It’s hard to believe my little baby is turning 1 today.
He’s still a little too nonverbal for the birthday interview, but here’s what I’d say are his favorite things from Ozzie’s first year.
One of the first toys Ozzie was able to interact with was Deglingos’ Ronros The Cat, a wonderful, textural half-blanket half-toy. He could grab onto this before he could grab onto much else. Deglingos has become one of my favorite baby brands for their mix of cool materials and their unusual choices of animals (was also have Ratos The Rat).
On a similar note, one of the first books Ozzie interacted with was Kid-O’s wooden Things That Go. I love the sturdiness and design, and Ozzie likes how it sounds when he whacks the pages together and slams it on the floor. It tastes good, too, apparently.
Ozzie loves stacking cups, and also My First Stacker from Green Toys. It’s a great one because you can stack the rings in any order (though we’re still in the demolition stage.) And, when you put a ring on his head, he looks like a tiny sailor.
Ozzie is sadly outgrowing his Evenflo Exersaucer, which he has clocked many circular miles in. He’s ready to jump right out of it:
He’s not great at sitting still for board book storytime yet, but he will sit for a touch-and-feel book, like Usborne’s That’s Not My Lion. I love the books in this series. There’s really something for every baby: dragons, tractors, kitties, fairies. You name it, they have it.
Recently we pulled out the tub of Lego Quatro bricks from when Olive was little, and Ozzie’s going wild for them. Again, for purposes of demolition and tub-emptying, but still. It’s a great way to entertain both the kids at once. Olive builds towers and Ozzie knocks them down. Good times.
And, no matter how many developmental toys you fill your house with, there’s always that one oddball thing your baby will latch on to, right? I submit to you one of Ozzie’s favorite toys, naked headless Barbie:
He’s not the reason she’s naked or headless, so I shouldn’t be worried, right?
Happy Birthday, little man.