Last Christmas, Baby Bee was just 5 months old and I didn’t really have a clue what to get her as gifts. I mean, there are only so many rattles a girl can own! In the end we decided to ask friends and family to buy her things she would need in the coming year. Sleeping bags, clothes and musical toys to keep her entertained in the car.
This year, however, Bee is 17 months, and the world has opened up to me. Bee is so much more capable and I’m beginning to understand her interests and developing skills.
So, here are the toys and gifts topping Bee’s Christmas Wishlist this year:
A railway set is an obvious choice for a child approaching 2 years old.
There are many on the market but we favour the range by Hape. Luckily they all use a standardised track, so should we end up with different brands it doesn’t really matter.
Hape’s railway includes cause and effect sections that either produce an effect or require an action to make work. This set has xylophone, tambourine and jigsaw sections. I think it adds a lovely extra element to the toy.
Bee is so tuned in to sounds, and Daddy is a musician, so this should go down a treat.
I’ve wanted these for Bee for a while now. She loves little people and is currently obsessed with Happyland figures.
These look so tactile and perfect for a little person who loves putting objects into containers. And they are a lovely introduction to colour matching.
Another toy focused on matching.
It can be played initially as a pairing activity for a single player, matching the head and tail parts of the farmyard themed cards. Then, for more advanced play, it can be played in a group as a memory game.
Bee loves exploring things that belong together and this first game is intended to foster those links and connections.
It should grow with her, and eventually introduce the idea of taking turns and playing with others.
A beautiful open-ended toy for children from birth onwards. Light, semi-transparent and floaty, they can be used for sensory play, peekaboo, imaginative play and so much more.
Bee has always loved pulling things over her face, and these should be so much nicer for her than walking around with a blanket or tea towel draped over her head.
Bee can be quite contrary with hats. Usually if I want her to wear one outside to keep warm she’s forever pulling it off. But at playgroup it’s a different matter. She’ll search one out in the dressing up box and wear it all session.
This pattern reminds me of the crown Max wears in Where The Wild Things Are. I like to try and handmake a few gifts each Christmas so this crochet crown will be Bee’s.
We love Frugi clothes. Being a cloth bum baby it’s often difficult to find clothes that fit over Bee’s reusable nappies. Frugi clothes are designed with cloth bums in mind, so have a little extra room in the bottom department.
They’re also adorable.
In their online shop, I like how you can search and browse all the clothes and don’t necessarily have to trawl through by gender (a real bugbare of mine – clothes are clothes).
These unisex, rainbow dungarees are my favourite at the moment.
Bee’s first shoes with soft leather Meltons. Their slippers are great because the toggle means they’ll stay on wriggly feet and the grippy soles provide a bit of stability for new walkers, especially on wooden and tiled floors.
These red ones have a real festive feel. Doesn’t everyone get slippers for Christmas?
We first read this book at our Nature playgroup. It’s perfect for springtime and introducing young children to flowers and gardening. It names all the different species of flowers it features and uses a beautiful palette of bold rainbow colours.
A very kind friend bought the Autumn book of this series for Bee when she was poorly last month. We’ve been won over.
They have no words but are beautifully illustrated with detailed scenes, featuring traditional seasonal activities. They provide the perfect springboard for talking about the seasons in a creative and imaginative way.
We love Pete Horáček. We often have at least one of his books in our book basket. He uses bright pictures and a simple text to engage young readers and the clever use of shaped pages and cut aways make them a joy for little hands. From his collection for toddlers these two seemed very apt.
We’re big cat lovers in our family (erm…Mama Cat) and what better a book than Choo Choo to go with a brand new railway set.