Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First Birthday Presents

It's really hard to believe,  but Sasha turns 1 in two weeks!
And now we come to the super exciting part! Presents for the first birthday.
I think this post may be useful for parents of the little ones as well as for friends and relatives who have no clue what they should get. Since it can be pretty tough considering amount of products on the market and different stages of baby's growth.
What will be interesting for the almost-a-toddler? What affordable options do I have? What will keep the baby occupied and will catch his attention?
So let's jump right into it.

Here I'll list a bunch of potential presents from different price categories.

1. Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike.

This is what we actually got for our daughter. 4 in 1 trike that can be used and loved from ages 9 months-5 years!!!!Pretty impressive.

Here is what it looks like.
"it easily converts from a stroller to a steering trike, learning-to-ride-trike, and finally a classic trike. The 4-in-1 Trike features safety features for the youngest riders, including removable wrap around safety bars with cupholder and snack tray, and a 3-point harness. The trike has quiet ride tires when pedaling. The height-adjustable push-handle and unique stroller-style canopy remove for older riders. The sturdy steel frame and adjustable seat ensure it will last for years."

I can't wait to give it a try!!!! and it retails for 77-100$. Pretty expensive,but considering that it is an investment for the next 4 years, I think it is well worth the money.

2. A doll. 

Well this one is questionable and you can skip this part. But... I thought it is going to be super cool for my baby to have something we got her for her first birthday as she grows. something she can play with and love...and well possibly pass it to her siblings or her own kids later on. So we decided to get her a doll...not a cabbage patch doll, but a good quality,expensive doll. I do realize, however, that she probably won't even be interested in it for the next year...but still I love the idea. We chose a french brand corolle and a beautiful baby doll-happiness. It is quite expensive for a doll (57$) especially when you can get one much cheaper...for like 10$ at target. However, here we pay for memories and traditions...not too much for the practical part of having a doll. (As a brand suggestions for fancy dolls - Corolle, spanish brand Paola Reina, or American girl // as an option there are collectible barbies mattel come up with each year. Wouldn't it be cool to have a barbie from the year you were born. I'd love to have it. 

3. Hazel village toys

again pretty expensive for toys. But they are beautiful, nicely made, each has its name,clothes,personality. All huggable and loveable. (40$) And you can also personalize them by adding a monogram with the name of a baby. I think it is a great option for a gift.

4. Nice clothes or shoes. 

There is a whole lot of beautiful clothes we'll never gonna get on a daily basis because they are out of our price range aaand we can go to carters and get something way cheaper and...tons of other reasons. And it's absolutely normal BUT birthdays are for breaking the rules right? If we can't spoil our children on their birthdays when can we?
We personally were thinking about investing in a good pair of proper walking shoes. The ones that would be made of leather with a good orthopedic sole...they are quite pricey as well but beneficial for baby's health.

5. Little people by fisher price (farm)

Okay this one is well known and loved with age range of 1-4 years it can become a perfect present!
not as pricey (retailing for 34$-39$) It has everything baby needs - animals that they will soon be familiar with, all the funny sounds, and a bunch of possible activities, closing doors, moving hay stacks etc. I love it!
And what's even better that if you don't want to spent that much money, or the baby already have the original farm, there are a bunch of additions you can get for as low as 10$.
We purchased this one with a duck and a piggy. I'm sure it's going to be a hit.

6. Laugh & Learn Puppy.

(around 20$)
fun way to learn your baby different body parts, alphabet, songs that every baby knows.

7. Activity cube, or everything stackable, sorters

Oh that's what babies around one love the most. Put things together, put something in and get something out...Stackable toys are our everything at this stage! Rings,cups,blocks... Everything. And it is great for developing their fine motor skills too.

what's best about this category is a price range. Toys like these go from 5$ to 100$ on average and you can chose what's comfortable for your budget.

8. Books// boarding books

At this point of their development babies are likely to be interested in books, they love to look at the pictures,love to turn pages and of course they love the voice of their parents reading to them. You can't go wrong with a book. Choose beautiful story-tales, or a package of boarding books with bright pictures and first words.
P.S. we got this book recently...and I am crazily in love with it!The most beautiful and cutest illustrations I've ever seen

9.  Ball pit.

This present can become a bit of pain for parents (if their babies like to throw stuff away like our little one does), but children will definitely love it!!!
You can get just balls and put them in the existed playpen, sandbox, or pool. Or you can get a set of play tent with balls included (like the one on the picture above) 
It is going to bring lots of fun for kids and hopefully some free time for parents. (Priced around 20$ for balls/only and 35 for the tent and balls)

10. Swing

Babies love swings! If you /or the family you're buying presents for live in the house,it can become a perfect present! Infant swings are suitable for babies 6-36 months. (retails for 25$)

I hope this post was helpful! As for us, we can't wait to celebrate the first year of our new journey together!
And the presents are ready to be packed!

Thanks for reading :)

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