20 Geeky Gifts for Babies and ToddlersDarcy Zalewski
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The holidays are coming and your little geek-in-training deserves more than the average mundane baby gifts out there. Never fear, I found 20 presents sure to grow your child’s geek cred. (And your geek parent status too.)
With these fabulous baby and toddler gifts you will simultaneously stimulate their brain, while introducing them to geek culture. I only scratched the surface of what is available. Once I went down the rabbit hole it was hard to keep my picks to only 20!
1. Wooden Calculator Teether
Babies love poking buttons and chewing on things … like calculators. Let baby safely sink his or her teeth into this wooden Calculator Teether from 3 Princesses Store on Etsy. They’ll be doing math in their head before you know it (especially if you pair it with a copy of Introductory Calculus For Infants).
2. I’m Smart and I Know It
Geek chemistry is likely to result in a smart baby. This Periodic Table Baby Genius one-piece is cute and quirky and available from Periodically Inspired on Etsy.
3. Code for Babies
It’s never too early to introduce a geekling to computer code. Web Design for Babies is a fun, lift-the-flap book teaching about the inner workings of websites. This author also wrote HTML for Babies and CSS for Babies. You know, these could be more helpful to adults than those “For Dummies” books.
4. TARDIS Night Light
The Doctor has a soft spot in both his hearts for children. With the TARDIS night light your little one will find comfort from the fright of shadows and that crack in the wall.
5. Teach My Preschooler The Solar System
While your toddler already knows M is for Mom, now they’ll know M is for Mars. This set comes with a book, poster, 10 flashcards, and a 20 piece puzzle. A perfect introduction for astronomy!
6. Superhero Onesies
Between nap time and diaper changes, your little superhero is busy serving justice to the citizens of the toy box. These bodysuits are sold individually on Amazon and available up to size 24 months.
7. Smartphone Teether
No matter how good your warranty is, it’s risky to let your smartphone become baby’s teether. Even if your little one isn’t fooled by the switcheroo, having their very own wooden phone teether will boost their sense of toddler tech savvy. As for the teething discomfort, maybe someday there’ll be an app for that? 3 Princesses Store on Etsy also offers personalization!
Babies boldly go exploring everyday. Get your little captain outfitted in one of these Star Trek creepers available at ThinkGeek.
9. Building Knowledge
Simple alphabet blocks are so last year. Build a foundation in chemistry instead with these Periodic Table blocks.
10. W is for Wookie
There’s no doubt that reading is great for babies. Board books are ideal and often teach simple concepts such as letters, colors and numbers. Geeklings will delight in the Star Wars series of learning books such as this Star Wars ABC-3PO book.
11. Little Superheroes
Whether you keep your action figures in the box or not, this Fisher Price Little People DC Super Friends set is perfect for little geekling hands to play with.
12. Star Wars Socks
What better way to show off your little one’s love of Star Wars (yes, already) than with these adorable and teeny-tiny socks.
13. The Very Hungry Zombie
Tired of reading about that starving caterpillar? Introduce your little one to The Very Hungry Zombie! The book’s description on Amazon states it uses humor and playful art rather than scary images. Maybe keep this one for daytime reading just in case.
14. Set Hearthstone Here
Baby will feel secure with this plush Hearthstone Throw Pillow from Amazon. Inspired by World of Warcraft, this pillow looks very much like the hearthstone players use to magically transport back to the inn.
15. Dalek Mr. Potato Head
Whovian children will enjoy rearranging the parts of a Mr. Potato Head Dalek. They seem less scary this way.
16. Super Cozy!
Super! Pow! What better way to snuggle up for quality comic book reading time than with this Comic Book Throw Pillow?
17. Baby’s First TARDIS
Play time will never be the same again once you own a TARDIS play tent. It’s definitely bigger on the inside, but don’t forget to share with the kids.
18. Baby Elements
Using the elements of the Periodic Table to spell words is geeky fun. Putting them on your baby is just downright adorable like this geeky bib and burp cloth set by Yellow Bug Boutique on Etsy.
19. Baby’s First Batman Book
Introduce baby to the world of comic books with a fun interactive “touch and feel” version like this My First Batman Book. Also available: Superman and Wonder Woman.
20. Don’t Trust Atoms
Thank goodness for great chemistry. We’d like to take all the credit for our geeklings, but we know deep down science gets (most of) the credit. We love this perfectly geeky atoms joke in a cute poster for your baby’s nursery.