♪♪ It’s the most WONDERFUL time of the year! ♪♪


Now I know we haven’t made it through Thanksgiving yet, but it seems like a lot of people, myself included, are already getting into the Holiday spirit. Christmas will be here before we know it! We've already put up our tree, and my kiddos have been busy making their lists…

baby by Christmas tree 


Unfortunately, my big kids got their hands on a certain “big toy store” catalogue that comes out every year, and  many of the things they have been asking and wishing for all year long have been forgotten. A lot of what they were putting on their lists was cheap plastic crap with a big price tag that they will play with for about a week and then forget about, or it will break. I took the book away, and told them, “Now try to forget you ever saw this book… What have you been asking me for or have been secretly wanting all year long?”


The oldest is asking for recording equipment. He likes to make stop-motion videos with his Lego Dinosaur sets and also does some with clay figure he creates. He’s actually really good! Our almost 8 year old is into WWE and also wants army men playsets, and our almost 7 year old wants to be an artist so I’m working on finding a good easel, good art supplies, and something to store those supplies in.


Luckily, most of the things they are asking for don’t really require a lot of batteries, thank goodness! Batteries are the one thing we forget every year. We usually have to make a late night trip on Christmas Eve, hoping somewhere is open so we can pick some up!


And then there’s the baby. Well, technically “the toddler”. He has already been through one Christmas and one birthday. For both of those occasions, the gifts he got required batteries… lots of batteries. They had all the bells and whistles… lights, music, sounds, which was fun at first… but after a month or so, the batteries start to drain out and those toys began to sound more like ding, dong, ding, whilrrrrrrrr………. which plays over and over again until you can find the toy and turn it off. Eventually the batteries completely die, and all you're left with is a shell of a toy with a bunch of buttons that do nothing when you press them. No more fun. And then the cycle starts all over again. You have to go back to the store and buy more batteries to bring the toys back to life.


That’s why this year I’ve decided to take a different approach to the baby’s Christmas list. I’m looking for toys that require no batteries, but are still fun and will last him more than just a couple of months. I’m looking for good quality toys that he will play with for years to come.


About a week ago, my almost eight year old and I were sitting on the couch with the laptop, looking online for Christmas gift ideas. We checked out The Green Nursery’s website and when he saw the Green Toys Rocket, he said, “Wow, that’s cool!” I told him I was thinking about getting it for the baby and asked him what he thought. He replied enthusiastically, “Yeah, I think he’ll really like that!” I get a sneaky suspicion he would like to play with it too.


I ordered the rocket ship and the ferry boat, and I am very pleased with them! They’re strong and sturdy. They’re also made of 100% recycled materials and BPA (and all that other bad stuff) FREE.  Even the big kids were impressed! They caught a glimpse of them after they were delivered, when I left the boxes out on the counter. I had them turned so the baby wouldn’t notice the actual toy. I thought they wouldn’t notice either, but they did, and all three of them were oohing and awing over them. I’m sure my big kids will have fun playing with those toys with their little brother come Christmas morning.


ferry and rocket toys 


Another great toy I got him is the E-Drifter from the Hape Bamboo Collection. They have some really cool vehicles that I think he would LOVE. I am so impressed with the drifter that I’m even considering getting him the E-Chopper as well. They are really well built and I think they're a great size for him to get a good grip on and roll through the house. I know he’s going to love them!

Hape drifter 


I also have my eye on the Loveys from Aden+Anais. Even though he’s not a baby anymore, I could definitely see him snuggling with one of those as he drifts off to sleep.


I love how TGN has holiday-ized their site! They have a Holiday Wishlist that you can put the things you want for your kiddo (or yourself) and you can share that list with family and friends! Grandma has been asking what to get our little guy, so I just may start a Wishlist and send it her way! They also have an easy-to-shop Holiday Section on the menu. They’ve organized products into categories to make it easy to find stocking stuffers and gifts for babies, big kids, and even us moms.


TGN has also made an ADORABLE holiday video! It showcases just some of the great gifts that TGN has to offer this holiday season. If you haven't seen it already, you should really check it out! 



TGN Holiday Promo from BRAVE NEW PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.


I think it will be a very nice change not having to deal with batteries this year. It will save us money and give the kids more time to play with their toys instead of waiting on Mom and Dad to put batteries in them to bring them to life. Now the only thing required is their imagination. I can’t wait to see all of their faces on Christmas morning!


What’s on your kiddo's Wishlist?


*I have purchased all products mentioned in this post. Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions are 100% my own.






Stephanie Beck is the mother of a dinosaur expert, a set of twins somehow born 13 months apart, and a wild baby boy. She enjoys being outdoors with her kids, going on walks, swimming, fishing, and yard saling with her hubby. She started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN, and also helps out with TGN’s twitter, so if you want to chat about cloth diapers, or just want to say “hi”, go ahead and send her a tweet!