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post #161 of 2423
I know this question has been asked several times before but am hoping you'll all humor me. With Christmas/Calvin's b-day marching ever closer, I am starting a list of things we want/need for him for the next six months or so. I am starting to foray into the realm of toys and am wondering if there's anything you'd suggest getting (in the vein of natural, plastic- and battery-free, and with a low annoyance level) for a 12-18 month old?

So far, I plan to give four natural toy websites as suggestions, at three of which have mail order catalogs. I am also asking for books (we haven't received any since our baby showers), a drum/drums, a wooden popper/lawnmower, a sorter (to replace this), balls, and playsilks. I also want a play kitchen and play stands for him eventually but think he's a bit young just yet and they're a bit pricey to ask for - I'm afraid we'll get some cheap plastic substitute instead.
post #162 of 2423
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Originally Posted by Sihaya View Post
I know this question has been asked several times before but am hoping you'll all humor me. With Christmas/Calvin's b-day marching ever closer, I am starting a list of things we want/need for him for the next six months or so. I am starting to foray into the realm of toys and am wondering if there's anything you'd suggest getting (in the vein of natural, plastic- and battery-free, and with a low annoyance level) for a 12-18 month old?

So far, I plan to give four natural toy websites as suggestions, at least two of which have mail order catalogs. I am also asking for books (we haven't received any since our baby showers), a drum/drums, a wooden popper/lawnmower, a sorter (to replace this), balls, and playsilks. I also want a play kitchen and play stands for him eventually but think he's a bit young just yet and they're a bit pricey to ask for - I'm afraid we'll get some cheap plastic substitute instead.
nak
I dig this so much that i'm getting one for Fenton for christmas. And i got him one of thesethat is a great alt. to a sorter, got f's at keane's downtown

anyone seen "birth" yet? thinking of going......
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post #163 of 2423
ack, christmas?! you mean, christmas?!

seriously, we're having an awesome day 10. things are hitting a nice, comfy rhythm.

and my butt hruts from sitting so much.
post #164 of 2423
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nak
I dig this so much that i'm getting one for Fenton for christmas. And i got him one of thesethat is a great alt. to a sorter, got f's at keane's downtown

anyone seen "birth" yet? thinking of going......
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The toy in that first link looks really cool! I forgot about Keane's but that would be a good place to suggest to my grandma who doesn't shop online. The jury's still out on Made in China toys here, not for lead issues, but others.

I'm undecided on seeing Birth still, the description makes me think it will make me more angry than anything, but I could be wrong.
post #165 of 2423
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Originally Posted by Sihaya View Post
I know this question has been asked several times before but am hoping you'll all humor me. With Christmas/Calvin's b-day marching ever closer, I am starting a list of things we want/need for him for the next six months or so. I am starting to foray into the realm of toys and am wondering if there's anything you'd suggest getting (in the vein of natural, plastic- and battery-free, and with a low annoyance level) for a 12-18 month old?

So far, I plan to give four natural toy websites as suggestions, at three of which have mail order catalogs. I am also asking for books (we haven't received any since our baby showers), a drum/drums, a wooden popper/lawnmower, a sorter (to replace this), balls, and playsilks. I also want a play kitchen and play stands for him eventually but think he's a bit young just yet and they're a bit pricey to ask for - I'm afraid we'll get some cheap plastic substitute instead.
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Likewise, any suggestions for 6-12 months?

On the playsilks, I've been wanting some baby-sized, and I saw someone suggest getting silk blanks (on thaisilks dot com or the like) and dying them with koolaid. So I got some 11x11 and 22x22 (they have larger also) and they are sitting here waiting for me to dye. (i did dye some wool with koolaid last year and it was quite easy).
post #166 of 2423
While we're on the subject, I thought i'd mention that Cutie Patootie runs a yahoo group for coops on all kinds of stuff, including nice wooden toys. There is a link in her siggie. There's on going on Selecta toys right now. Now if I could just figure out a way to get the inlaws to use it.....
post #167 of 2423
Christina, I was in a completely different thread and just happened to see that in her signature and was just about to come here and post about it!

ETA: Oops, it was actually lactivist's group I found. It looks like Cutie Patootie has a different one. Well, I joined both just to be safe!
post #168 of 2423
Thread Starter 
Steph, thanks for starting the toy conversation! We got MIL to agree to NO store-bought gifts for Xmas--only gifts we make for each other--which I still am just : excited about!

So that means I want to buy Abby some good toys ourselves. Although, just heard today Haba is recalling a bunch of their rattles/rings for choking hazard. Wasn't a surprise to me since Abby just about choked on the problem part on her Haba ring last week. Luckily, she was able to swallow it--saw it come out the other end--but it was a SCARY minute where I picked her up, turned her upside down, and banged on her back, wishing I remembered the exact choking maneuver for babies. (I re-reviewed the manual right after we had both calmed down after that incident!)

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and my butt hruts from sitting so much.
I remember having that same problem in the early days!
post #169 of 2423
Thread Starter 
Just saw that I was 1 away from post 1800, so had to do one more here because it's only right that it be with you all.
post #170 of 2423
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Just saw that I was 1 away from post 1800, so had to do one more here because it's only right that it be with you all.

: Happy 1800!
post #171 of 2423
i know it has an older age range, but dd loved these http://www.amazon.com/Sylvia-Longs-M...1007937&sr=8-1 from as soon as she could sit up. i got them in the bargain section of borders for 4.99. i lust for this http://www.amazon.com/Haba-902-Disco...f=pd_sbs_ba_17 for dd for christmas this year but let's be real, the price is nutsy. my parents got dd this http://www.amazon.com/Parents-Busy-Z...1008152&sr=1-1 for her 1st bday, 2 mos. early, and she plays with it EVERY SINGLE DAY. it is available at target. and for the younger set, don't forget balls and puppets... i also lust for this shape sorter http://www.amazon.com/Plan-Toy-Shape...1008495&sr=1-1 and will probably get that.

eta: i have a melissa and doug puzzle but i am not in love with where the screws are. if i were doing it over i would get puzzibilities/small world toys/ryans room; it was just that m&d is more readily available.

eta: on musical instruments, i like those by remo aka lynn kleiner and woodstock percussion. but it is hard to find ones that are baby-safe. i ordered dd a set from a place called miscellaneous supplies. it contains plastic but the sound quality is high, better than some of the pure wood stuff. i've tested lots at various music classes. cking, some are available at kazams in princeton in palmer sq.
post #172 of 2423
thank you all for permitting me to engage in consumerist fantasies re toys. i am super down about the judge thing (i think he and i are in an abusive relationship, seriously) and boy is this the perfect distraction.

so in the if i had a million dollars vein, here are some more push toys: http://www.amazon.com/Haba-1623-Push...1011836&sr=8-1 andhttp://www.amazon.com/Haba-0949-HABA-Doll-Pram/dp/B000OMQCGA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1221011964&sr=1-1 these haba prams are cheaper than the first i linked to but all are imo crazy pricey. but a girl can dream, right?

along the lines of one of shanna's links i like this http://www.amazon.com/Plan-Toys-0531...1012069&sr=1-1 hey maybe i'll get it. stop me now.

and sihaya's original inquiry included shape sorters, so here are some more http://www.amazon.com/Ryans-Room-552...1012262&sr=1-1 and this one, which i believe (correct me if you disagree??) is more appropriate for an older age range: http://www.amazon.com/Plan-Toys-3953...1012400&sr=1-9

btw, i totally agree that a toy kitchen is for an older age set. if a 12 mo can reach it, it won't work for a 3-4 yo. dd sees toy kitchens all the time at a park we go to containing outgrown toys (really nice ride-ons) but does not actually play kitchen with kitchen stuff. however, today she did use her toy phone as a phone and steal someone's ipod on the subway, put it to her cheek, and say, "hello!!" :
post #173 of 2423
another push toy http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Flyer-Cl...1012783&sr=8-3 perhaps i should quit the law and become a personal shopper...
post #174 of 2423
Thread Starter 
at PiePie's toy fun time!!!

Anyone read Confessions of a Naughty Mommy: How I Found My Lost Libido? I was skeptical, but I'm 40 pages in and LOVING it. The author's description of Sex Life After Baby is spot on, imho. At least so far...and it's funny as hell too!

And now to go spend too much time on Oompa Toys when I should be sleeping...
post #175 of 2423
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Originally Posted by snozzberry View Post
at PiePie's toy fun time!!!

Anyone read Confessions of a Naughty Mommy: How I Found My Lost Libido? I was skeptical, but I'm 40 pages in and LOVING it. The author's description of Sex Life After Baby is spot on, imho. At least so far...and it's funny as hell too!

And now to go spend too much time on Oompa Toys when I should be sleeping...
OMG, I need to read this. I so need to find mine
post #176 of 2423
Great links, PiePie! You've got me lusting after that Radio Flyer Walker Wagon. It's one of the more affordable wooden push toys I've seen.
post #177 of 2423
and anything under $70 is a great price for that wagon. check out your local craigslist first, though, as it is quite common and perhaps might be handed down (albeit commercially). what i like about it -- better than dd's push toy -- is that it is weighted and as such won't go fwd when an unstable baby pulls up on it.
post #178 of 2423
need to read that book too.
post #179 of 2423
i'm finding myself feeling very amorous right now, but my body isn't ready at all. it's a tough spot! LOL

baby is doing well. we made our first trip out today that wasn't doctor/whatever related. we went to target to get another nipple shield and a box for them--even though he's now on the nipple itself about 1/3 of the time, so we are improving and i may not need the shield for long. we also went to the grocery store and a craft store to get some ink and paper to do hands/feet for everyone.

he has such long feet!
post #180 of 2423
Such cool toys to look forward to...

I'm still thinking DD has issues with spitting up--she's very gassy (honestly Dh and I are too these days), and I've noticed that sometimes she starts choking on my milk...I think my letdown might be too fast for her. So between the two, she spits up quite a bit, although it's much less at night, especially if we do side-lying. But of course, after I said she's not screaming at the boob, what does she do? Not consistently, but it was heartbreaking

So we need to examine diet. We do eat a lot of fiber and dairy. Perhaps it's time to cut down. And I need to look at how to deal with fast letdown. It was all seeming so easy a week or so ago. Silly me.

On a related topic, my great aunt, who usually seems so progressive and cool, asked if my doc had talked about solids for DD yet...um, she's not even 6 weeks old yet?!? Apparently even though she breastfed her 5 children, she gave them rice cereal at night so they'd sleep through starting when they were only a few weeks old. Yikes! 4 out of 5 have food sensitivity issues/allergies that I know about...I can only think this practice did NOT help in any way.
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