The long, sunny summer days have said their farewell for now and so have the long walks in the park and much of the outdoor activities with your little companion. You have both absorbed as much sun as you could and now it’s time to settle at home, snuggle under a warm blanket and surround yourselves with toys while patiently waiting for spring to blossom again. But with winter, comes winter holidays and although your baby is not yet aware, it’s soon going to become its favourite part of the year! Presents, presents and even more presents! Whether you are planning on surprising your precious one or someone else’s with a new plaything this winter, our special list of toys for newborns from some truly amazing and creative companies are sure to put a smile on the little faces even long after winter has passed. Let’s take a look!
1. Wooden Shape Sorter – Sebra
Shape sorters are without a doubt one of the most iconic toys and they have a very good reason for being so. Besides helping young minds develop important skills such as hand-eye coordination and discern shapes, kids simply love playing with them! This beautiful one made of wood was designed by a Danish design company Sebra Interior. It comes with eight geometrical blocks and is adorned with illustrations of arctic animals. What could be more wintery than that?
2. Origami Boat Bath Toy – Oli & Carol
Help your baby get used to bathing more easily with the fun eco-friendly Origami boat from Oli&Carol. It comes in four naturally dyed colours and due to it being made from 100% natural latex, there isn’t a safer toy for your baby to chew and use as a teether.
3. Wooden Play Arch – Loullou
This amazing piece of baby gear designed by Danish company Loullou found in the Kleine Karusell webshop is not only stylish but also very useful. The toys hanging from the arch will keep your baby occupied enough for you to do a couple of things around the house while at the same time helping your baby to exercise their motor skills. The fact that the toys are not included gives you the option to change and add new ones in case your baby gets tired of the setup.
4. Rabbit Doll – Miniroom
The Swedish company Miniroom could not have designed a cuter doll than this! Made from 100% cotton, the Rabbit Doll will create envy among your kid’s other dolls because it’s sure to become the favourite cuddly toy. The doll’s flexible soft arms and ears making them ideal for the smallest hands to grab and carry everywhere. Now you can even get it personalized with your baby’s name embroidered on it from the Josh & Jenna webstore. How could you possibly find a better babyshower gift?
5. Koala Maple Wood Teether – Wooden Story
Babies will put just about anything in their mouth especially when their gums start to irritate. But not everything it grabs is going to be safe to chew due to potentially harmful paints, chemicals or materials. Thankfully, Wooden Story has created fun shaped, all natural teethers made of non-impregnated maple wood, free of any harmful chemicals to help the little ones overcome the nuisance when their teeth start to come out. The Koala is our favourite from the Designstuff webstore but the car and cat are pretty cute too!
6. Tiny Croco Rattle – Done by Deer
This cute little crocodile will quickly become your baby’s best friend. Made with fabrics in soft subtle colours, the rattle makes a sound each time your baby makes an uncontrolled movement, thus triggering his curiosity and stimulating his reflexes.
7. Busy Baby Activity Chair – The Land of Nod
Babies are a busy bunch of explorers, always looking for new things to grab, feel or touch. So, in order to keep the busy little bees occupied, designers at The Land of Nod have created an amazingly soft but sturdy activity chair. It includes a rattle, mirror, different squeaky toys and much much more, guaranteed to get and keep your baby’s attention.
8. Peter Rattle – Esthex
This little fellow is called Peter and is designed to fit even the tiniest hands. Remarkably soft, his head is made out of velvet fabric and he’s easy-going too – perfectly fine with taking a spin in the washing machine at any time! He can be found waiting for a new home at the apiki.co specialist toy webstore.
9. Baby’s First Book – Surya Sajnani of Wee Gallery
In this digital age kids are growing up, every parent hopes that their young one will choose to spend hours reading a book instead of staring at the screen. However, few parents realize, that for most kids, that healthy habit won’t happen on its own. So, we suggest you introduce your baby to Bear and his five friends, residents of this beautiful, soft accordion-style book. They will be your future book worm’s first faithful guides through the magical world of reading.
10. Musical Star Plushie – Pouce & Lina
Available in three different soft velvets, these star plushies from Pouce & Lina also come with a melody – choose from “La vie en rose” by Edith Piaf, Tchaikovshy’s “Swan lake”, “Over the rainbow” from the wizard of Oz, the Beatles’ “Hey Jude”, “What a wonderful World” by Louis Amstrong, the music from the film “Pocahontas” and the waltz of Amélie Poulain. Such an original and poetic gift idea!
It’s said that toys are children’s words and play is their language, so what new word is your little one going to learn next?
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