The world of children’s toys is something that is completely new to me. I don’t usually buy toys as gifts, other than maybe a precious wooden car or teether meant more for the parents, usually! Of course, I’ve seen the updates of classic Fisher Price toys that I remember from my own childhood, but otherwise, my first forays into toy stores looking for toys for Luca have been bewildering. I don’t want to overdo it, and fill our home with dozens of toys that are loud and bright and all primary-coloured, but I do want to choose a few toys that will be good for his development and amusement. We spend a lot of time looking at books, but I like having toys that can help with his motor development as well, for example. But it can be daunting at the start.
I was pleased when the Today's Parent 2016 toy guide came along. It breaks down all the best toys of the year into age groups (baby and toddler, preschool, little kid, big kid), after hundreds of toys were tested by actual kids in those groups. It’s as though I get to pick the brains of all the parents I know on what toys worked for their children. So helpful! I got some amazing ideas for Luca as well as a few that I will file away for the future. Check it out here!