Thursday, January 7, 2016

One year old Gift Ideas

When it comes time to buy a present for kids of different ages, I do great as long as I have a kid the same age. When it's a niece or nephew that's a different age, it's a lot harder.

So periodically I'm going to do a roundup of gifts for varying ages. To remember for the future, but mostly because I love love toys and seeing pictures of my favorites makes me happy.

Things to remember: One year olds are learning to use their hands and starting to appreciate the world around them. They like tactile experiences, grabbing and carrying small toys, and definitely taking things out and dumping. They still put everything in their mouth so keep the toys bigger than a choke-able size (larger than a bouncy ball). A toy that has too many little pieces will be more of a chore for mom, but the kids will love it. More than 5 or 6 pieces means that it'll probably be a toy to store out of reach and take out periodically. One year olds love push toys. I'm always looking for little diaper bag toys that I can use to keep them happy when we're out and about. Simple board books are great with very few words.

1. LeapFrog My Discovery House $16.99 - I don't normally go for button pushing electronic toys. I generally prefer toys that my kids can use imaginatively in a variety of ways. But... kids love them. So we compromise by getting ones that have an off switch. :) This toys is great with songs and stories. 
2. Viking Little Chubbies $12.95 - Jonas took these everywhere when he was younger. These can go from the sandbox, to the tub, to the dishwasher in one great eternal round. 
3. Little Tikes Tap-a-Tune Piano $10.19 - Classic. plays a chord instead of chromatic notes. Your ears will thank you for that one.
4. Melissa & Doug Friendly Fish Grasping Toy $7.99 - I love Melissa and Doug toys. High quality and developmentally awesome. This wooden toy for the purse and the car seat.
5. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Bug Jug Fill & Spill $24.99 -  These little bugs have rattles and crinkles. Tess loves pulling these out. And I don't mind picking them up cause there cute.
6. Where Is Baby's Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book $3.56 - Our copy of this has lasted through the years, and it's fun to have a book that's interactive.
7. Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Ladybug $64.99 - This has been all of my kids favorite toy. We got the small size for Tess, but my Jonas and Gwen have been cruising around the house on it. Tess will use this as a push walker and also sit and scoot around. 
8. Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pod $10.50 - This toy is incredibly soft and sweet. We often will take this along with us to church or in the car.

10. Janod Forest Chunky Puzzle $12.87 - This wooden puzzle has big chunky pieces that double as playfigures. We've put the animals in a little baggy to bring them in the diaper bag for a great take-along toy.
11. The Going-To-Bed Book $3.10- I love lots of Sandra Boynton books. I've had this one memorized for years. 
12. Bedtime Originals Plush Toy, Humphrey Elephant $8.69 - Adorable and small enough for their little bodies to carry. 
13. Melissa & Doug Color-Flap Mirror $9.99 - Perfect for a toy to keep in a purse or diaper bag. Plus wooden toys give you street cred.
14. Zoomster Push n' Go Car $4.41 - These are great for church combined with a long hallway and a toddler who loves to practice walking. Push down the top and the kid can chase these down and bring them back to you for a long looong time. 
15. Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker $23.98 - Walkers are great for one year olds. I like them to be fairly simple and fold-able to store easily.

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