A Christmas wish list for a little boy who will be just seven months old when Santa Claus comes to visit is pretty much one of the most exciting lists I'll put together all season. While C doesn't technically 'need' anything (aside from some new clothes) this is a little gathering of wishes of things we think he might have fun with in the upcoming months.
New Clothes // Probably the only thing on this year's Christmas list that is a must-have, new clothes! C has a closet full of outfits to get him through 12 months, but could use some good options in the 12-18 month size. He's currently wearing 9 month, or 6-12 month sizes, but I would expect it'll still be the middle of winter when we need a whole new wardrobe of 12-18 month size options as he's already nearing the top end of the length suggestions for the 6-12 month size. Now that C's a little older, we're not really into the cutesy outfits with things sewn on the butt, but like to dress our little dude just like the handsome little man he has become. If you can find a Daddy/Son matching combination, you will forever be held in high favor with T! A couple of our favorite places to shop for C are Baby Gap and J.Crew Crewcuts, with others scattered in there as well. Closer to home, The Three Sons actually has a surprisingly good selection of high-quality baby clothes where we've been able to score some pretty sweet duds. A few specifics on C's list this Christmas are this Fleece Footsie and Long-Sleeve One-Piece from J.Crew, and these Lined Pull-On Original Fit Jeans from Baby Gap. Pretty much anything from either of these stores would be sure to make a dapper little dude out of C.
Minnetonka Slippers // On all of our lists this year...the Minnetonka slipper. So warm and cozy for the winter months and perfect for keeping those tootsies from getting cold! These run big, so C would just need a size 2. Also available from J.Crew (size 6 months).
Hape Wonder Walker // C isn't walking yet, but likely will be sometime in the next 6 months. This activity walker would be so much fun with it's little puzzles and storage space for any additional toys he wants to load and unload and take with him on his walks.
Fisher-Price Go Baby Go Poppity-Pop Musical Dino // C loves to watch when T or I throw a ball around. This poppity-pop dino may be just the ticket to teach cause-and-effect and keep him entertained for a few hours.
IKEA Kallax Bookcase & Knipsa Storage Baskets // Since before C's arrival, we've been trying to find a way to get our hands on this eight-cube bookcase and four storage baskets from IKEA. Unfortunately, the shipping costs are astronomical, and the one time we've been near an IKEA since C joined us, our car was packed to the brim and we were unable to fit a single extra item with us. The bookcase and storage baskets would help to organize C's room, and make his books and toys easier to find and put away. Speaking of books, a few books we wouldn't mind adding to his collection are the board books Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Corduroy, and University of Iowa 101. C LOVES to help read, so pages that he can help turn without ripping (A.K.A. board books) are key this Christmas. In an effort to control the sprawl, we aren't looking to add a bunch of random stories, but would prefer to stick to the classics, or books with beautiful illustrations, great stories, or subject matters close to our hearts. We have a pretty reasonable collection already, so if you are wondering if we've got a certain book, just check in with me! Regular paper books are great too...we can just store them until C is ready for them!
B. Zany Zoo Wooden Activity Cube // So many neat things to discover on this activity cube. Every time I'm at Target, I have to stop myself from adding this Zany Zoo to our toy collection. With five different surfaces of activities, this activity cube is sure to provide hours of entertainment.
Elegant Baby Bath Time Boat Squirties // I hesitate to introduce these squirties to our bath time routine as I'm sure they will lengthen the event, but C absolutely loves the bath already, and I imagine that the addition of some rubber boats to zoom around would make him one happy baby. When he is a little bigger, we'll likely add to the collection, but for now, these little boat squirties are just the right size for his small hands that are just learning how to grab for things.
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Table // C & I listen to music almost all day long most days, and since he was a newborn he has always loved music and dancing. This table has many different musical sounds to learn and discover and is sure to be a hit. The legs are removable so it will sit on the floor to play with before he learns to stand. Hooray for a grow-with-me toy!
What's on your babes' list this year?