Hi everyone! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind these past 2 weeks. Having two kids birthdays less than 2 weeks apart can really take the “mama’ outta you. Right after my baby’s first birthday, I started planning our now 4 years old’s birthday. Even though I didn’t throw a party, I wanted to make sure that everything was perfect and make sure that she knew her birthday was just as special. Here are some pictures of her 4th birthday I wanted to share before I dive into today’s post.
With that being said, it’s like my baby knew that being 1 was a game changer. She is now walking very well and I’m constantly running around the house making sure she doesn’t get into things she shouldn’t get into because I have yet to get a gate (I know, I know, #momfail!). And now that she’s 1 it seems to be that she either wants to play with one of two things: her older sister’s toys or things that are not toys.
All she wants to play with are, boxes (not the toys that come in the box), kitchen utensils, her own diaper and wipes, paper towels, the tv remotes (not a toy remote because she damn well knows the difference) and random things like car keys.
I will probably be going through her toy bins soon to donate/ give away items I know she won’t want/need. I thought it would be a great way to share some of the items that she thoroughly enjoyed playing with from when she first started sitting up.
It can be overwhelming with the wide array of choices that will greet you as you stroll along the aisle of a store but really babies don’t need much. So here are some toys that I found held Keira’s attention for a good period of time.
This ball was one of the very first toys that she played with. This is very easy for baby to grab at an early age because they can use their tiny fingers to grip between the grooves as opposed to a regular ball. It also doubles as a rattle and makes noise when it moves — and let’s face it, all babies love noise. This toy was fairly inexpensive and you can find it at pretty much any store like Walmart or Target.
Babies love books, at least all my kids did. They are curious from all the colors and prints they see. My favorite type of books are the ones that include different textures in them. I got this particular book for her as part of her Easter basket and till now she loves turning the pages and feeling all the different textures.
It’s fun to watch their facial expressions when they are feeling new things and of course, you can read it to them or explain to them what they are looking at.
This is another inexpensive toy that causes fun entertainment. This toy I intend to keep because she hasn’t quite grasped the full concept of stacking the rings in the correct order. She does like to pull them all off and try to put them back on to the stick.
Toys like these encourage motor skills and hand eye coordination. Her big sister likes to call them donuts!
This is one of my favorite toys that she has. We got this for her for Christmas and she liked it immediately. The fish are small (and very colorful) enough for her to easily grab on to. This also encourages motor skills and by her putting the fish in and out of the bowl.
And there are cute little songs that play when you press the buttons on the bowl, which she likes to do since the buttons are very big and easy for her to press. I can see this doubling as good use for a counting toy as she gets older.
Bright beats spin
My mom got her this and its the cutest thing. I have the Bright Beats and I believe this is the smaller, more mobile version. It sings and when you hit its stomach (which is fairly easy for baby) it talks and starts spinning in a circle on its own.
This encourages the baby to be mobile (and start to try and crawl) and to try and follow/catch it. I think it’s super cute and kind of funny because when she plays with it, it’s almost like watching a cat chase light or a ball of yarn!
There are other toys that I think are great for kids and will help them developmentally in so many different areas. I have the list below, and although this is by no means a Fisherprice sponsored post, but I must say they make some GREAT products:
- Fisher price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Puppy
- Fisher price Laugh and Learn Controller
- Infantino Gaga Balls and Blocks
- Fisher price Shape Sorter
- V-Tech Turn and Learn Driver
- Sassy Whimsical Wheel Tray Toy
- Bright stars Hide and Peek Block
But again, you don’t need all of this and all babies are different! This is just a helpful list of inexpensive toys ($20 or less) that babies may enjoy. And don’t forget, toys are temporary! Babies will soon outgrow them and move on to the next 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this post. What are some things that your babies have enjoyed? I’d love to hear them in the comments below. Please share if you enjoyed this. Thank you for reading! XOXO