To distract myself from facing the reality that my baby is going to soon be a toddler (in 11 weeks, 2 days) I have been thinking about what to get Caroline for her birthday. She already has more than enough small toys to play with so we’re trying to decide on one big practical gift to splurge on.
Moms, I need your help! Out of all the ideas below, which gift do you think would be the best pick for Caroline’s first birthday?
Water Activity Play Table: Originally I thought Caroline would be too young for a water table but the past few weeks her teachers have been bringing one in to the infant class and filling it with soapy water for the babies to play in. Caroline is obsessed and her teachers have sent us tons of pictures of her happily splashing around in the table.
Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike: This ultimate grow-with-me trike offers 4 ways to ride to accommodate ages 9 months to 5 years by easily converting from a stroller to a steering trike, learning-to-ride-trike, and finally a classic trike. This seems like a practical gift that Caroline would not grow out of too fast.
KidKraft Vintage Kitchen: The play kitchen in Caroline’s classroom is where I find her playing every afternoon at pick up. This is my favorite gift on the list for her and I think she would use it for a long, long time. However, the only place in our house we could squeeze a kitchen would be between two chairs in our living room…which is also where Baby M2’s swing will soon be. Sooo, there’s that minor drawback…
Radio Flyer Wagon:A wagon!! Every little one needs a wagon, right?! And this one just so happens to be fit for two! Also, I am kind of obsessed with the fact that you can custom build your own wagon (fabrics, storage, comfort, sun protection and nameplate options) through Radio Flyer here.
Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Swing: This is the item that Matt is most excited about. He’s literally been talking about pushing Caroline in a swing in our backyard since before she was born. We also happen to have the perfect tree for a swing.
Little Tikes Cozy Coup: A classic toy that I remember having as a kid too.
Those are the fun finalists in the running for Caroline’s first birthday gift. However, one more option…
Britax Marathon Car Seat: The last option would be to go super practical and save our pennies for car seats…ergh. Car seat recommendations also welcome…
Would love to know your thoughts, mamas! Best gift for a one year old? What would you recommend?