My little is currently 10 months old (my how time flies!), so I have been a little reminiscent of our time together as we are quickly approaching the one year mark. Jonathan as been extremely blessed with having all the toys he could ever need or want, but there have definitely been some favorites! These are our top ten favorite toys from when Jonathan was a newborn to a (almost) one year old. With each toy, I included the age we started using the toy or when we could have used it.
- play gym: (newborn) This was a toy that I didn’t think we needed, but I ended up buying an Eric Carle play gym from Marshall’s when my little was around three months old. Babies love to look at bright colors, touch different textures, and listen to music. A play gym with any of this will surely be a hit! Not to mention, it’s a great place to get their tummy time. This is a Baby Einstein option that I love!
- Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys: (3 months) Hello teething! These keys are a great purchase for any little chomper. You can pop these in the freezer until frozen and let little one gnaw and suck on the keys, or just let them have it thawed. Either way, the keys have been a big hit in our house!
- Bella Tunno teether: (3 months) This is an easy grip teether that little ones can easily hold on to. It is also dishwasher and freezer safe, and comes with a travel case! To make things even better, this company donates a meal to a child in need with every item they sell!
- Baby Einstein Discovery Jumper: (4 months) We love our jumper! In the beginning, he would just sit there and acted like the carpet was lava, but Jonathan has always enjoyed his jumper! He can really get after it in there.
- Fisher Price Rock-A-Stack: (5 months) Jonathan started playing with his ring sorter set around 5 months, but the rings mainly just went in his mouth. He still plays with the rings and stand regularly. He just doesn’t understand the purpose of the toy yet! You’ll be able to get your money’s worth out of this toy because little ones can play with it for so long!
- The First Years Stack Up Cups: (6 months) Stack up cups are AWESOME! This is one of the most simple toys a baby could have, but Jonathan plays with these all the time! In the beginning, he would just beat the cups on the table or put them in his mouth. Now the cups are apart of our bath routine. These have been a good bang for the buck!
- Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Magical Lights Fishbowl: (6 months) It is such a simple concept, but who doesn’t love pretty lights, bright colors, and music?! This fish bowl will sing to your little one while they are pulling their fish, crab, and sea star in and out of the fish bowl. We have even made it a game where we take all five fish, hold it while Jonathan is squirming with excitement, and then give it back to him saying, “GO!”. Those fish get grabbed quicker than he can pull a DVD off the entertainment shelf!
- bath book: (7 months) We started playing with his bath book as soon as he was sitting in the bathtub on his own. This is another toy that goes straight into his mouth, but he LOVES it! If Jonathan sneaks into the bathroom while I’m getting ready, this is the first thing he grabs out of his bathtub. I really should just get him one for the tub and one for everywhere else! Ours is kind of like this.
- Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll N’ Trike: (9 months) We love our tricycle! This was Jonathan’s gift from us for Christmas, and it has been a big hit. This grows with your little from 9 months to around 5 years old (or until they are too big for a tricycle). Again, we take this out as much as possible! The one we got is discontinued already, but this one is very, very similar.
- Step2 Push Car: (9 months) My little boy received his little blue car as a Christmas gift, and it turned into an automatic favorite! We take his car out any chance we get! The recommended age on Amazon says 18+ months, but Jonathan started using his at 9 months and has done just fine. There is a lap seat belt that holds him in well.
**Bonus** (6 months) If you ever have to fight with your child over whether they are allowed to play with the TV or BluRay remote, we found an easy solution that has worked out great for us! We found an old DVD remote that was no longer being used, took out the batteries, and cleaned it. Jonathan thinks he is the king of the house when he gets to play with his remote! He never even realizes it doesn’t actually work!
To see how we took all these AWESOME toys and organized them, check out my previous post: Toy Rotation!
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So until next time,