When my sister first said she was expecting a baby I was pretty shocked, it was a surprise to her as well, but for me something I didn't think was on the cards for a long while. Now we have a cheeky, lively 2 year old in our family and it's fascinating watching him grow, learn, and develop. I'm second in line for book reading, always get picked out for songs, and we have done an awful lot of Lego building. It also means I get to shop for a little one, something which I have done hardly any of - big kid trips to toy shops!!!
I've impulse bought the odd little toy or t-shirt, and had a birth, birthday, and Christmases to buy for, so I think I'm getting into the swing of things, though there are a few challenges - mainly that little man gets an awful lot of stuff - presents from Mum and Dad, me, Nan, my sisters boyfriends side of the family, sometimes some friends of theirs. Normally there's a bit of co-ordination going on within our core group to try and be different, but even then it doesn't always work.
I'm pretty pleased with some of my early buys though, both from Argos, and both which he is still playing with a year later. His first birthday and Christmas presents were a set of soft animal skittles and a little train on a track that can either bet fixed as a circle, or a flat wave. I think these type of toys worked as he seemed to grow with them in a way, figuring out what to do with them, and what they are, then finding new ways to play with them - the train track has been 'broken' and put together so many times, while the skittles have been thrown about, or we've all played and Joey's giggles have filled the air as he found great fun in 'cheating'.
With Christmas fast approaching I have already got most of his present ready to wrap, I just need to find something for his little stocking I made him last year. Being creative I can't wait to see his face when he opens up his crafty gifts.
Have you any favourites from your childhood you are introducing to your little ones, what toys do you secretly want to play with too? Let me know your thoughts below.