Good Baby Stuff

Stuffed animals as a baby gift: A no-no?


Anyone remember the Paddington Bear skit from SNL?

Anyone remember the Paddington Bear skit from SNL?

The reason I bring this up is because my mom wanted to buy a newborn a stuffed animal as a gift. I suggested not to. I said this with a twinge of guilt because of all the nice stuffed animals Cillian has received from family and friends. Stuffies are so irresistable! So adorable. Fluffy. Huggable. 

But they take up a lot of room, and need to be dusted often. C’s shelf is crowded with them. He doesn’t really play with them, but since they are his gifts I feel I should display them. I know this sounds ungrateful, and I suppose it is. But my purpose here is to guide toward good baby stuff.

For newborns particularly, stuffed animals don’t make the best gifts even though they are fun to give, and are nice in that they don’t need wrapping and can be found in a variety of price points. But what can a new mom do with a large stuffed animal? 

Advice: a small book is a nice gift, too. (So is Sophie the giraffe, if you have a $20 budget) You might be afraid of doubling up something the baby already has, but many bookstores will exchange a book so long as it’s in brand-new condition. And an extra Sophie will come in handy when the first one gets tossed out the stroller.


What Cillian is doing now: Having an epic, 2+ hour nap. Sorry for the lack of posts in the past few weeks. The crawling/standing phase is a tough one that needs constant supervision. And no, 10 months old and he’s not sleeping through the night. Minimum one wake up, usually two, but at least he’s mostly in his crib these days.


We love the Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Gym


This is one of my favourite toys! That's not me in it though.

This is one of my favourite toys! That's not me in it though.

This Fisher-Price floor mat or “gym” is my favourite toy of Cillian’s and his too. In place of a person to entertain him, this is the next best thing. Meaning, I can go and brush my teeth and my hair while he happily occupies himself playing with it. 

Since he was about six weeks old, he’s been happy to stay on it for up to an hour, at first just looking up at the flashing lights, and now exploring all the toys hanging from it, and he’s 7 months old! It’s like a mother’s helper. 

His dexterity is finally good, so it’s fun to watch him play differently with each hanging toy, there are five of them. His favoured accessory is the elephant, which has a tumble ball of beads that he likes to roll. At this very moment he’s looking at himself in the hanging mirror.

I highly recommend it, or a Gymini, or some sort of floor mat. 


What Cillian did yesterday: Had a long nap on the bed (he’s finally becoming a better sleeper/napper) while I watched downloaded episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. Ate dong, which he loves, which means he never gags when he eats it because he’ll gag sometimes when he’s had enough of something or doesn’t like it. Came for a walk with us in the Ergo baby carrier, and held onto the straps with his little hands.