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First Year Favorites, All Year Long!

Kara Forristall
The list author says: "These are the items that have grown with our son from the first few months all the way through his first year. Any of them would be great Shower gifts."
Tiny Love Double-Sided First Book (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Tiny Love Double-Sided First Book (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Our son loves this. Tied to the crib it was one of the first things he rolled over to see. The color side is great for tummy time. He still uses it now at 10 months, mostly on the floor, but tied at the top of his play pen, he stands to look at and play with it."
Baby Animals Black and White
Baby Animals Black and White
"We have a few black and white image book which are wonderful for the first few months. This one we looked at his first weeks home and he'd look at these images much longer than the simple silhouette images. Because of the fine detail, our son will still look at the faces in this and touch the eyes and mouth at 10 months. Still in our daily book reading rotation."
Fuzzy Bee and Friends (Cloth Books)
Fuzzy Bee and Friends (Cloth Books)
"We started reading this book his first week home. There's enough black and white to attract even the youngest eye. This was the first book my son actually reached out to feel. the textures are wonderful and the crinkle cover is fascinating for him, still. At 10 months old, if our son sees this book in with other books or toys, he'll bypass all the others at look though this one first a few times."
Sassy Me in the Mirror with MP3 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Sassy Me in the Mirror with MP3 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"First we had this tied inside his play pen so he could look at it laying on his back, encouraging him to turn his head from side to side. Then for tummy time is opens up and stands so he'd push himself up and reach for the bright objects on it. When he started crawling we tied it onto a side table at eye level for him and he'd crawl into it and kiss the other baby, he still does this!"
Gund Pippy Monkey Comfy Cozy Baby Blanket (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Gund Pippy Monkey Comfy Cozy Baby Blanket (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This is great to lay a very young baby on because it's SO soft. and the silky side feels good when it's hot. During tummy time we'd put him on this and he'd play with the monkey's head and lay his head down on it. Now at 10 months, our son laughs when he sees this and will drag it around. It's fully machine washable, which is AWESOME for the spit-ups and spills. This is a GREAT baby shower gift!"
Bright Starts Lots of Links Accessory
Bright Starts Lots of Links Accessory
"We've used this set of links since our son's first weeks home. Attaching toys to anything or just letting them dangle themselves. They were good for "shaking" about around 6 months, now the rubber on them is great for teething. Even the two and three year olds love to take these apart and put them back together. These really go the distance!"
Grab Apple
Grab Apple
"The second I gave this to my 4 month old it he grabbed the side and into the mouth it went. The leaves are crinkly, this was one of the first things he pointed at to touch around 8 months. The crawler loves that it rolls. The quiet rattle is enticing and not overly annoying, bonus! Now at 10 months, he holds the apple and tries to touch the worm on the inside, great for fine motor skills!"
Bright Starts Rattle and Shake Barbell Rattle (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bright Starts Rattle and Shake Barbell Rattle (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"The plastic handles are super easy for tiny hands to grasp. At 4 months he was holding this one tight for quite a while. The second handle encourages passing back and forth between hands. Although this is loud, it has saved me from having to wrangle a squirmy baby into a diaper or into his high chair numerous times. When our son is really full of energy and he still loves to shake it about."
Tomy Lamaze Play and Grow Take Along Toy, Mortimer the Moose
Tomy Lamaze Play and Grow Take Along Toy, Mortimer the Moose
"First our son held onto the legs and feet around 3 months. Then he loved feeling the soft body, and pulling on his crinkle scarf soon after. Now he loves the feet even more, the colors are very "grabbing" and two feet have a bell and the other two have crinkle paper. The antlers are GREAT for teething and the rings are his newest discovery! The hook makes it great for an on-the-go toy!"
Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy
Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy
"Delightful toy for baby and parent. Brightly painted wood is attractive to babies of all ages. Elastic strings are super easy for first grasps. It squishes and pulls for the older baby in the manipulating objects stage. The sound it makes when it's shaken about is soothing... like the sound of rain. Now he'll scoot it away and crawl after it and chew on the balls with the back of his gums."
Baby Einstein Discover & Play Color Block (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Baby Einstein Discover & Play Color Block (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"These blocks were handed down. The textures are awesome for little hands. Two of them have bells inside, I still have to make the duck quack for him and pull the frog's leg to make it vibrate, so those are things' he's yet to learn. The images are great for tummy time. Now that he's sitting and crawling, he'll play with them, turning them over and over.  Next, stacking, and soft = no injuries!"
Infantino Activity Triangle (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Infantino Activity Triangle (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This was the first toy our son reached out to play with on his tummy, really strengthening his back and neck muscles. He'd get so excited to play with it it's how I first got him to scoot forward. When he first started sitting he'd turn this toy to all sides and play with it. Now he spins each toy individually with his first finger. Great for gross and fine motor skills throughout the first year."
Tiny Love Take-Along Arch, Sunny Stroll
Tiny Love Take-Along Arch, Sunny Stroll
"Around three and half months I bought this because my son would throw the biggest fits in the car. The items that hang down can be switched out for other toys and the one's across the top have crinkle paper and other textures for the bigger baby to reach for. Now at 10 months, my son pulls it and pushes it around because the joints move relatively easily. Car rides are much smoother with this!"
HALO SleepSack On-the-Go Wearable Blanket, Navy, Small
HALO SleepSack On-the-Go Wearable Blanket, Navy, Small
"We LOVE sleep sacks. These wearable blankets saved our little one from being cold and from the risk of putting loose bedding in his bed with him. This one can even go in the car seat! My favorite sleep sack I got at Ikea, in Germany, but Halo is a close second. At 10 months, our son still takes all his naps and sleeps at night in a sleep sack. The cotton ones are great for warmer months!"
Robeez Soft Soles Lollipop Monster Soft Sole (Infant/Toddler)
Robeez Soft Soles Lollipop Monster Soft Sole (Infant/Toddler)
"Robeez, or other brand with this design, ares the perfect shoes for all the firsts. Made of leather, these are warm and last FOREVER! The elastic at the back helps them stay on the tiniest of feet through kicking, sliding/scooting, crawling and standing. When socks just fall off, these stay put. We got ours used on Ebay. Brown or blue and a black pair, they go with EVERYTHING!"