Recommendations for toys and other practical items for our daughter's first birthday?
Our daughter's birthday is coming up, and money will be spent. There were obvious things to get her earlier on - the requisite block-sorting toy, xylophone, stacking rings...but now I'm stumped. She's just about walking - she doesn't crawl at all - and her favorite thing to do is travel around the house with mommy's help, touching everything and pulling stuff off shelves, so I don't really know what she'll enjoy next. She also loves books, the telephone and the remote control. As for non-toy items, I've offered her the tupperware and pot cupboards to destroy, but she's not into that yet. She doesn't do the pot lids and wooden spoon thing. Whisks and spatulas do not delight her. Cardboard things are no good either - she still tries to eat them. She doesn't want to sit and do one thing for now.
I hate the idea of wandering around the toy store randomly grabbing things, wasting money on crappy plastic toys she won't like. Any suggestions for good toys at this age? What about other practical items might we need for her in the next little while?
she already has:
- an education fund we contribute to regularly
- larger high chair after she outgrows small one
- forward facing car seat
- sippy cups (just transitioning)
- small playpen
- toy cell phone
- toy car
- this alphabet train
, which I really recommend
- tons of clothes
- tons of books
- stuffed animals
We are thrilled to buy used stuff, too. Thanks.