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Christmas gift giving is a tricky one when you have two kids, both girls, both born around the EXACT same time of year. (Three years, six days apart, even!) Poor Norah has a serious case of second-child syndrome; 90% of the stuff she owns are hand-me-downs and I feel a little bad for her sometimes.
Enter Christmas: I was seriously at a complete loss as to what ask Santa to get for Norah. Sure, she’ll only be 6 months old come Christmas and she won’t have any idea was to what’s actually going on, but I couldn’t get her NOTHING, you know?
Enter my little gift guide for the 2nd-born child in your life. Trends have changed a little since Isla’s first Christmas four years ago (!), and while I haven’t necessarily bought the following items for Norah, I think they’re pretty awesome and totally gift-worthy!
Isla actually received a pair of these slippers when she was about 16 months old and we loved them! The tough, leather sole is durable and they last a LONG time because the wool stretches out. I’ve been wanting to buy Norah a pair, but they are moderately priced (~$40 for “baby” sized slippers), so for now they’re on the “Pretty Please?” list. A bonus is that these ones are made right here in British Columbia and I can buy them locally in town!
My kids have got to be the worst teethers ever in the way that they will drool for MONTHS before actually getting a tooth. Waterproof bibs that you buy in the store are pretty ugly and not at all fashionable, so when I discovered the awesomeness that are bandana bibs, I jumped right on board for Norah. She owns a couple from Andy Pandy Pudding Pie (also made in Canada) and they’re great because they absorb the drool so her onesies don’t get soaking wet underneath. Now Norah drools in style ;)
Isla had something slightly similar but it was heavy and made of harder, not so bendable plastic. The Oball is made of softer plastic that is easier for tiny, grabby hands to well, grab, and won’t hurt if it bonks them on the head! Norah already has the rattle ball version (pictured to the right), but she asked Santa for the suction cup version that will stick to her food tray! (She feels bad for constantly knocking it onto the floor and making mom or dad pick it up 100 times a day.) The Oball in general is a huge hit in a mommy group I belong to, and I would buy Norah every variety of this toy if I could!
What child doesn’t like having a story read to them? Isla has an enormous collection of books, but the wonderful thing is that there are SO many that she doesn’t have that I can get Norah. Eventually the girls will share all the books, but for now, Norah can have some of her own to add to her own bedroom collection. We’re big fans of the Usborne “That’s not my …” books and all things Robert Munsch and I don’t think you can go wrong with either choice!
Ever notice how babies love to suck on the tags of everything? It’s kind of gross, but they just can’t seem to resist them! However, brilliant minds took notice and there are many companies, both big and home-based, that make taggie blankets. A little while ago Norah was gifted one that was made by Butterfly Baby Pillow (yep – another local company!) and she loves it! There’s soft, plush blanket material on one side, a crinkly fabric hidden on the inside and a bunch of tags for her to gnaw on!
So there you go – my simple list of gift ideas! Like I said before, buying something unique and special for the “second born” child can be tough, but there are options out there if you just look hard enough or ask around!
What’s your favourite gift to give little ones?