50 Great Stocking Stuffers for Babies

50 Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Baby

Christmas is almost here! In our house, everyone has a special Christmas stocking, hand made by Grandma. Each one is different, decorated specially for its owner. But one thing they have in common is they are big. Tons of fun to open on Christmas morning, but a lot of work to fill them, too. It can be hard, sometimes, to come up with stocking stuffers, so I’m sharing my lists here of stocking stuffer ideas for babies, toddlers, and men. First up, the babies!

Baby Stocking Stuffers: Clothing

  1. Baby shoes
  2. Hat or winter hat
  3. Headband
  4. Socks
  5. Sock Ons
  6. Baby legs
  7. Diaper cover
  8. Crown
  9. Bodysuit

    Baby Stocking Stuffers: Mealtime
  10. Sippy cup
  11. Utensils
  12. Waterproof bib
  13. Dish set
  14. Snack cup
  15. Travel wipes
  16. Puffs
  17. Yogurt melts
  18. Pouches

    Baby Stocking Stuffers: Toys

  19. Stacking cups
  20. Weebles
  21. Rattle
  22. Baby car
  23. Oball
  24. Activity cube
  25. Sensory balls
  26. Clutching toy
  27. Lots of Links
  28. Key teether
  29. Stuffed animal
  30. Soft book
  31. Lovey
  32. Stacker or wood stacker
  33. Sand toys
  34. Car seat toy

    Baby Stocking Stuffers: Miscellaneous

  35. Soft photo album (fill with pictures of baby’s favorite people and things)
  36. Teethers
  37. Infant training toothbrush
  38. Hairbrush and comb
  39. Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy
  40. Keepsake ornament
  41. Glow-in-the-dark pacifier
  42. Pacifier clip

    Baby Stocking Stuffers: Board Books

  43. Doggies
  44. A Book of Sleep
  45. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  46. Touch and Feel Farm
  47. Blue Hat, Green Hat
  48. Goodnight, Gorilla
  49. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
  50. I Am A Bunny

I hope these ideas help you to fill a stocking for your little one with useful, meaningful gifts that you will both enjoy. Did I miss anything? Share your ideas for great stocking stuffers for babies in the comments!

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Central Illinois Evidence-Based Parenting

I have always maintained a small social circle, but after moving to my current home it has been especially small. It can be hard to make new friends as an adult. Since becoming a parent, I have felt a strong need to connect with other parents, both for myself and for my children. I have sought out connections through La Leche League meetings, Facebook groups, and swim lessons. I have met some wonderful people, but one thing that was still lacking was a strong community of like-minded parents with whom I could connect.

One of the interesting things I learned after becoming a mother was that breastfeeding seems to overlap with a lot of other “natural” interests, such as alternative medicine and being opposed to vaccination. I have a strong interest in breastfeeding, and it has become a very important part of parenting for me, but I do not share the disregard for or animosity towards science that many of these other overlapping positions espouse. Yes, I nurse my children because it is natural. But I also nurse them because of the wealth of scientific evidence that indicates breastfeeding is best for my baby and for me. I also vaccinate my children because the evidence is clear that it is one of the best things I can do for them and for our community. As a parent, it is important for me to make choices supported by the available evidence. I think of this as evidence-based parenting, and Parenting Science provides a good description of what that means.

If someone believed my parenting was wrong, and they expected me to change my ways, they needed to present me with a rational case, persuade me with logic, data, and, if possible, compelling tests of competing hypotheses. Likewise, if I had questions, I wanted to do the same. …

What everybody had in common was an interest in testing ideas in a rigorous way. They weren’t going impose a new sleep practice or change their approach to discipline based on somebody else’s opinion. They wanted to weigh the evidence and make an informed decision.

As hard as it is to make friends, it can be even harder to find friends who share specific interests, like a love of science. Especially when it can be hard to politely assess someone’s thoughts about science when you’ve just met. And thus, the Central Illinois Evidence-Based Parenting group was born.

Central Illinois Evidence Based Parenting

I don’t think I am the only person in Central Illinois who is looking for a parenting community and a few play dates with other parents who love evidence and data. If you prefer to approach parenting in a mindful, rational way and appreciate the difference between science and pseudoscience, this may be a group for you, too.

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3 Months Old

3 Months Old

Anders is a smiling, wiggling 3 month old! At three months old, Anders, here are some of the special things I love about you: You’ve discovered your feet, and try so hard to grab them and play with them. I love the way you watch your sister intently when she is near, and smile whenever she looks at you. I love your happy disposition and how freely you smile, and I love the happy noises you make. I love that you try to copy the faces I make, and that we communicate by sticking our tongues out at one another. I love how expressive your face is. But most of all, I love you.

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Citrus Lane September 2014 Box Review

We received one of our two Citrus Lane boxes this week, and it was a big hit with both mama and little one. Since we already have a bunch of baby things, we ordered this box for a two and a half year old, with the expectation that the kids would grow into it.

Citrus Lane September 2014 Box

Red Shape Sorting Clock from Melissa and Doug ($14.99, Target; $14.99 in blue/yellow, Amazon). This is a nice wooden learning clock that can be used for learning to tell time, matching shapes, counting, and talking about colors. Alexis isn’t quite ready to tell time yet, but she does love sorting the shapes and identifying the numbers. I think this will be a very useful toy to have when we do start working on telling time.

Pieces Foam Bath Puzzle from Boon ($9.99, Amazon). This fun bath toy includes foam puzzle pieces that float, are waterproof, and stick to the tub when wet. I think actually puzzle solving may be awhile in coming, but I suspect we will find other creative ways to play with these puzzle pieces during bath time.

Little Red Hen Book and CD Set from Barefoot Books ($8.99, Amazon). This book is a bright, colorful, beautifully illustration version of the classic story. New books are always welcome in this house. It even includes a bread recipe in the back, and a CD of Debra Messing telling the story.

Cinnamon Crunch from Somersault Snacks ($.87/oz, Amazon). Alexis and I ate these right away, and we enjoyed the cinnamon flavor–they tasted a lot like cinnamon rolls. In addition to being tasty, I liked that each one ounce serving contains 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Protein and fiber are two things I am extra careful about including in our diet, and this snack does well with both. The box also included a coupon code to save 15% off an order from Somersault Snack Co.

In addition to the toys, book, and snack, the box included a special code for a free Citrus Lane box ($29.00).

As usual, I’m pleased with the box Citrus Lane sent us. The items are good quality from brands I love, and they were all very well received by my daughter. Without a coupon code, one box costs $29.00. The value of the items in this box was $63.84. Definitely a good deal, considering everything is something we’ll use and probably would have considered buying separately.

Just so you know, the links in this post to Citrus Lane and the specific items are affiliate links. If you decide you want to try a box, clicking on my affiliate link will save you 50% off your box, and it will save me $20, too. Everybody wins!

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Little Foxes

Ever since she discovered What Does the Fox Say?, my daughter has loved foxes. She has the cutest set of stuffed foxes from IKEA, and thanks to her aunt, she has the What Does the Fox Say? book. She likes to read the book while watching the video. Sometimes Mama and Baby Fox join her.

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Recently, it seems like foxes have become the cute animal du jour for children’s items, and we have embraced the fad. To be honest, Alexis and Anders’ aunt may have started it. Because we were too slow to come up with a nursery theme, she assigned us one (hint: it’s foxes!) and sent us a ton of super cute fox baby stuff. Unfortunately, it is all from Gymboree’s Fox Fella and Fox Trail Collections which are no longer available, except on Ebay. The children are growing too fast, so we needed to get some new clothes anyway. Here are some of the cutest fox clothes I’ve found (and bought) for my littles:

Fox Clothes1. Sateen Fox Print Dress 2. Fox Footed Pajamas

Fox Clothes

3. Fox Bodysuit Set 4. Fox Fleece Vest Set 5. Fox Hoodie Set

Fox Clothes

6. T-Shirt Dress with Geometric Fox Print 7. Fox Print Button-Front Shirt

There is plenty more fox stuff to be found, but I think we are all set on foxes around here. For now. Maybe.

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Citrus Lane August 2014 Box Review Take Two

Our second Citrus Lane box arrived this week. I wouldn’t normally order two boxes in one month, but Citrus Lane had a deal for a free box with free shipping. Who says no to that? Alexis and I were very pleased with our second box.

Citrus Lane August 2014 Box

Petit Collage Alphabet Flash Cards Animals A-Z (Amazon, $19). These cards are beautiful and sturdy, to the point that I almost didn’t want to share them with my flash card loving-daughter. Of course, I did share and she thinks they are great. They work equally well as flash cards and as nursery art. Petit Collage also has Alphabet Art card sets in other themes, such as Ocean Life A-Z, In the Garden A-Z, and On the Go A-Z.

Tea for Two from Green Toys (estimated $8). This set comes with one teapot, two tea cups, and two saucers, and was exclusive to Citrus Lane. Green Toys also sells a larger tea set (Amazon, $19.59). I had no idea my daughter needed a tea set, but based on her reaction when she saw this, there was a teapot shaped hole in her life. She is thrilled with this tea set, and is loving filling the teapot with water, pouring it into the tea cups, and drinking it up. I’m loving watching her learn how to pour without spilling.

Reusable Cool It Buddy soft cold pack from Me4Kidz (Amazon, $4.75). Our other box included Cool It Buddy instant cold packs, but they were single-use, and I was thinking how nice it would have been if they were reusable. It turns out Me4Kidz does make a reusable, but not instant, version. Now we can keep the reusable cold back in the freezer at home, and keep the instant packs in the diaper bag for injuries away from home.

Language Video Digital Download from Little Pim ($23.98). This box contained another card with a coupon code for a free digital download for a language lesson video from Little Pim, just like the other box. While this isn’t my favorite item, and we still haven’t let our daughter watch the video we downloaded with the last code (screen-time is a relatively rare and special thing in our house), I’m sure my daughter will enjoy it when she does get to watch it. Actually, there were two cards with codes for downloads. I suspect that was a packing error, but it means we get two new language lesson videos.

The box also included coupon codes for some of the brands included, and a card to save 25% off a membership at Care.com (which now owns Citrus Lane). Everything in the box added up to $55.73. With the coupon code, I paid $0 for this box and got free shipping, so this was pretty excellent.

Just so you know, the links in this post to Citrus Lane and the specific items are affiliate links. If you decide you want to try a box, clicking on my affiliate link will save you 50% off your box, and it will save me $20, too. Everybody wins! Even better, right now if you use the code SEPTBOX7, you can get your first box  for a new or renewed subscription for $7.

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Citrus Lane August 2014 Box Review

Thanks to some great deals in the last month, I signed both kids up for the August Citrus Lane box. The first one arrived last week. As usual, I was pretty pleased with what was in the box and feel like it was a great value.

Citrus Lane August 2014 Box

Petit Collage Woodland Friends Growth Chart. This growth chart is so cute and so very perfect for Anders’ nursery. It was designed exclusively for Citrus Lane. You can get different, but equally cute, growth charts from Petit Collage, like this Tree Friends one (Amazon, $18.22). This particular chart comes with a sheet of leaf stickers that you can write the date on and stick on the chart as you measure your little one.

ABC 123 Blocks from Melissa and Doug (Amazon, $20.54). These are very nice blocks, and they come with a storage pouch with a velco closure. Alexis already had a set of Melissa and Doug ABC 123 blocks, but it was a smaller number of blocks that came in a little wooden wagon. With this new set, she’ll be able to create bigger towers and spell more words. I don’t think it’s possible to have too many letters and numbers.

Cool It Buddy instant cold packs from Me4Kidz (Diapers.com, $3.73). The box describes these as “targeted relief for bumps and bruises on the go.” Toddlerhood certain comes with a lot of bumps and bruises. We haven’t needed to try these yet, but I’m glad to have them on hand for when we do. Alexis loves the Me4Kidz bandaids she got in another Citrus Lane box, so seeing the familiar penguin might make her more amenable to trying an ice pack, too.

Yum-a-roo’s from Nurtureme (Amazon, 12 pack for $30.46; $2.53 for 1). Freeze-dried fruit and veggies, with no added sugar. Freeze dried broccoli is actually tastier than it sounds. This one is Alexis approved.

Language Video Digital Download from Little Pim ($11.99). We haven’t actually tried this one out yet, but I suspect it will be hit, given how much she loves sign language and Signing Time.

The box also included coupon codes for some of the brands included, and a card to save 25% off a membership at Care.com (which now owns Citrus Lane). Everything in the box added up to $57.01. With the coupon code, I paid $7.00 for this box and got free shipping. I love getting a deal, especially when it’s on something that we’ll actually use and is of high quality.

Just so you know, the links in this post to Citrus Lane and the specific items are affiliate links. If you decide you want to try a box, clicking on my affiliate link will save you 50% off your box, and it will save me $20, too. Everybody wins! Even better, right now if you use the code SEPTBOX7, you can get your first box  for a new or renewed subscription for $7.

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2 Months Old

2 Months Old

2 months old already! In the blink of an eye, Anders has almost doubled his birth weight and grown a couple inches taller. He’s still the most mellow, happy little guy you could imagine. I think we’ll keep him.

2 Months Old

Also, siblings. How great are they?

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24 Months Old

24 Months Old

And just like that, she’s 2. Nobody told me when I started this parenting journey that every special milestone would be so bittersweet. I’m so excited for my growing girl. Every day she amazes me with some new thing, some little change. Each day, she’s just a little more incredible than the day before. I love seeing the person she’s becoming. But at the same time, every change is a little loss, one step further away from my baby. I love who she is, but I loved who she was yesterday, too. I miss the tiny baby that would sleep in my arms, and I delight in the toddler who turns to me with a big smile and exclaims, “I did it!”

This two-year old of mine, she is wonderful. Independent and strong-willed, kind and generous. An observer, she studies the world around her before she acts. Incredibly smart, creative, and funny. It is such a gift to be her mama.

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One Month Old

One Month Old

Time moves faster when you add a second child to your family. I can’t believe how quickly we’ve come to Anders first monthly photo, but here we are. In the last month, Anders has gained over two pounds and has started to turn into quite the chubby little guy. He is mellow and laid back, and has started to smile at us. It is, of course, one of the cutest smiles ever. Every day, I feel lucky that such a delightful baby has joined our family.

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