H.E. asks from Knoxville, TN on November 22, 2007
Toy Ideas for Daughter's Christmas & First Birthday
We really haven't bought her much of anything of her own since she was born ... she plays with all her brother's toys from when he was a baby (they are 22 months apart). I have no clue where to start with girl toys that are well loved (and played with for more than a day!) by little ones ... it's taken me this long to figure out boy toys for my little guy! ;)
Do you all have any toys or other presents that your little girls have just loved? I'm open to any suggestions ... we have lots of different type of toys (educational, pretend, etc.). I'm just wondering what other Moms with little girls (about one year old) would recommend! Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Thanks so much to everyone who responded to my request! There were a LOT of great ideas ... a few of which we've already purchased for her birthday/Christmas! I really appreciate that so many fabulous Moms took time out of their day to help me with my question! Thanks again & Happy Holidays to you all!
P.S. Keep the ideas coming if you have them! ;)
L. answers from Baton Rouge on November 27, 2007
My daughter got a plush rocking snail for her first birthday.
She still plays with it at 2 1/2. They also come in butterflies and catterpillars. Her bedroom is decorated in cartoon flowers and bugs so it fits in perfectly.
A.P. answers from Nashville on December 04, 2007
I have a 2 yr old niece and for her 1st birhtday I purchased little things that help with motor skills. Simple Shapes and colors all plastic you can purchase in the 1 yr old section. Her parents purchased learning material she has no interest in until now that she is 2 yrs of age. She is definitely enjoying.
D.P. answers from Chattanooga on November 22, 2007
the bounce and spin zebra is a GREAT toy... we got dd one for her birthday because at the sitters she would play with it everyday and loved it. now at 20 mths she still plays with it and it's good to get her to burn some energy. She plays with it at least an hr each day and has since we bought it, it really has been the best toy we could have gotten her. my mom and dad got a ball pop thing from walmart, where balls blow up from it and she LOVED it, it broke in our move back home but she would play with it off and on everyday. for dd's first (which was in march) we didn't get any toys except for those since we knew we'd be moving shortly after.
A.W. answers from Baton Rouge on November 22, 2007
For her first birthday, we got our little girl clothes & toys. We got a walking-type toy to help teach her how to walk (she just started walking a few weeks ago at 17 months). Blocks, balls, shape sorters, books, a xylaphone, and toys where you push buttons to make noise (she loves her Leap Frog stand up music table).
G.R. answers from Nashville on November 26, 2007
I have a daughter who is 3 and a son who is 16 mo. One thing they both really enjoyed (and still do!) from the age of one on is a tea set. They enjoy pretending to have a party and eventually ask thier dolls, teddy bears, and other "buddies" to partake!
Another idea is a baby doll with the typical baby "stuff" (ex, bottle, diapers, stroller, blanket, etc). That's another fun pretned play idea that she can do by herself or with you!
C.H. answers from Baton Rouge on November 24, 2007
My 1 year old just got a bouncy zebra that makes noise- I think its fisher price. (she's walking and its the perfect height for her to climb on.) She adores it.
Funny thing is that my three year old is just starting to play with the toys from her 1st birthday- shes never been into dolls or pretend or blocks or anything! She loves arts and crafts- give her paint or playdo and she's good.
My one year old just hugs and loves on her dolls and stuffed animals- so I guess its just in the personalities!
K.I. answers from Nashville on November 26, 2007
My daughter just had her 1st birthday on November 13, and she really loves her purse, her toy electric guitar, her baby piano, and her animal train that sings and drives forward.
D.W. answers from Jackson on November 25, 2007
My 2nd daughter's birthday is December 16th. Since she has all of her older sister's toys, my family gives a lot of dated gifts (Arthur Court, Swarovski and Make a Wish ornaments), monogrammed bags and books. We have toys running out of our ears (and so do the other kids in our extended family), so we also contribute to college funds or give savings bonds. My older daughter does get to go pick out one toy for each of the children in our family. The kids never know that we only give them one toy; however, my 6 year old is really enjoying putting "her" ornaments on the tree this year. This is something she will continue to love each year.
S.H. answers from Huntsville on November 25, 2007
(This was actually copied from another response I gave to someone asking about Christmas presents for her almost 1 yr old.)
I like to look at the Toys R Us Web site and "Shop By Age". I would look at 12 - 24 Months since she will be 12 months soon!
My daughter was 10 months old last Christmas. Here are some things she got last Christmas (Ok this is all from Santa, both sets of grandparents, and aunts/uncles! LOL yes, she's a bit spoiled...):
Bounce & Spin Zebra (still loves it)
Go and Grow Rider (ride on toy kinda like a tricycle but no pedals, they push their feet on the floor; still loves this one)
One of those plastic outdoor swings for 9-36 months age
Hokey Pokey Elmo (LOVES Elmo now haha)
Wooden activity cube that has things on different sides
Ring Stacker (she actually got 2, one was stars instead of rings and had start to sit on top, it makes a noise when you put on/off a ring and plays one of a few songs when you put the star on top; LOVES this one b/c of the music)
Glow Worm that plays music (again, still LOVES this one)
Wooden letter blocks
And of course clothes, clothes, and more clothes! haha
They are too young to know what's going on, so a few toys should be fine. Don't feel bad for getting her clothes or other things she NEEDS rather than just toys.
Also, instead of candy in her stocking, we put some finger foods in it. Most were Gerber things such as different flavored puffs and those fruit strips.