extremity1 · 03/09/2020 22:25
Too much plastic when I think about it. (Hangs head in shame) and well just too much stuff. Plus the party, the cake, the smash cake, the balloons and the decor. If we have another one, the whole thing will be much simpler. Looking back on it, it was clearly all about me rather than him.
We ended getting him a walker/push toy to help encourage walking. A football, megablocks, wooden blocks, vtech toot toot cars and garage, books, bath toys, new foam play mat, ball pit and a million balls, first puzzles and a shape sorter, some sort of wooden thingy that you could hammer pegs into. Plus whatever the family got him.
On reflection of this (silly) list we should have just got him the football and the wooden blocks. He's nearly 6 and still plays with both of those. And they were the gags on the day.
Candyflosscookie · 03/09/2020 22:28
Nowt. He didn't know or care and we were skint. Oh actually I think we maybe got him some clothes, can't really remember. He definitely liked the wrapping paper more than whatever was inside, I can remember that.
My parents took us out for a meal to a pub with a nice play area to celebrate us keeping him alive for 12 months. He enjoyed the free balloons and his first taste of cake. All good. Pretty sure he's not scarred by not having a massive amount of cash wasted on him.
CrazyOldBagLady · 03/09/2020 22:44
Stacking cups, shape sorter, flap books, latches board. Little thing with a hammer that you knock shapes through a little table type thing. I'd try not to go mad as they won't play with most things, but it's nice to have a few things that they will grow into before their next birthday or Christmas.
OhTheRoses · 03/09/2020 22:59
An alphabet book and a Mr Man book. One was £2.99 and one £3.99. We had stretched to a large house, I was about to give up work because ds was poorly and an hadn't been paid by a cpl of major clients.
One book was for his birthday and one for Christmas. He was born on Xmas Day. It turned but there was a delish week that January when I had £17 to feed us. Potato bake with cabbage anyone?
PutBabyInTheCorner · 03/09/2020 23:01
Didn't buy any of my kids anything for their first birthdays. They didn't know what was going on and they got gifts from family.
For their second birthdays I didn't go over the top either. I'm not big on presents though, would rather do something instead.
Ireallymustgotobed · 03/09/2020 23:22
Early Learning Centre Happyland Zoo, which I’d bought when it was about half price. We went for a day out at the zoo too and she got a panda soft toy. She’s played with the happyland a fair bit and it has been a good thing to add to over time, with items from a few pounds as stocking fillers to bigger, more expensive sets. She is five now and still gets it out regularly
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