As Arlo is well aware and tells me almost every day, the ‘new baby’ will be bringing him a present. This is partly to make for a nice introduction between siblings and to ease the sudden change of having a whole new person in the house. But it’s also partly to give Arlo a couple of new toys that will encourage him to play independently during the hours that I am sofa-bound with a breastfeeding newborn.

When the baby is here, I’m hoping to focus on toys that he can play with by himself without getting frustrated, and perhaps hide away things like Playdoh and his jigsaws – toys that require help or supervision. The plan is to stockpile a few things and introduce them one by one, maybe week by week, or bring them out in an emergency ‘I’m about to tear my hair out’ situation. I believe some people call it a ‘milk box’ – toys and items that only come out during times when you are breastfeeding or busy with the baby.

Arlo is actually really good at playing by himself. His cars and trains can occupy him for hours. So, I’m tempted just to expand his railway set with a few more bits. After all, it still remains his number one toy after a year and a half, and I don’t see him changing his mind on this any time soon. Here are a few items on Arlo’s train wishlist:

big jigs wooden train accessories(He made this list with me with great enthusiasm. Although he would pretty much say “I want that one” to anything train related.

I’ve also got my eye on this alphabet puzzle, after Abigail’s post reminded me that we’ve not yet made any effort to teach Arlo the alphabet.wooden alphabet puzzle

Luckily, it will be summer, so we will (hopefully!) be able to make use of the garden which should stop Arlo from feeling too cooped up. He loves his sand and water table.

Do you have any recommendations for great toys that toddlers can competently get on with by themselves? Did you do a milk-box? What is your toddler’s favourite toy?

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