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The Best Birthday Gifts for Toddlers: An Ultimate Guide for Parents

The Best Birthday Gifts for Toddlers: An Ultimate Guide for Parents The Best Birthday Gifts for Toddlers: An Ultimate Guide for Parents

Celebrating a toddler’s birthday is such a joyous occasion! Of course, kiddos love a day dedicated to celebrating them and parents enjoy showering their toddlers with extra love. After all, another year around the sun is a big milestone for both parents and children!

Sure, parties and cake are usually part of a toddler’s birthday — and who doesn’t love those things? But finding the perfect gift for the birthday boy or birthday girl can make a celebration even more memorable.

Don’t worry if you’re stumped on what to get your toddler this year. We’re here to help, with this ultimate gift-giving guide for toddler parents.

For Cozy Comfort: Little Sleepies Essentials

Everyone loves being comfortable… and here at Little Sleepies, we take comfort very seriously. That’s why we make our sleepwear with Lunaluxe™ Bamboo – making our pajamas & blankets gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. So if you’ve got a toddler who loves getting cozy, here are a few great gift ideas:

Collage of Twin bed sheet in construction print, blanket in check mates print and our little sleepies dinosaur lovey.


Little Sleepies Sheets: Everyone benefits when a toddler gets a good night’s sleep. And sheets from Little Sleepies can help with this by providing that added comfort your kid needs to catch a decent amount of zzZs. Not only are our sheets incredibly soft, but they also come in all sorts of cute prints: from Construction to Breakfast Buddies that can get any toddler excited about staying in their big kid bed all night long!

Little Sleepies Cloud Blanket: If you’ve got a snuggle bug on your hands, they’ll love getting wrapped up in our oversized Cloud Blankets!

Little Sleepies Loveys: Our Loveys are making a comeback! Known for making bedtime and naptime extra special, these oh-so very cute security blankets provide the perfect combination of companionship and comfort. 

For Making Learning Fun: Educational Books

Sure, books are a great way to keep toddlers entertained. But on top of that, they help promote speech development and learning and are a great way to promote a life-long interest in reading!

Engaging Storybooks: Choose books that can really engage your toddler, capture their attention and reinforce something they can learn along the way such as object identification or counting. You can never go wrong with classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? or Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

Interactive Books: If you are looking to make story time a little more interactive, there are plenty of lift-the-flap book options out there. Dear Zoo and Toes, Ears & Nose! are a few of our favorites.

Sensory Books: If your little one is into exploring with their hands and likes different textures, sensory books like See, Touch, Feel and Never Touch A Dinosaur are sure to be big hits!

For an Eco-Friendly Gift: Sustainable Games and Toys

For those of us who are trying to make our homes a little more eco-friendly, there are plenty of toy options available that allow you to have fun and look out for the environment at the same time.

Wooden Puzzles: These aren’t just something to keep your little ones busy – they also help develop fine motor and problem-solving skills. There’s no shortage of wooden puzzles out there on the market so you are bound to find one with pieces that your toddler will love, whether that’s animals, shapes or cars.

Stacking Toys: Yet another way to support those fine motor skills, stacking toys work on hand-eye coordination and help familiarize kids with the concept of balance.

Building Blocks: Classic wooden building blocks may seem simple, but they can truly go a long way. Kids’ imaginations can go wild thinking of all the many things they can build, plus they teach shape learning.

For Fostering Creative Play: Art Supplies & More

Creative play will definitely get your toddler’s imagination going. You’ll be amazed at what their little brains can come up with when they are presented with some creative play toys and with how long this type of play can keep them engaged!

baby boy in little sleepies heathered ribbed blue zippy


Dress-Up Kits: Many of us think of princesses when we think of kids playing dress up, but this activity goes far beyond that. There are themed dress-up kits with superhero, chef and doctors costumes, all of which encourage role-playing, using imagination and creativity!

Arts and Crafts Sets: If you are looking for a way for your toddler to express their creativity in a fun and mellow way, all you really need are some basic art supplies such as washable markers, clay, colored pencils, finger paints or watercolors.

Play Kitchens: So many toddlers love to help out in the kitchen so why not get them a kitchen of their own where they can “make” the meals of their choice all day long?

For Outdoor Fun: Active Toys & Backyard Games

If you’ve got a particularly busy toddler on your hands or a little one who loves to be outside, focus on a gift that keeps them active or taps into their adventurous side. This will help them get that seemingly never-ending energy out while keeping them busy.

Ride-On Toys: Super helpful for developing gross motor skills, ride-on toys like tricycles, balance bikes and push cars are just what they need to set out on an outdoor adventure.

Gardening Kits: Getting your toddler out in the garden with their own little kid friendly gardening tool set provides the perfect opportunity for toddlers to explore nature, get messy in a controlled way and learn about how things grow all while having fun.

Outdoor Games: A sandbox, simple bubble machine or classic toddler-friendly soccer set is sure to bring a smile to any toddler’s face and provide endless entertainment for your little outdoor lover. 

Whether you decide to go with a cozy LS essential, a new book, a sustainable toy or something that promotes creative play, your gift is bound to make the birthday celebration even more special. And remember – planning ahead helps create a memorable and joyous celebration that your little one will hold dear to their heart for years to come.

Tag us in your toddler birthday celebrations @littlesleepies


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