Sorry for the weeklong hiatus! Things have been hectic around the house with our baby girl turning 1 last week and planning and hosting a party for 50 people at our home! Now that is out of the way, I can get back to blogging!
So my husband and I looked around our living room and realized that we barely have any toys at home for our baby girl. So I’ve been thinking about what toys would be age appropriate to mark this big birthday.
Personally, toys with a lot of noise drive me crazy but she seems to enjoy them. We have a Leapfrog Musical activity table that we got as a hand-me-down, so it had no batteries for the first few weeks we had it at home. I finally decided to put some batteries in it and C now LOVES IT. It’s currently one of her favorites! The nice thing though is that there are 2 volumes — loud and super loud.
Here are a few toys that I’ve been scoping out. I think she might be a little too young for some of these but she’ll get there soon. Right now, she’s crawling and cruising with no problems. I think she’ll start wobble walking without a walker pretty soon.
Ride On Toy
This looks really fun for my little one to ride around in, Fred Flintstone style! I showed this to my friend and she mentioned that babies also like to be pushed around so she suggested this one as another option to consider.
Both of these have tons of great reviews on Amazon so I’m sure either of them would be great. I’m kind of leaning towards the Push & Ride since we will soon be upon our winter months in the Pacific Northwest which means a lot of indoor playtime and I think that one would work better inside our home since its a little smaller.
This looks really fun and I like that it includes an independent cover for each side so if you have a child that likes to chuck water in the sand or vice versa, you can prevent that. However, it also looks like it is a bit small. You can’t really launch a big boat in the water side. It is one of the more affordable sand and water tables.
A play kitchen is really high on my wishlist but my little one is probably still too young for this right now. From my friends who parents of older children, they say this is one of the most played with toys in the home and will last for years. I like that this one has gender neutral colors. It also looks way nicer than our real kitchen.
When I told my husband that I wanted to get our daughter a train table he was surprised since it’s something he’d LOVE to play with, with our daughter. This wooden set has gotten some great reviews and includes 100 track pieces as well as 30 accessory pieces.
Another option would be to get the tracks separately from the trains. This one claims to be compatible with all major systems including Thomas the Train sets.
These are the big items on our wish list. In the next post, I’ll post some smaller items that (a) don’t take up as much space and (b) are more budget friendly for gifting to friends and family.
Do you have any other great 1st birthday toy ideas?