Holiday gifts for Kids and Toddlers

The holiday season is upon us! What this can translate to is that the season of gift-giving is upon us. Your little one or little ones are at an age now that they can start really grasping traditions and being a part of the gifting festivities! That being the case, you’ll have to consider what presents you may get your kiddos this year to in that nature of celebration.

While there are lots of toys and presents that may not be safe or beneficial to children of very young ages, there are many more that will be perfectly suitable for a toddler. Today, we’d like to go over some gift ideas that will be safe, fun, and constructive for you toddlers!

Building Blocks

Our little ones are little engineers in the making. Whether they are using their food at the dinner table to craft a tiny castle or building a fort out of the couch cushions, part of play for them is undoubtedly a sense of building something. For that reason, our first item on the list could make a great gift this year; building blocks! Wooden building blocks or interlocking blocks like larger LEGO are great play toys for your kids that they will love and be excited to put to good use. Furthermore, they’re great for developing finer motor skills in children, so win win!

Musical Toys

One thing about your kids is that the younger they are, the more absorption they are capable of and the more creativity they exercise. For that reason, some great gift ideas are ones that can really harness that level of creativity and early development, especially musical toys! Instruments or noise makers are loads of fun for kids, plus they introduce them to concepts that could benefit them their entire lives, and has also been linked to improving math and language skills. So look to musical toys for your toddler this holiday season as you go about your gift shopping!

Books

Keeping up with the trend of presenting our kiddos with gifts that be both fun and constructive, our next one is undoubtedly a great idea for the holiday season; books! If you’re looking for a great present to really spark your toddlers’ imagination and boost their reading ability, this is perfect. Whether your little one is brand new to reading and will be going over the most basic classic kids learning books, or if they are more developed as readers, there is never a shortage of great reading options to excite youngsters into avid readership from their intrigued young minds.

Plush Stuffed Toys

We can’t forget about the classics here. We’re talking about stuffed animals or stuffed toys. We all had that stuffed animal that we clung to Calvin clung to Hobbes, and young children benefit from having toys like these. These cherished childhood toys have a large emotional impact on a child as well as they provide a lovable, comfortable, and familiar item to enjoy as they learn to self-soothe in their young years. You just can’t go wrong with stuffed toys!

Conclusion

In conclusion, as the gift giving holiday season comes into view, and we start looking for things to get our little ones, there is a lot to consider. Will my child enjoy this? How will this help them grow? Is it safe for them at this age? With these questions in mind, consider the aforementioned options, as they’ll be great for your toddlers! For all things kids, turn to the experts at Dreamtown Kids!

Thanksgiving dinner for picky toddlers

How could you NOT be utterly jazzed for this time of year! Thanksgiving around the corner, another chance to gorge on some good ole fashioned home cooking and enjoy the subsequent naps to follow, good times all around.
While YOU may be excited for all the food that will soon fill you right up, your little one may not be quite so enthused. The picky eater tendency is undoubtedly a common one amongst toddlers, and if you have a youngster, you may be in for it yourself.
So how do we combat picky eater syndrome at the dinner table this Thanksgiving. Let’s talk about how!

Implement Foods They Enjoy

Consider adding foods into the meal that your toddler does enjoy. We’ll start by stating this, by no stretch are we suggesting you completely reconstruct your Thanksgiving dinner to accommodate pickiness. It doesn’t help your little one establish good habits and it will make for a really downer on the dinner altogether. Achieve this in small, subtle ways.

Take this for instance, kids love marshmallows! And what can marshmallows be incorporated tastefully into? Sweet Potatoes! Think about dishes like this where you can integrate some of the things kids love and as a result, they’ll be more inclined to eat those items and experiment with other items on their plate.

Plain-ify Certain Items

But why would we want to make anything in our Thanksgiving dinner plane? Simple, so your little one can put their touch on it… even if it’s in a less-than-gourmet kind of way.

Kids are crazy about condiments, whether it be ketchup, mustard, or something else. Have these sauces or fix-ins at the ready for your kiddo for dunking turkey bits or something else into, and you should be successful in combatting some of the fussiness.

Have Them Help Prep

By no means are you going to assign turkey-carving-duty to your toddler. That would be reckless! But giving your little one some smaaaall degree of ownership in the process will make them that much more stoked on the final product. Meaning, they may be more inclined to be not-so-picky.

If they helped mash the potatoes, they’ll have that much more fun downing them at dinner time. If they were responsible for mixing all of the green bean casserole ingredients together, they’ll enjoy being responsible for consuming a surprisingly large portion. Get your kid involved and watch the pickiness subside!

Snacks During the Day

This one is up to you, but it’s worth us mentioning. If you feel that your child will be rebellious in eating whatever food is prepared for the big dinner, it may not be a bad idea to allow them snacks throughout the day. Your options are simple, the possibility that your child may not eat, period, or them eating earlier on and spoiling their appetite for dinner. Your call!

Bonus Tip: Proper Sleep Gear!

As we mentioned earlier in this blog, the post meal carb nap is just as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition as is the food… seriously. For that reason, be equipped with the right gear for you toddler to get solid sleep after the big holiday celebration, by means of bedding, pillows, and more!

Conclusion

In conclusion, Thanksgiving is a holiday to really look forward to, and for any parent, the hope is that their children will enjoy the celebration the same way they do free of fuss. Consider trying some of these methods for getting your picky eater to embrace the holiday in the best way possible!