Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter/Spring gift ideas for Toddlers

Hannah is a winter baby with a February birthday. So now that spring is coming I have so many ideas in my head of outdoor toys for her to play with that I figured I would throw them into a little list of ideas in case anyone else is looking for ideas for the same thing! Let's get started :)

This is one she already has. Every time the weather breaks even a little, we load up this little trike and take a walk around the block.

Right now we push it and steer it but eventually it goes down to being just a regular tricycle! As of right now we are parking it in the house when it's not in use and she likes to crawl over and point to it when she wants to take a walk. Now if only the weather would get the memo.

Another thing we recently got and are loving is this adorable whale suit by iplay.

 It has a built in swim diaper which is awesome and it's pretty much just the cutest thing ever.

At swim lessons one of the tricks the teachers use to get them to lay on their backs when they might not want to is to open a waterproof book above their head to make them relax and lean back. Absolutely genius and Hannah is totally getting a waterproof book in her basket.This one even comes with water toys!

Last year we had a party with lots of toddlers (Hannah was still a baby) and someone brought a water table. The kids flocked to it. Absolutely obsessed. If she gets nothing else on this list, she is definitely getting a shiny new water table to play with on hot summer days!  This one looked like a lot of fun to me! Simple, no sand, and something to dump water in.

Last year we bought her a raft similar to this one to use on vacation and at the pool but she was still a little too small to hold herself up in it. I'm really hoping this year it will work for her. I love it because of it's canopy and because it fold up easily really teeny tiny in a small bag which was perfect for lugging to the pool.

This year I'm also considering getting her a puddle jumper. If you can't tell we intend to spend a lot of time in the water this summer and probably for the rest of her life. Growing up as a pool rat then later working as a lifeguard, swim lesson instructor and swim team member/ is really important to me that she learns to be really comfortable in the water. I was jumping off the diving board and swimming to the side of the pool alone at 18 months...pool water runs through our veins in this family :) Puddle Jumpers are actually US Cost Guard Approved Life Jackets and are so much safer than water wings. This one is purple and has a giraffe on it, so it's pretty much meant to be for her.

A few inexpensive buckets  

and a board book about Easter..and I think we're set for now!

I would love to hear any more great ideas!
Happy spring shopping!

2 comments: said...

Thanks a million.Some of these are just so exciting.You may have seen 'Owl Eggs' last year?Once you have your empty egg,they are really easy to make and my then toddler really enjoyed just need some googly eyes,card or funky foam and some feathers and you have the adorable little guy to hang in your Ester tree or decoration.One of my all time favorites.Good day.~Janet Evans.

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