Toys & Gifts

Find and share the best toys for every age and stage and gifts for birthdays, Christmas, holidays, Mothers Day and Fathers Day, and every occasion.

Activity Cube or Activity Table

My little one will be 8 months tomorrow and he loves to pull himself up on things. Which toy do you think he’d get more use out of?

  • Ivy
    Thursday

    We have an activity cube that I love and my 4 year old still uses it. My 9 month old uses it too, and they play on it occasionally, however, my 2 year old has pretty much never really been interested in it. I chose a cube because it’s better for storage, and was cheaper, but I think if you have the space and budget, a table could be nice. I think both would be great options in any case

  • Stacey
    5h ago

    We ended up with two tables. The second one he has only had for a month or so but he has had the other one since he could stand. He doesn’t play with it as much ( he just turned 2) but he loved his table when he younger. He loved anything with buttons and switches and if it has sound that is even better.

Jen posted in Sports Dec 03

Trailer bike recommendation

Goal : family bike rides with 2 parents, 1 yo & 3 yo through flat, paved suburbia Question: what is the best trailer bike for the 3yo? Context: the 3 yo currently uses a balance bike, but can't yet do long distances nor is he tall enough to cross streets & be seen by drivers. We would like him to contribute (pedal) rather than just tag along. We would prefer the option to easily ... More

Presents

Trying to figure out what I should get as a present for my child. Anyone have any ideas or links they can share? Thanks in advance!

  • PK
    Dec 03

    Fisher-Price Rock-a-stack and Baby's First Blocks Bundle [Amazon Exclusive] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077H5G2Q3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_FeU5Db5YR2C11 We bought this as a set that came with the xylophone at target. It was perfect for this age. Also getting a little ahead, but the vtech push walker was also one of the best things we got our son. Lots of buttons to play with and push. And whe... More

  • Ying
    Wednesday

    I'd recommend the Gund's Flappy the Elephant, it will play peek-a-boo and sing "Do Your Ears Hang Low" with the push of a button. Very cute:)

Anonymous posted in Holidays Nov 30

Does Santa brings gifts to adults too?

Asking from a 1st time parent to a toddler who’s into the holidays now & is very excited about Christmas. I know each family has their “traditions”. I’m just curious, besides Santa filling up the stockings with little gifts, can he bring presents to Dad, Mom & other adults too? I didn’t grew up here in the US, I grew up in Asia (Philippines), we do love Christmas but more as being Catho... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Dec 02

    Santa (for our house) usually brings something mom and dad need, like kitchen towels or sneakers or toothbrushes.

  • antigrav_kids
    Wednesday

    When I was a kid, Santa totally brought presents to my parents. Also, one of the perks of Santa was that they didn't wrap gifts. If it was sitting out unwrapped, it was from Santa.

Jackie posted in Holidays Nov 30

Christmas gift fairness

I have a 10 year old step son and an 18 month old daughter and I’m not sure how to make gifting fair between the two. Our 10 year old put a list together and all of his items are anywhere from $70-$300!!! He doesn’t play with any toys and only likes video games!! Ugh I blame my husband for that one. At this age do you not worry about making sure they each get the same amount in dollar wise or ... More

  • Sara
    Dec 01

    I definitely wouldn’t worry about making things fair. Your 18 month old will have no clue and won’t care. Spend on the 10 year old whatever you’re comfortable spending. If you want to get everything on the list great but the list is not an obligation to get all those items! As far as the 18 month old, putting money away in savings is a wonderful idea if you can afford it. They’re happy unwrappi... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 01

    How it went for me growing up is that we made a list, and then we got some of the items. You dont get the whole list. But you do spend the same amount in money.

Anonymous posted in Toys & Gifts Nov 19

3yr old Christmas gifts ???

My son is 2 1/2 and im having the hardest time trying to figure out what to get him for Christmas (and ideas to give other people for him). Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!! :)

  • PK
    Nov 20

    We have a LOT of cars too but no airplanes or helicopter toys. So I got my son an airplane toy from green toys. And we got some stuff from Lakeshore. Alphabots and “nuts about numbers.” My son is almost 3 and we have been working on letters and numbers but don’t really have toys for that. He’s also been getting into robots so the alphabots were perfect. He also has an interest in power rangers... More

  • B
    Nov 20

    Magnatiles, play kitchen and food, ball and tee, scooter

7 month old baby boy

What do you buy your 7 month old baby boy for Christmas

  • Mandy
    Oct 28

    Our son was 9 months old last Christmas. But we did musical and developmental toys. Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone - Award Winning Durable Wooden Musical Pounding Toy for Toddlers, Multifunctional and Bright Colours https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00712O2D6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_XJWTDbEABQH07

  • PK
    Oct 28

    Our son was almost a year at the time... so we did clothes and books. Family bought a lot of toys for him - mostly toy cars, a big bag of mega blocks, a push walker.

Katie posted in Parties Oct 20

2nd Birthday Gift

What did you get your child for their second birthday?

  • Anonymous
    Oct 24

    My daughter turned two last week. The best gifts she got were a Magna Doodle, hot wheels, kinetic sand, and a doctor play set. She loves all of them.

  • Age
    Oct 27

    Mega blocks and ride on vehicles (he got two- one lives outdoors one stays indoors) were both big hits. He also loved the hot wheels he got.

Anonymous posted in Behavior Oct 09

Toddler tantrums

My son(2years old) likes to dump all of his toys all over his floor everyday and "play with them". I have him help me clean up and sometimes it goes well and other it goes horribly wrong like today. I will give him 2 toys, legos and blocks, to put away and today he literally threw a major fit. I never know when to give up trying or how long to let him throw a fit. Sometimes I try to m... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 10

    I agree with ^^^ and also we ALWAYS no matter what clean up the living room toys after dinner. After I wash his hands I always say ok let’s go pick up the toys now. It’s part of a routine now. To be honest, some days he’s not too interested (can’t blame a 2 year old) and we put the toys away and ask often can you help? Or where does this one go? But still end up doing most of it. And other days... More

  • Brushme
    Oct 11

    Another idea that may help is to have less toys out. Or at least things with less pieces to clean up. Maybe rotate the toys every few weeks and see how he does.

Anonymous posted in Family Life Sep 10

Grandparents Spoiling Kids

I’m a mom of two year old twins, having some difficulty dealing with having both sets of grandparents around ... and the amount that the “spoil” my kids. I feel like there is just a constant influx of new toys, new clothes ect. I’ve asked them to stop but they just don’t seem to listen. It A. creates more work for me, as I constantly have sort through all the junk that comes into our house and ... More

  • Rebecca
    Sep 12

    I always encourage for gifts things that can be a experience like tickets to a movie or theme park. I hate the influx of stuff in my home and honestly don’t feel bad getting rid of things that are not being used. And I have no problem saying that x is so nice it will be used at your house for them to enjoy. My philosophy is less is better and creates a better imagination and actual use of toys.

  • Meggan
    Sep 13

    We always got to take one or two toys home and the rest stayed. we had a if one comes in something else must go rule and what my mom called a dejunking every 6 months where not played with and broken toys and clothes were thrown out or given away. If they insist on spoiling them suggest experiences, taking them to a play or the zoo or a museum somewhere. Give experiences rather than physical gi... More

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Jul 17

What are the best toys you've bought?

My daughter will be two in October and she is bored with all of her toys. Her water table holds her interest for maybe 20 minutes. She no longer cares about her sand box. She's lost interest in playing with chalk. She might kick a ball around for 10 minutes but there's not much else she wants to do. She doesn't want to ride her bike. She hasn't touched her indoor toys for month... More

  • Melissa H.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Aug 25

    Sounds like its time for preschool (completely selfish answer). Each state has developmental guidelines and activities that go along with every age group. Check out what activities and learning goals you can be achieving with your daughter. Better yet just google Massachusetts' early learning guidelines for preschoolers, since they are the best in the country for early childhood education. ... More

  • Carolyn
    Sep 26

    I agree with those who say toy rotating! Once I took away a lot of options from my son (mostly bc he’d throw fits from having to clean up “too many toys” at night), he started playing longer with each thing. I only allow a certain number of things out at a time, and if he wants something else, he has to clean up what’s out. It makes him more purposeful about deciding what to play, then sticking... More

C posted in Behavior Jul 14

What is the earliest age to teach how to put toys away after you're done with them? 😒

Because I'm fed up picking up my baby's toys or tripping over them for the millionth time. 😖

  • Diamond
    Aug 19

    My son is currently 3 and we clean up together or some time I’ll sing “ clean up, clean up” and he starts to put his toys in the toy bind

Has anybody here subscribed any monthly book clubs for kids?

Has anybody here subscribed any monthly book clubs for kids? Is it worth it? I found a review for some here... https://www.cratejoy.com/box-insider/kids-book-boxes/ I know there are others too. I am thinking of subscribing to one for my almost 6yo daughter.

  • Stanli
    Jun 15

    I also get monthly free books from the Dolly Parton foundation.

  • Robert
    Jun 20

    Thanks everyone!

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment May 31

Toys for toddler

Toys r Us is history. Learning Express is pricey. Amazon offers very few engaging options. What are some other places to get educational toys for toddlers? I am trying to keep my 2.8 year old away from tv and electronics till he is 4,m. Possible?

  • Nikki
    Jun 03

    Melissa and Doug make great educational toys. Amazon sells them, but Kohl’s sells some items too. Using their coupons, you can come out with some great buys! AC Moore sells them as well and they have a rewards program and coupons too! Many of their toys are wood, as opposed to plastic.

  • Jenn
    Jun 09

    I've gotten lots of good stuff at consignment stores, yard sales, Facebook marketplace.

Any ideas for quiet toys for waiting or church services?

My girls are 3 and 4. I am just looking for some new ideas that I might not have used yet to give them something different. Wanted to see if there are some toys or trinkets I haven’t seen yet or, some hacks that other parents use to entertain kids quietly at these ages while having to sit still for extended periods of time.

  • Andy
    May 14

    Biggest thing for us is variety. We have two versions of the church bag with different toys in it that we rotate through. They really like the Melissa and Doug Water Wow books where you paint the picture with water. They like the books with built in puzzles on each page. They like coloring and activity books. But the biggest success for us is just crayons or markers and a blank sheet of paper. ... More

  • Holly
    May 17

    Ooooh! I love love the idea of making your own paper book. I really enjoyed that growing up. An idea for you if your kids are still young enough is Wiki Sticks. My girls will play with them for the entire hour long service.

Anonymous posted in Toys & Gifts May 07

Baptism gift?

My friend is having a baptism for her baby; I’ve never been to a baptism, am I supposed to give a gift? If so, what? We don’t have the kind of relationship where I’d feel comfortable giving cash and my friend and her husband are not very religious, I think the baptism is more of a family tradition so I don’t think I should give a religious gift. I was thinking books but any ideas are welcome.

  • byrd
    Jun 20

    A lil bracelet is always sweet. Also mayb a lil picture frame

Anonymous posted in Holidays Apr 13

Easter Egg Content Ideas for 2 yr olds?

I’ve never done an Easter egg hunt as a kid or put one together. I see that most people put candy in the eggs for older kids. Ideas for 2 yr olds? I’ve gotten some suggestions like stickers, goldfish crackers, Cheerios, and stamps.. what else?

  • anonymous mom
    Apr 15

    Also, Joanna is right!!! I have an in law who nearly suffocated on one of those plastic eggs as a child, she put it in her mouth and there were no holes!!!

  • Jess
    Apr 18

    I bought a $0.99 pack of larger eggs and put some hot wheels cars in them. Also some tiny rubber ducks that you can find at a party store or dollar store.

Jenn posted in Bathing Apr 10

Keeping Bath Toys Clean or Closing the Holes

So my LO loves those squeezy bath toys that suck up and squirt out water, but even with trying to always get all the water out, they grow mold and are disgusting. I tried hot gluing the openings closed but my little mechanical engineer figured out how to get that off in a second. Any tips on how to keep them clean or close the holes up??

  • Ivy
    Apr 10

    I actually cut slits in them so they dry better

Playing with toys upside down

Recently my son started playing with his big toys upside down is this normal? He loves cars it feels like he wants to play with his cars on the bottom of the surface( flat )of his big toys just a bit concerned. Help?????

  • anonymous mom
    Mar 20

    Ps she’s 18 months.

  • Lynn
    Mar 20

    It’s totally normal to go through an upside down phase and not weird at all. They are learning and they are checking out different perspectives.

Favorite games or toys for toddlers?

Our son is almost two and a half. We’re looking for fun games for him. We subscribed to kiwi crate but he wasn’t really into those. Would love any ideas!

  • Katie
    Mar 16

    Shark Bite and Don't break the ice are toddler friendly -my 2.5 year old isn't quite ready to fully follow the rules but he follows them well enough its fun to play together and encourages turn-taking.

  • byrd
    Jun 20

    skoozey pegs, age appropriate puzzles, big paper melissa and doug blocks, mini trampolin

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