Grandma Gets Ready Early for the Holidays 2023: Best Newborn and Baby Gifts for Chanukah or Christmas 2023

A new baby in the family is a joy. This Grandma gets ready for the holidays early for newborn and baby gifts, and Chanukah starts December 7 this year. 

Searching Toy Portfolio for the best Oppenheimer Toy Award platinum award winning toys is the first place I look.  The 2023 Platinum award winning toys are listed for you.  You cannot go wrong with any of the options listed.  I make a list, not only for myself, but for other family members for the best gifts for Christmas and Chanukah at every price range.  I save the list past the holidays for visit presents during the year.

First, here are some of the best choices for baby in 2023.  The baby does not know anything.  The best present is a coupon book for the parents that includes babysitting, a cooked meal, time alone for mom, time alone for dad, etc.

The next best baby gifts are those the parents need.  I have bought diapers in the next two sizes for the parents to store.  I have bought supplies the parents needed.  New babies are expensive.  Ask the parents what they want for the baby.  Do not be surprised if the first holiday list from the parents of your grandchildren includes staples and necessities.  Do not forget a 529 plan contribution for college too!  We cannot start planning for the future too soon.

The one gift I always want to get is the outfit the baby is going to wear for a picture with the grandparents.  I send three alternatives to the parents and let them pick one. 
Also, Etsy has so many varieties of gifts for the parents to photograph the baby month to month.  It is a gift that keeps on giving, especially for us grandparents. 

A great gift is pajamas.  The parents do not want to spend money on pajamas and this Grandma comes to the rescue.  Think the next few sizes up.  My favorite are made by Hadley.

Another newborn or young baby gift recommended is Sassy Stages STEM Developmental Play Gym.   It is for newborn to age six months, a play mat with black and white toys, a mirror and a pillow for tummy time. It includes a guide printed directly on the mat, separated into 6 developmental zones, and the mat can be used with its monthly graphic to take the monthly picture of baby.

Something new is a company called Follies, with an award winning toy for up to 18 months, Follies The Baby Bauhaus Set Baby Infant Soft Blocks with Rattle Ball.  Buy at Amazon.

As described, “Baby Bauhaus blocks are designed for interactive play, making them a fantastic choice for older siblings to join in the fun. Build towers, create bridges, play ball games, and more. These blocks offer endless possibilities for playtime creativity.”

Now, here are choices for stocking stuffers and small gifts.

For a newborn or a baby shower gift, a 2023 Platinum award winner is the Cuddle + Kind Baby Animal Collection.

Here is the description:

“Looking for the perfect baby shower or welcome, baby gift? We received this set of three small 7 ” hand-made dolls, each very special! Our gift box came with a grey and white Baby Panda, a pale pink Baby Kitten, and a grey and white striped Baby Bee with crocheted wings; all just right for many hours of lap play as baby and others get acquainted. You can curate your own three choices and they will be shipped in a gift package that is sure to make a hit. Or order your favorite one for singular gift giving. There are no buttons or doo dads that come off, the features are all crocheted into the dolls in soft cotton yarn. Soft and light enough for baby to hold when they begin to take hold of things with their tiny hands. Like all dolls from this company, your purchase not only gives your baby pleasure, Cuddle+Kind donates free meals for babies and children from each purchase. This is a feel-good kind of gift on every level. The big problem is choosing which one(s) you love the most.”

Black and white books are easy for new babies to see.  Top rated, five star on Amazon, for newborn to twelve months, and soft, is beiens Baby Books Toys, High Contrast Black and White, Non Toxic Fabric Touch and Feel Crinkle Cloth ,Early Educational Stimulation Soft Gift for Infants Toddlers, Mirror. Buy at Amazon.

Anything by Sassy in the way of rattles and small baby toys is a winner.  This Grandma loves stacking toys.   In 2023, the Oppenheimer Toy Awards (Toy Portfolio) awards 2023 platinum (the highest) Sassy toy is Sassy Stacks of Circles Stacking Ring STEM Learning Toy.  Buy at Amazon.

Enjoy shopping for the smallest grandchildren in your lives.  Happy Holidays!



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