Have you started your Christmas decorations yet? For us we get started on it right after Thanksgiving if we are still in town. This time around it was raining all through Saturday and Sunday and it seemed like a perfect time to get the Christmas tree and ornaments out – Need less to say we use a fake tree… We set it up and let our little once put ornaments on the tree…. First experience for my 2 year old! They had an awesome time doing this…. So we are set with out Christmas tree, luckily we also put up the lights outside the house on Saturday morning before it started pouring… But I still have to get the gifts and put their stockings out….
It is always a problem to get some great stocking stuffers which makes the kids jump with joy, and I am just starting to look around…. Here are some of my favorites from Amazon….
When I was setting up my baby registry – I always wondered what should I buy – Is travel crib required? Will my baby play with the Gym or will she like the Activity center…. Before I go deeper into my experiences – let me clarify a little bit – all three are completely different and in a perfect world you will get all three and use them… I always wanted to get a travel crib or a playpan so I can move it around where ever I am – but my husband never saw the use of it… And I am glad that I did not get it. You can get a travel crib to use while you are going to be travelling if you are travelling a lot that is…. most of the hotels provide a crib upon request but you always question if you should go that route or not… But I was not thinking of buying it for that reason – I just wanted something where my little one can play while I do some other work…. And travel crib is not for that, play pan may be but that to only if your kid does not mind staying in there while he/she is awake… I don’t think either of my girls would have stayed in and played in a play pan or crib while they were awake… Both my kids were very different – my older one used to love playing in the Gym or in the activity center – my little one liked the gym for a bit but she never stayed in the activity center…. Both of them were very active and would not enjoy being confined in one place…
Even being very active when my older one used to enjoy being in the Gym or activity center – I used to think, if you get the kids in the habit of playing with Gym or Activity center early on they will always enjoy it!! Oh boy! How wrong was I! My little one never warmed up to the idea of Activity center… and the Gym to she only played only until she wasn’t able to move around… My older one on the other hand loved playing in both… Regardless of how old she was….When I got my Gym out for my little one to play with – my older one was the one playing with it more than my little one….
So here are my observations:
1. Don’t get travel crib or play pan thinking your kids will enjoy it, wait until you can assess their personality – see if they will enjoy playing on their own in that space or not,
2. Gym and Activity centers are for 2 different age group – you can never go wrong with the Gym as they will for sure enjoy it while they are little.
3. Activity Center – again depends on their personality. My little one loved playing with the activity center toys from outside, but for that you just need different toys that can make noise and light up – no need for an activity center!!
If you have done your homework and are ready to invest in any one of the above – Amazon Gold box has some extra ordinary deals for that.