Best Gifts for Toddlers

9 holiday gift ideas for the bigger little one in your life.

Best Gifts for Toddlers

When it comes to buying gifts for toddlers, there are two ways it can usually go. 1: indescribable elation, because, you know, toddlers love gifts. 2: massive meltdown, because toddlers also love to have massive meltdowns. To help ensure your toddler gift giving goes the first way and not the second, we’ve rounded up some of the best gifts for toddlers this holiday season. Here’s what made the Well Rounded Toddler Gift Guide for 2016.

1. OMY Coloring Backpack. The only thing more fun than coloring when you’re a toddler is coloring on something you’re not supposed to color on. Like your walls, or couch, or bag. This fun coloring OMY backpack will make your toddler feel naughty and creative all at once. $24, buy here.


2. Loog Electric Guitar. When it comes to musical instruments for toddlers, there’s either stuff that basically plays itself (leaving no room for creativity), or blocks of wood carved into the shape of a musical instruments (leaving your toddler puzzled). This Loog Electric Guitar sits somewhere in between, since it’s actually a real guitar, albeit in pint-size. $199, buy here.

3. Curated Care* Handmade Holidays Package. Give mom, dad, grandma or grandpa a handmade gift package created by your little one...and give yourself a break! Curated Care’s creative caregivers (aka babysitters) will give your little one a hand in creating two adorable holiday gift packages -- a Terrarium and a snowflake ornament. The children hand make cards and the wrapping paper then wrap each present leaving your family with two beautiful holiday packages to proudly give to friends and family! $75, buy here.

4. Cabbages & Kings Leg/Arm Warmers. Having a hard time getting your toddler to keep on his mittens? How about his jacket? The struggle is real, mom. These hand-knit, hypoallergenic alpaca leg/arm warmers are fun and easy for your toddler to pull on, and will keep all those extremities cozy on those days you just can’t take the winter coat tantrum. $49, buy here.

5. Maya Angelou Little People, Big Dreams Book. Show your little one he or she can do anything, and make bedtime a little more tolerable with a book you can both get behind. These inspiring biographies are a great introduction to some pretty outstanding women, from designers to scientists to poets & activists like Maya Angelou. $14.99, buy here.

6. Nook Pebble Lounger. This cuddly, cozy chair is just the right size for the little person in your life. Nook’s lounger has a cushy foam core, 100% organic (and waterproof!) pebble fabric, and NanoSphere® technology to make it resistant to stains. Yes, you can sit in it when your toddler is at school. We won’t tell anyone. $220, buy here.

7. Pipsticks Sticker Subscription. Sometimes it’s the teeny, tiniest things that can make a toddler swoon. Especially if they come with a sticky back. Don’t relegate your sticker purchases to an impulse buy at the pharmacy. Pipsticks offers a monthly sticker subscription, like this one, so you can never, ever be without. Kids Club Classic Subscription, $14.95/month, buy here.

8. Sumberkins Silent Night Bundle. You'll win over your toddler double-time with this collaboration between the folks at Plain Jane and Slumberkins. This limited edition box comes with a comfy toddler-size Plain Jane dress and an adorable Lumi Slumber Sloth, the perfect bedtime combo of the sweetest (they're all sweet when they're sleeping!) little girl you know. $60, buy here.

9. Tegu Blocks Tumtum Set. If you’ve got a burgeoning builder in your life, Tegu’s magnetic blocks are a must. This silly monster set (they’re twins!), comes with all the pieces your toddler needs to create some imaginary friends, but can also be arranged and re-arranged to make whatever their little toddler heart desires. $85, buy here.

*Thank you to our sponsor Curated Care for supporting our Well Rounded gift guide.


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I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.

And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3


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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that newborns, especially, do not need a bath every day. While parents should make sure the diaper region of a baby is clean, until a baby learns how to crawl around and truly get messy, a daily bath is unnecessary.

So, why do we feel like kids should bathe every day?

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