You might think it seems a bit odd that I’m writing about First Birthdays again when our youngest, Jelly Bean, is approaching his third birthday in January but our beautiful God-Daughter has just turned one and our very cute neighbour also turns one in the next week and so it got me thinking about how difficult it can be to buy for one-year-olds when you have been out of the ‘baby loop’ for a while.
House of Fraser has always had a great choice of toys to choose from and at really competitive prices so here’s my pick of Gift Ideas for a Baby’s First Birthday . . .
Tomy Rainbow Aquadoodle
We have had an Aquadoodle in the family since Curly was just a little nipper, then when the Tomy Rainbow Aquadoodle hit the market we bought one for Little Bean and it is one of those toys that keep on coming out time and time again. All of my Beans still love playing with this now and I love it because I don’t have to worry about them making a mess. It’s a toy which can be played with on the floor or on a table, it can be folded up and packed in a suitcase for your travels because it’s so light and once the canvas has dried it’s ready for gameplay again.
Was £25 NOW £20
Mega Bloks First Builders – Big Building Bag
Another toy that comes out time and time again that is perfect for boys and girls alike is the Mega Bloks First Builders – Big Building Bag. Even Curly (who is fast approaching 14) still loves plays with the Mega Bloks. There are so many learning opportunities with Mega Bloks; colours, counting, motor skills, balance, creativity and construction. They are perfectly sized for little hands.
Was £16.99 NOW £10
Mookie Scramble Bug Beetle Ride On
A ride-on toy is the perfect ride-on toy for young children. The Mookie Scramble Bug Beetle Ride-On is made of sturdy construction, with no nasty bits to nip little fingers and non-scratch wheels which makes it perfect for indoor play too. The wheels on the Mookie Scramble are designed to rotate through 360 degrees so play isn’t limited to just forwards and backwards which makes playtime more fun. It’s great for teaching balance, confidence and gross motor skills.
Was £34.99 NOW £29.99
Hamleys Wooden Number Puzzle
So many great learning opportunities with the Hamley Wooden Number Puzzle; colours, shapes, numbers and counting. Wooden puzzles are great for teaching young children motor skills. Start with reverse learning by only leaving out one or two shapes to give them confidence when they get it right, slowly increase the number of shapes that you remove as their skills and confidence progress. As the child grows you can stretch their learning by talking about the shape of each piece, the colour and its number. This is a toy which will last for years AND it requires no batteries!
Little Tikes 4-In-1 Sports Edition Trike Red/White
There comes a point with the majority of toddlers when they no longer want to be a baby and ride in the stroller but the parent still NEEDS them contained for their own safety and for the parent’s sanity. This is where the Little Tikes 4-in-1 Sports Edition Trike comes in very handy because the toddler feels like a big boy/girl and the parent also wins because they get to strap them into something with wheels to move them from A to B!! The Trike grows with the child through the various stages until eventually, they are able to ride the trike on their own. This is definitely a toy that will last for years to come.
Was £99.99 NOW £69.99