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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 21st Nov '08 10:12 PM


So...Christmas is near and my grandson will have his 1st birthday on the 20th.

I'll never forget the toys that were my son's favorites when he was little, but I guess most of those don't exist any more.

Do any of you have a 1 year old boy in your life who has a favorite toy or item that is very special to him? I'm just blank on what to get for him for his birthday and for Christmas. I'd love to get him something he will enjoy greatly for months to come.

I appreciate any ideas! Thanks in advance.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Fri, 21st Nov '08 10:17 PM

My grandson just turned one in September. He loves anything with dials and buttons he can turn and push, anything that opens and closes, and all things Elmo! He also loves to play with the big magnets on the fridge. So much fun!

Rhayader  (Level: 97.7 - Posts: 59)
Fri, 21st Nov '08 10:23 PM

I know my boys loved their Baby Einstein videos. They are about as interactive as a video can be and great fun to watch with your little guy. A classic that you can still find today are the little walk-behind walkers. You can find them now with all kinds of gadgets for your toddler to fiddle with. And my two youngest still play with their "bead rollercoaster." Here is the Cadillac of bead rollercoasters- You can find much simpler (and cheaper!) ones at any toystore. Hope this helps!


Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Fri, 21st Nov '08 10:58 PM

Books, 1 is a great age for so many different types of books -- there are the ones with sound and its a great way to encourage reading.....

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Fri, 21st Nov '08 11:10 PM

Fat Brain Toys online has many ideas for a toy that is developmentally appropriate for a one year old. Play is the work of our babies. Give a toy that will grow his brain. (Not that I'm suggesting you won't)

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 2:13 AM

Books - both of my kids could read by the time they were 4 - it's never too early to start - my grandmother had taught me as well by that age - and it's a life long gift and never too early to start! They have some wonderful fabric books that you can start with too!

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 4:59 AM

Kids never have too many books. Old favorites are best. Clifford!

And I just found Elmo for $20 at Big Lots! So I got one for my 1 year old great grandson! Hope he loves it.

Chiknmac  (Level: 18.3 - Posts: 3)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 7:07 AM

Anything with buttons to punch or dials to twist that makes noise or flashes lights. It's time for soft felt books, too, with simple pictures.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 7:23 AM

Books are a splendid idea, and even small children love to be read to.

My personal favorite though, is the Bead Rollercoaster....used to see
the children of varying ages totally enthralled with all the different
things they could do. AND THEY KEPT THEM QUIET while waiting
in Doctors and Dentists offices....

Children love noise makers....but their parents....not so much....

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 7:36 AM

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:08 AM

Radio Flyer wagon. He'll use it for years and you and his mom can use it when you take him to the zoo, pumpkin patches or anywhere!


Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 12:42 PM

Speaking of books, my kids LOVED the whole series of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" books. Other titles are If You Give A Pig A Pancake, If You Give A Moose A Muffin, and If You Give A Cat A Cupcake

Rhayader  (Level: 97.7 - Posts: 59)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 12:51 PM

A nice, lap-sized edition of "Goodnight Moon" is a must! A great bedtime story for a 1 year old.

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:04 PM

For my first birthday I got a stuffed dog that I called "Drooper". He was stuffed with crushed walnut shells and here it is almost 32 years later and I still have "Drooper" with all his "surgery" scars (where mom had to sew him back up when he would get a rip in a seam). What else I got for my first birthday, I have no clue....

Carrying on a family tradition on David's first birthday I went to Toys R Us and found him the softest, snuggliest stuffed dog I could find. What else we got him is a mystery because I would have to go dig out pictures and look at them to remember but I do remember him grabbing his puppy and rubbing his face against it when he opened it. He carried it around for a couple years tucked under his arm where ever he would go. He is now 8 and still sleeps with "Snuggle Puppy" but please don't tell his friends that because he would be mortified. When they come to spend the night "Snuggle Puppy" gets put on the toy box beside his bed. I hope that he still has his puppy when he is my age.

I have to agree with the books suggestion as well because David absolutely loved for me to read him "Goodnight Moon" at bedtime and before long he had it memorized and could tell me what would come next in the story if I tried to skip any parts. LOL

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:27 PM

Ok...gonna spout now. The books are a great gifts for the parents, not the child. He's 1, buy him sumpin he LOVES.

Books come later, when they can enjoy the journey. Before you all start freaking out, I have 5 bookshelves in my house,all filled, my kids love reading, but they can read.

Get the kid a wagon or a rocking horse.


Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:34 PM

Make something with him. Any little thing... like a rocking horse for a stuffed animal. Will be special.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3349)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 7:04 AM

My grandson is 3. His first birthday was a hoot - I was loaded down! I think his favorite present was a small chair. I got the one from Pottery Barn Kids. It's foam, and covered with a washable zip-off covering - comes in lots of colors. (I got it in big-boy denim with his name on it). It became his reading chair, and he would head right for it, plop himself down, and that meant that you had to sit on the floor next to the chair and read to him. He loved it - for his 3rd birthday I got him the larger version. He still uses the small one. The larger one has become the reading chair, and the smaller one has moved to his bedroom.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 11:14 AM

Alice - when I saw your post and went to the site, I got goosebumps. That's exactly the kind of thing I'd never even know existed. I scooped up one of those monogrammed chairs as fast as my little browser would carry me! Thank you so much.

The reason it is hard to shop for him is because he already has so much stuff. He has a rocking horse, his grandfather gave him a wagon at birth, he has baskets full of books of all kinds, the little walker, stuffed animals (including a 3' horse that has legs that go sideways so he can crawl all over it and recently started sitting up in the saddle - he loves that thing) and every toy with buttons, switches, and lights known to man. (His parents have LOTS of family and friends who love them. They receive, use, and then donate lots of these things back and forth pretty regularly with their friends.)

He also already has a real horse waiting for him to grow up to ride him.

And sadly, Grammy here has no talent whatsoever making things but music and messes (PhD in messes).

I'll also find one of the bead roller coasters for Christmas.

Thank you guys so much for all your help. If you think of more, keep 'em coming! (And I'm sure I'm not the only one with a toddler to gift who is appreciating your ideas.)

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 1:15 PM

Drum kit.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 24th Nov '08 11:35 PM

That's just downright mean, Martin.

(Cause I already planned on waiting till the 2nd BD for that one. Anyway, I gave his dad a drum kit at 16. I think 2 is a much better age. Maybe this year a set of pans and wooden spoons? ha)

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 12:00 AM

If it wasn't a "grandmother" thing - I wouldn't have been so adament on the books - My daughter graduates this year - my son is in 8th grade - both could read by the time they were 4 - but the books they got when they were little (and that's at 1-2) were very special "granny time things" - something for them & their granny and a huge deal. My son was about 14 months - and when he went to grannys - he went straight to "Good Night Moon" got his granny and made her go to the sofa to read it to him.

My daughter was "Madeline" - and I'm not saying fun stuff isn't good as well - I know those are fond memories I have of watching them "hang with Mom" and love books...and my kids weren't deprived of toys, but to this day, they would rather read (unless it's the ipod or guitar hero )

Tresayre  (Level: 82.1 - Posts: 362)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 12:32 AM

The Hungry Caterpillar, my kids loved that! .... so did the kindies I taught.

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 6:21 AM

Buy a book. Kids love to look at the pictures and have it read to them.

Then start a college savings account for them.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3349)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 6:35 AM

Jan - He will love the chair! Good job!! Now you have to get the books to go with it. And music. There're a ton of great CDs out there.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 8:53 AM

My son's favorite book - the one he went to first ALWAYS when we read - was "Monster at the End of This Book."

When he went to kindergarten, I was so sad being stuck watching Sesame Street without him.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3349)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 10:42 AM

OMG - We all loved Monster at the End of the Book. My husband read it just right - he IS Grover. Oh, I am sooo scared.... YOU TURNED THE PAGE!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 10:53 AM

Oh Sesame Street! I remember my kids were at their fathers for a few days .. and Luis and Maria were having their baby Gabby -- I called them so they wouldnt miss it... I miss Sesame Street!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 27th Nov '08 11:14 PM

Ok, so this chair arrived within 5 days of ordering it. Pottery Barn is THE place to shop online.

So, I racked my brain to figure out a way to give this chair to grandson today, rather than impatiently wait till 12-20 BD or 12-25 Christmas.

i finally came up with it. On both those days, grandson will be too busy being overwhelmed with all those boxes and wrapping paper and party and friends and family to even notice the chair.

So as of today, i started a new tradition in our family. Grammy will from now on be giving grandson a Thanksgiving Day Gift!

What an enjoyable day watching this little one. He loved Loved LOVED the chair. He was so proud. He immediately knew this was HIS chair and climbed in, on, over, fell out of, and climbed back into it, grinning all the time.

Now, I know there's no way I can expect all of you to appreciate that this is the smartest and most gorgeous 11-month-old boy in the world, but still, you gotta admit he's got something going on.

Again, thank you Bigbird for the idea of the chair and the URL. This gift was everything I could ever have hoped for. Check out the first picture I've finally been able to upload since Sploofus went 2.0. (Don't forget to click on it to make it larger)

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3349)
Thu, 27th Nov '08 11:18 PM

Janice - I'm glad he loved the chair, but this is creepy. When I click on your picture link I get nothing - and then when I click the word next, I get the pictures I've uploaded of MY grandson.


Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 27th Nov '08 11:38 PM

Well, there's a very good reason for that.

I don't know what that reason is, but I'm sure it's a good one.

Try this one:

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 28th Nov '08 12:40 AM

The reason is because you posted the myphotos link which gave you your photos instead of jank's

Glad he loved the chair!

My son's favorite book when he was 3-7 was Where the Wilds Things Are

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