My husband and I are Jewish and raising our daughter to be Jewish as well. However, we celebrate Christmas with my family, keeping many of the traditions from when I was growing up. I am currently making this needlepoint Christmas stocking for my daughter just like my mom made needlepoint stockings for my four siblings and I.
I’m currently on track to finish the stocking by the time my daughter leaves for college. But regardless of whether I hang this stocking or a different one, I’ve been collecting fun things to stuff it with for months. You see, I am generally not a big shopper – in fact, I actively dislike it. The only real exception is baby stuff, for which I have a major weakness. Even though she will only be 5 months old this Christmas and pretty clueless about the whole thing, I’m super excited and that’s all that matters, right?
Here are some ideas I have for infant stocking stuffers:
- A cute onesie. I have my eyes on this one.
- Baby leg warmers. The sizes are more flexible than with pants so they can be worn for longer. They also make diaper changes super easy and of course look adorable with cloth diapers or onesies.
- A sippy cup. She can’t drink from a cup yet but it will be good to have one around for when she’s ready to learn!
- Bibs with pockets. Although I’m starting her on solids at 4 months, she won’t be ready to feed herself until around 5 or 6 months. At that point those little cloth drool bibs won’t cut it anymore. Bibs with pockets are great to catch all those dropped Cheerios!
- A mesh feeder. These are a great way to let young babies learn to feed themselves. They are easy to grasp and the mesh lets them gnaw away without the risk of ingesting a piece big enough to choke.
- A baby toothbrush and some toothpaste. The American Dental Association now recommends that parents start brushing teeth with a smear of fluoride toothpaste as soon as they erupt.
- Small toys, like this football or this car. The car looks like it will be a lot of fun when she starts crawling!
- A WubbaNub. Sadly, my daughter has consistently refused to take any kind of pacifier so this idea is out for her. But others say the attached stuffed animal is a great way to help the pacifier stay in place.
- A new diaper or diaper cover, especially one in a fun print.
Now the hard part will be deciding what to include and what to leave out!
Readers, do you have any other good ideas for infant stocking stuffers?