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Florence was bought a trike for her birthday by her Grandparents & and Great Grandma and I really wanted to tell you all about it, because it makes such a great gift for little one’s and Florence absolutely loves it.
The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike is suitable from aged 9 months to 3 years with evolving features to grow as your child develops and learns new skills. We’ve only used the first position so far, in which little ones use the foot rest as they’re pushed along rather than the peddles themselves but Florence absolutely loves this alternative to the pushchair! Since she was given it, we’ve basically taken it on pretty much all of the little trips we’ve made around our village – toddler classes, pops to the shop, dog walks to the park and even to the doctors for her 12 month jabs. I think if I could guarantee she wouldn’t need a nap, I probably would have taken her into town on it too. She loves being able to sit upright and look all the way around on the go and it puts her in the perfect dog watching position.
When it comes to safety, it very much feels like every base has been covered. There is a five point harness and safety bar to prevent little ones from falling or climbing out on the go and as well as the non slip pedals and fold away foot rest for littler legs, there is a fully adjustable sun canopy designed to protect up to 99% of UV rays.
It is very easy and light to guide and push with either one or both hands and I was really surprised how well it copes on all sorts of terrain. It’s actually easier to push on gravel than our pushchair and just doesn’t seem phased by any changes in terrain. I was initially a bit concerned about the lack of brakes but having tested it, the trike tends to just stay put when you let go rather than roll away which I think is a genius feature. It’s also quite quiet when you push unlike others I’ve seen so that’s always a bonus.
The trike also has a handy storage bucket at the rear which can hold everything you and your little one could need for a trip to the park, including dolly – of course. There’s an ideal little drink cup holder too which seems to hold a whole host of different kids cups (we’ve tried the munchkin 360 cup, the Nuby Incredible Gulp & a Skip Hop straw bottle).
Overall, the Little Tikes 4-in-1 trike is a super sturdy and practical alternative way to get around for toddlers. I love that it offers plenty of opportunity to learn as Florence grows and she seems to absolutely love trundling along or even just sitting in it! I have lost count of the amount of times we’ve wheeled her around the garden on it too!
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Today, Florence turned 11 months and I am finding it quite hard to believe just how close we are to Florence turning one! We are busy making plans to celebrate a year of Florence Ivy in style and today has been all about searching out the perfect gifts. Our presents to Florence this year mostly consist of toys & activities in the garden. I am going to do a little post on what we have bought for Florence in the next few days, but I thought I’d share some of the things we’ve seen and loved from some of our favourite toy retailers as part of Florence’s birthday wishlist.
First Birthday Gift Ideas
Fabric Fruit & Veg
Back in my days of Beebies, I used to sell some beautiful handmade fabric food. We’ve recently taken the samples I had in storage out and added them to Florence’s toy box and I’d really like to add some fruit & veg to her collection. Sadly, the lady who used to make them has gone on to make other things but I have found another fabulous Mama run business and I love this cute little vegetable set from Mummy Made it Me. They have an adorable little fruit set too!
Grimm’s Pastel Rainbow
I’ve seen these pretty much everywhere online over the last few months and am so inspired by the sheer amount of ways you can play with the Grimm’s Rainbows. They make great stackers, bridges for imaginative play, are fab for colour sorting, building & more.
With Florence getting more and more confident on her feet, I just know she is going to be running around everywhere when we are out and about through the summer. I’m not a big fan of reins, but actually, this little back pack with added reins is super cute and will mean I can keep our little wanderer close by without her being confined to the pushchair!
Florence has really taken a liking to playing with vehicles and wheeling them around the room so I thought a toy garage would go down well for her too. I think she will love pushing the cars down the ramps on this Whizz World Lights and sounds Garage and it’s great for developing those all important fine motor skills.
I can;’t wait to start Florence’s train set collection off. The possibilities for play are endless with toy railway and I’ve found this cute wooden rainbow coloured train set from Early Learning Centre. It has little animal vehicles and a beautiful rainbow arch and for just £12.80 in the sale, I think it’s a real bargain and a perfect first birthday present.
B.Toys Parum Pum Pum Musical Instrument set
My sister had this this music set when she was a baby and I know that Florence would absolutely love it. She loves making music and this would be a brilliant addition to her noisy box!
Floral Beanbag Chair
We read and look at books every single day and they are often the first thing Florence will reach for in the mornings when we come down to play. I love the idea of her having a little comfy chair of her own to sit in as she flicks through the pages of her favourite stories and this one is just beautiful!
Gears & Cogs Activity Toy
Florence is a fiddler and so something like this to keep her little hands and fingers busy would be perfectly suited to her!
Florence has just become a cousin to a baby girl and has taken quite a liking to her. However, becasue she is so young still, the fact that the new baby isn’t already ready to play with her walker and doesn’t really like being patted on the head like she does with the dog is quite a difficult concept for her to grasp. I think having a little baby doll would be a lovely little introduction to roleplay and might help her understanding of everything going on around her a little more. I love that this Bonnika Baby also comes equipped with her own little carry cot & bottle – perfect for packing up and taking to Grandma’s! Play Prompts
I stumbled upon this Play Hooray on Instagram recently and have been inspired by their play ideas ever since. Claire has put together these play prompt packs to make sure you never run out of ways to play with your little one and I think they’re great for keeping play varied and fun. The do a whole range of different sets, but the ‘Original Play Prompts’ would be great for us and they’ll last us for years to come!
While I could browse the toy shops for hours and hours, I really must stop and move on to the all important party planning! More on how we are going to be celebrating Florence’s birthday to follow, for now though, I hope you’ve been inspired by some of our First Birthday gift ideas.
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