Toys for Infants – Christmas is Almost Here!

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In our little house, we have a 6 month old infant. Our baby Zachary is currently teething and full of random bursts of energy. There’s so many great products that help sooth them during the teething phase, but what about the rest of the time period? What are some age appropriate toys for infants? I’ve created a list, that is generally aimed for the 12 months and younger crowd. I’m currently shopping around for Christmas gifts, which include my sons, nieces, nephews, little cousins of all ages, and of course the usual adults on our check list.

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Manhattan Toy Winkel $7.56 
This colorful tube maze is perfect for those itty bitty hands to grasp, great for grinding baby gums on and full of rattling fun. I love that it can easily packed into my handbag or diaper bag. It also can be clipped onto my stroller with my Mommy Hook (I have 3, I love these hooks!) and I can keep him entertained while we take Sonny to the park for a play date.

Infantino Activity Triangle $10.89
Does your infant love the sound of rain? This cute activity triangle has mini rattles build inside, with various pattern exercises that will keep your baby amused. We had two of these for our oldest, Sonny.

There are various toys, gadgets and hot gift items for babies under 1-year-old. You can purchase teething toys, stuffed animals with cute little musical buttons, or even reading books. Babies love to hear their mommy and daddy’s read to them. If you’re like me, I mostly buy the children clothes, necessities, gift cards, but they will always get at least one toy.  Check these out the ones I listed below, they are some of the learning toys that Sonny and Zachary have used and loved!

Sit to Stand Learning Walker
Olives and Pickles Organic Rattle and Teether Plush Toy

Fisher Price Baby’s First Blocks
Activity Learning Table

You would be surprised, Sonny is 4-years-old and still loves to play the activity table, just to sing along to the ABC’s (some even have a bilingual version, Spanish). Whether its teething, adventure or educational, children love to open gifts during the holiday seasons…anything that is a toy will put a smile on their face.

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Swirly Monster Cupcakes – Toddler Made!

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Sonny (my 4-year-old) and I decided to make cute swirly monster cupcakes out of a Funfetti cake box. We usually make our own homemade recipe but he was so eager to buy the box at our local supermarket, so we decided, why not?

Less mess & more memories.

The one thing I love about these box cake mixes, they’re so easy a toddler can make them! A few cool things I found to make his cupcake experience a little easier were the:

Wilton Decorator
Baking Cooling Rack

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl with Rubber Bottom

We just purchased a new mixing bowl that also has a rubber bottom to prevent spilling. Toddlers can be clumsy by accident and this new bowl has been helping us keep the counter with less of a mess.

Check Out The Video Below! 

 

Easy Ghost Lollipops for Halloween

Halloween is a fun and spooky holiday to celebrate with children of all ages. I have great memories with my Ma (grandma) making ghost pops ever year. We would drop by our local dollar store to pick up tissue paper kleenex, sharpies, lollipops, and orange ribbon. We would spend a few days making enough Halloween lollipops for the Trick Or Treaters.

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I have seen various methods for these cute ghosts, you can use recycled cloth, gift tissue paper, kleenex, etc. We liked using tissue box kleenex because they were sized just perfectly, which meant less cutting and more decorating. My brother and I would make scary ghost, silly and cute ones too. It’s so easy, a toddler can participate! If you have young children participating, be sure to use the water based markers that are washable.

You will need:
Tissue Paper
Ribbon
Sharpie Marker
Lollipops

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