Just like any other mama I’ve been preparing for my little ladies first birthday for months now. I don’t know if it’s a first-time mum kind of thing or if this feeling will one day pass (I kind of hope not). My daughter Alexis turns one on the 21st of May and I couldn’t be any more excited. Unfortunately, a lot of the stuff we had planned has now been cancelled due to coronavirus but I’m still looking forward to her big day. So what do you buy a one-year-old that already has everything?
I feel like a first birthday is a hard one because they still haven’t transitioned from their baby toys. At the same time, they still don’t really know or understand what’s going on. I want to make her day special but without breaking the bank because let’s be honest, she’s got plenty of years to be spoilt rotten. I have searched the internet far and wide and found some fantastic ideas and even better some great deals.
*None of the products mentioned today are sponsored or gifted in return for advertisement. These are products I have found of my own back and wanted to share my genuine opinion on.*
HAPPYLAND FANTASY PALACE:
Before having Alexis I didn’t even have a clue that Happy Land was a thing. Then again how often did I spend my spare time in toy shops? Not very often. Back in those days, I was too busy recklessly spending my last £20 on yet another handbag that I did not need. Now I have one handbag and that handbags going to be lasting me a very long time (inserts sad face). When I first saw this Happy Land fantasy Palace I knew I wanted to get it. All the pieces were big enough so that she could not choke however, it was completely different from the baby toys she’s already got. This was a grown-up baby toy and I could not wait to see my grown-up baby play with her princess castle. That’s just every mum of girls dream right?
MY FIRST DOLLY AND PRAM:
I’m pretty sure your very first dolly and a pram is a MUST for a first birthday right? I mean it’s every mum’s dream to buy their baby, a baby. As cliche as it is I want everything pretty, pink and completely girly. With so many to choose from it was hard to decide which one to get. I didn’t want anything too expensive or too technical as I have to remind myself she is only going to be one. In the end, we went for this simple yet beautiful Wooden Princess Doll Pram from Amazon. Some we saw were completely way out of our budget but this one was only £34.99 with free delivery.
We also decided to go for the My First Baby Annabell Doll. This doll is perfect for little ones from 12 months up to 3 years. We chose this one because it’s soft-bodied rather than being hard plastic making it easier for a one-year-old to hold. Plus, I have to admit that baby Annabelle was my first dolly so I just had to get Alexis the same. I know I sound like one of those crazy mums but I swear that’s the only thing I’ve got the same… so far! My baby Annabell was my favourite toy and I still have it in the loft now. Definitely doesn’t look like the one we’ve ordered Alexis anymore but it did once upon a time.
Bathtime is our favourite time of the day. It’s time for us both to wind down together and get ready for bed. Alexis absolutely loves playing in the bath but at the moment she’s only got a few ducks to play with. She’s recently started to take a real interest in playing around so I’ve decided to treat her to some more bath toys. When I saw the brand Bathtime Fun in The Entertainer I just had to get her some of their range. After spending ages looking through their playsets I decided to go for the mermaid kit and the water wheel. They have many different choices but these were my favourites. I’m sure these will go down a treat and if so, I’ll definitely be returning to get some more in the near future.
Alexis’s birthday being cancelled is just one of many issues that we are currently facing. Has your life also been affected by COVID-19? If so make sure to check out my latest post: Top 10 Ideas For Keeping Your Kids Occupied During Self-Isolation
SAND AND WATER PLAY TABLE:
Originally this was bought as a birthday present but it’s another one that I gave in on. Yup, I’m absolutely ridiculous I know. She literally looked at it for all of about 10 minutes, made a huge mess and hasn’t played with it since. Not that it’s not a good product or anything because it is. It’s more at the fact it’s aimed at 12 months old and above… not a 10 months old!
We tested this out the other day and it was great fun. As we are all stuck in lockdown at the moment we decided to set it up and test it out. We didn’t have any sand at home so instead, we filled one side of it with cloud dough. Cloud dough is flour and oil-based homemade duplicate for sand. It’s much better for the younger kids just in case they pick it up and put it in their mouths. You know what the little bubbas are like for putting things in their mouths!
VTECH MY FIRST CASH REGISTER:
Just like any other little kid my daughter loves buttons and loud sounds. Anything that she can touch and get a noise from she absolutely loves! Well, I say touch but mostly it’s hit, smash and completely destroy. Definitely think she was meant to be a boy with the strength this girl has. Not only does this have sounds and buttons but it’s also educational and fun. I’m not expecting a 1-year-old to be able to perform food shopping role play but she will grow with it. Stuff like this are great investments and will hopefully last a long time. Also, the benefit of these types of toys is that they are gender-neutral and will be great to save for your next child. If of course, you want more than one kid but if you’re sensible you’ll probably just stick to the one.
ELC MY FIRST GADGET SET:
Although this was originally purchased for Alexis’s birthday I crumbled and gave it to her early. I was sick and tired of her wanting my phone, keys and the bloody TV control. Why is it that they can have every single toy in the world but they always want what they can’t have? Don’t fear! The Early Learning Centre has saved us all by bringing out their first gadget set. At first, I thought that it was a little pricey but it really does do the job. It is probably Lexies most favourite toy and its brilliant because it looks so realistic. She really believes that she’s being naughty and has got her hands on the TV remote. What a silly little girl thinking she outsmarts the adults here.
Alexis was born in May so with luck the weather around her birthday should be nice. She has never had the chance to experience the outdoors properly so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to buy her some garden toys. I didn’t want anything too big, extravagant or expensive. I also wanted something a little different and I hadn’t seen any of these before. This hop-along rabbit was only £16.00 so it didn’t exactly break the bank and will hopefully last a long time. I feel that it’s something she can grow up with and will be used for a while (probably not but just being hopefully). I also thought that it looked super cute and I can’t wait to see her hopping around on a little bunny!
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MY FIRST SHOES:
Around the age of 12 months, most children start to learn to walk. That’s exactly why I thought her first birthday would be the perfect time to buy Alexis a pair of shoes. Although, it is said that your child does not need shoes until they are confidently walking around I wanted to buy her first pair for when she’s ready. Accessories like this come at a price and by 12 months old I’m sure you’d have realised how expensive children are. That’s why the first birthday is the perfect opportunity to buy your kid the bits they need ready in advance. Although I am yet to purchase these I have been looking at Clarks. Clarks have always been a popular choice for babies shoes. Is there anywhere in particular that you’d recommend or do you think I’ve hit the nail on the head with Clarks?
START THEM A SAVINGS ACCOUNT:
It’s fair to say that at 12 months old there probably isn’t much that your child actually wants or needs. This is why we have been slightly sensible and started a trust fund for Alexis. Instead of getting loads of unwanted toys and duplicate gifts we’ve asked for money for her little piggy bank. We have done this for every event since she’s been born. This was the most beneficial thing my mum and dad did for me and I’d like to be able to do that for Alexis too. By the time I was 18 I had over £1,500 and managed to save up to travel around Asia, Australia and Indonesia. Just £10 here and there doesn’t seem a lot to us but when you add it up over 18 years it can end up being a huge amount.