First things first: Major congrats to all of the expectant mamas out there!! Whether it’s you, a friend, or a family member, there’s a lot to celebrate with a little one on the way. We’ll definitely make a toast after the baby arrives, but before we do, let’s kick things off by shopping for something the mother-to-be can use right now—and also after the baby’s arrival once she’s a new mom.
From the outside, this looks like your normal, cute backpack. But inside, it’s sooo much more than that. Among many things, it’s got a bottle pocket, washable changing pad, and an insulated compartment on the bottom for milk and anything else that needs to stay chilled.
If you have to come up with a gift for a 4-year-old and you’re stumped on what to get them, we’ve got some expert advice to help you.
The best gifts and toys for four-year-olds help their imaginations come alive. As they leave age 3 and turn 4, little ones are enthralled by storytelling, pretend play and exploration. They are also immersed with friends and start playing collaboratively instead of just playing side by side.
“They tend to have clear preferences on what they like or want to do,” said Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of “How Toddlers Thrive.”
Their pretend play is a little more complicated as they come to understand narratives and differentiate between fantasy and reality, said Marie Conti, the head of The Wetherill School in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, and a board member of the American Montessori Society. Capes and dress-up props, as well as outdoor toys or science gadgets, allow them to explore their world.
This holiday season, we rounded up the best gifts for 4-year-olds that will keep their minds and their bodies moving.
Here are our faves!
Fat Brain Toys Squigz Starter Set
Made with high-quality silicone and innovative suction construction, these little suckers make bath time so much fun.