As I’ve been going through like the mad woman that I am and purging out toys, books, clothing we aren’t using regularly or frankly, that I loathe, I’m realizing there are a few staples from the first years of my older children’s now long-past childhoods that the baby loves. That I love. That really, after three kids, I would buy, full-price. At the snap of a credit card against the counter. That fast.
Over on my baby registry post I list out the must-haves for babies in general, but these are my real workhorse toys that I am going to put my stamp of approval on. Big stamp. Me. Right there.
It has different textures along its ridges. It can be clung and clutched. It can be easily wiped off after rolling away from you on an airplane. We have it in in yellow & I bought in on a whim at the coop one day many years ago. Love it! I think this link sells a two pack. Worth it!
We bought one similar to this when I was first pregnant with SuperBoy. One of those “oh, look, it’s wooden and I’m feeling nesty” buys. It has rolled its weight in gold. Yes, my children also bang it on their faces, but it rolls and jingles and the insides do NOT come out. That’s right. No fetching on the parents part.
The avid teether loves these and the older babe left alone with something that could be eaten in millllliseconds loves them even more. But I love them best of all because: they’re indestructible. Literally.
She’s not overrated, even if you think she’s overpriced. We loved one into the ground and are in the midst of loving her cousin toy that my sis-in-law gifted us. She squeaks. And that’s awesome for babies.
They slide around and are a great non-noise but kinda containable item for when you’re somewhere your baby needs entertainment but no squeaking. See above for the squeak factor.
The stainless steel button on this makes the sad gums happy and it is NOT for putting in the freezer. It’s cold all the time. Naturally. And the shape is just what you want to hang on to if you’re grabby and little. This one we only found out about two kids in, but it’s a keeper.
Stacking, gnawing, pictures, animals, alphabet, you learn it all.
Rolling back & forth? Headbutting? Walking around with? We love big rubber balls.
Stack & repeat. Roll & chase. Wood so it’s pretty hearty. LOVE love love.
Hit me with your toys for the first year? Amazon links so if you buy through me I get a cent or three 😉