A child's first birthday -- what a great event to be a part of. It's a milestone that ushers a baby into "toddler-hood." Although a 1-year-old probably will enjoy playing with the wrapping paper and box your gift comes in the most, with a little thought and personalisation you can provide a gift for a baby that he can enjoy long after the birthday candles are blown out and the cake is smashed.
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Books help form bonds between parent and child while fostering social and cognitive development. Toddlers love most any kind of book, but to make a book unique try giving a personalised one. In "My Very Own Name," animals bring letters to form the child's name and even include the birth date and a personalised dedication. This book can help a child learn to recognise and spell her name. It's a gift that will make the child feel special for years to come. Similar personalised books are "My Very Own Fairy Tale" and "My Very Own Pirate Tale." Some department stores, like Von Maur, will even ship the book for free.
As a baby becomes a full-blown toddler two things are sure to happen -- messy eating and teething. That's why a pullover bib with a teether attached makes a great first birthday gift. A bib with the child's name embroidered on it is special. With this gift he can stay clean while eating and use the teether to sooth his sore teeth.
Children take pride in learning their name, and it's important they are exposed to it at an early age. The more they see it, the easier it is to recognise. Puzzles are great educational toys. Toddlers enjoy handling the pieces, looking at the shapes and colours of the pieces and trying to fit them in place. Wooden puzzles are best for young children as they can handle wear and tear and are thick enough for them to handle. A name puzzle is a memorable first birthday gift that will be used for the next few years. It can even be used as a decorator item.
Piggy banks come in many different models that can be tailored to the personality of a child. Ballerinas, aeroplanes, baseball players, princes and princesses are just a few of the themes piggy banks come in. While they can add interest to a room as a decorator item, they can also teach children the important life skill of saving money. With the supervision of an adult, toddlers can even work on hand-eye coordination while sorting coins and putting them in the slot. A great gift to go along with the bank is a roll of coins or money to start a savings account for the child.
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