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Throwback Thursday: Toddlers First Toys



It's that time again. The time when we find an old picture of me and introduce you to how old I was, what I was doing at the time and give you some tips if applicable. So without further ado, welcome to our...


The following photo was taken 2 days before Christmas and 1 day before my 11 month old birthday. So I was still technically 10 months old. As you can see in the photo I was very mobile, not quite the daredevil that I am now but not too far from that either. I was already running around and mommy was pulling her hair out because there was no stopping me. It was Christmas after all, it was time for me have fun. 


Well you're saying, well what kind of tips can Madison have for me today. Do babies or toddlers need toys? Do you need food? Of course we need toys even if it isn't the store bought one and it's one that you made we enjoy still enjoy them. Remember that we are like sponges at this age and we learn a lot through play so once again mommy and I are going to give you a few of our favorites that we think you might enjoy along with your baby. 

Are there any toys that I recommend for your toddler. As a matter of fact I do. Toys that play music. Remember our Almost Wordless Wednesday post where we talked about music? If you don't then maybe you need to read about why music is great for your little one. Rattles, drums, pianos, pots and pans are great for this. 

Stacking rings, nesting toys and building blocks are another great toy. Great for your toddler's hand to eye coordination. Not Lego blocks but the Mega Bloks. Mommy does not like Lego's too much, not only are they too small for your little one and would present a choking hazard but have you ever stepped on one in the middle of the night? Mommy has and I say that it was not fun hearing her yell at my brothers for leaving their Legos on the floor. 

Stacking rings also come in variation of colors so not only are they great for that hand to eye but they are also a learning tool for your little one to start learning their colors as well. 

Furry friends are great as well. I have quite a few of them that I like to pretend with. I have tea with my furry friends and I like taking them out with me when I go on car rides. They help with my creativity and my imagination. I can pretend that they are little people like me and have conversations with them.

And while you're out buying toys don't forget to buy books as well. There is nothing like the love of reading. This helps with our vocabulary. You'll be surprised at what we understand even though we can't really speak. 

So now that I've told you about a few of the ones we recommend, are there others that you recommend as well? Tell me in my comments. I'd love to hear of them. 

Annmarie John
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  1. You have great suggestions, as always Madison. However, I just can't help but to buy all the toys that I see in store. :)

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    1. Mommy does the same thing as well but I always end up playing with the boxes most times. :) ♥ Madison

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  2. We LOVE musical toys! I'd add to the list for this age child toys that roll. My children loved chasing balls, trains, and trucks that rolled across the floor at this age. It helps them learn to be mobile as they chase the toy and it also helps them learn to visually track an object as it moves from point A to point B. Great post! You list some important toys that all little ones should have in their toy box!

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    1. Toys that roll sure are fun and thank you. Mommy forgot to include that in our list. :) ♥ Madison

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  3. Hi Madison! My girl loves her furry friends too. The kind that squeaks when pressed. Lately, she has been busy with her Fun Thinkers set.

    Great ideas, as usual. I love your list.:)

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    1. Thank you Kristine. I just love our furry friends as well. ♥ Madison

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  4. my kids have this drum set that came with tamborine and other instruments we have had it for 3 years and they still play with it. They love it. Books are so important. My kids love to read.

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    1. Books are really important and I love reading. I'm so happy your kids love to read too. ♥ Madison

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  5. My boys loved Mega Blocks when they were smaller. Great suggestions!

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    1. I still love my Mega Bloks. Really great for little hands too. ♥ Madison

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  6. Have ALL those toys, and they are favorites at our house as well!

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    1. Yay! Happy that you have them as well. ♥ Madison

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  7. Oh Madison, you should come over to play at our house. We have ALL the toys. But really my kids' favorite is the ipad. I make them share. They think I'm a bad mommy.

    Brandy
    http://mommysplurge.com

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    1. I have quite a lot of toys too but it does sound like a lot of fun at your house. Mommy doesn't let me play on her iPad too often either. ♥ Madison

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  8. My boys have lots of musical toys thanks to their grandma. They absolutely love them.

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    1. Musical toys sure are a lot of fun. They have a great grandma. ♥ Madison

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  9. I love the idea of almost wordless wednesday....the picture is just too cute... this is obviously a serious matter

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    1. Unfortunately this isn't my Almost Wordless Wednesday but thank you. ♥ Madison

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  10. There is a super funny book called "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books", it is hilarious. I'm so sure you would love it just as much as my Timothy and Joshua.

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    1. I'm going to have mommy check that book out for me. Thanks for suggesting it. ♥ Madison

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  11. I would buy cheap bowls and mixing spoons! My son used to LOVE playing with those! It brings out their creativity!

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    1. It sure does and you can always pick them up at the dollar store. ♥ Madison

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  12. Great suggestions Madison! I do love that you added they don't need to be store-purchased toys.

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    1. oh no they don't need to be store bought at all. ♥ Madison

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  13. There is this great book called "If You Give a Dog a Doughnut" that makes my niece and nephew laugh until they cry. They have a whole slough of toys and books that keep them occupied. Hell, one great toy I recommend are building blocks to not only have growing children explore their creativity but also figure out ways to practice their minds. In my family, children's vocal chords don't fully develop until the ages of 3 and 4, but the minds are very intuitive.

    Thank you for this great post! I really think this is a good read for any parent or guardian out there!

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    1. Sounds like if you give a mouse a cookie and I do have quite a few building blocks as well. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your suggestions. Great ones! ♥ Madison

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  14. She's so adorable! And those are great tips :)

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. Hopefully you have used some of them before. ♥ Madison

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  15. She's so adorable going through her toy chest!! I love her room!!

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    1. Thank you Irene. Mommy decorated my room for me. ♥ Madison

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  16. Lots of GREAT toy tips here. I appreciate all your tips because we have 3 little ones in our family now and I have no idea what to buy them most of the time.

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    1. Thank you. Now I hope you will go out and get them some really nice ones. ♥ Madison

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  17. How cute! My boys love their trains, trucks and Lego/Duplos... we're working on books, they are a little rough with them right now

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    1. Mommy buys me board books because I chew on it if its made of just paper. ♥ Madison

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  18. A bouquet of awards just for you Madison.
    http://mommykristineskorner.blogspot.com/2013/08/today-is-one-of-times-i-felt-like.html

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    1. Thank you Kristine. We really appreciate getting a new award. ♥ Madison

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  19. Too precious :) I agree that kids need toys and ones with music are perfect! I am currently getting rid of quite a bit of my girls toys...I'm sure they will just end up getting more though!

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    1. I'm sure they'll get new ones. Every time some of my old ones go out new one always come in. ♥ Madison

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  20. My kids had all of those! Cute photo!

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    1. Thank you Tess and I'm sure they love them too. ♥ Madison

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  21. Music toys are awesome, but one of our favorite toys week after week for as long as I can remember is our MagnaTiles. Love them!

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    1. I have to agree. I love music toys. They're the best! ♥ Madison

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  22. Seth likes to play with anything that has lids. So lately I will keep out different plastic containers from the recycling box and let him play with those for a little while. He will collect items in them or take them outside and use them for his sand creations and store rocks in them.

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    1. That is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing that with us. ♥ Madison

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  23. That is such an adorable photo!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope your daughter enjoys the veggie dumplings recipe :)
    -thinkgreenlovepurple
    http://thinkgreenlovepurple.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you. She plans on doing it this weekend. Can't wait to try them. ♥ Madison

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  24. Both of my kids are obsessed with books right now and any type of building toys. They build whole cities :) Great suggestions!

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    1. I just love my Mega Bloks too. I like stacking and unstacking and I try and build lots of stuff too. I do love books too. ♥ Madison

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  25. I don't know how you can remember things from way back then. Maybe the photo helps. Top of the list for children should be books. Back in the 60's I bought cloth books for my children. I don't know if they still make them. Returning the visit from UBC.

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    1. oh Francene this wasn't that long ago and I'm only 18 months. Cloth books are great too. ♥ Madison

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  26. Des is already 14 months and NOT running around..yet. I know I'm in for it so we're in no hurry. Right now he loves stacking toys and books and stealing his older sister's toys!

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    1. Des is so very much like me expect for the running around part. I love stacking and books and stealing my brothers toys too. ♥ Madison

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  27. Dear Madison, when my kids were little, they loved stacking rings. It is funny to see, because if they are around a baby, I see them "helping" the baby play with them.

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    1. That is so cute. I like getting helped as well but mostly prefer doing it myself. ♥ Madison

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  28. Hey Madison! These are great! My friend is pregnant and I can't wait to start buying toys for her little one!

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    1. You're going to have fun shopping and I know your friend would really appreciate it. ♥ Madison

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  29. My kids had so many of these, but they also had LeapFrog's Violet (Pup Dog), they loved this and even slept with her.

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    1. I have a teddy that I love sleeping with as well as a panda. The Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Puppy is great for teaching body parts. That's the one I have in the picture. ♥ Madison

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  30. Hi there! Visiting from the Zoo's Bloglovin Hop. She is adorable!

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    1. Thank you Steffany for stopping by. ♥ Madison

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  31. Hi Madison. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

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  32. I love your choices because - they don't have batteries! I am old fashioned (and, hee hee, almost a senior citizen and maybe a grandma one day)The stacking rings in your pictures was one of my son's favorites, along with Mega Blocks, pull toys, and just a good old inflatable ball. And also (yes, even at that age) a plastic tray where he could fit shapes into their holes.

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    1. Yes a toy sorter is also a great one to have as well. Seems like you did a great job with your son. ♥ Madison

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  33. Awesome suggestions! And what a cutie! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm now following you.

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    1. Thank you Heather. We loved the photos of your little ones as well. ♥ Madison

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  34. my little one loves loves loves blocks of all sorts. We have linking ones we use for home school and that's all she wants to play with. She loves little pet shop animals and the houses, cars, and coloring. Toys are a great way for kids to learn through exploring. Madison is such a cutie in this photo, digging into her toy box!

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    1. I haven't played with any of those little pet shop toys as well. I only have big toys but can't wait to try them. Thank you for saying I'm a cutie. ♥ Madison

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  35. Toys are lovely. Thing about toddlers - at least mine - is that they are not too picky what they play with. Yes, toys with music are great - but we can make music with random stuff around these parts.

    Oh yes indeedy.

    I have actually stopped buying toys. I just give my kids a cardboard box, and let their imagination take off!

    haha!

    Thanks for sharing, Madison!

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    1. I love cardboard boxes too. You must not have read my post about it being a Hall of Fame toy. I love them sometimes more than the toys that came in them. ♥ Madison

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  36. What a great list! My daughter loves blocks, and the Elefun (The elephant that blows out butterflies) We love catching them together! We have a lot of learning toys/books. It looks like you had tons of fun digging through your toy box. How cute ;)

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    1. That Elefun sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe I might get mommy to get it for me one day when I'm bigger. Thanks for sharing that with us. ♥ Madison

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  37. My son loves anything he can stack. yesterday he pulled all the toilet paper rolls out and stacked them as high as his little 2 year old arms could reach.

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    1. Stacking sure is a lot of fun. ♥ Madison

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  38. great suggestions you have here kiddo :D I'll keep those in mind when I have my own mini me :)

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    1. You're welcome LJ. Feel free to browse around our blog. We have a lot more tips that we can share with you. ♥ Madison

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  39. My little one LOVED pots and pans, books, stacking blocks, stuffed animals.. ok so basically he loved everything. :) Fortunately, he was not picky when it came to toys! His favorites these days are tupperware, board books, and balls. Thanks for the throwback, and thanks for linking up with The Paper Vine!

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    1. You're welcome Michelle and I love pots and pans too. I like making a lot of noise with them. ♥ Madison

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  40. It's true, Madison...playing is a baby's/toddler's work! Play, have fun, learn, develop all of your skills for life...enjoy! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. Thank you Lorelai I plan on doing that to the best of my ability. ♥ Madison

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  41. Never mind the toys, I now realize I need a cute toy bench like yours! Toys are EVERYWHERE here!
    Love your blog, just subscribed to you by email!

    Love,
    Tessa Loves Charlotte

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    1. Thank you Tessa, guess what? Even with a cute toy bench there are still toys everywhere. Maybe we need to get rid of some of them. :) Thanks for subscribing will do the same for you. ♥ Madison

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  42. Some great ideas here! We love toys that we can play together x

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    1. Thank you Jools. Toys where you can play together are great! ♥ Madison

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  43. This is so true! My son enjoys our cell phones, the remotes and anything else that he sees mommy and daddy using that he can get his hands on. I feel like the more colorful something is and if he doesn't see us using it, he doesn't want to touch it as much! Thanks for linking up with us again this week! I love your toddler blog! :)

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    1. Thank you Brittnei. We love linking up with you too as well. ♥ Madison

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  44. I really enjoy your Throw Back Thursdays! (The box was actually my favorite.) Stacking rings are (as the kids say today) the BOMB and always have been! Those and blocks can get a load of mileage...I'm really glad that you mentioned books, too! :)

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    1. Thank you for enjoying our Throwback Thursdays. I loved the box as well. Our own Hall of Fame toy. I love books so it was a must that I include them too. ♥ Madison

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