(Closed) “Aunt” seeking advice from parents

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have my friend and her daughter over quite a bit and we keep our wii set up so she can play it as well as a few kid videos around she can watch in our other room. She’s six though. 

When my other friend brings her one year old, she usually just brings a few of his toys and puts him in his pack and play lol. 

I do try to put my cat away when I know they’re coming and hide anything breakable that looks like it’s fun to play with. 

I’m looking forward to seeing what other people say though. Actual parents that is lol.

Post # 4
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Speaking as an Aunt with a kicking toy supply for them all….  I have some books, a couple of buses and bigger cars.  Not matchbox ones, the kind a baby can hold and naw on and not worry about things breaking off, but it still moves.   Some rattles or stuffed animals. Puzzles with big pieces.

 When they get a little older you can get, at Target, a book of paper and the markers that go with them, the markers will NOT show on anything but the paper. I highly reccomend those. I think they are crayola. 

I have one of the storage ottomans from target or crate&barrell that i stick all this stuff in,  so it’s out of the way and people can sit on it too.

Post # 5
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Totally agree with crayons and drawing paper/coloring books. They keep our nieces and nephew entertained for at least 45 minutes. Puzzles are good, and low mess. As for things NOT to have around, I would say if there’s anything you reeaaally care about that’s breakable, I would put it away. My sister is really good about watching the kids when they’re over and they’ve never broken or knocked over anything (DH’s brother, not so much…), so it’s not like they’re running around flailing their arms. But accidents do happen! 

Post # 6
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you can put a toy in a toilet paper roll, it’s a choking hazard, so they should be MUCH bigger than that (I heard that the other night on the radio!).  Maybe invest in some outlet plugs too?  My little cousin who is about to turn 2 loves to roam around, so little precautions are super helpful.

Post # 7
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Books! What about having a stack of child-friendly books? You can even do board books!

Colouring books/blank paper/markers/crayons, etc, puzzles with big pieces, something soft & cuddly. I would think that the parents automatically bring their child’s favourite things to play with anyways? If they’re older – LEGO! Not the crappy stuff they make now, but actual old-fashioned lego. And perhaps a dolly or a few barbies?

I find with children they can make a story or play with ANYTHING. My best friends 8 year old made a little booklet with staples & blank paper & then invented/drew different types of flowers and came up with a description for each one. She does stuff like that constantly. When do we lose that kind of imagination??

It really doesn’t take much, imo.

Post # 8
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree with outlet plugs.  Even with my neices/nephews coming over that are over the age of 3 I have had their parents ask if I have outlet covers.  They are like $3 so its worth picking up a pack. 

I keep a box of toys in the corner in a kid friendly room. Everything out there is kid safe and I won’t be upset if something were to happen to it. 

We have some older nieces/nephews so we actually have 2 boxes, 1 for big kids, 1 for little kids. 

Movies are also great to have on hand (or at least know what channel is kid cartoons) in case they get fussy. 

Post # 9
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have a “hidden” play room for when the kids come over.. It’s a room that we use as a study/reading room and it has tons of built ins, so when people come over they think it’s such a pretty room but little do they know all the draws are full of kid toys lol. There’s nothing breakable up there, the nicest thing up there is probably the accent chairs, so we don’t really worry about anything getting broken or ruined since we don’t let the kids eat up there, but we have all kinds of toys for them, barbies, trucks, I spy books, uno, board games (chutes and ladders ect.) stuffed animals, dress up clothes, it’s how I always remember my aunts and uncles houses being even though they never had kids and still don’t, so I wanted to make sure our neices and nephews could have as much fun over at our house as I did at my aunt and uncles houses growing up.

Post # 10
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You are so thoughtful! I just have my two cats. Kids love ’em Tongue out

Post # 11
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Coloring supplies, puzzles, blocks, toy food/dishes, and trucks were always good.

Post # 12
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Even throw in a few small blankets and pillows for snuggling when they get tired. Play Doh is great for older kids , and if noises bother you, look for things that don’t make any.

Outlet covers and locks on cabinets that have cleaning products or medicines in them is also very important. Kids tend to get in to everything.

Post # 13
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

We also keep a few kid friendly shows on our DVR for when when have our niece and nephew over.  That way, they can be entertained in a pinch.

Post # 14
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I have a six-month old, and she likes to grab everything, so yes, put away anything breakable. Watch out for wires too (to your computer, lamps, ect.), because some babies will grab hold of them if they’re within reach.

She personally likes toys that make noise, such as rattles or crinkle books, though these can be very loud. (The crinkle books especially. She likes to wave it around and hits things with it.) She also loves stuffed animals, but only if they are big enough to put in her mouth but not small enough to choke on. She loves to look at books too. With books, you can basically never go wrong with big pictures and bright colors. Oh, and they will get chewed and drooled on, so it’s probably best to go inexpensive with these.

Post # 15
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Big building blocks are a GREAT toy for boys and girls of different ages. Legos, only larger, so they aren’t a choking hazard. You can pick up a bucket or container of them at Target. Another great toy is the doodle thing. I don’t know what it is called (not the etch-a-sketch), but kids can draw on it with a pencil that is attached to it, and then erase it by sliding a little lever across the bottom. Those are very entertaining.

Once the girls get a little older, you could get them some dress up clothes. I have a little trunk of dresses– I think there are 5 in the trunk, and all five were $20 together. LIttle girls love to dress up!

What a sweet gesture to want to have toys and want your friends to bring their kids even though you don’t have any of your own. You are a great friend!

Post # 16
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

people already took everything I was going to say, so I will just add…since most are young, you could have a make-shift changing area, tell them they are free to leave spare wipes/dipes at your house or even buy a small amount to have for “emergencies”…I know I keep an extra onese, wipes, dipes, burp rags, etc. in my car, but it would keep them from going home…also, smaller kids can be amused by simple things like tupperware!  I also try to have a private area set up if my friends want to go in another room to nurse.

For my nieces, I mostly had coloring supplies, my little ponies and a couple disney movies.  You can find kid stuff for CHEAP at once up a child, or especially at garage sales and craigslist.  Just make sure it wasn’t recalled.

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