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Toddler Christmas List

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

Non-toys

(ie useful items that won’t clutter the living room (only other rooms)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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?

TOYS!
I am a HUGE fan of Melissa and Doug toys.  Handmade, many wooden, interesting, and educational toys….

bead maze shape sorter

  1. 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).
  2. Melissa and Doug Jumbo triangular crayons
  3. Melissa and Doug Classic Bead maze
  4. Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Cube
  5. A toddler sized table and chair – I like a set from Ikea, but I’m still shopping
  6. Bubbles – what kid doesn’t love bubbles?  Not mine

Sensory Toys
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.

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2 thoughts on “Toddler Christmas List

    • oh, okay, maybe I’m pronouncing it wrong when I ask, because the people at Target just look confused and point me to the handbags. I didn’t think Ike would want to go to school with a purse.

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