From Rookie to Rockstar: Badass and Bold Gift Ideas for the 6–12 Month Old

Zippy Sandler
9 min readApr 27, 2024

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Welcome to our gift guide, “From Rookie to Rockstar: Badass and Bold Gift Ideas for the 6–12 Month Old”! where we’ve curated a collection of gifts that are as hardcore as they are adorable. Whether your little one is just starting to explore the world or already mastering the art of baby badassery, we’ve got you covered with a lineup of presents guaranteed to inspire awe and amazement. Get ready to elevate playtime to epic proportions and ignite the spark of rebellion in your pint-sized powerhouse with our selection of gifts tailored for the coolest kids on the block.

Baby Bites Bonanza

Baby Brezza One Step™ Baby Food Maker Deluxe

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We had to lead off with the Baby Brezza One-Step Baby Food Maker Deluxe Steamer and Blender — it’s been a total game-changer for Ben and Allyson and my grandson. Seriously, mealtime has never been easier! With just one press of a button, this genius gadget steams and blends homemade baby food like a pro. No more juggling pots and pans or worrying about the perfect consistency — the Baby Brezza Deluxe does it all for you.

And here’s the best part — it’s not just for baby food! We’ve used it to steam veggies, make soups, and even prep snacks for the whole family. Plus, cleanup is a breeze, which is a lifesaver for busy parents like us. Trust me, once you try the Baby Brezza Deluxe, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.

  • It automatically steams and blends homemade baby food in 1 easy step
  • Makes 3.5 cups of baby food in as little as 10 minutes
  • Blends food to the perfect consistency for baby
  • 4 stainless steel blades precisely blend food for every stage of baby’s development
  • Complete system to make, store & serve baby food
  • Includes 3 reusable food pouches & filling funnels 3-in-1 functionality: steam & blend, steam only, blend only
  • Easy to use & clean — The steam tank is fully accessible for easy cleaning, dishwasher-safe bowl/blade, removable water tank, LCD control panel
  • It’s also great for non-baby foods — use it to steam vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, or soup
  • BPA-FREE-year warranty + FREE 6-month extended warranty when you buy direct from

So, here’s to stress-free meal prep and more quality time. FYI, as you can see from our kitchen counter we are a Baby Brezza home. Hands down they are the best products for feeding your little one — hands down.

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Also, while you’re there pick up the One Step Baby Brezza Baby Food Recipes Cookbook packed with 50 GREAT recipes that your little one will LOVE.

  • Available at Baby Brezza
  • Save $15 off of orders of $100+up with code: ZIPPORAH15OFF

Grosmimi Stainless Steel Straw Cup Space White

It’s such a thrill when they grab their first cup and Grosmimi is ready for EVERY stage that your Rockstar hits.

Grosmimi is the #1 Korean brand when it comes to mealtime for babies and parents, Grosmimi offers clever features to ensure easy use for all stages of your baby. The +Cut system straw cups prevent spills, while mix-and-match nipples, spouts, and straws adapt to every stage. The wide-neck bottle makes cleaning a breeze, while dishwasher-safe accessories offer ultimate convenience. The flip-top lid has one-touch features with a lock, making it easy for the baby to use with one hand. Every cup is made of PPSU, an FDA-compliant material commonly used in medical devices, making them incredibly durable, high-temperature resistant, and BPA Free.


Step2 Harmony Toy Storage Box

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Elevate your child’s playroom or bedroom with the Harmony Toy Storage Box™, built with a mix of wood and plastic construction for lasting style and superior functionality. The spacious bottom toy box area is large enough to hold stuffed animals and play balls, while the top storage shelves hold books and small toys. As your child grows, this toy organizer evolves to accommodate games, sports equipment, trophies, schoolbooks, and more. The removable lid doubles as an artboard, equipped with a paper clip for showing off artwork and a chalkboard surface for creativity.

Picture this: a sleek and spacious storage solution that not only tidies up the playroom but adds a pop of fun to the mix. We can’t believe how easy it is to keep everything in one place (no more minefield when you step into his room).

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With its vibrant colors and kid-friendly design, this storage box makes tidying up a breeze. The generous interior space holds a ton of toys, plus there are shelves above for books, and games, while the flip-top lid ensures easy access and quick cleanup.

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But here’s where it gets even better — the Harmony Toy Storage Box doubles as a spot for creativity with a built-in chalkboard that doubles as an easel for your little Picasso (or in our case a budding Jackson Pollock). This versatile piece of furniture adds a touch of whimsy to any play space. So say goodbye to clutter and hello to organized chaos — in the most fun and stylish way possible! Available in Sage Gray, White, and Pink. Plus, they’ve got a complimentary line of Harmony products launching Fall 2024 so you can have great products that MATCH.

Love by Emi

We love Ellie the Elephant, your child’s ultimate sleep companion for peaceful nights and cozy cuddles (which translates to sleep for mom & dad). Ellie seamlessly blends playtime and bedtime with its built-in sound machine, featuring soothing white noise, gentle heartbeat sounds, and sweet lullabies. Operation is a breeze — just press the in-ear buttons to select your desired sound and adjust the volume and timer settings on the back. With Ellie by their side, your little one can drift off to sleep faster and enjoy longer uninterrupted rest.

More than just a plush toy, Ellie is a 3-in-1 solution designed to provide comfort and security. Available in 5 different animals and mythical beasts, Love by Emi is made from soft, wrinkle-resistant fleece, Ellie and friends serve as both a huggable friend and a cozy security blanket. Attach a pacifier to the blanket to prevent it from getting lost during sleep. Safety is our top priority, so all of the soothers are allergy-friendly, BPA-free, and easy to clean — simply remove the sound box and toss in the washing machine.

Your Rookie is going to LOVE Love by Emi.


Step2 Extreme Classic Coaster Extreme

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Turn your backyard into a mini amusement park with this kids’ roller coaster toy. The huge Extreme Coaster™ is designed for preschoolers but is still a hit with older children. Little ones can experience big thrills as they climb the stairs and race back down! Let me tell you about the Step2® Toy Roller Coaster — it’s been a total blast in our backyard! This thing transforms your yard into a wild adventure for kids aged 3 to 8. Picture this: endless giggles as they climb the stairs, race down, and do it all over again!

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It’s not just fun — it’s also a sneaky way to get them outside and moving, and because they have to climb up, it helps those gross motor skills. Plus, with the coaster car holding one kiddo at a time, they learn about sharing and taking turns without even realizing it.

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And get this — it’s built tough to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at it. So rain or shine, this roller coaster keeps the fun rolling. Trust me, it’s been a hit day after day in our backyard. Plus, it’s made right here in the USA with quality parts. So, who’s up for some coaster fun?


BabyRabbit Teddy BaeBae Long Sleeve Set (12–18 Months)

BabyRabbit’s restwear collection encompasses uncompromising quality. The Korean-made clothing is crafted with the utmost care, using premium materials sourced locally in Korea. Each piece of clothing is made with exceptionally soft fabrics and features generous seams to allow for freedom of movement.

BambooBebe TokTok Face Towels

BambooBebe TokTok Face Towel feature 100% Bamboo Rayon on both sides for ultimate softness, comfort and absorption, ensuring no irritation to a baby’s delicate and sensitive skin. BambooBebe is certified the strictest class of Oeko-Tex standard 100 for all elements including fabric, yarn, printings, and labels.

Available at ZeZeBaeBae



For the big sisters and brothers, PLAYMOBIL has dived into the enchanting world of Miraculous with the launch of new playsets and characters based on the mega-hit series. With an absolutely massive fan base of kids, teens, tween, and even young adults, Miraculous — Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir has become a digital planetary craze with over 37 billion views on YouTube and its own phenom on TikTok. The series follows the adventures of two seemingly typical teens with secret identities who magically transform into superheroes to save their city of Paris from unexpected villains!

PLAYMOBIL Miraculous: Fashion Show in Paris

PLAYMOBIL Miraculous: Marinette & Ladybug

PLAYMOBIL Miraculous: Adiren & Cat Noir

These new sets and character figures based on the mega-hit TV series puts PLAYMOBIL squarely into the Miraculous phenomenon. And are arriving just in advance of the launch of a new season and specials available on Disney+ rolling out through 2024.

Get ready to watch your little one go from Rookie to Rockstar with these fantastic gifts tailored for toddlers aged 6–12 months and their older brothers and sisters. Whether you’re looking to organize their toys, get them to sleep, or help them as they go from bottles to solid food, we’ve got you covered. These gifts are sure to delight both parents and babies alike. So, why wait? Start shopping and set your little one on the path to greatness with the perfect gifts from Rookie to Rockstar!



Zippy Sandler

70-year-old travel and lifestyle blogger sharing tips on how to live your best life NOW!