If your town or city has a children's museum or a zoo, I recommend getting a year-long pass to this place. It usually costs around $35-50 depending upon the city/etc.
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Girl. But I want to give her something gender neutral.
Hmmm...the pass sounds like a good idea. I'll have to investigate.
Diene - wooden blocks me thinks !!!!!!!!
you can pick up cheap ones. perhaps make a wee draw string bag, fill it with natural, no paint, no toxin preserved, wooden blocks ! Children love using their imagination to create something of their own, and with wooden blocks they can build, construct, destruct etc..... even the parents might enjoy !!!!!!
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Exactly how will a 1 year old utilize a children's museum?
I like the blocks ideas. Or maybe some sort of other similar plaything
1 yr olds like to put things in their mouths and eat. Get some chewable toys. 50 bucks is a lot for a baby.
Uhm, seeing as I took my son to our local museum's "exploration centers" from the time he was 9 months old, quite a bit.
I would go there at least once a week, and there were story times and sing-a-longs, lots of activities (costumes, toys, art projects, crafts, etc). There were play areas as well -- with all kinds of toys, activities to do -- all at different age levels.
I still take my son there about once a month. I would go more, but he's quite busy these days, being 5.
My sister's nanny takes their son (who is about to turn 3) about twice a week to the museum. He's been going since before he was 1 as well. He particularly likes their "water exploration" area -- where they have lots of things to turn and paddle and what nto to watch the water move in different ways. They have a lot of trains, too, and he loves trains.
Yes, you could get the kid *yet another* object.
$50 gift certificate to a spa. A 1 year old baby doesn't need anything. The mother of a 1 year old probably needs a massage.