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Andraya posted in Parties Feb 06

1 year old Birthday ideas

Hello my daughter will be one years old this month on the 14 which is (Valentine's day). I want to asked anyone who could help me with some ideas of putting her party together which will be at home. I would like to buy her a nice gift that I hope she would love from her mom and dad. What should I buy her?

  • Andraya
    Feb 07

    Thanks you everyone the advice was very helpful😘

  • Julie
    Feb 07

    Okay so first things first, she’s just the cutest!!! Love her big eyes and expression!! ❤️❤️😍 We had a big party for my daughters first but I have a huge family. I have the tally somewhere but there were close to 100 people at her first party and every one of them was family on my side except for my best friend and her daughter. No joke, and this wasn’t even extended family, it was sisters/... More

Amy posted in Toys & Gifts Jan 21

How do I clean baby toys?

I have all these toys -stuffed items with pacifier or teether toys attached - that say surface clean only and not to immerse in water. But they've been drooled on and spit-up on enough that my surface wiping just doesnt feel good enough (and they still smell like milk). What do you do???

  • Kendall
    Jan 21

    Along those same lines ^^^ I put them in a pillow case and tie the top off w a knot :)

  • Amy
    Jan 21

    Thank you all!

Chelsa posted in Holidays Jan 07

Non Toy 1 Year old Gift Ideas

With Christmas just ending, we have too much stuff, but want to get our son something for his 1st birthday. Do you have any recommendations?

  • Tara
    Jan 08

    Book yourselves to see baby/ children’s theatre! We did that as a family to my son’s first, and we- especially his older sis- loved it! He danced and laughed, and was asleep halfway through... I recommend!

  • Sophia
    Jan 11

    1 share of stock that you think will soar. plant a tree.

Anonymous posted in Toys & Gifts Jan 03

Toy decluttering and reorganizing

Hi Families! So the headline says it all..How often do you all Declutter and reorganize your child's toys? How do you decide what to get rid of when they can't tell you what they like and don't like. My child had a pretty good amount to keep her occupied..not too much and not too little. But since the holidays hit I feel like I'm in a toy tornado and its driving me crazy. HELP! And Thank You!!

  • Valerie
    Jan 04

    Masha, gather them up and give them to your child’s school to pass on to the lower grade teachers who still use a “prize box.” As a teacher I spent a fortune buying all those little toys. As soon as asked parents to donate all the little plastic toys from home, everybody became a winner!

  • A
    Jan 17

    We just invested in one of those cube shelf type things and it’s helping to keep things organized. I actually took pictures of the type of toys, “dolls” “trucks” etc. I taped the picture to each drawer and I am attempting to teach my kids to put stuff away. I toss all that little stuff from birthday parties or McDonalds once my kids forget about it ... and anything broken, Trash. We also have a... More

Gift advice...

So our son got A LOT of electronic toys from out family for Christmas. We don’t really want him to have very many lights and sounds toys. We aren’t ruling it out completely but we are keeping it down to just a couple at a time. His birthday was in October and we exchanged half of the gifts he got for non electronic toys. At this point I am a little afraid that people might start noticing that t... More

  • Madison
    Jan 04

    You can keep them in a box and just pull them out when the guests come over.

  • Trisha
    Jan 04

    Raising twins I had that problem A LOT in the beginning. My Daddy felt that they should each have the same toy, the same book, even the same bike!! I set him straight early-on, and my Mom agreed. If they get two different toys, they have twice as much to play with. As far as bicycles, one was much more athletic, and would have greatly preferred a regular bike to the training wheels. By t... More

Cheryl posted in Holidays Jan 01

Christmas gift with strings attached

My husbands grandfather gives his grandchildren $100 every year for Christmas. Since marrying his grandson, I have been included in that. This year, he asked everyone to tell him what we spend it on. I asked my husband why and the reason he gave me was “He likes feeling useful.” I’m a little grumpy about this ‘gift’. It feels like he gave money to all his grandkids so that HE could feel good. ... More

  • Cheryl
    Jan 03

    Thank you Christa. That’s exactly how I feel. I have since asked several other people in my family and they all agree that it’s just a way he wants to have control over people. The family dynamic I married into is ‘grandpa is right now matter what and nobody can argue with him’. It’s very irritating being the only one to see that in the end, he is just a person and he’s not perfect.

  • Robin
    Jan 12

    We send MIL a note thanking her for the “pedi-mani” or facial or something that would be indulgent for you and satisfy their wishes. I think he’s probably just wants a way to remain a part of everyone’s life- and keeps him in touch with you all.

Toy rotation

How do you rotate toys, if you do that, and have you noticed if it’s made a difference? My 7 month old is great at playing by himself but he has so many toys it almost seems like he doesn’t know how to focus on one toy at a time. Is it an age thing? Should I see if rotating them makes a difference? Do I just split them into two groups?

  • Rebecca
    Dec 29

    You could take one or two away at a time. Sometimes when things go noticed missing I do this or I would not worry about it as the kids actually enjoy less.

  • Lindsay
    Dec 29

    Toy rotation is a great idea! It helps keep my son creative and entertained with the same toys for longer periods. I just change them out every 4-6 months but for a few favorites like his wooden trains.

Yo posted in Holidays Dec 20

Is it appropriate?

Hello all, It is that time of the year and I dont now what to give the kids teacher for xmass. I was thinking about a gas gift card or a staples gift card? Any thoughts or suggestions on that? I would hate to give them a gift they wont use/ appreciate.....

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20

    You could always get them an amazon gift card. I think everybody uses amazon these days. And it gives them a chance to really get something for personal use rather than being connected to school (gas to get to work or school supplies at staples). Or even Starbucks gift card. If you don’t want to do the gift card route, you could always put together a gift basket. A basket collection of chocol... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20

    Former teacher here, I think either would be great! ☺️

AVG posted in Safety Dec 19

How to introduce baby a security blanket or favorite toy to sleep with?

  • Lisa
    Dec 21

    Also agree the kids will pick a comfort object. I wouldn’t force it.

  • Lindsey
    Jan 11

    I tried with a lovie but he never got into it. Just a pacifier, which a lot of the posts here are saying is a lot safer.

Anonymous posted in Holidays Dec 18

How much do you spend on gifts for kids this Christmas?

Just looking on what’s the average costs per kid depending on the age & whether it’s your own, a godchild, a relative, a friend’s, etc. Please share your thoughts. I found the link below as I google it.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 21

    Thanks everyone for your comments! Just celebrating my 1st family christmas reunion w/ the in laws & their kids & also our almost 1 yr old baby’s 1st christmas so it’s a big pressure on my side but I know my husband & I have to stay true to what we can afford & at the end of the day, it’s more about celebrating it w/ your family, friends & loved ones. Happy Holidays!

  • Anonymous
    Dec 24

    I don't have any family or friends to spend holidays with so it's just my toddler and I. We didn't get to have a Christmas the last 2 years so I have some things that I bought but was not able to give him, so between that and a few newer things I'd say @$300. He's all I have and Christmas was always really special for me growing up, so I was hoping to make it that special fo... More

Any suggestions on how clean plastic toys?dishwasher? Maybe washer? Maybe just throw them away? Lol

  • Michaela
    Dec 18

    😂 I’m always tempted with that last option but most toys I soak in warm water and tiny bit of soap then rinse. But if they can get water inside of them and not come out (specifically the annoying squeaky Sophie giraffe) or they’re battery operated I just wipe them down

  • Andrea
    Dec 18

    Dishwasher is good for hard plastic toys without many moving pieces and parts. Definitely do top rack so they don’t melt, though.

Buying a tablet

So. I plan to buy my two year old baby boy a tablet. Decisions. Decisions. I have an iPad that he uses but I don’t like the fact that he can click anywhere / everywhere and do what he wants. (Half the time playing music) I want something way more kid friendly. I’ve been looking into the Amazon fire. Any recs? Do any of you have a fire? And what size? The 10 looks huge. Thanks.

  • T
    Dec 21

    I bought my son a refurbished iPad off Groupon. Put a kid friendly case on it& only age appropriate learning apps. He’s done great better than his teenage siblings 😬 now I’m debating on purchasing abc mouse for the yr or not.

  • Beja
    Dec 27

    We got her the Amazon fire at 2 years old, mostly for videos and movies during long car rides. The prime video options allow you to download different shows and movies without needing wifi or data to view it. The Netflix app allows you to do the same. It has been a life saver since we take trips frequently. We got this foam case that has a handle on it so she carries it like a little briefcase,... More

Tairys posted in Babies Dec 17

Gift ideas for a soon to be 12month old girl who loves dancing and music?

Looking for educational toys but i feel so overwhelmed by all the options out there. My little girl loves dancing and music. Also pretend playing, like talking on the phone and using keys. I was going to buy a trio of a phone car keys and remote control, but they went out of stock. Any other ideas?

  • Elisabeth
    Dec 17

    It’s simple but our little girl loves Sis (that dog that you can push her hands and feet and it says different things). She also sings songs that your little one dances two. I recommend that!

  • GreatAshley
    Dec 17

    A baby piano mat! She can walk on it and it plays and she can step on different sounds!

Anonymous posted in Behavior Dec 17

How do I get my kids to respect their belongings?

I have 3 boys (8,7,2). My husband and I have been struggling mainly with the older 2 when it comes to their belongings. We bought my 7 year old a new pair of shoes a couple days ago and they're already destroyed. I understand that they're kids and that they are boys and they play outside and things will get dirty. But we are not well off financially and struggled just to buy them each ... More

  • Christa
    Dec 17

    I absolutely agree with fellow posters! Respect and responsibility. If their shoes, gloves, toys ETC are broken or lost or destroyed, than well it’s their own doing. I would let them know, that’s the only thing they are able to have or shoes or whatever the item is, and they can’t have a new set for a while. We tell our son if he can’t treat his things nicely, than we will give it to someone e... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20

    My boys especially my oldest is destructive and while I used to replace things I’ve now stopped doing that. My oldest is on his 5th ps4 remote, he’s broken 2 TVs, tore his shirts, ruined his shoes. Now unless it’s a need, or it broke just from being used so much and not being destroyed I don’t replace them.

First kid question: what are appropriate holiday gifts for a toddler’s preschool teachers? TIA!

  • Marion
    Dec 16

    Thanks, Haley! Any suggestion as to dollar amount?

  • Haley
    Dec 16

    I’ve usually do $25-$50 depending on budget. If even a couple kids also send gift cards that adds up quick. I try not to stress it

Best storage for Duplo blocks?

We are about to upgrade our 2yo from one big bag of Mega Bloks to some Duplo sets and I'm wondering what to put them all in. What do you find works best? One big tub? Tub with sections? A bunch of smaller containers?

  • Traci
    Jan 06

    Laura Thankyou so much

  • Valerie
    Jan 06

    Ottomans. Stupid cat for scale of size

Selina posted in Holidays Dec 13

Christmas ideas

I have no idea what to get for my 7 month old daughter. Not wanting to get random toys that will pile up or clothes because she has enough. Any ideas are appreciated!

  • Lucy Kent
    Dec 16

    Blocks! These hold up throughout the years!

  • Jennifer Stamm
    Dec 19

    Both my babies were born just before the holidays. I got them old school silver rattles which were not hugely practical but they were very pretty. They like them now that they're older (2 and 5). My daughter has hers with her "treasures" (mostly a collection of rocks). ;)

Best universal online registry tool?

Hi! What is the most user-friendly universal baby registry tool? Have seen Babylist mentioned a lot, also the Bump, Amazon, and I found Zola easy to use for weddings so wondering if that might work too? Features I’d like: - Easy to see if an item has been purchased - ideally pass through shipping info if on another site - Ability to do group gifting (ie for a stroller) Curious what you guys u... More

  • Christie
    Dec 12

    Amazon. They have everything. Baby List is good, too, but they really spammed the heck out of me. Target has great clothes, linens and blankets and their registry is well known and great for those who aren't "tech savvy" but still want to get you something from your registry.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 12

    I used Amazon mainly for simplicity's sake but I've also heard good things about Babylist. I think it's better if you prefer a more curated collection.

Anonymous posted in Toys & Gifts Dec 08

Best toys for a 2 year old girl?

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Dec 09

    Blocks, legos, magnatiles, trucks, tools, dr set, craft supplies

  • Kait
    Dec 10

    Puzzles, books, string a farm, kitchen set/accessories, matching toys, shape toys

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