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Monday, December 19, 2016

GIFT GUIDE: 1-2 YEARS

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Around the time she turned a year old is when Grace started showing her real preference in toys. Various things have had their day in the sun over the past year, but her devotion has not wavered when it comes to books, her Baby Stella doll, and, most recently, puzzles. She currently has ten of the Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles (and just might be adding to that with her Christmas requests) and does each of them multiple times a day. She's also built up quite the board book collection (she can still be destructive with normal pages) and loves both having them read to her and also reading/looking at them by herself. My mom got her a PBK anywhere chair before she was born and I used it to take her monthly pictures her first year of life. It has been well worth it's cost! She loves to watch Mickey Mouse in it, read books in, climb all over it, etc. Grace's girly side continues to come out with each passing day, but one of the first ways we noticed it was in how much she loved playing with her musical make-up vanity. She puts it on herself and us, and it's so adorable! She's starting to play with it less as she realizes that it's not quite as rewarding as digging her fingers into mine, but she does still like it. The play purse is so popular that Grace received no less than three for her first birthday! The vanity, purse, kitchen, and Baby Stella doll all directly correlate with this age as it is when children typically start enjoying pretend play and mimicking the natural events of everyday life. Over the last six months, Grace has really started playing with her kitchen. Which is super adorable. She likes to prepare food, feed it to her variety of babies, push them around in the grocery cart and doll stroller, and even make plates for us. I included the Little People sets in the honorable mentions because her interest in them seems to come in waves, but I know the bulk of kids her age really enjoy playing with them. She is starting to take more interest in her blocks daily. She loves her water table when it's warm outside! It's currently freezing outside (literally!) so it's only downfall is that it's a seasonal toy. Like with anything related to children, preferences can vary, but I think you can could find a winner for any child (in this age range) on this list.
 
{Playing with her Little People Farm at 13 months}
 
{Water table fun at 15 months}
 
{Enjoying some light reading at 17 months}
 
{Preparing a five course meal at 18 months}
 
{Books, Baby Stella, and her chair at 19 months}
 
{Playing pretend with Baby Stella at 20 months}

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