Toys! This is such a huge point of judgement I feel like for so many of us. I get asked all the time how I keep the girls toys picked up and why in my stories on Instagram my house isn’t covered in toys? Or what toys the girls have and how I keep it minimal? The answer…. it frequently is a mess you just don’t see it and they definitely have a lot of toys but it is okay! I feel like more and more there is so much judgement around what you let your kids play with… does it light up? is it made from wood? do you have to many? There is just so much stigma around toys and having too much or the wrong ones or not encouraging creative play enough and I honestly have to say I don’t care about any of those factors! We let the girls play with what they want, a lot of our toys do have a creative and imaginative play focus but that is primarily their choice not mine and today I wanted to share a few of Ophelia’s current favorite toys with you BUT no judgement know that whatever you are letting your kids play with… you are letting them play and that is all that matters. Encouraging play at all is enough and at the end of the day is what your kids will remember the most not what kind of toys they had but the games they played with them and you being there for that. 90% of the time the girls don’t even play with our toys the way they were designed but turn them into something else entirely and our entire world it transported into something different and I love it.
Also this post is sponsored by buybuyBaby and all thoughts and choices and opinions related to it are my own and we have loved partnering with them for this!
5 Things Ophelia is Loving Right Now:
Manhattan Toy® Wee Baby Stella Sleepy Time Doll - You can see Phia feeding her baby Stella in the photo below but oh my gosh the obsession is real. We actually have like four of these dolls and both girls love to play with them. I think my favorite aspect of this toy is that there are different accessories so the girls are able to feed, bathe, and dress their babies and with a new baby on the way having these dolls as sort of a reminder that we are getting our own baby and a way for the girls to “practice” taking care of a baby has been super sweet. Ophelia’s favorite thing right now is to make the baby “cry” and then sit and rock her on the floor it seriously kills me every single time. You can find Baby Stella HERE!
Learning Resources 17-Piece New Sprouts Fresh-Picked Fruit and Veggie Tote Set - If you haven’t watched a baby wander around carrying a full bag of “groceries” while looking so proud for doing it you are missing out! Probably from watching me at the grocery store both girls are obsessed with grocery shopping and pretending to pick out food for us. This bag of fruit and vegetables is so cute and the perfect size for Ophelia to play with. The one caution I will give is check the bag before you leave the house, we once went actual grocery shopping and I had to leave the register without paying because my wallet was missing and I found it tucked into Ophelia’s grocery bag….. so yeah this toy definitely encourages creativity and the girls are obsessed. You can find it HERE!
Edushape® 80-Piece Edu-Color Blocks Set - Okay these blocks… can I just say I personally love them because they are made of foam so no on gets hit in the head ever!!!!!! My one complaint with wood blocks is the amount of tears that always occurred when the tower crumbled on someones foot or a block was thrown into someones head… seriously kills pay time having to comfort and wipe away tears every 5 minutes BUT these blocks are made of foam and perfect! The girls love the different colors and building with them. We have castles, and bridges, and whole towns made from blocks and I love it! You can find them HERE!
Prince Lionheart® wheelyMOUSE - This mouse has joined us for more meals and come along on more adventures than I can count. Ophelia will ride around on this mouse all day long and it is adorable, she loves her mouse AND makes a squeaking sound while riding it so really basically the best. Also I did find it tucked in with a blanket once so basically there is a giant mouse living in our house and it is adorable. You can find it HERE!
Hey! Play! Wooden Toy Stacking Learning Train - Both girls really love wheeled vehicles and so this train was a given as far as becoming a favorite. The different cars attached come off and so both girls can actually play at once. Also the blocks can be stacked on the different cars which has led to a lot of different creative games and play. (also worth noting there blocks are pretty light and easy to carry) I really love how versatile this toy is and that they can play with it alongside their blocks or wheeled next to the mouse or turn it into a flying train… (though not actually flying…. lol like the blocks this one might not be good if your kid likes to throw things but so far it has stayed on the ground or tightly grasped in a little hand) the possibilities are endless and this has become a favorite. You can find it HERE!
We ordered all of the toys listed above from buybuyBaby and I will be shopping there again for some things we need for the new baby. I really found the shopping experience easy with buybuyBaby WHICH I am not just saying I do a lot of online shopping because of how remote our cabin is and generally when it comes to the girls end up overwhelmed by choices. They have different search options based on not just age but types of activity and paired with the reviews on the individual products I felt like I knew what I was getting and that it would be appropriate for the girls. Also the free shipping over 39 dollars didn’t hurt and I haven’t actually tried it yet but I have heard good things about their return policy. They also have a reserve online and pick up in store option that didn’t work for us with where we live but could be really convenient!
Okay so that is my list! I have had a few requests for different lists around things we love or are currently using so expect to see more in the future AND if you have any requests OR any suggestions for toys the girls might love please leave them below. Also if you have any questions about buybuyBaby we did really love working with them and definitely will be using them again in the future.