Christmas time and toddlers can create some stress for parents. At this stage, they are super curious and want to learn about everything, including the brightly colored Christmas decorations. Although you can toddler-proof your house for the holidays, it’s easier to invest in some toddler friendly Christmas tree decorations…. So everyone can enjoy the season!
Last Christmas my daughter was 18 months old and her favorite thing to play with was the beautifully decorated tree. I didn’t mind (too much) since I purchased toddler friendly Christmas tree decorations.
This was truly the best thing we’ve done. It put my mind at ease knowing that she wasn’t going to break my special ornaments and kept they her busy… which was a win-win 😉
Toddler Friendly Christmas Tree Decorations
Today, I want to share some of my favorite Christmas tree decorations that are toddler-friendly! Whether you are looking for unique ornaments to purchase or maybe a DIY craft project, these toddler friendly Christmas tree decorations will keep your little one safe!
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1. Plastic Ornaments
I put this first because it’s the most obvious, especially if you love the classic look of Christmas balls. I ended up finding a pretty set at Walmart, but they didn’t hold up as well as I had hoped.
After doing a ton of research these are some of my favorite plastic ornaments that are shatterproof…. So you don’t have to worry about your toddler throwing them!
1. 60 Piece Shatterproof Christmas Tree Ornament Set
2. 100 Piece Shatterproof Red + Gold Ornament Balls
3. 30 Piece Shatterproof Assorted Ornaments
2. Wood Ornaments
I absolutely love the look of wood ornaments. There are so many ways you could do this too. I feel like they are super adaptable to your style. You can create a farmhouse rustic look or a more fun colored whimsical theme!
1. 27 Piece Wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments
2. Winter Wonderland Wooden Ornaments
3. Felt Ornaments
Years ago, I made a bunch of felt ornaments as gifts for our family. I had a few leftover and I’m so glad I kept them!! They are soft, not breakable, and can add some texture to your Christmas tree decor!
1. 10 Piece Felt Candy Cane Set
2. 15 Piece Felt Gnome Set
3. Vintage Inspired Felt Ornaments
4. Paper Ornaments
If your toddler isn’t into crumpling things, paper ornaments would be a cute and lightweight option for your toddler friendly Christmas tree.
1. Paper Star Ornaments
2. 36 Piece Paper Ornament Set
5. Resin Ornaments
I put these a little lower on the list because if your toddler is at the throw everything stage, you may want to say away from these. Resin is pretty hard but can crack or break if dropped. Although these ornaments are usually pretty large, so you don’t have to worry about a choking hazard.
1. Noah’s Ark Hallmark Keepsake Ornament
2. 6 Pack Resin Christmas Tree Ornaments
6. Plush Ornaments
If you don’t mind your toddler playing with the Christmas tree, plush ornaments are a cute and safe way to decorate it!
1. 6 Pack Plush Ornaments
2. 8 Pack Plush Christmas Tree Ornaments
7. DIY Ornaments (to do with Toddler)
If you want to turn Christmas tree decorating into a fun craft project for you and your toddler, here are some cute (and easy) DIY ideas. This is a great way to start a yearly tradition that your family will enjoy for years to come!
8. Snap Fastener Ribbon Hooks
If you plan on purchasing any of the ornaments above, I highly recommend these pre-cut ornament ribbons. Although you still need to be careful since they are small and can be a choking hazard. On the bright side, they won’t hurt your toddler like the metal ones do.
9. Large Bells
This is more of a toddler proofing tip, but it’s something to think about getting! If you have large bells on your tree, you will be alerted if your toddler is playing with it. I loved this and purchased a 6 pack of 3 inch bells so they looked more like Christmas tree decor!
If you typically put tinsel on your try, swap it out for ribbon! There are so many ways you can decorate your tree with it. Check out this blog post from RenovatedFaith.com I love how she used different ribbons to decorate her entire Christmas tree!
I made burlap into its own category because there are a few ways you can use it to decorate your Christmas tree. This is super toddler friendly! You don’t have to worry about them hurting themselves choking, or breaking your decorations.
1. Burlap Bows
Whether you have a plethora of pinecones at your home or you want to purchase them, these are a simple way to decorate your Christmas tree! My only concern would be them possibly breaking if your toddler is pulling on them, but they are usually really tough.
13. Paper Chain
When I was a little girl, I LOVED making paper chains! This is a tradition I want to start with my family in the coming years. This DIY project is a fun way to get your toddler involved and you don’t have to worry about them ruining it!
14. Mini Christmas Books
My daughter LOVES books, so last year for advent my mom gave her a mini book collection for each day leading to Christmas. I ended up sticking them on the tree and they looked really cute! It also gave her something to do during the day.
15. Heavy Wrapped Boxes
We’ve pretty much only talked about decorating the tree, but if you want to keep your toddler away from it get some large boxes and fill them with heavy books or rocks. Then wrap the boxes to make them look like Christmas gifts that are part of your decor!
Keeping your toddler away from the Christmas tree isn’t an easy task, that is why I decided to embrace it! I hope these 29 toddler friendly Christmas tree decorations help you to enjoy the holiday season and make memories as a family!
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