So your friend, work pal, daughter in law or other relative or friend has had a baby. You’re sitting on your hands trying to not over indulge in an online shopping spree which will at best result in yet another cuddly toy for baby and if thoughts of mum are anywhere in the mix you might sling in a toiletry gift bag for her. She’s an afterthought of course. After all, she just wants you get something for the baby right. It’s all about that little pink bundle of joy isn’t it? Yep, she probably just wants some more toys and yet another play rug and another bit of tat baby pink or blue or whatever – WRONG! Okay, I might be channelling some of my own experience here as I didn’t get a single gift for birthing my child. Nothing. To be fair to her my mother in law did come and do my ironing and several people bought me cakes, but I didn’t get a single present that was designed to say “you deserve this” or “here, I bought this as I thought it might help.” Not that I wanted recognition but I did wonder how useful endless teddy bears for little ones were compared to the “these saved my life” items – items which I was share with friends who had babies after me. We’ve all got them, those purchases which made the endless sleepless nights easier. The truth is I wouldn’t have wanted fluffy slippers or… View Post

It’s that time of year again. Christmas. I’ve already started saving for Christmas by doing my shopping through TopCashBack through the year. If I do most of my online shopping and utilities through it I usually have enough saved to get some decent presents – certainly enough for our toddler. This year, I’ve peeked too soon with my gift ideas as it was Small Boy’s second birthday the other month. All my best ideas for children’s presents went on that event, and in particular to relatives who were asking for ideas of things to get him. It wasn’t a bad haul – he got a balance bike and a picnic table for the summer and a bunch of puzzles. But it has left me scratching my head on what we can buy for Christmas. If you’ve a two year old, you might be in a similar position. Were you a pretty confident and informed baby toy shopper but struggling now to find presents for your little one that will keep them entertained for longer? Are you like me and want well made, good value toys that will teach your little one something developmentally or just be plain old fun for more than a few weeks. A toy is for life, not just for Christmas – well perhaps a couple of years? Thankfully, some other parent bloggers have come to the rescue with some great ideas for toys to buy two year olds: Musical instruments. Two year olds love to make noise.… View Post