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Ihavealwaysknown Fri 08-Mar-19 21:20:33

Dd is shortly turning 1!

We have ordered her a teepee, but have a lot of family asking what to get her for her birthday. We got around her christening by asking for books, and she has a wardrobe full of clothes as she is a slow grower! So, I need help! Any suggestions on things we could direct people to for her birthday?


wendz86 Fri 08-Mar-19 21:24:40

Ball pool, tea set, sandpit, water table,

VelvetPineapple Fri 08-Mar-19 21:24:50

My LO has a ball pit! You could also ask for toys that she’ll grow into like building blocks or puzzles or animal figures.

Worsethingshappen Fri 08-Mar-19 21:24:59

Sounds like she doesn’t need anything? You could always tell people they don’t need to bring a present?

Ihavealwaysknown Fri 08-Mar-19 21:26:04

I should have said, we have tried the no present angle but that isn’t going down... she’s first grandchild 🙄

NuffSaidSam Fri 08-Mar-19 21:29:06

You could ask for classic toys that she'll grow into like blocks, Duplo, brio train set, but then you have the problem of storing it all and then...what do you ask for next year?

If they're close friends/family and wouldn't be offended, I'd open a savings account for her and tell them to make a little donation if they want to.

Otherwise maybe a terms worth of activity classes or an annual pass to a local attraction?

Divgirl2 Fri 08-Mar-19 21:29:07

Set up a savings account in her name and ask for money instead of gifts? No point in filling your house with crap you don't need just because other people feel the need to buy stuff.

Worsethingshappen Fri 08-Mar-19 21:31:15

Ok then. Wooden building blocks. Schleich Animal figures last for ever. Duplo Lego, won’t build it much but yet but still fun. Vehicles. Wooden Ball run. Tea set/cooker. Shakers. You drum. Look up Montessori toys for 1 year olds - good ideas. Also myriad online has lovely things.

Worsethingshappen Fri 08-Mar-19 21:32:04

“Toy drum” not “you drum”

SaigonSaigon Fri 08-Mar-19 21:33:32

Baby rocking horse, first doll or push along pram, abacus, xylophone, musical instruments, Jack in a box. Or set her up a bank account, I think thats a good idea. We did. But I do appreciate people will want to give a toy.

moreismore Fri 08-Mar-19 21:33:45

Stacking cups!
Chalkboard and chalk (if you have space a big A frame one is great)

moreismore Fri 08-Mar-19 21:34:16

Oh and wooden fruit which Velcro’s together-surprisingly expensive! But much played with even at age 3.

SaigonSaigon Fri 08-Mar-19 21:35:16

Yes - Velcro fruit. Brilliant idea. Lots of use for quite a while too. I think our brand is Big Jigs?

TurtleyAwesome Fri 08-Mar-19 23:00:05

But I don’t want to drum. You drum! 🥁

aibutohavethisusername Fri 08-Mar-19 23:02:56

Wooden train track. My DD was 11 and sad when she realised it had been donated to younger family members.

Happygilmore2 Fri 08-Mar-19 23:10:47

I would ask for clothes or vouchers for clothes as I have 6 children and the amount of toys they get is shocking 😂. Depends also on the amount of clothes or toys you already have.
Or just vouchers towards a new cot or bed maybe helpful

randomchap Fri 08-Mar-19 23:17:46

Tell the grandparents that DD would love to stay over at theirs for night as a birthday treat. Then sleep solidly for 12 hours when she's there.

Wooden building blocks were my DC's favourite at that age. You can't have too many.

Normandy144 Fri 08-Mar-19 23:51:36

Open her an ISA and pay her money in there and if any one would like to donate then great.

TheWomanin12B Sat 09-Mar-19 00:04:42

My 1 yr old really liked the play kitchen at that age, even though they were technically too young, they loved opening the doors and drawers. We had so much use out of it.

You could ask them to buy a set of Doll's House furniture / figures etc. Each and build up a collection for when she's older?

TheWomanin12B Sat 09-Mar-19 00:06:36


Pyjamas / night gown / dressing gown

Rug for the floor.

Night light.

Other room decoration.

Are all things I've requested if the onslaught of toys got too much and people were desperate to buy.

TheWomanin12B Sat 09-Mar-19 00:08:13

^ sorry, Grimms and play kitchen are separate things in the post above.

I meant Grimms wooden toys e.g. The rainbow.

We got our play kitchen from gltc and it's lasted 13 yrs.

OccasionallyIncomplet Sat 09-Mar-19 00:25:31

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user1471426142 Sat 09-Mar-19 00:28:11

At 1, my little one’s favourite presents were a doll, mini kitchen and a little tykes car. If you’ve got a garden then outdoor toys like a small slide or see saw would be good as you’ll get a lot of use over the summer.

strawbmilk Sat 09-Mar-19 06:29:16

What about a trip to the zoo, aquarium, city farm or soft play and they come with you....

Vodkafairy75 Sat 09-Mar-19 06:43:46

Do you have a garden? It was my son’s first birthday a couple of weeks ago and I asked for money to buy outdoor toys (house is already full of toys!) so bought him a slide, swing and a sand & water table.

skankingpiglet Sat 09-Mar-19 06:59:36

If you haven't got a play kitchen yet then they are a great investment. You can then limit the volume of toys by requesting wooden food and accessories, which cost more and will be self-contained within the kitchen (and are much nicer TBH). As recommended by PPs the velcro food you can 'cut' is still very popular here with my 2.5 and 4.5yo. We have the pizza instead of the velcro fruit/veg.
My DCs spend hours playing shop, taking it back to cook it, then a picnic with their teddies. We bought it when DC1 was 18mo, but DC2 was using it as soon as she was able to pull herself up and stand at it (9mo?). The kitchen has been the best value for money of any toy so far both in longevity and hours spent on it.

Schleich animals are also a good investment that last well and don't take up too much space (and are played with a lot here). The only issue with this is people thinking that any old brand will do and buying double the amount of cheap knock-offs.

Happy Land has been really good and used from 12mo.

Cozy coupe for the garden. Bulky, but not kept in the house.

Scuttle bug is great plus it folds up quite small when not in use.

PotteringAlong Sat 09-Mar-19 07:03:02

Cosy coupe car. We got one for my eldest when he was 1. 7 years and 3 children later and it’s still the most played with toy.

FredFlinstoneMadeOfBones Sat 09-Mar-19 07:21:51

Duplo, brio, building blocks, toy kitchen, kitchen food. She'll be a little young now but in a few months she'll be moving on from baby toys onto stuff like this.

FredFlinstoneMadeOfBones Sat 09-Mar-19 07:22:39

I also agree about schleich animals great investment and not too expensive.

mathanxiety Sat 09-Mar-19 07:28:00

YY to stacking cups and wooden blocks.
Also bristle blocks/aka sensory blocks, which provide a frustration-free play experience.

Bath toys, as they get grungy and it's nice to replace them occasionally. Toys that can be filled with water and used for pouring are great. Emptying and filling can keep a baby happy for a while.

Keep on asking for books. You can never have too many. (Same goes for wooden blocks). Books of rhymes, and books written in rhyme are especially appropriate developmentally at this stage.

Books, balls, baby dolls (Corolle is a nice brand), blocks, musical instruments (xylophones and little pianos are nice).

If you have a 'circuit' in your house where she can walk or run around without having to do an about turn, or even a big room (that isn't carpeted), some little pull along toys with wheels and a string can provide a lot of fun for babies aged 1-2+.

Really big stuffed animals to roll around on. Obv not too many of these...

Little rocking horse, some safe design.

Cars to roll along, trucks...

A little wagon to push along. Babies love filling up wheeled containers with all kinds of stuff and pushing them along.


AlbusPercival Sat 09-Mar-19 07:28:08

Anything from grimms. 12 piece rainbow if you can get it. Played with by 1 - 10 year olds here.

Lanka kade animals

ELC wooden post box

tanitani Sat 09-Mar-19 07:39:05

Are there any baby classes or course you'd love to do with her that you could ask for?
Kind of like baby "experience" gifts. A course of baby swimming or baby something-or-other?

AlecOrAlonzo Sat 09-Mar-19 07:40:06

Sound blocks are lovely. My kids (18months - 5) all love them.

B toys. Really anything but the doctor kit, the wheely cars, the keys, the phone, the snug bugs, the bouncy hippo are all lovely.

A wobbel board. My kids love theirs. It's a bridge, a stool, a stage, a slide, a tunnel etc

NWQM Sat 09-Mar-19 19:06:57

Another vote for a kitchen with others getting accessories.

If limited room perhaps you could ask people to club together for an annual pass to a soft play area or membership to local zoo.

chuttypicks Sat 09-Mar-19 19:08:17

Money in her bank account?

Twit00 Sat 09-Mar-19 19:16:21

At 1 they really don't need many presents! However, toys that got played with for many years here were (and not all are suitable for a 1 year old):

Play kitchen, with saucepans, plastic food
Brick trolley
Books (Mr Men set?)
Sand/Water tray for the garden
Swing for the garden
Little Tykes car
Finger paints and paper, big spodgy marker pens
Random stuff from Early Learning Centre (does that still exist?)
And the best fun ever is going down a small slide into a small paddling pool (but that's probably a couple of years away!)

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