6-12 month olds are difficult to shop for. It's easy to shop for 3 year olds. They tell you straight up "I want this one!" - babies are another matter.
It can be hard to know what's age appropriate, especially if you don't spend much time around babies. Luckily for you, we DO spend a lot of time around babies. Here are some of our top picks for this holiday season:
* BamBam Teething Toy by Bambeado, $19.95
Around this age, most babies will start growing new teeth. It's painful, it's upsetting, and they just want to chew and dribble on everything. BamBam is designed to brighten their day and yours. This cheerful giraffe may well become a family hero, if teething hits over Christmas and New Years.
* Pull toys, like this Pull Train, $35
Pull toys are great for this age group, because by pulling the train in front of your baby you can encourage crawling and walking. And how amazing would it be if the toy you gave your baby friend on Christmas morning encouraged them to achieve those awesome development milestones with all the whanau around. (Just make sure to closely supervise baby while playing with this toy as it does have some small parts which is why it has a recommended age of 18 months+).
* Balancing stacking toy, $22
Help baby develop fine motor skills and mathmatic ability with this stacking toy. At 6 months' old the bright colours will be fascinating. As baby gets older, this toy presents new challenges. Plus there's heaps of fun ways to stack 'em. Not only will this help teach baby order and control, this will also distract uncles and aunties on boxing day.
* Little Innoscents Sunblock, $30
This mineral based sunscreen contains Zinc Oxide as the only active ingredient and best of all, it has NO PRESERVATIVES. It's suitable from 6 months of age.
* Ride on horse, $100
Horses like these are loads of fun. They also seem to last within families, and how epic would it be for your baby friend to eventually pass this on to their own children.
* Merino long sleeve t-shirt, $39.99
Most babies own a tonne of cute merino outfits in newborn and 3-6 month sizes. By 6 months of age, the baby shower gifts and sensible pregnancy buys will be exhausting. Top up the good stash of clothes with light-weight breathable merino in larger sizes. You'll win major brownie points!
We hope this list inspires you to shop for your little friend! If you do need a hand selecting something, picking out gifts is good fun for us so come in and see us at 18 Ihakara Street, Paraparaumu. We also offer gift wrapping as an add on service ;-)