I didn't buy my toddler a single toy for Christmas... Gasp!
Terrible mom, right? Not a single new toy was wrapped under the tree. Not one new shiny interactive-play-with-for-five-minutes-toy was waiting for her when she woke up on Christmas morning. No, she wasn't on the "naughty" list. No tantrums, no sleep issues, she hasn't pulled the dog's hair nor bit me in months. She's a great kid, I'm just a mean Mom.
Reality is she has no clue what Christmas is, who Santa is, or what "new" means. We want her to know the magic of Christmas and have started new traditions (Days of Jaxmas, 24 Book Advent Calendar and others). However, honest mom moment: the toys I wrapped were toys from the bottom of her toy basket that she has paid no mind to since the first day she got them 3 months ago. Her stocking stuffers were necessity over treats. She deserves the moon and all the stars, but this year she needed everything under the sun.
If you had told me before I was a mom that you had not bought your child a new toy for Christmas I would have judged you. I probably would have immediately written you off as a bad mom (sorry for being a jerk in a previous life). Fast forward to today: I will cheer you on as you wrap the Kleenex box. I know the pain of having baskets full of untouched toys. My daughter would would rather run around the house with stacks of diapers, eating dog food and thinks the wipes container is just the neatest gadget. Seriously, she doesn't need any new toys, she needs: bath stuff, cold remedies, new pyjamas and clothes. Most importantly, more expensive than most shiny new toys, she needed a new carseat.
No new toys and yet she is still happier than ever: her Daddy is home for 2 weeks, a new adventure awaits every day and she has empty boxes, colorful paper and sticky bows to play with. The magic of Christmas is what you make it, this year it was made of giggles, food pouches and snot suckers.
- Re-Play Recycled - Snack Stacks
- Love Child Organics - Puree Pouch & Oaty Chomps
- Gerber Baby - Puffs Snacks
- Baby Gourmet - Puree Pouch
- Kyte Baby - Washcloths
- Tommee Tippee Soothers
- HNY Baby - Paci Clip & Toy Along
- &Nose Frida & Filters - Nose Frida
- Infant & Toddler Salinex
- Vicks - BabyRub
- Fever Bugz
- Live Clean - Lavender Baby Soap & Lotion
- Colgate Kids Toothpaste & Toothbrush
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