What to get my 2nd child for his 1st birthday?

Philippines
July 30, 2007 10:43am CST
We came from a vacation from my mother's and she has absolutely spoiled my 2 children with toys. With a lot of toys, I'm stumped on what to get my son for his 1st birthday because my daughter already has toys that she can pass onto him. We already have riders for both of them, one of those learning tables, a tunnel, shape sorter, musical instruments. I'm thinking building blocks or a stuffed toy but a stuffed toy doesn't seem to be that special and building blocks are more to share. Any other ideas?
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@cheodej (102)
• Germany
30 Jul 07
we're all the same! but eventhough they have a lot of toys 1 yearl kids still love to have new toys but buy little ones and not expensive ones, they appreciate it better than any other things i guess.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
30 Jul 07
rocker2 trike - This is great for small children it will be good for them from the age 1-4 it helps them go from rocker stage to trike stage when they are ready and is good and sturdy and will outlast the use your child has for it even and could be used for the next child that comes along or given to someone or sold..
I think that happens in most families..Well have you tought of one of those trike/bikes they are .easy 1-2-3 that starts out like a 3-4 wheeler then as he grows and learns it turns into a two wheel bike when he is ready it is by Fisher price I believe and it is a great product they are also another product that isher price has that your little might love it goes fom like a rocker to a trike in three stages it grows with your child good till he is maybe 3-4. here is a link to check that out. http://www.fisher-price.com/us/products/product.asp?id=23538 good luck and I hope you find what you need.
• United States
31 Jul 07
my son love that thing. :) We used it till he was about 3
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
2 Aug 07
Fisher price makes great products that outlast our childhood probably if tooken care of properly. It is a gift that will outlast possibly the next several birthday parties and give alot of joy and happiness to your little boy and what makes them happy possibly makes you happy.
• Malaysia
1 Aug 07
My husband also spoiled our son with toys. What I always do is buy something that he doesn't have. For example, I bought a set of coloring and spend time with him do the coloring or art project with him. For me, the the most important thing is the quality time.
@vinzen (1022)
• India
31 Jul 07
Hi, well all this depends on your own personal choice and what all you feel your household and child requires. What i can suggest is whatever your little one is fond of, give it to him, maybe its a toy, that doesnt matter if your elder child has it too. doesnt matter after all, why should your second one have all second hand things. For this one time let him or her have a brand new toy, if he likes that, maybe he just likes teddys or soft toys, maybe those trains or toys or cars that run or move, the list is so long.
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
31 Jul 07
What about taking some of his clothing that he doesn't fit into any more and make a quilt? He may not apprecaite it now, but he will once he is older. You can always take a fabric marker and write fun fact about him....what he accomplished in his first year.
• United Arab Emirates
31 Jul 07
I think you can try a swing for your child. He will enjoy sitting on that. Since you have all the possible toys , I thought a swing will do good.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
31 Jul 07
I got my daughter various things for her 1st birthday, she got clothing, a musical guitar with buttons, a Fisher Price ringing telephone, Peek-a-blocks with the Hippo, CareBears, why don't you get him something that's a little more interesting - what about a walking Pooh Bear, the tumbling Tigger, a little kids train set, anything that moves is a good idea :) My daughter is now 14 months & she still loves the basic stuff. You could get him some trucks or cars to play with, anything is good - you could even get him a set of kids movies - my daughter's favourite is Elmo in Grouchland - maybe some educational DVDs including his favourite characters are a good idea. I think people forget how simple a gift can be for a child of that age, my daughter had the best time with her cake & a xylophone - what about a pop-tent or outdoor swing?
@tuffy999 (794)
• Philippines
31 Jul 07
a toy train if does not have yet. it's a traditional toy for boys and they never go out of fashion.
@madzie09 (279)
• Philippines
31 Jul 07
I don't know if you find this a great idea but i had the same problem with you regarding my son before. I decided to celebrate it by going out in the park with lots of kids then going to the mall arcade and had some rides and pictures. He really enjoyed the treat I made for him and until now he kept on viewing the pictures we made.. :)
• Australia
31 Jul 07
My friend had the same problem and she bought a car shaped bean bag for her son.It's been 2 years now and he absolutely loves it.She has also sewn some pockets on it and he keeps all hit small cars in them(his so called important things).That's two birds in one throw,no fear of tripping over those small cars and a place where he sits still for some length of time.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
31 Jul 07
Legos are good. My son is 18 months and we have the big legos that are safe for the younger kids. He loves them. And on his first birthday we got him a Mater truck from the Disney movie Cars that you shake and then it says funny things and then it takes off. They are called "Shake N' Go" Here is a link for the Shake n' Go we got our son: http://www.toysrus.com/sm-shake-n-go-disney-pixars-cars-the-movie-mater--pi-2299249.html They also have different characters. I don't know about your little boy, but mine loves cars and if yours does as well, then I think these would be awesome for him because they talk and they are also perfect for the younger kids. They can't fit in his mouth and they are perfect. We also got him a Fisher Price - Little People Lil' Movers Airplane and you can see what I'm talking about here at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Little-People-Airplane/dp/B000EUKRY0
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
30 Jul 07
LOL...Im glad that you asked this question, because my 2nd is coming up for his first birthday and I would not have a clue as to what to get him, I will read your responses later and see how I go..
@kitty1234 (1476)
• United States
30 Jul 07
My friend also had your problem, walking into her house was like going to the toy department. When her little one turned one she had a rocking horse made for him and he still loves it. It is so difficult to find things to buy when family and friends seem to buy everything a child could ever want. Anyway a little one appreciates anything you buy, they even love the box!
• United States
30 Jul 07
I think a savings bond is a great idea, they can use it for college later on.
• United States
30 Jul 07
I had the same problem with my son... and hes the oldest! between my family and my husbands family, i have no idea what to get my kids for birthdays and christmas's! For my sons second birthday we wound up getting him a spiderman couch... he LOVES IT! lol we lucked out there. My daughter will be turning 1 in October and we already have a house full of toys. she has a few baby dolls and she seems to play with her big brothers toys more than her own... so maybe I can just talk my husband into buying some clothes and thats it. With her, it shouldnt be too hard since she really doesnt know any different. But my son will be 3 in April, and I am totally clueless as to what I should get him! He has more than enough clothes... and more than enough toys. They share a room so I couldnt redo his room because then I would have to redo hers as well... which we just got done painting and setting it up for them both before I had my daughter. So it was just done last August. So I totally hear you on this problem! For boys though I think they are a bit easier to buy for (maybe thats just cuz im used to buying for my son lol) My best advice would be to let him walk around the store with you... take him into the toy section... and see which toys he goes after and wants to play with the most! My son is also facinated with bubbles... you could get him a bubble machine! Or you could get him a potty seat and help him to be a "big boy". That would be killing two birds with one stone! He will eventually need one anyway, and no one has bought one for him yet...( i know its not that "special" thing your looking for... but making him feel like a big boy and pottying like mommy and daddy do makes HIM feel special!) Hope this helps some!
@sunshinecup (7881)
30 Jul 07
I had that same problem with my second child. Our house was being over filled with toys. So I would either buy her clothes or I would redo her bed covers and buy her a theme she would like. Maybe that is something you would like to try.