This will make my second holiday season since becoming a
mother, and I’ve already got a ton of family members sending emails with lists of stuff they want to buy our toddler. This is great and all. While I love all things Christmas, I truly fail to understand why such a small
child needs so many unnecessary (and expensive) things. I am always quick to
recommend savings bonds over toys, but what can you do when folks insist? Give them directions, of course!
Maybe it’s the control freak in me, but if you’re
going to go out and spend your hard earned money on my child, then at least aim
for something that said child will use. Unfortunately,
friends and family members, these items do not make the list.
Don’t get it wrong, we aren’t against tech devices but such
toys really aren’t appropriate for a 2-year old. In addition to potentially
slamming it against the wall, tablets won’t hold my 2-year old’s attention for
long. She’ll lick it up and down and burst out in tears when she discovers that
it won’t float in the bath tub. No, such toys are probably not ideal for little
ones who don’t understand the value of pricey electronics. If you ignore this
warning, we will let you have the pleasure of babysitting our daughter while
she destroys your favorite tech device...your cell phone!
You thought it was a great idea because there were kids on
the box, right? Sorry Charlie, try again. Colorful moldable clay is not a good
idea for a kid who this time last year didn’t have any teeth and put everything
in her mouth. You thought that kit would
be a fun activity to do on a rainy day but really it just has me Google’ing How
to get Play-doh out of carpet. If you ignore this warning, we’ll decorate your
car with Play-doh covered stars.
All kids love candy, right? Yes, you’re right. And you’re
wrong, too. So wrong because the last thing a parent of a toddler wants is a
toddler hyper up on sugar. Santa shaped chocolate bars should strictly been
given to mamas of toddlers, not to toddlers themselves. If you ignore this
warning, we’ll gladly accept your offer from the last time you said, “I’d love
to babysit!” Our precious girl will be left in your hands after having had 3
square meals of sugar. Organic cane sugar, of course.
Before my daughter turned 1, she had about 20 stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes. They’re cute to look at, but a child really doesn’t need more than two. If a kid has a favorite stuffed toy, it usually just one favorite. So please, do not help contribute to the mountain of overflowing stuffed toys in our home. If you ignore this warning, the next time you visit us you won’t be able to sit on the sofa because that massive 5-foot teddy bear you dropped off last time you were over will be in your way.
"So what the heck am I supposed to buy your kid then?" you may be wondering. I’m so glad you asked. Here are some suggestions of
items that we know our toddler will absolutely adore.
New shoes. You’re laughing, but nothing excites a toddler
more than a pair of new shoes.
Passes to the zoo, theme park or interactive experience.
Sometimes the best gifts aren’t tangible but actual experiences that can be
photographed and remembered.
Books. Toddlers love books, books that allow them to
flip open slots and play around with different fun features and sounds.
Building blocks. Of all of the toys that my daughter has,
her attention is actually held for longer than two minutes when she’s playing
with blocks. She loves all blocks but when they are colorful and can stack up
to the ceiling, she shows pure joy.