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Thursday, 26 January 2012 09:22

Before I go any farther, there are a few things you should know about The Titus Family.

1) We don't teach our children about Santa Claus. I know, I know. It is just so awful to "deprive" your child from the "magic" of Santa. It takes all the joy and fun out of the holiday season. Poor, poor kids. They have no fun in their lives. Bla, bla, bla. I will do a more in depth post on why we don't believe in Santa later, so save your stone throwing until you hear me out! :P

2) We don't go crazy as far as Christmas gifts are concerned. We have a budgeted limit and we don't go over that limit. If one toy is so expensive that it takes up the whole budget, so be it. If we have already spent our budget and a new toy comes out that Zachariah decides is the ONLY toy he wants for the rest of his life... tough tooties. We don't get everything we want in life. (And if we do, it is because we are spoiled rotten. And that is not something I want for my kids.)

In fact, last year Zachariah got his first real bike for Christmas, which took up most of the budget. So he got a bike, a book and a puzzle. The bike was too big to put under the tree, so he only had two wrapped gifts. You know what? He was ecstatic. He was pumped. He couldn't have been happier. You know why? Because we don't put the emphasis on gifts. Christmas is not about gifts. It is about Jesus Christ.

3) We like simple, natural toys. We are completely over the whole battery operated toy thing. Been there and done that with Zachariah. Too much noise and not enough imaginitve play. And plus, Micaiah chews on EVERYTHING, so we have been trying to phase out toys with paint on them. Which is just about everything bought from a major chain store. Finding paint chips in your babies mouth is NOT good, folks. Not good at all. So we decided to go with toys that are either cloth or wooden with a beeswax finish.

Needless to say, for Micaiah's Christmas gifts this year we went simple and natural. And as it turns out, the natural toys are quite a bit more expensive than the cheaply made plastic toys, but they are SO worth it. We were going more for quality as opposed to quantity with gifts this year. In my opinion, there no reason for a baby to have a dozen gifts under the tree. In fact, a baby could receive zero gifts on Christmas morning and that baby would not care. Give him/her a bow off a gift and they will be pleased as punch. Why go crazy?

Sorry. I'm off my soapbox.

We went with a few good quality toys this year for Micaiah and I am so thrilled with them! Wanna see what we bought?

First up is this handmade fabric ball set from Etsy. I was able to pick any fabric out of this sellers store and have them made. One ball has a rattle that softly jingles when played with, and the other had the option of having a squeaker. I opted out of that though, so it's just a regular fabric ball. The seller was FABULOUS and did an amazing job on these. Micaiah loves them and we do too! No buttons, no lights, no music. Just a fabric ball. Lovely!

 

The next item(s) are all from the same seller on Etsy. They make ah-mazing wooden toys. I wish I could buy all of them, but wood toys aren't cheap and I don't feel like taking out a loan for my child's play things. :P The cars are my favorite (I mean, come on. Look at how cute they are!) and I kinda assumed Micaiah would be into them as well, but he surprised me and has been playing with the ring stacker at lot more than the cars! It does kinda look like a cake though, so I don't know that I can blame him for favoring that!

 

I was super excited about this ring stacker. But the first time Micaiah played with it he pulled all the rings off and then grabbed the handle and tried to hit himself int he head with the wooden base. And this happened every time he went near the thing. Good grief. For his own safety I was about to put this toy on the shelf until he was a little older (aka: less aggressive), but I gave it another shot a couple weeks later, and I am SO glad I did. I sat down and showed him how to put the rings on and he immediately started grabbing them and turning them over in his hands trying to figure them out. It was so cute. Ever since I showed him (and applauded him) for playing with this the correct way he has not tried to use this as a weapon. Thank goodness! So I still give this toy two thumbs up. He absolutely loves it!!

Our parents also got him some simple, yet equally fun toys as well. He got some blocks, books, a fish bowl (which he loves!), a punch and drop (which is great, but actually has some hitting issues with the hammer, so we have to use that toy in a padded room until he get some dang self control!) and some other cool things that I will be blogging about later.

All that to say, plain and simple toys are the new black. We are totally loving this quieter phase in our lives as far as toys are concerned!

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