Sometimes it’s hard to find small, inexpenise AND useful presents to fill a baby’s Christmas stocking, but here are just a few baby stocking stuffers that are sure to make the season merry.
The Best Baby Stocking Stuffers:
This handy gadget holds up to 3oz of pureed baby food and lets you dispense it one bite at a time, directly into the spoon. It’s great for the diaper bag. They are $7.95 on Amazon.
If your baby isn’t moving around much yet, you may not realize how often they fall, bang, and crash into everything by the time they start walking. These cute animal-shaped ice packs help keep the goose eggs to a minimum. Find them for $6 on Amazon.
These simple onesies are ubiquitous for good reason. You can layer them, decorate them, and use them as rags once they are too stained to use as clothing. The five packs are around $10 on Amazon, depending on size.
Cradle cap – that flaky skin on your baby’s scalp that you just can’t help but pick at. Use this brush to give your little one a gentle noogie to loosen things up, and then use the comb to pull it all away. Get them from Amazon for about $4.50.
I’ve got to be honest with you. Whenever I go to someone’s house and they have these HABA beads out for their baby, I steal them for myself. I mean, I don’t take them home with me because I’m not an asshole, but I definitely play with them the whole time I’m visiting. They are $15 well-spent on Amazon.
I love it when companies take basic baby toys and dress them up to look like items we use as adults. Keys, phones, or these adorable coffee cup teethers. Let your kid drink their morning latte right along with you. At about $5 on Amazon, they’re really not that much more expensive than the ones you drink.
As soon as the weather gets chilly, older babies tend to lick dry lips until they are raw and red. Keep this lip and face balm by Babyganics on hand to soothe the irritation. Order it for $10 on Amazon.
These packets of teething gel are portable and benzocaine free. You can keep a couple in the diaper bag to have ready when the teething crankies get turned up high. $6 at Target.
Does your baby have tiny razor blades attached to her fingers? Whether she is drawing blood from her own face or your neck, give these baby mittens a try. They have elastic and velcro to help keep them on their hands, instead of lost down your cleavage. They come in two sizes and a variety of cute designs. They’re $10 on Amazon.
These soft fleece booties give you an extra layer to keep your baby’s feet warm when venturing outside. They are adjustable and you can pick between solid or contrasting colors. For babies starting to crawl or walk, Zutano also makes a version with grippy bottoms. These range from about $15 – $25, depending on size and design.
It doesn’t matter if it’s 75 degrees and sunny, if you take your baby out without a hat after labor day, somebody’s well-meaning grandmother will scold you for risking pneumonia. Don’t worry yourself with the haters, but if it is a bit nippy outside, go ahead and throw on one of these simple cotton hats from Copper Pearl. They are about $13.
This crocheted cotton rattle provides interesting textures for your baby’s gums. It’s soft enough that when he hits himself on the head with it, it won’t hurt. It’s from green sprouts, so you know the fabrics and dyes are safe. And yes, you can wash it. Order it from Amazon for $15.99.
You probably recognize the Italian brand Natursutten from their utilitarian pacifier that some babies prefer over all others. This simple star-shaped teether is made from the same natural rubber and with the same high safety standards. Sometimes simple is better. They are $13 from Amazon.
You know when you go to the children’s museum with your older infant and you forget her sippy cup and the only options you have are to somehow maneuver a six month old over the water fountain without drowning her or buy $5 bottle of water? With the green sprouts water bottle sippy cup adapter you won’t have to watch your dollars spill down the front of her shirt when the turns the whole thing upside down. Especially since you also forgot a change of clothes. Go ahead and buy a few because they’re only $3.99 on Amazon.
These palm-sized picture books will fill up extra space in most stockings and will help your baby recognize and learn various holiday objects. Three books for $5 on Amazon.
Protip: If you hang a hard rattle from the top of your son’s stroller it will him in the face when you move forward. Avoid that by not hanging things where they’ll swing like a pendulum at face level, but also use soft toys like these chewbeads that are fun to grasp, chew on, and move around. Get one for $15 on Amazon.
Let me know if you have any other ideas and I’ll add them to the list!