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fudd8963's picture
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Birthday Gifts

What are your LOs getting for their birthday? I can't beleive they will be 3. Where has the time gone? I have NO idea what to tell people to get the girls when they ask. I was thinking of bikes or tricycles, or wiggle cars. Do your LOs have a tricycle or bike yet? Do they make bikes small enough for 3 yos? I would hate to get them tricycles and them only get a year out of them.

Any other ideas?

zoe08's picture
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I think 3 is probably a good age for a bike. My nephew got one for his 3rd birthday. But he is quite athletic and will probably be riding without training wheels this summer. Mason is not that athletic. He has finally learned to peddle the tricycle, but can't peddle and steer at the same time. He has a tricycle that was my nephew's.

I told other people that he doesn't really need much, that if they want to get him toys, possibly the small superheros (playskool hero type, not moveable action figures) or sand box toys because we are building him a sand box for his big gift from us.

fudd8963's picture
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Are you buliding that one you pinned with the seat? That is ADORABLE!!!! Forget the girls, I want it!

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We will be finding Ivy a bicycle this year. We found an old one a couple years ago that would fit her now, but we gave it to a friend. They fixed it up for their LO, and we hope to get it back for her. We'll probably take the pedals off to begin with so she can get the balance down, and then put them back on once she figures it out.

Mostly, though, she keeps asking to "ride a horsey", so we will try to go down to her Uncle's house, who has 10 horses, and take her for some riding. Hey, if she wants to and it's available for free, what better way? And her Uncle likes to go on backcountry horse trips so maybe she would like that too! I know I would love to but it would be too expensive to do through a guided tour, and horse-back lessons are very expensive. She may be old enough in a few years to spend a weekend with one of her older cousins horse-back riding, though - if she is still interested.

Just the other day she wanted to ride our dog - Indy... Oy!

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Grady rides a 2 wheeler really well (it's the smallest size 2 wheel bike, not sure the inches, but readily available. I think we bought it at toys r us for our oldest, and it's been used by all 3 now), still with training wheels at this point, but the way he looks on it he's likely ready for them to come off. He also rides a 2-wheel scooter amazingly well (those Razor ones for bigger kids). We bought them for our older two, but Kieren doesn't like them much so it's always Mimi and Grady out scootering together. The boy can stop on a dime! Lol (We are just finishing our 7 month long summer here though, so he's had a lot of outdoor time in the last 1/2 year).

As far as what to get him for this birthday though, I'm a bit stumped. He has a TON of toys already, handed down from his big sis and bro, so he really doesn't need much. He still LOVES animals, so I will likely buy him some more of those really beautiful animals (found at specialty toy stores - I can't remember the brand name but they're made in Germany and are incredibly life-like). Other than that, I just ordered a Home Depot tool box and tool set, as he's on a real tool kick at the moment, and doesn't have a way to carry them all around.

He also loves horseback riding, so for his actual birthday we're going to go on a family trailride. It's just up the road from us here, and unlike so many things in Chile, is remarkably cheap! ($10/hr per person and they don't mind if we go a little longer). We did it quite a few times over the summer, and Grady just loved it. He rides with me, in front... they have a really big and calm horse named "bienvenida' that we always ride together. Grady asks for her by name now, 'when we go ride benvida?? Now??" etc. Smile So that'll be a hit on his birthday for sure! Smile

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We were thinking bike too,but DD is not athletic in any sense. She struggles to pedal her little trike and just hops off and runs.
Grandma made her some playdoh and was playing with the garlic press the other day, so it got me thinking about a playdoh set with all those funky tools and squish through things. We are so overwhelmed with toys right now, I don't want to get too much inside stuff, ya know?
My DH did find a internet site about learning to ride a bike where parents took off the pedals at first so the kids scooted and balanced before actually pedaling, so maybe a bike could still be in the works.

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"fudd8963" wrote:

Are you buliding that one you pinned with the seat? That is ADORABLE!!!! Forget the girls, I want it!

I'm not sure yet, I have to talk to hubby about that, but I think it would be awesome!

I also forgot to add that my parents are getting him swimming lessons for his "big gift" from them.

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Yes-- bikes are great for kiddos this age. Get them riding without training wheels before they build up a fear about it. Smile

This was Lexi last fall. Bad mommy just hasn't taken a new video......

Instead of a standard bike with training wheels, get them a Skuut bike or a balance bike. They totally teach them to ride with balance and not crash. Trey made our bikes, but you can buy them commercially.

http://www.skuut.com/

As for a gift for Lexi? No clue. We'll be in Florida (again) for her birthday. She has celebrated each of her birthdays at the beach......not sure what we'll get her as a gift. Last year we got her a rocking chair and she loves it. We certainly do not need any.more.toys. in my house. At. All.

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We normally don't get the kids gifts bc they have a huge party, but since we aren't going all out for Jakes party bc of my surgery we will probably get him a gift. No clue what yet, but probably something for outside since we will be spending alot of time outside here soon with the heat coming!

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I think we might have to go with a bike! Audra, I was thinking of getting a balance bike, but I like the idea of just taking the pedals off of one, so that way it lasts longer. Yeah, that's the "frugal" part of me coming out! I would hate to buy them balance bikes and then next year them be ready for pedals and have to buy two more bikes.

Horseback riding sounds like so much fun! I took lessons for years growing up, I LOVED it!

Rachel, what surgery are you having? I hope that everything is going ok with you.

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Tara, I wrote about it in the anything thread, but I had my gallbladder out last Friday. Wasn't expecting it.

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We weren't originally planning a gift for Kaylin, only because we're doing a big party. But she loves playing basketball so we decided to get her a toddler basketball goal. She's also expressing intrested in camping, so my parents got her a tent. And for the rest, I'll say summer clothes. The kid has enough toys to go around the entire neighborhood!

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Joined: 11/06/07
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I am probably the lame mom this year but we are not having a party for Evan. Between a lot of expenses of the next few months and the fact that usually he gets nervous when we have a lot of people over, I decided just the 3 of us would do something to celebrate. Maybe a zoo trip or a pony ride. I am not sure what we will get him for a gift. I was thinking about a bike since he enjoys his tricycle so much but when we tried one out in the store, he was too small so maybe we will save that idea for Christmas. I can't wait to see pictures of everyone's celebrations!

fudd8963's picture
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You're not lame Laurie! If all of our family didn't come from out of town for the whole weekend I would just do cake and ice cream. But since I have to feed them anyway, and I LOVE to plan parties. I do it more for me then for them. I think we have decided to get them bikes, but I hope they are tall enough. Maybe I will take them to a store tomorrow to see how they fit on them before I buy them. I personally like the idea of something fun to do with them then necessarily a big gift!

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Well I wasn't going to do anything, but then yesterday I was at the store and they are selling these cute little canvas gardening hip pouches with a good quality metal trowel and hand rake in them. There is also a decent shovel and rake that are Ivy's size. DH and I are working in the garden a whole bunch, and this winter she LOVED her snow shovel always going out and shoveling with DH or me, so I think this might be her birthday present! Plus, the canvas pouch would be great just for walks in the woods so she can pick ups tones and sticks and put them in her pouch.

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