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dd is 11 months, so i think not quite a toddler but i couldn't find any good threads in the life with a babe thread. all my ideas are really for a 2 year old or so (kitchen/food, dolls, puzzles, playsilks, blocks, musical instruments). we have lots of wood toys (ABC blocks, shape sorter, stacking rings). i would like some toy/gift ideas that are things she can use for a long time but are also age appropriate.<br><br>
are playsilks, blocks, puzzles, etc too old for her?<br><br>
any help is much appreciated <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
ETA: dd is almost 11 months, so she has christmas and a birthday coming. she is very active but not yet walking well.
 

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I don't think playsilks or blocks are too old for her, I got my daughter a doll for her 1st bday (2 months ago now) and she loved it, I thought it would be too old for her but within a week she was feeding it with its dolly bottle and trying to give it bits of her food... I'm not sure how other babies are at 12 months with a doll but she loved hers, but I would have to say blocks would be an awesome idea, it's the kind of gift that they grow and learn to enjoy in different ways.
 

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We got <a href="http://www.braingrowtoys.com/catalog/item/3431127/3124248.htm" target="_blank">this</a> for DD for her 1st birthday. She was not quite walking, but she was cruising (creeping along while holding onto the edges of tables, couches, etc.). She <i>loved</i> it. It gave her enough support to walk unassisted, so she could play with it right away.<br><br>
She's 3 tomorrow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> and still uses it to push around her dolls and stuffed toys or as a shopping cart.<br><br>
Also, it's made in Germany, so no lead worries.
 

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I got DD <a href="http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/SF10000/Sounds-Like-Fun-Shake,-Rattle,-&-Drum.html" target="_blank">this</a> music set for her first birthday. She loves it. The drum is great with hands or the drum stick. We also got her <a href="http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/PL64052/Plan-Toys-Oval-Xylophone.html" target="_blank">this</a> xylophone. They are among her very favorite toys.<br><br>
At about 14 months DD got REALLY into books. We're currently reading 5-10 books at a sitting several times a day. If I had anticipated this phase (which is apparently rather age appropriate), I would have bought her books for her birthday.<br><br>
We are slowly building a play silk collection from <a href="http://www.atoygarden.com" target="_blank">www.atoygarden.com</a>. We play with them all the time. Initially they were just for peekaboo, but boy does she love that - DD under a silk, mommy under a silk with DD, Daddy under the silk with DD, mommy and daddy under the silk w/o DD. She especially cracks up if you kiss her through the silks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: Now we're drapping them over her little table to make a fort to read books in. She LOVES to crawl around through the silks. They're very age appropriate.<br><br>
We have played with blocks almost every day since she was 8 months old. DH and I build towers that she knocks over. She's doing a bit of stacking herself now. We love <a href="http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/HA2297/Haba-Fantasy-Blocks.html" target="_blank">this</a> set. DD takes out the cylinders and the cubes with holes and puts the cylinders through the holes over and over again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She'll be using it for years. The "big" kids (4-7 year olds) that come visit build with them quite happily.<br><br>
We started doing very simple knob puzzles at about 13 months. I asked for puzzles on her Christmas list. She'll be 16 months at Christmas.<br><br>
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I second the above recommendations.<br><br>
Lucas is 15 months old. We go through tons of books - these are the best toys right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We buy lots of Haba toys and Lucas plays with these <a href="http://www.blueberryforest.com/heirloom_wooden_blocks/haba_discovery_blocks_wooden_blocks.htm" target="_blank">discovery blocks</a> and <a href="http://www.blueberryforest.com/baby_treasures/haba_wooden_stacking_toy.htm" target="_blank">stacking toys</a>. We bought one of the big natural block sets too. Walkers are fun - we have a Radio Flyer one with a cart - I can see him using it for a long time.<br><br>
We also have maracas and the same drum set. And of course the best toys are often not 'toys'; pots, oatmeal containers, socks, cell phones...
 

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thanks mamas! that is what i was thinking...just wanted to make sure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My DD got a musical band set, a little waldorf dolly, playsilks, and a short play kitchen when she was almost one last holiday season. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think playsilks are a GREAT idea for that age! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My DD played with them from around the time she started sitting. Blocks, too, are great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My ds loves to play with blocks and anything he can put in something and take something out of.
 

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At that age, her favorite things were:<br><br><a href="http://www.backtobasicstoys.com/item/productid/5363" target="_blank">This push wagon</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FVilac-Maison-des-Boules%2Fdp%2FB000JT7NJI%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1196613979%26sr%3D1-2" target="_blank">This ball and track toy</a> (We got it through Oompa toys and she still plays with it all the time)<br>
Puzzles (esp. the clunky wooden ones)<br>
Silk scarves<br>
Stuffed toys<br>
Books -- lots and lots of board books<br>
Blocks<br>
Flashcards with animals on them
 

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This time last year my ds was more into throwing blocks than actually building with them (he is doing really well with them now though!) However, he loved his playsilks - it's fun to get the smaller sizes as well as the standard 36x36.<br><br>
Also on the hit list (then and now)<br><br>
duck push toy<br>
wool felt balls (I made mine, it's super easy but you can buy them)<br>
his baby doll (Waldorf style, I made that from a kit)<br>
Native American style drum, not too loud!<br>
xylophone (Ours is from Nova Natural, it has a handle so he doesn't constantly drop it, a really nice feature, plus it is very pretty)<br>
books (his favorite are the Helen Oxenbury <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Clap Hands, Tickle Tickle</span>...)
 
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