So Ike’s birthday was less than two weeks ago and already no less than FIVE people have asked me what he needs for Christmas. Um. A separate room for all of his new crap! And mom would like a clutter robot to come and clean up all the toys and the millions of separate pieces (90% of which are balls of assorted sizes) each night.
Before unboxing ANY of Ike’s new birthday toys and clothes, I ran through his toy box/area of the living room (and nursery and my bedroom and my bathroom and the kitchen) and removed the toys I have expertly deemed “baby toys”. This included about 23 rattles, some teethers, a million plastic rings, and some small stuffed animals. It took up half a plastic tote. His birthday swag was stuffed into two large boxes barely suitable for checking from Indiana. I’m playing from behind already and oh jeez where am I gonna put the Christmas tree? The toys are in the way.
So, what does Ike need for Christmas? I was planning to wrap many interesting different sized boxes and enjoy watching him tear the wrapping paper off. Oh but I suppose I should make the kid a proper Christmas list in case someone else would like to purchase a real present, with some sort of item inside the box. I am not a total scrooge.
Ike will be attending a Montessori preschool in the spring, so I started with the school supply list. OK everyone send paper towels and vinegar and a framed photo of us. No seriously. Here is our newly minted “Toddler” Christmas List.
Ike’s Christmas List
(ie useful items that won’t clutter the living room (only other rooms)
- Bibs – this dude is a seriously messy eater, and I am a seriously lazy parent, I have been known to just strip him down to his diaper before sticking him in the high chair, but it’s getting a little chilly for that now.
- Suction plate/developmental utensils – Ike loves to steal the spoon when he is being fed. Not to try to fed him self but more as a drum stick/chew toy, nevertheless, no time like the present to show him what its for.
- Indoor shoes – these are for school – the Montessori way is to have children remove outside shoes for clean(er) indoor shoes a-la- Mr. Rogers changing into his sweater vest prior to playing with his talking puppets.
- Cloth training pants – another thing from the Montessori school supply list. I am a bit weary about this as he will only be 15 months when he starts, but it’s on the list and well, you know, rules!
- Shoes (outside ones) – we got Ike’s feet properly measured last week to find that all of his BRAND NEW SHOES are a size too small. I like these.
- Ditty bag – I don’t know what this is, but it’s on his school supply list. Does anyone else know or know where I can find one?
I am a HUGE fan of Melissa and Doug toys. Handmade, many wooden, interesting, and educational toys….
- Melissa and Doug Let’s Play House! Dust, Sweep, and Mop – Ike likes to play with the broom when I am sweeping (daily under the high chair).
- Melissa and Doug Jumbo triangular crayons
- Melissa and Doug Classic Bead maze
- Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Cube
- A toddler sized table and chair – I like a set from Ikea, but I’m still shopping
- Bubbles – what kid doesn’t love bubbles? Not mine
I might have a stroke of free time and ambition between now and Christmas, and decide to make Ike one or two of these items for sensory development. I’ll definitely post them if I do. I also might not and they will just live forever on my “dreaming of” Pinterest board.
1. Textured cardboard cards – These would be small cardboard cutouts with different textured items attached; buttons, rice, sandpaper, etc. I think these would store well in an old wipes box. I have been hoarding these boxes since Ike was born, because I just know they are perfect for something!
2. Sensory Board – Think lots of duck tape plus bags of interesting textures. I have a tote full of miscellaneous craft junk that would be perfect.
3. Shakers – With some old water bottles, remove the labels and fill with sequins, oil, and food coloring. My toddler loves to shake things.