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Now that we are well into December, with Christmas quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good time to share my first ever gift guide for toddlers! Peter turns 1 this month and we will celebrate his 2nd Christmas. I’m probably more excited than most normal people to see him open his presents and play with all his toys with him. Last year, he was a little brand new potato, so I did all the unwrapping for him. This year, he will do most of it on his own. Keep reading for all my favorite toddler gift finds!
Okay, so this was one of my favorite finds for Peter. It’s a tricycle that you can push baby on before they’ve learned how to pedal. We LOVE going on walks at the park near our house. This will be the perfect thing for Peter as an alternative to riding along in the stroller.
Climber and Slide
Since learning how to walk, Peter has learned that he also loves to climb. One of my coworkers was selling this climber and slide and I jumped all over it. I just know Peter will have so much fun playing on this, and it will keep him from climbing on the fireplace hearth!
I’m a teacher, so naturally I love books. Every night before bed we read one or two stories together. Usually Brown Bear or Goodnight Moon because they’re short and the pictures hold Peter’s attention. He now knows how to turn the pages and leaves me in the dust if I don’t read quickly enough. Some books we’re absolutely getting Peter for Christmas are:
Normal sized Legos are absolutely not appropriate for babies/toddlers. However, large Legos can be so much fun! I’ve noticed lately that Peter is starting to use his imagination when he plays. He babbles as he moves little toys around and sets them in different places. I’m mesmerized watching him play. Legos are the perfect toy to let kids imaginations run wild. They can imagine whatever they want and then build it. Although it will be a while before Peter grasps the concept of snapping the blocks together, I think he can still enjoy playing with them. Plus, it’s a screen free toy. That’s a win in my book!
If you haven’t heard of Melissa and Doug, you need to Google them right now. They have a TON of wooden toys that are just perfect for imaginative play. You’ll notice that I didn’t include any techy toys in this gift guide. That’s because I don’t believe in putting technology in front of babies or toddlers. I’m speaking as a teacher who has seen how damaging too much screen time is for children. Peter will have plenty of time to look at a screen when he’s older. For now, he just needs to play. Melissa and Doug toys are perfect for just that. They have everything from play kitchens to puzzles. You seriously can’t go wrong with one of their products.
For the Toddler Mama
If you’re looking for a good gift for a toddler mama stay right here!
- All the coffee
- Wine (if that’s your thing)
- One hour massage
- An hour of alone time
- Ear plugs
- A listening ear
- Some words of praise
I so hope you enjoyed my first ever gift guide! There will absolutely be more to come in the future. Be sure to check out my post on my favorite baby products!