New year, new Lily loves post. Doesn’t quite flow as well as some of the other new year sayings but hey ho. With Christmas and her birthday out the way I thought it’d be fun to talk about some of her new favourites. I’ve had to massively condense it because as you can imagine, having a birthday that close to Christmas means a hell of a lot of new shit to find places for and I don’t even think she’s got round to playing with everything yet, I think I’m going to have to start doing more frequent toy rotations or something because she has a LOT of stuff. I actually had to clear out her toy box after her birthday because there just wasn’t any room for the sheer amount fo toys she got, haha.
BRIO Classic Figure 8 Train Set
When Eloise was tiny she absolutely loved her train sets, they were easily one of her most played with toys of all time and she built up a rather large collection which was then passed down to Lily when El grew out of them. I say grew out fo them, she still happily plays with them alongside Lily but she’s 8 going on 18 so they lay untouched in her room for a long time before I packed them away ready for my next child.
We were recently sent a beautiful figure 8 train set from BRIO to go with all out other train tracks which are also mostly BRIO so they fit perfectly together! I love the quality of BRIO toys, they are so expertly made and produced to such a wonderfully high quality that they can be passed down to siblings and grandchildren (which we will be doing once ours grow out of them). They will last perfectly and trains sets really are a classic when it comes to toys for children. We love this set!
One Dear World Doll
I mentioned this little doll in a recent post all about handmade and eco-friendly gifts I got for Lily’s birthday and it’s by far one of her favourites from her birthday! I won’t harp on too much because I think I said it all in my last post but Lily absolutely loves Hope. Bit of background info for good measure though – One Dear World’s aim is to promote diversity and inclusion within the toy market. Their mission is to “inspire children to be caring, curious and respectful of the world” by introducing multicultural dolls and their stories to children so that they can “appreciate themselves as they are, respect others and experience the world of diversity” which I think is pretty darn important.
I bloody love Disney films, Eloise does too but Lily wasn’t really insterested at all for aaages but now she is loving The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Frozen, Moana, etc. Oh, and Toy Story, obvs. She is really starting to show an interest in the Disney princesses though which I thought would never happen because she’s such a dinosaur and mud girl.
Lily has loved Duplo for ages, ever since we got her a huge tub of it second hand for about £3 (bargain I know!) when she was about 18 months old. Eloise got some Lego for Christmas and Lily is obsessed, obviously the pieces are tiny so we supervise the play but she loves it so much! She got a horse and pony stable set for her birthday which I think is actually an off brand version of Lego but it all fits together perfectly and she adores it! It’s great for hand eye coordination too because some of the pieces really are super tiny.
Baby Fruit Pouches
I posted a photo on instastories of a couple of Ella’s Kitchen pouches I picked up for Lily, who for the newbies has just turned 3 years old and I was surprised at how many Mums of toddlers and preschoolers who said their kids still love a baby fruit pouch! Ready-made baby food gets a bad rep I think, fruit pouches are a great way of packing some more fruit into kids and there are a bunch of healthy treats you can make with them too! I’ve made breakfast crumbles, pizzas, mac and cheese, fruit crumbles, and a bunch of other things with them but straight from the pouch is Lily’s favourite!