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Picking out stocking stuffers for babies and toddlers is surprisingly hard. Usually, stocking fillers are my favorite thing to shop for – everything is fun and cheap and they tend to get the biggest giggles on Christmas morning.

But for babies, it’s more of a challenge. All the fun, cheap stuff is dangerous for them – since basically everything is a choking hazard. Plus, babies don’t really need much, so it can be hard to find things that are even worth getting.

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You wouldn’t think it would be hard to choose gifts for toddlers, but surprisingly… it is! There are so many options for gifts – books, toys, activities, etc. – and it’s hard to know what’s going to be an annoying, quickly forgotten toy, and what will be a fun, long-lasting gift.

But rest assured, everything on this list is tried and true by a real toddler and preschooler. These are the toys that my 2.5-year-old and almost 5-year-old either already have and love, or are getting this year.

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