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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?


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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