As the last couple weeks of having a baby under the age of one are upon us, I am spending time reflecting on the past year of our lives. Where has the time gone?
I can’t tell you the number of people who have come to me and said, “Don’t blink. It really does fly by.” And, every time, I thought to myself: Yeah, yeah. Like I haven’t heard that one before.
But, it’s hit me like a ton of bricks. My little baby, who just yesterday I was bringing into this world, is turning 1.
Time sure does fly, doesn’t it?
Looking through her basket of toys that she frequently plays with, I’ve noticed that most of them no longer hold her attention like they once did. I guess turning one is not only a milestone in terms of age, but also in terms of development.
As we begin replacing her toys with more age appropriate things, I wanted to share our favorites with you.
If you know of someone who is having a baby, or if you are a parent to a baby under one, these ideas would be great to keep in mind for the upcoming holiday season!
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Vulli Sophie The Giraffe Teether, Brown/White: An obvious one. From the time Becca was able to grip toys, she loved Sophie. And, even before then, she was intrigued by the squeaking noise that comes when you squeeze the giraffe. Not only is Sophie easy to grip and engaging, but she also is made of the perfect material to soothe a teething baby’s gums! Plus, there are several books featuring Sophie, so she is still a beloved character even as the child grows.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy: Another obvious one. Almost every mom will tell you this a must-have! This has by far been the most used toy in our household from the very beginning. Not only does it play classical music in a fun, baby-friendly tune, but it also features a rattle, an easy-grip handle, and lights that flash along with the beat. And, the best feature of all is that this toy is STURDY. I can’t tell you how many times it has been thrown onto our kitchen floor from the high chair, but it continues to play like we bought it yesterday, even a whole year later.
Books, Books and more Books: We continue to build our library of books, and I really do believe we will never have enough. Board books are your best friend when it comes to babies. If it is paper, it will be ripped, slobbered on, and bent within the first few minutes of purchasing it. Baby books can sometimes be pricey, so sturdy books with different textures, flaps, sounds, or rhymes are great for keeping baby’s attention!
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym: We used this every day, multiple times a day, when Becca was a newborn. It was our favorite toy until she was around 5 months and rolling around everywhere. Even then, we would put the music on for her as she rolled all around the room! We loved that this toy had so many attachments that could me moved around depending on whether she was spending time on her back or tummy. It was so easy to keep clean, and she loved the music and lights!
LeapFrog My Pal Violet: This is currently Becca’s FAVORITE toy and has been for the past couple months. I Love that Violet is programmable, so you can tailor her to your child. Violet says Becca’s name, knows her favorite food, color, and animal, and plays a selection of music that I was able to choose. The best part is once we get tired of listening to the same songs, we can go in and reprogram her to play new ones! It’s like getting a new toy all over again. Now, when we come across Violet in the store, Becca lights up and reaches for her. So, of course, we have to stop and play for a minute! If you have a boy, check out LeapFrog My Pal Scout!
Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat: When your baby is able to hold his head up, but not quite able to sit on his own, this seat really comes in handy! It allows your baby to use those muscles to keep his head upright, but gives the support needed to sit. We used this toy all the time before Becca was sitting on her own, as she loved playing with the attached toys that come with it! The butterfly crinkles to add a touch of sensory, and the teether is perfect for babies getting teeth in around this age.
Fisher-Price Animal Friends Learning Table: We love this table because babies are able to play with it two different ways. The table top part of the toy can be placed on the ground to use during tummy time or for the baby sitting up. Once your baby is pulling up on things and standing, the legs can be added to the table to encourage baby to stand. The table also has the option of playing just music or music with words. And, it uses both English and Spanish words to provide a total learning experience for your baby! Not to mention, the included balls that can be placed on the table to practice coordination.
Infantino Spiral Activity Toy, Blue: Stroller toys are great for young babies not quite holding on to things yet! These toys can be attached to the stroller or car seat, or just dangled in front of the baby to increase their awareness of new things. Once baby does start holding on, this toy is so easy to grab. It rattles, has a mirror to look into, and crinkles for added texture. We still pull this one out when Becca needs some entertainment in church or at a restaurant.
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging): This is another toy that accommodates babies at different levels. The play panel can be removed, so the toy is functional on the floor or for the baby learning to stand and walk.
Sassy Fascination Station: When your baby begins sitting in her high chair, you will want something to entertain her as you are preparing dinner or cleaning up. Around 5 months, Becca started using this toy every time she sat in her high chair. We just suctioned it on there, and she could spin it to make it light up and play music. It was such a fun toy for her and provided us with a few extra minutes to get things done in the kitchen!