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One of my best friends has an 7 month old (will be 8 months on christmas) daughter. She is my god daughter and I want to get something nice for her. I bought a cute baby einstein piano that has music, animals, and numbers because that’s what her mom requested when I asked. But, I wanted to get something else too.
I really love the hallmark read and record stories and was thinking of doing one of those books and giving it to her since I don’t get to see her as often as I would like. But, it seemed almost self-serving to me because she’s too young to really understand and enjoy stories and I’m sure there are things her mom would like more.
So, for any current or past mommies, what would be a nice (inexpensive) gift for an 8 month old girl (or her mom)??
Post # 3
Inexpensive and cute for her age is a crawl ball (comes in orange and pink): http://www.amazon.com/VTech-Move-Crawl-Ball-Orange/dp/B000231EX2
Board books are also great! You can get a ton of these cheaply at a Dollar Tree or check deals online.
Post # 4
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@Schatzie821: that crawl ball looks pretty cool, great motivation to get baby moving if she doesn’t much already!
toys that are similar to puzzles are nice (like say rhat require marching shapes, colors, etc). My nephews love those! We got one that had a hammer and they were all about it
Post # 5
No such thing as “too early” for books or reading or stories! (Trust me, my career is in early childhood education!)
I’d give her a $25 savings bond for college!
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@almostwebbee: My goddaughter was around the same age last year at Christmas. My fiance and I (he’s her godfather) got her Toms Shoes. We got them a couple of sizes bigger so she can still wear them even now. It was an inexpensive but thoughtful gift and they really liked it. This year we are getting her an easel with a chalkboard on one side and then the normal easel on the other. That might also be a good idea for her too! I know ikea has one for pretty cheap which is where I think we are getting ours. For my goddaughers first birthday I got her a babydoll with a stroller so she could push the baby doll around to help her learn how to walk.
Post # 8
I would stick to the music theme. Maybe a music book or one of the musical toys. I know target has a lot. I always have some sort of theme when I buy for the kids I nanny for. This year I bought the baby I watch a vet shop toy and a book about a dog. He will be almost 10 months on Christmas Day.
Post # 9
My DD has these books called Indestructibles, you can find them on amazon for about 4 bucks. When they say indestructible, they mean it. Children cannot tear them, break them or anything. They can chew and rip and shred to their hearts desire and those books will take it like champs. And they are awesome versions of old school stories, such as Hickory Dickory Dock is Big Ben. They are amazing, DD is 2 now and is still reading away with them!
Post # 10
@Schatzie821: Thanks that crawl ball looks super cute and I don’t think she has many books so that’s also a great idea 🙂
@mixtaperomance: Good idea, I don’t think she has much of anything with shapes. 🙂
@BrandNewBride: Books are always great! And I have to save the savings bond idea is almost funny to me because her mom is not a good saver at all! I’d be worried her mom wouldn’t like it too much haha.
@hayleyelizabeth: Lots of good ideas! I’m always afraid of buying shoes because they grow so fast, but baby toms sound super cute. Thanks so much!!
@beetee123: The theme idea is cute! I will look around and see what other musical items target has (that’s actually where I bought the piano!
@BushelAndAPeck: Had to google those, they look pretty awesome! She constantly has everything in her mouth (I guess all babies do) so those books are a great idea.
Post # 11
My first son was around 8 1/2 months old at his 1st Christmas. We got him an alphabet foam mat (which I still have to this day and am using it in baby #4’s nursery). We also got him a push car that can be changed into a ride on car. He got a walker from my fil and some clothes from my mil. He also got those sorting blocks and stacking rings. All great.
When my daughter was 8 months at Christmas, she got a rocking lion that we still have (and a bunnch of other things).
Post # 12
I have two nieces, both around 2.5. Their grandmother’s opened savings accounts for them and for holidays I put money in the savings account ($25-40, depending on how much I can spare at the time) and get a stuffed animal or something small from the dollar store so they still have something to open. It’s not a lot of money, but over the years it will add up to a car down payment or money for books in college or something.
However you say her mom is not a good saver. This would be great unless you think Mom would dip into the funds.
Post # 13
@almostwebbee: B. toys actually has a drum that you can open up and there are more toys inside of it. I haven’t met a kid who doesn’t love that set!
Post # 14
I got my niece a Fisher-Price activity table. She will be 7 1/2 months at Christmas.
Post # 15
Sorry I’m a terrible poster and I didn’t realize other people commented on the thread! Thank you all for your ideas and advice! I bought her some things online and I think she will like everything! Thanks again you’ve all been super helpful! 🙂