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Suggestions for grandparents for baby

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Tantrictantrum Fri 18-Jul-14 13:33:36

DS will be 3 mo at Christmas. Soon DHs parents will ask what to buy him for approx £80 for Christmas
Any suggestions?

We already have a sit it music static walker type thing, floor playmat and all the practical things.

What would be worth buying other than clothes?


Swannykazoo Fri 18-Jul-14 13:41:22

How about:
A selection of books -classics like gruffalo, hungry caterpillar, new baby books like Dear Zoo, things they loved reading when you / OH were little?
Clothes are outgrown so quickly and there's always the taste issue

Tantrictantrum Fri 18-Jul-14 13:51:34

I was thinking more on the lines of one thing - books are fine but I could ask people who spend less for those if they ask for suggestions thanks

Tantrictantrum Fri 18-Jul-14 14:10:38

I was thinking more on the lines of one thing - books are fine but I could ask people who spend less for those if they ask for suggestions thanks

wigglesrock Fri 18-Jul-14 14:20:49

My mum bought/ paid for one of my daughters first passport for her first Christmas. It was a great idea.

Tantrictantrum Fri 18-Jul-14 15:21:48

Wiggles I love that idea myself - but there is no fun in that - I can't have the money either, it's got to be fun apparently

glenthebattleostrich Fri 18-Jul-14 15:43:05

A nice bookshelf which others can fill or a toy box. Both will grow with baby

TheDayOfMyDoctor Fri 18-Jul-14 22:02:24

I'd have struggled to spend £80 on one fun thing for that age tbh

What about membership to a local zoo/farm park?


Do you have a garden? Sand pit, water table etc. given that DS won't have his first birthday until after next summer.

It's worth having a look at the 6/9 to 12month toys in elc etc. if you're looking for fun stuff.

Buttercup27 Fri 18-Jul-14 22:05:52

For the 1st 2 years my little boy had money from everyone for both birthday and Christmas. His baby brother also had money for his first Christmas. It was all put into a savings account. It has just bought them both a climbing frame, slide and trampoline which we could never have afforded on our own. It also meant we didn't have loads of unwanted toys cluttering the house.

WildFlowersAttractBees Fri 18-Jul-14 22:28:42

DS was 5mths and got a wooden baby swing for the garden (he was using it by spring)

DD1 was 7 weeks and got Smart Trike (she used it from Easter)

DD2 was 3mths and got a beautiful floral print rocking horse. It sat in her room (looking lovely!) until she was nearer 2 but she loves it now!

callamia Fri 18-Jul-14 22:33:09

Swimming lessons?
There is nothing I wish we'd had at three months that would last more than a couple of months.

RedKites Sat 19-Jul-14 14:51:18

Sling bookcase ? I wish we'd asked for one of these when DS1 was little.

ReluctantCamper Sat 19-Jul-14 14:56:28

It's only £40, but this is what DH's parents bought for DS's first xmas:

He is 3.5 now, and until really recently it was still his favourite toy, as you can adapt it to suit various developmental stages. highly recommended.

if they want to spend more, you could look for a swanky wooden version?

SweetSummerSweetPea Sat 19-Jul-14 23:06:18

So boring....I think you can buy all this gear type stuff for pennies from all sorts of places....

so what about buying lessons, or something to do in a few months? Vouchers for tumble tots...

Or, something very personal babys first xmas type thing .....

Personally unless you are comfortably off...I wouldnt waste the money on buying this stuff..I went to a baby sale today and honestly, so much equipment there for £2 or £5 and so on, all amazing brands and looked new...rockers, play dens, high chairs...

SweetSummerSweetPea Sat 19-Jul-14 23:06:50

so boring I mean my suggestion is BTW blush no one else!

SweetSummerSweetPea Sat 19-Jul-14 23:09:02

What about membership to a local zoo/farm park?

if you have one near you, excellent idea..I would dealy love to have membership to ours...another idea is NT membership, nice places to go too....usually safe from dogs and dogs shit, very child friendly these days with activities and play area...

Mrsgrumble Sat 19-Jul-14 23:12:26

A little tykes cosy truck would be perfect and will last until he is five. You can put the base in a usable from Christmas

bouquetofpencils Mon 21-Jul-14 00:10:29

Something for his nursery? Wooden castle? I would pick something that grows with him. Or for the garden, a swing, perfect for spring.

anotherdayanothersquabble Mon 21-Jul-14 00:16:20


anotherdayanothersquabble Mon 21-Jul-14 00:18:29

Just seen that you said no to books!!

attheendoftheday Mon 21-Jul-14 08:22:40

I would get a jumperoo.

Tantrictantrum Mon 21-Jul-14 12:42:34

Got a jumperoo type thing. Also I have a small house and 3 other DCs so no nursery or room for massive toys. But if I don't give a fun suggestion I will end up with a massive unwanted toy.

Tantrictantrum Mon 21-Jul-14 12:43:53

Thinking a garden toy might be the way to go - but it's a waste to put a toy in the garden for 6 months. I sound like an ungrateful bitch

petitdonkey Mon 21-Jul-14 12:45:20

Have you got a Little Tikes Car? Ours is now ten years old and possibly one of the most used toys we have ever owned.

MotherOfInsomniacToddlers Mon 21-Jul-14 12:45:48

Jumparoo, best thing we bought

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