Baby gift shopping. The words alone sound so promising. Yet ask any parent and they’ll tell you that not all baby gifts are equal. Some of the most jazzy, light-up, noise-making toys end up being a total bust while the cardboard box they came in is the real winner. So how can you pick something a baby will actually enjoy? Try this cheat sheet of 20 gifts for babies that will last longer than 2 seconds.
Using knowledge of early childhood development paired with research of toys and baby gifts that have received positive parent approval, Romper has put together a list of toys and gifts for little ones proven to stand the test of time. These items are wonderful because they’re washable, safe, help develop fine motor skills, introduce babies to colors and textures, and, wait for it... aren’t obnoxiously loud.
Bright and beautiful, these are toys you won't mind looking at (because while you may aspire to putting your baby’s stuff away every evening, ultimately it’s just not going to always happen). Kid stuff tends to take over a home, and when the living room inevitably becomes the playroom, you’ll want toys that you can actually stand to have around, like these.
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