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Budget-friendly Toys for Baby’s First Christmas

Struggling with a gift idea for a new baby who’s about to celebrate his or her first Christmas?! Maddie Michalik, Senior Editor, The Toy Insider, shares some sweet ideas:

DOLCE PRIMO KANGAROO (MAGFORMERS)
This kangaroo features a baby in its pocket that contains a shaker egg for musical fans. The peek-a-boo door reveals a mirror, crinkle ears, rattle rings, squeaks, and a Dolce teether, so there are plenty of activities for babies to explore.
Age range: 0+
MSRP: $39.99.
Available: Specialty retailers, Magformers.com

LULLABRITES (JAY@PLAY)
Kids are comforted into sleep with the plush’s lullaby music and color changing lights that twinkle and shine bright. Plays three bedtime favorites: Brahms’ Lullaby , Hush Little Baby , and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Lullabrites are the perfect friend during the day and a soothing buddy at night.
Ages: 0+
MSRP: $14.84
Available: Walmart

TINSEL YETI (GUND)
Turn your home into a winter wonderland with Tinsel Yeti, the friendliest monster who is always prepared for a winter adventure! Donning fuzzy earmuffs, this 11-inch plush features
unique, sparkly blue horns and shiny tinsel strands scattered throughout his white fur. His round body and long limbs make him a huggable friend. Surface-washable for easy cleaning.
Age: 1+
MSRP: $30.00
Available: GUND.com

MEGA BLOKS PULL-ALONG PUPPY (MATTEL)
Toddlers can feed their puppy by placing any of the 15 blocks in its mouth then pull it along on the leash and take it for a walk to poop blocks. The blocks can be used to build directly on the puppy’s head, back and nose.
Ages: 1+
MSRP: $19.99
Available: Major Retailers

SPEAK & LEARN PUPPY (LEAPFROG)
Kids can watch this little friend come to life with flapping ears, a head that moves, and real-time responses. As toddlers learn to talk, this interactive dog repeats what they say
and asks questions to keep the conversation going. Bailey says what kids say in a fun and interactive way in Babble mode. In Talk mode, the puppy has conversations with children and creates stories from their responses. Explore animal facts, animal sounds, food, feelings, letters, and numbers through four paw buttons and a light-up collar. Multiple songs
encourage learning, and three learning levels allow the toy to grow with kids as their language skills develop.
Ages: 1+
MSRP: $29.99
Available: Amazon, Walmart, Target

DIMPL DIGITS (FAT BRAIN TOYS)
Kids can touch, push, pop, and learn!
Squishy, silicone bubbles captivate their fingers in a way that’s impossible to put down while simultaneously opening a unique new avenue for learning. On one side, the bubbles are embossed with numbers one through 10, each accompanied by its matching word in Spanish. Flip it over and kids will find the words written in Spanish, plus dots to feel and count!
Little fingers can’t resist the number-learning delight of Dimpl Digits.
Ages: 2+
MSRP: $19.95
Available: Amazon, Walmart, Fat Brain Toys

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