Quality time is defined as “time in which one’s child, partner, or other loved person receives one’s undivided attention, in such a way as to strengthen the relationship”. In the times we live in how do we give real “undivided attention”? I mean with our current state of being connected to everything at every single moment of the day. How difficult is it not to put your phone down for an hour without the fear of missing something important.
When Daniel’s first birthday was approaching I had a lot of people asking me what they should get him. I know this is an awesome courtesy but honestly most of the time, I didn’t even know what to say. So I thought I would make a list of some of my favourite gifts he received. Ones that I would definitely be buying for first birthday’s in the future. Most of them are also girl/boy friendly! Here are my top 5 picks:
- Books – I know this seems really cliche, and like what is a 12 month old going to do with books. But Daniel has an absolute love for books. He sits and looks at pictures, brings them for you to read to him and we spend hours of fun with them. My favourite books received were: Touch and feel books, this encourages interaction with the book in more ways than just a picture. Books that make sounds – same as above. Little books – ones that can fit into his hands are awesome! All the above are available at BabyCity and Bargain Books.
- Bath toys – Daniel absolutely loves his bath time! Even though we recently went through a stint where he didn’t want to bath (we later found out he had a cut on his toe which was probably burning in the bath). Entertainment in the bath makes it that much more fun. I don’t really like the rubber duck toys that squeak because once water gets in there and doesn’t dry it causes mold. Something I mentioned when being asked about what toys to get him. And we happened to get some lovely animals from Dischem. He also received a caterpillar stack toy that you can use in the bath and out. He loves it.
- Pajamas or sleepwear – this for me was something that I didn’t think of till An Ordinary Gal mentioned it. PJ’s are the best, you never have enough when you have a drooling toddler so this speaks for itself. I found some awesome summer ones at Woolies, with the cutest little slippers!
- Anti-drool bibs – uh, toddlers and teething – this phase is like never-ending. I found the most awesome anti-drool bibs with Jess from Heartfelt designs and did a review for her here. I also updated our collection recently and she has improved an already flawless product – for only R30 per bib, with minimal changes throughout the day. This is high on my list of “always needs”.
- Vouchers – I’ve never been a fan of buying people vouchers because honestly, it always seems like the “easy” gift. The one that minimal though has gone into, I dunno it’s how I’ve thought. Until recently when we received a voucher – guys, the options are endless to getting what you actually need. And then not putting pressure in terms of cost because you can always add. It’s an option I have recently started using with something small like one of the earlier options.
An honourable mention is definitely a scooter, my dad got DJ one. Being a biker this seemed like the logical gift, and although everyone has always spoken about their need to have one. Until we actually had one in our home I didn’t realise how much fun it would be for DJ. He loves this thing. Simple, lots of noise, and lots of fun. AND I do believe they do all sorts of different types and colours now too.
In the meantime – Is there anything you think I have missed? What are your go-to 5 gift ideas for 1 year olds? Let me know in the comments.
Apologizing to your children shouldn’t be something that’s hard or even seldom done. Because as moms, we too are human, and it is so important that our children know that. Saying you are sorry can mean so much to them. After our sleepover saga a week or two ago, Emilie and I have been having a tough time finding common ground. This last week was the worst. She got sick at the said party, and has been struggling to shake the cold. Which seemingly made us both moody.
Daniel has been classified a “toddler” for a month. A phase I have been warned about. It just came so quickly I feel like, we didn’t have enough time to prepare for it, emotionally and physically. He has all he needs though, a new wardrobe and such but there’s is much I did not prepare for too. Like, him moving from being a baby to being a little boy. Toddler-hood is not for sissy’s!