We’ve recently been buying up plenty of wooden toys. After seeing how much Gracie loved her other wooden animals that we’d picked up, I was excited to get the Pocket Dinosaur set for her.
This box cost us £15.00 from a high street shop. The box contains 18 pieces, 12 dinosaurs (6 pairs), 4 trees, and 2 volcanoes. While the box states that the toys are suitable from 18 months, Gracie is enjoying them at 13 months, and the size and quality of these toys are equal to that of other toys that are suitable for her age.
The 12 dinosaurs are in bright colours that Gracie found really attractive. She loved that there were two of every dinosaur, in two different colours. This gave her the opportunity to pair them together, both by shape, and with other dinosaurs in the same colour pallet. The trees and volcanoes have also found use outside of the set as a part of other small world play.
These are not the first wooden dinosaur toys that we’ve picked up, originally finding a couple of Le Toy Van dinosaurs while shopping in Glastonbury, and these compare extremely well. While the Le Toy Van dinos are certainly of a higher quality, this is directly tied to a higher price.
Ultimately the Pocket Dinosaur pack provided a large number of good quality toys that are perfect for those who prefer wooden toys, or small world play, and while not my favorite brand wooden toys, they are great for smaller hands.
Gosh what a busy day we’ve had! To kick the day off there looks like their might be an end to our teething in sight, as the first of the top two teeth has finally cut through the the gums. Gracie has handled the whole thing like a trooper as usually, but it cannot be pleasant to go through that.
This morning we had our appointment with the health visitor, it was time for Gracie’s 9 month review and we are pleased to say that everything is going very well. She continues to be a large baby sitting above the 90th percentile in weight and height. The health visitor was happy with how Gracie was developing both in movement and speech. We knew that things were going okay, but it is always nice to have someone else to confirm this too.
The health visitor also gave us a book bag, along with two books, as well as a toothbrush and toothpaste. We knew that we would receive these bits, but it is great that there is system in place that provides these sorts of essentials to babies.
This afternoon we did something very exciting, we took Gracie to the beach for the first time! She loved it, for nearly an hour she crawled around on the sand leaving great rings behind her. She progressively covered her self in sand, until she was completely caked. We also went paddling with her for the first time, taking her walking in the shallow water. Surprisingly the water was lovely and warm, and she had great fun kicking and splashing her feet.
In short it was a very busy, but wonderful Wednesday.
I have been kindly awarded The Childhood Tag by The Mulberry Bush. Thanks for tagging me, here goes!
What were you not expecting/not prepared for before becoming a parent?
Something that really caught me off guard was how many nappies you have to go through in a day. We use reusable nappies and I’ve just be left shocked at how many would have gone to the landfill.
What is your main piece of advice for new parents?
Seriously, and do mean seriously, consider using cloth nappies. Ask anyone who uses disposables about the dreaded “poo explosion”, and then find someone who uses cloth and ask them the same question. Go ahead, I’ll wait… Right, done? I would put money on those who use reusable saying that it never happens (or at least extremely rarely). Sure there can be a learning curve to using cloth but they are serious worth the investment, if only to avoid poo all over your precious baby clothes.
How do you encourage family time at home?
We are a busy family but we find family in a few places. Firstly we don’t have any seats or bouncers that get regular in our house. We have one large play matt, and we sit next to our girl on the floor. It means we play with her, keep her entertained and most importantly it allows her the chance to build up her core strength. Secondly we play with her at bath time, we take a break and just enjoy the time with her. Finally at bed time I’ll get our little girl and read to her, usually my daily bible readings, and then something from one of her books. Recently we’ve been reading Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls because you are never to young to dream big.
How do you balance being a blogger with parental duties?
I wish I could work this one out. I spend a lot of time writing when she is napping, or at 3 in the morning when she’s settling down in my arms.
What was your favourite toy growing up?
I think there is only ever going to be one answer to this, I love Lego!
Have you kept any of your toys from childhood?
Lego! I must have box after box in the attic of my parents house, ready for when Gracie get’s a little bigger. In the future I plan to make a little DIY Lego table for her and I cannot wait.
What are your children’s favourite toys?
Gracie is rather partial to her Jellycat stuffed toys. They are extremely high quality and come in a variety of textures that she loves to put in her mouth.
Do you actively limit the amount of screen time your kids have?
Not really, she is young and certainly loves the TV (I am proud to say she is fond of Star Wars!), however we actively limit our own screen time and often have the radio or music playing.
How do you reduce plastic waste in your home? – Reusable bottles, buying wooden toys, avoiding excessive food packaging, etc.?
I am extremely lucky in that I have the time to go to Green Grocers and Butchers which means we don’t get excess food, and very little plastic packaging. I have a glass bottle that I use to ensure that I am never without a drink, and I also carry a reusable coffee cup at all times. Now that Gracie is beginning to pop things in her mouth I will be investing in some wooden chew toys.
What advice would you give to parents who want to start blogging?
You don’t have to sound fancy, or even be particularly witty or insightful. you just need passion. A passion to write, a passion to spread the word about what you do with your child, and a passion to help others access the things you love.