It’s fast approaching Baby R’s 1st birthday and I’ve been scouring the web for ideas on presents. We’re lucky enough to have a box of hand me down toys from my niece so I don’t want to go mad on plastic, instead using the opportunity to buy him keep sakes, clothing (especially as most of his wardrobe is hand me downs) and toys that are going to enhance his development.
- That’s not my…. these books are fantastic for this age range. Baby R loves interactive books which he can explore while I’m reading to him. This age is all about sensory experiences and the different textures on each page are teaching his all about feel and touch. He still automatically goes to put everything in his mouth, where there are more nerves, if you watch a baby do this with toys and anything else really, see how they then take it out and look at it afterwards. They’re telling the brain that something like looks like this…. feels like this… it’s a really important aspect to their sensory development. You can find these at Amazon
- Tommy and Lottie ethically and sustainable produced T-shirt. Baby R’s already had one of these as a young baby which I reviewed item on Mum in Nutshell but I was so impressed by the quality and feel of these T-shirts, right from the wrapping to how well they washed and I just love the on-trend fox print so wouldn’t hesitate to dress him in them again. I think it compliments the grey and print leggings as would the badger print long sleeved t-shirt. if you prefer to keep things monotone. Ooo I can’t decide which one I want now.
- Teepee tent. How amazing is this? I’m on a mission to make a sensory hide away tent with lights and books giving him a place to play hide and seek, chill (I wish!) and keep some of his safer treasure basket toys. I’ve used cardboard boxes up until now but this would be the creme de la creme of toys.
- Fred and Noah Monster Leggins Fred and Noah. I try to dress him in relaxed clothes that don’t restrict his movements and that cover his cloth nappies. These handmade leggings are so funky, I love clothes that are a little different from what you find on the high street.
- A personalised name frame to mark his 1st birthday. This is the first of my keepsake toys. Having quite an usual name it’s nice to be able to treat him to a nice quality print that will also teach him how to spell his name as each illustration is phonetically pronounced.
- My second keepsake is this gorgeous personalised sailing print pillow in a nautical design which would compliment his the neutral colour scheme in his nursery.
- Baby R is always on the go and a real climber, if I were to analyse his play, I’d say he was definitely in a vertical trajectory schema (a pattern of play that children repeat over and over) which is why this bouncer toy is perfect for him. It gives him something to climb on and keep moving at the same time and he’ll probably chew and explore it with his mouth as well so can be easily wiped down! Happy Hopperz £25.99.
- How adorable are these Arizona moccasins! I keep spotting them on Instagram and as Baby R is walking now, he needs something on his feet to stabilise and protect him. He’s not ready for new proper shoes yet as he’s not walking when out and about. These would finish his leggings and t-shirt outfit off perfectly.
- Multi Cars Truck Set . Another activity Baby R likes to do is push things along the carpet, usually dvds and books so I thought it’s probably about time I treated him to something that he can move around easily on all surfaces. It’s also sturdy enough to withstand any attempt to sit and climb on top of.
- And finally, what’s not to love about this Dinosaur Breakfast Set I still have a china bowl from my childhood so can vouch for them being great keepsakes.
Do you have anything you’d add to this list? I’d love to know.