Wooden TrainObrium Wooden Train

  • Set includes engines, tender, coaches, convertible coach/hopper car, cargo car, magnetic cargo load, tanker car, magnetic tanker load, hopper car, and cabooses
  • Includes a sturdy wooden frame display that’s great for storage
  • Fits all major wooden train play systems

Child

Children who are old enough to appreciate the gift inside the box will love these:

KidKraft Vintage Play KitchenKidKraft Vintage Play Kitchen

  • Mimics the look and feel of a real kitchen
  • All the doors open and close with knobs that click and turn
  • Includes a removable sink that you can put water in for play and take out for easy cleanup.

Melissa & Doug My First Magnetic CalendarMelissa & Doug My First Magnetic Calendar

  • Helps your child learn about the days, weeks, and months, in addition to events that happen on those days.
  • Includes 82 magnets including years, months, numerals for dates, days of the week, holidays, special events, emotions, and a sliding temperature indicator
  • Encourages communication and helps your child better learn about the events in his/her life

Ooly Wake-up Clock

Ooly Wake-Up Clock

  • Connects with app via iOS and Android devices
  • You choose your child’s favorite color to light up, signaling it’s time to wake up or go to bed
  • Friendly owl design, portable, easy to use, with a long battery life
  • Low light intensity and no blue-light emission promotes sleep

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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing EaselMelissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel

  • Inspires children to paint, draw, and be creative in multiple ways
  • Includes dry-erase board, chalkboard, locking paper-roll holder, child-safe paper cutter, 4 easy-clip grips and 2 large plastic trays that can be removed for easy cleaning
  • Folds flat so it can be stored in small spaces

Holiday Books

The gift of reading will please even the hardest audience. These seasonal choices will become family traditions:

Bernestain Bears Joy of GivingBernestain Bears Joy of Giving

  • Brother and Sister Bear are excited for Christmas, but at the Christmas Eve pageant, they learn the valuable lesson about giving to others.

Latke the Lucky DogLatke the Lucky Dog

  • Latke the puppy is rescued from an animal shelter on the first night of Hanukkah. He is just in time to celebrate the traditions of Hanukkah with his new family.

Little Blue Truck ChristmasLittle Blue Truck Christmas

  • Little Blue truck spreads Christmas cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends.

My First ChanukahMy First Chanukah

  • With simple text and cheerful explanations, children are introduced to Chanukah.

Bear Stays up for ChristmasBear Stays up for Christmas

  • Bear’s friends are determined to keep him up until Christmas. In the process of staying up, he discovers giving is one of the best Christmas presents.

Snowman at NightSnowman at Night

  • This rhyming tale reveals a wonderful wintertime secret while everyone is sleeping, and the snowmen are out playing.

My First KwanzaaMy First Kwanzaa

  • Beautifully illustrated, this book is a great introduction for young children to learn more about Kwanzaa celebration

We’ve done the research AND the Google search, so now all you have to do is shop. Here’s hoping this will take some of the guesswork out of your holiday gift-giving.

Kim West
Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practicing child and family therapist for more than 24 years, and the creator of the original gentle, proven method to get a good night’s sleep for you and your child. She is the author of The Sleep Lady's Good Night Sleep Tight, its companion Workbook and 52 Sleep Secrets for Babies. Click here to read more about her.

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