Birthday/Christmas gifts for 1yr old

Desirée - posted on 11/24/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Hello, I'm Desiree and I have an almost one year old little girl who was born on Xmas day. Anyways, we've been starting to get ready for xmas with toys and everything but are getting stuck on ideas. Are there any moms out there who know some gifts that won't be a waste of money? You know how they are sometimes, play with it for a day and its old news... or just play with the box? Haha. Thank you.

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Megan - posted on 12/04/2009

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I saw that elmo that you shake and he says stuff at the store and I almost bought it too. That thing is hilarious. And there is a cookie monster too.

Megan - posted on 12/04/2009

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My daughter was born 12/27...I have bought her the elmo cell phone (as she loves to play with mine), the elmo remote control (again loves ours), and an old school phone you pick up the receiver for and the numbers ding like a real phone when you dial. Her newest game is telephone so I got gifts that will play on that. I'm can't afford to spend alot of $ on x-mas and b-day this yr so I am being careful with my purchases. I requested musical games and toys & clothes from my family as she loves these too.



I'm not worried about the length of time she will play with the toys. All kids big or small get bored with their toys at some point. I just try to buy smarter, inexpensive toys that will satisfy her wants and needs for now. I already know in a few months she will want something new, all kids do.

Sara-lou - posted on 12/03/2009

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my son will be 1 dec 14th i've brought him a walker that he pushes along as he walk's as we're not quite there yet with the walking. As well as toy's he can play with now i've brought him quite a few toy's that are to old for him as he has got to wait another year before he gets anything so to me it's an investment. For example i've brought him a bike with a parent handle which i no he can't use now but come the summer he's going to love it hope this helps x

Missey - posted on 12/03/2009

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You could get toys that plays music even when they get older like 2 or more they will still wont to play with it not all the time but sometimes when they hear the music they will wont it. or baby leap frog it can grow with them and some other toys that can grow with the child is also good to.

Heather - posted on 12/03/2009

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we are getting our little one megablocks. they have little cars you can build on the top of...at walmart that come with like 10 each and then a set of 100 pieces otherwise! we also got him a little einstein's laptop for ages 3 to 6 i know he is young but there is nothing he can choke on and his cousin who is 3 weeks older has one and he played with it and loved it!

Rebecca - posted on 12/03/2009

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My little girl is turning 1 on 20/12, and we will probably do the same as for her older brother and just get one toy that will be educational and then things she needs like clothes as she will get presents from family.

I would also suggest that you don't give her all the presents/toys at once.. I keep some in the car for visits and some packed away and just swap them every other month - they get less bored with their toys that way and can focus and learn about each toy, it's good for development too

Adele - posted on 11/27/2009

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Hi my daughter is 1 on 21/12 so I have been in the same position, I have bought her sit on toys that have a handle on the back that will aid her walking, a baby dolls pram that is also a walker, some dolls & cuddly toys, toys that you can put balls down, a v tech walker & activity type toys & rather than spending a fortune on them in the shops I bought them off e bay for a fraction of the cost so that if she does get bored with them I know that they havent cost the earth & then when she is done with them I will put them back on e bay, hope this helps

Michelle - posted on 11/27/2009

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My son will be one on dec 30th and im going all out. i cant help myself first baby first christmas! i kno some toys may seem like a waste but i am a child development major and i wud say try to focus on toys that will encourage development. May seem a 1 year old may be too young for toys that teach colors abc or numbers bu tthey are not. also anything taht sings or speaks will encourage ur child to speak. Stacking, sorting and also when ur child fills up and then dumps things out are important skills. also if u cud get toys that encourage walking, exploration with different senses such as diff textures wud be great! also books for bedtime can be great stocking stuffers

Cheryl - posted on 11/26/2009

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hi from ballarat australia
A friend gave my james an iggle piggle doll from, " the night garden". It just so happens that james loves watching the night garden and had been imitating the movements of iggle piggle for some time. He plays with iggle piggle everyday.
My advice is to observe your child closely and look for clues that could help you buy that perfect gift...eg..squishing the soap through tiny fingers might suggest playdough.
Stacking things into a bowl or saucepan may suggest wooden building blocks. Wants to share the telephone with you...a toy one that talks back.
hope you are successful in your search...good luck
cheers
cheryl wakeham..xo

Shalom - posted on 11/26/2009

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My girl is 1 on the 13th of December, and when my family asks what they should get, my answer is "BOOKS!" The ones with cardboard pages are preferable at this age, but you can't go wrong with some Dr.Seuss- you can always put the paper paged ones away for later. Later comes WAY before you know it... you know how hast this first year has gone!



My girl has always been one to play with the box, and her favourite toys are things like my mixing bowls and wooden spoons, as well as plastic containers with noisy things in them, so expensive toys seem a bit pointless. If people REALLY want to buy toys, go for things like "Little People" or large Lego blocks (Duplo.) They'll continue to be fun for a couple of years AND they're durable, so they won't be a waste of money. Not only that, but they're really easy to find in 2nd Hand/Consignment shops/Value Village for next to nothing AND they can all go in the dishwasher to clean! YAY!



Other things that meet the same cleanablility/durability/enjoyability criteria are things that can be stacked, like colourful bowls/cups and blocks. All of these things encourage active play, creativity and if you're clever, you can make a game out of clean-up time. (My daughter has a couple of laundry baskets for her toys, and we play "INTO THE BASKET." I give her a toy, and call out INTO THE BASKET! and she throws it in there, then we yell YAYYYY!!! and clap a lot. This took some practise, but hey, now she likes cleaning up! WOO!)

Lydia - posted on 11/26/2009

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I got my daughter an abacus - fun for now, educational for later - for xmas and 'wizard of oz' barbie dolls for bday (or vice versa) though the dolls are collectibles rather than for her playtime amusement but she wont care with all the other toys she will get on the day anyway.

Desirée - posted on 11/25/2009

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The ball pit is a great idea! I see them but I never even thought about getting one, I think we might now though!
The elmo encore was on the list but we took her to see it and turned it on and she was so bored with it, she didn't like it at all. But we did get her a couple of elmo toys, a puppet and this elmo that she can hold and shake and he laughs.

Michelle - posted on 11/25/2009

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My daughter is getting a stacking bear, a "tool" set, some bath toys, a farm shape sorter, a couple of the Little People sets, blocks, a "Sit 'n Spin", a learning cube, and a leap frog fridge thing. Those are just her Christmas gifts (and I'm not done:o) Going a little crazy this year) For her Birthday we're getting her a ball pit. She LOVES to play with balls and even though it says three and up I see no issues as long as she's watched. Good luck with your shopping!!

Sophia - posted on 11/25/2009

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mine loves elmo. we got him the elmo live encore. one of our friends has it and he loves it! elmo says so many thngs on it. he just sits there and stares at him when he talks and sings. we also got him the leap frgo learn and groove table. they have other versions, but everyone i know says their babies have loved it and they play with it as they get older.

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I would get the $20 crawl through tunnel at Ikea...my 11 month old loves this...she doesn't play in it everyday, but also she can use it until she's 2. It's fun for playdates too.

Sia - posted on 11/25/2009

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Hi desiree my son was also born on Xmas day .I'm in the same boat with you I'm looking for ideas on invites,theme, food and games to keep the kids busy. Why don't you wait till after her birthday in case somebody gets what you had in mind for her and don't forget there is always good bargains after Xmas if there is a special toy you want to get ......may be something educational???

Andrea - posted on 11/24/2009

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ohh tel me about it. My girl is also 1 on xmas :-)..so hard for us finding TWO prezzies. I go a wee but over th top. Have brought her a wotwot plush toy(says for 18months but supervised i see no problm/pretty safe to me).was thinking a rocking horse as she enjoys tht at playgroup& i see the older kids tht still love playing on it.but cannot decide. I guess somthing cheap will do while shes young coz they grow out of toys so quickly!! Good luck :)

Desirée - posted on 11/24/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

I agree, ours was born on Dec 23. We are not going to spend much on gifts for her this year, so far of all her toys her favorites are an empty diaper box that she pushes around when she walks and any sealed container w/dry bean in it like a rattle-keeping in mind she has at least a dozen REAL rattles. But none of the actual toys compare to shredding a magazine or pushing around a taped shut oatmeal can w/beans!!!


Hahaha, I know!! What is with them? Ah, God bless them - they're all ahead of us in this recession knowing darnwell we can't afford what we wish we could!

Jessica - posted on 11/24/2009

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I agree, ours was born on Dec 23. We are not going to spend much on gifts for her this year, so far of all her toys her favorites are an empty diaper box that she pushes around when she walks and any sealed container w/dry bean in it like a rattle-keeping in mind she has at least a dozen REAL rattles. But none of the actual toys compare to shredding a magazine or pushing around a taped shut oatmeal can w/beans!!!

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