Baby’s First Holiday Season

Here are some toy ideas for the babies on your holiday gift list:

6 months and up: board and cloth books.

7 months and up: cups, balls, empty boxes, stacking toys, busy boxes, toys to push and pull, squeeze toys.

10 months and up: large dolls and puppets. Containers, large blocks.

12 months and up: push toys: shopping carts, wagons, lawnmowers.

Try not to heed the siren call that every toy be “educational.” Does the toy promote exploration? Does it have a cause and effect? Does it promote interaction with others? Check for obvious loose parts and durability. Let common sense prevail. And remember that the older baby might enjoy the wrapping paper and boxes more than the toy itself!

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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