While you’re decking the halls for the holidays, why not get your baby in on the action? This time of year, you’ll find plenty of seasonal, limited edition baby items to help get everyone in the spirit. Here’s a round-up of five holiday favorites, which make great gifts too.
Holiday pacifiers. MAM’s seasonal pacifiers are available from November through January. Like all Mam pacifiers, they feature an orthodontically correct nipple design that helps babies sooth themselves while maintaining proper jaw and tooth alignment. MAM pacifiers also feature an easily graspible front knob, a curved shield for a comfortable fit and a patented anti-slip soft silicone nipple. The brand’s pacis are BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free and compliant with the latest safety standards.
Other types of holiday pacis available include the Nuk snowman, Tommee Tippee limited edition gingerbread men, Ulubulu Santa pacifiers, Chanukah pacifiers, and more. Coordinate the pacifier with a holiday pacifer clip to complete the look.
As you may know, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends offering your baby a pacifer at naptime and bedtime during your baby’s first year, to help reduce the risk of SIDS.
Outfits. It’s easy to outfit your baby for the season from head to toe. There’s a wide selection of holiday dresses, sweaters, suspender sets, body suits, onesies, smocked holiday one-piece “longalls” like this one and socks out there from which to choose.
Some infant, toddler and kids’ holiday outfits can be pricey though, like this 100% Dupioni silk little girl’s holiday dress ($159). Your baby may only wear holiday clothes once before outgrowing them. So don’t blow your budget on these tempting one-hit wonders. For many baby products, I don’t recommend buying secondhand. But fancy holiday clothes are an exception. Check out what your local secondhand shop has to offer or scout around online at Thredup. Thredup’s baby and toddler clothes must pass their rigorous inspection to be sold on the site.
When shopping for secondhand baby and toddler clothes everywhere else though, be sure to give them the eagle eye. Before buying, reject anything with scratchy seams (uncomfortable), loose threads, which can wrap around your baby’s finger, or buttons or appliques (radar: choking hazards).
Bottles. Dr. Brown’s offers an 8-ounce holiday bottle that features its patented two-piece internal venting system, to reduce the chances of colic and ear infections. Trivia note: There’s actually a Dr. Brown, as in Dr. Craig Brown, a pediatrician who came up with the general design of this unique bottle, which uses positive pressure so babies don’t have to suck as hard.
Just fyi–the latest Dr. Brown’s bottle gives you the option of using the venting system or not. It might be appropriate for older babies who are past the colic stage.
Sippy cups. From Munchkin’s Snowman toddler cup to Zak Design’s spouted Elf on a Shelf toddler cup, holiday toddler cups can help your baby gradually get the hang of drinking from a cup while sipping in holiday style. BTW, to help prevent tooth decay, the American Dental Association recommends encouraging your baby to drink from a sippy cup by his first birthday.
Bibs. Whether your cutie is having an afternoon snack or diving into mealtime madness, a holiday bib can make any feast with your baby more festive and help your baby’s outfit escape the merry mess.
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By Sandra Gordon, copyright 2015 Baby Products Mom