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#1 penelopy

Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:27 PM

I know this is a pretty random question but DH & I are stumped for what to buy our 1 year old DS for his birthday. We have a 3 year old DS that has EVERYTHING. Everyone that comes to our house says "wow, we thought we had a lot of toys".  blush.gif

I feel I've had the typical 2nd child syndrome with DS2. DS1 was christened & was swimming by this age. He also had a big 1st birthday party. DS2 hasn't been christened nor has he started swimming & we're having a quiet family birthday for him. I only just realised the other day that I didn't even put a birth announcement in the paper for DS2 but I did for DS1. I feel terrible. sad.gif

DS1 got a Smart Trike for his 1st birthday, amongst other things. Does anyone have any ideas for me.......please???

A little info on him:- DS2 is in the 15th percentile for height & weight. He is still wearing 00-0 size clothing. He only started crawling & rolling 2 weeks ago.

#2 FeralPerthFembo

Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:33 PM

I was going to reply "why do you need to get him anything if it's stressing you out?", but then I read the rest about second child syndrome haha

Seriously, I wouldn't agonise over what to get him because he will not understand or remember. We're just giving our DD a block puzzle for her 1st birthday because she has so many toys/books/clothes already and will be getting even more from our families.

Edited by JBaby, 28 March 2012 - 08:42 PM.


#3 clinkers

Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:34 PM

Don't feel terrible, this is very typical.  IMO our DS2 is a lot richer as he as a brother, this is something DS1 missed out on.

We bought DS2 a Thomas the Tank engine set.  DS1 got one and this addition made the track a lot bigger.  He didn't play with it much when he was 1 but he does now.

HTH, Clinkers

Edited by clinkers, 28 March 2012 - 08:35 PM.


#4 Shorty78

Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:45 PM

I have 2 girls and I struggled with what to get DD2 for her first birthday.

She is little for her age (at 1 was in 000-00), but was walking for 10 mths, so this did impact on what I got her.  We ended up getting her a spin and bounce zebra.  She loves it.  at first she would just stand at it and walk around it making it spin that way, but after a month or so worked out how to climb on it and now she can really get the bouncing motion as well.

Just one thing my 3 yr old gets on it and does go a bit crazy.  She usually ends up making herself really dizzy and falling off.  I just make sure it is on the rug so she has a soft landing and keep reminding her to go slow and to settle down.

It's heaps of fun and they both love it.

She also got a push along mower and some books that she really loves as well.

#5 scooty

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:57 PM

I have just entered your exact situation! I have had DS 2 5 weeks ago and already feel like he wont be getting as many special presents in the future as DS1 did. We just dont have the space in our tiny house for anmore toys (not that they have that many anyway).

I was thinking of getting DS2 a keepsake toy that can be passed on later to his kids.
I like this Grimms rainbow puzzle. It's a bit pricey, but would look ace on a bookshelf and would be well loved in this house!



#6 Le-a

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:10 AM

DS got a wheely bug for his first birthday, we actually gave it to him a bit earlier... He was just crawling, and he still enjoyed playing with the boggley eyes and pushing it around. Now, a few months later, he's riding around on that thing like there's no tomorrow!

#7 Cat©

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:16 AM

lol I read the title as "WANT to buy my......." I was going to say, yes please, could do with another boy in the house roll2.gif

(I have 5 but always wanted 6!)

#8 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:26 AM

The Mooo name puzzles are cool and obviously he's got a different name to his brother. He won't be old enough to play with it at 1, but he's not going to care about a present anyway and when he's a bit older he'll enjoy hearing that it was his first birthday present.

Or for something he can play with immediately, we got DD2 an inflatable ball pit. She loved flopping around in it. It was $15 at KMart and another $15 for an extra 100 balls (you really need the extras for it to be much of a ball pit). It is a pain in the bum to pick all the balls up though, they never stay in the pit.

#9 BRB

Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:39 AM

I agree with a Mooo name puzzle. Or something else personalised - tshirt, backpack, towels, PJs? A wall decal?
He won't know what you get him so I wouldn't stress too much.



#10 Cat People

Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:59 AM

I wouldn't (and didn't) worry about it.  He won't know.

On the birth announcement - I would still do it even though it's been a year.  We did the photo in the paper for our first and it took me a YEAR to do it with my second but at least I have something to show him in future years (and hope he doesn't notice the date!)

#11 Bluenomi

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:08 PM

I'd suggest a Mylight but it won't make it in time for his birthday since they have to be custom made sad.gif

#12 Mummzy

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:11 PM

Like you my first son got everything, he had a massive 1st birthday party, presents galore and a very expensive cake.

My second son just turned 1 had a BBQ at a park with 1 other family and a home made muffin and no presents. If we bought him a present we would be just doubling up.

My 1 year old loves the fisher price bounce and spin zebra. He's been using since 11 months when he started walking.

This easter I'm getting him a little tikes shopping trolley, he loves pushing and pulling the pink metal one we have.

http://playsafekids.com.au/ This is where I'm getting the trolley, and they sell lots of other things.

#13 IsolaBella

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:14 PM

A wheely bug (well we have the bee). Even though my child was similar to yours (3rd % didn't walk until 16.5m) he got a 'big' present for his first birthday.

It is still used by now 6yo DS1, 4yo DS2 and 2yo DD.



#14 penelopy

Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:22 PM

Thanks for the ideas everyone. I really LOVE the Mylight Lightboxes!!! tthumbs.gif  But they are a bit expensive.  
We've hired the Wheely bug from our local Community Centre for DS1 before. They are great.
I definitely have some ideas now & am not as stressed about it anymore. Thank you!! bbighug.gif




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