What to gift to a family with a toddler

Have some of your relatives or friends recently welcomed a baby into their family? It can be difficult to know what to buy as a present for a newborn because they aren’t really aware of any items around them and the parents know best what they need. But when the child enters the toddler stage, toys can make a strong impression and the first memories can be formed. Gift buying becomes a little easier as the child now has some likes and dislikes.

Nevertheless, buying presents for a toddler is no easy feat. There are so many different types of toys on the market and it is easy to get confused. You want to buy something that the toddler will enjoy using and will make the parents’ job easier. So probably no toys making loud noises. Here we will shortly describe different types of toddler items that you might not have thought about before.

Balance bikes

Balance bikes are a great item for children that are at least three years old. Balance bikes look like simple bicycles but with no pedals on them. They are a great way of introducing the child to the world of bicycle-riding and teach them how to keep their balance when sitting on a bike. They also help develop good coordination and are said to be a much more effective method of teaching a child how to ride a bike than training wheels.

The balance bike for your kid should most importantly fit their size. If you are buying the bike for someone else’s toddler, make sure to get the measurements first. The merit of buying a balance bike instead of just taking off the pedals of another bike, is that balance bikes are usually more lightweight, giving the child more control over how to steer the bike.

STEM toys

The best way to teach a toddler something is to combine it with fun. Nowadays many toys are designed especially to make children interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Even toddlers can learn the basics of calculus, construction engineering, or even programming and coding. Developing these skills early helps to stimulate the child’s mental growth and can give it a head start later in school. And even if you think that the child in question is leaning more to the artistic and creative areas, studying STEM is still going to be useful as it assists in developing critical thinking skills.

Foldable strollers

Toddlers can usually walk some distances by themselves but they still will need to use a stroller at least until they reach the age of three. This is where foldable strollers come in handy. They are very compact and can be easily put away when the toddler decides that he prefers to walk after all. These strollers are better to take on trips, even if it’s just to a shopping mall, as they aren’t as bulky as full-sized strollers. A foldable lightweight stroller usually weighs less than 15 pounds. They don’t make much space so the parents can even take one with them on a plane and put it in the overhead compartment.