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Stocking Stuffers

Toddler Stocking Stuffers

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Small enough to fit into toddler stockings yet large enough that they don't present choking hazards, these items make great stocking stuffers or small gifts for the toddler on your list.

Healthy Hands Musical Hand Wash Timers

Cars Hand Wash Timer
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These timers fit on top of your pump soap and are activated by your child's push. They then play a song for 20 seconds which is the CDC's recommended hand-washing time. That alone is a great way to make sure your child is washing long enough, but if your child is anything like mine, he probably tries to get out of handwashing when he's in a hurry to get back to play. That's where this little stocking stuffer keeps 'em honest. If you didn't hear the music, you know for sure he didn't wash and can send him right back to the bathroom. Wait... maybe this should go in Mom's stocking, instead.

Fun Toddler Socks

Toddler Boy Stripe Socks
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Chances are, your toddler has moved on from the baby sock, but you've still got a drawer full of the little guys hanging around. Go, right now, and bag up all those socks for your next bundle of joy or the charity of your choice. Then go, right now, and buy fun, new socks for your toddler's growing feet (and sense of style).
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A New Toothbrush

Colgate Toddler Toothbrush
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If your toddler doesn't have a toothbrush yet, now's the perfect time to buy one and start establishing healthy dental habits. Even if he already has one, they need to be replaced regularly. In my family, we use Christmas as one of those times. It's a running joke as each person goes through their stocking -- children and adults -- and oohs and ahs about that new toothbrush from Santa. The models here are designed especially for children 6 months to 2 years.

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Kiddopotamus Tiny Diner Portable Placemats

Tiny Diner Placemats
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Placemats make a great stocking stuffer. Just roll them up and tuck them in. I like these from Kiddopotamus (they come in green, pictured here, as well as blue and pink) because they have tiny little suction cups on the underside to keep them in place, but they lay completely flat. They work great at home or restaurants and there's a crumb catcher to keep your toddler's clothes clean. Bonus: Made in the USA and pthalate-free.
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Rubber Ducky

Elegant Baby Rubber Ducky
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Have you ever squeezed a bath toy and had that funky, chunky black ick come out? It happens to the best of us no matter how hard we try to keep all the water squeezed out after each and every bath. Now's a great time to get rid of any offending bath toys (as well as those your toddler may have outgrown) and replace them with new, funk-free versions. I love this rubber ducky because it's bright and fun. It's definitely not your typical yellow ducky.
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Baby Legs - Celebrate

BabyLegs Celebrate
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Babylegs are like giant leg warmers for toddlers. Well, they're actually more like wearing leggings except only the leg part. Girls who love dresses and skirts, rejoice, for your chubby little legs will no longer be freezing this winter. They're so great for toddlers still in diapers because there's nothing to remove for a diaper change and they make potty training easier since there's no hassle with cumbersome pants or difficult leggings and stockings. They come in a huge array of colors and designs (Celebrate is pictured here, just in time for the holidays) your toddler will love.

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Crayola Washable Markers

Crayola Washable Markers
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Overall, I really like to use this time of year and the stocking to replenish dwindling supplies or replace items that wear out naturally or that may have taken a beating the year before. I've mentioned socks, bath toys and toothbrushes, and now I'm going to suggest markers. You can use this one year after year after year. This year, though, I say get not just any markers, but washable markers. Because toddlers tend to mark up spots other than, say, paper, for example. Pictured here is the classic set -- can't go wrong with that -- but there's also a set of Mini-Stampers that are fun (and also washable), too.
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More Stocking Stuffers for All Ages

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Deck the halls, trim those trees and don't forget to stuff those stockings. Now that you've (hopefully) gotten all your big shopping out of the way, get tips on stocking stuffers for the youngest kids right up to the oldest.

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