Big Love for Melissa and Doug

This post is totally not sponsored. I have paid for the items discussed below or they have been gifted to my children by friends and family members.
Before I had kids and when my kids were too tiny to really play with any of these toys, I thought all of the Melissa and Doug hype was based on the attractiveness of the toys. I did not understand the durability and practicality of wooden toys and liked Melissa and Doug solely on aesthetics.
But, I pick up toys day after day. And it seems like I pick up the same toys day after day because my kids genuinely love and play with these toys. Each time I pick up these toys, I marvel at the quality . . . and at the fact that we still have all pieces. *pats self on back*
So, as we prepare for Christmas, I thought I would suggest five of our very favorite Melissa and Doug toys that would make great gifts for those on your list.
1. Melissa and Doug Mailbox — I had some trouble finding this item online, but I am certain it is still available. My son received this toy for his first birthday. He is now 5. This toy gets played with at least 3 times a week. It is a shape sorter and also encourages fine motor skills.
2. Melissa and Doug Broom Set — We have only had this toy a year, but my kids absolutely love it. It has a small footprint and is actually functional. The kids have helped us pick up messes with this toy.
3. Melissa and Doug Cookie Set — We have the Christmas Cookie Set, but there is a regular cookie set, too. We have had this toy for 4 years now. It is great for pretend play but also for counting and fine motor skills.
4. Melissa and Doug Cash Register — this toy is so much fun. It is a shape sorter and encourages color learning.  It looks like the new set comes with a whole wallet and extra money. We only have 3 coins and a credit card.
5. Melissa and Doug Grocery Store — I grew up going to the New Orleans Children’s Museum and have the fondest memories of the grocery store there. I realize this toy is more expensive than the others and requires a bit of space, but it is so much fun. I will say — if you buy the cardboard Melissa and Doug grocery food to go with it, invest in some packing tape to reinforce those boxes just like they do at the Children’s Museum. Or else — you will be buying new food and cursing me in the months to come.

So — there you have it. Enjoy! and Merriest of Christmases, friends.

Rebecca Autin
Rebecca is an attorney by day and a toddler wrangler by night. She is a product of divorced parents and grew up in both Thibodaux and Franklin, Louisiana. Rebecca attended Loyola University of New Orleans and Southern University Law Center. Rebecca married her high school bestie in 2012. Quinton and Rebecca went through months of infertility before giving birth to Maxwell Lincoln in 2015. In 2016, they were surprised by a baby boy due in June 2017. But, in February 2017, they suffered with incompetent cervix and delivered sweet Theodore Paul too soon. In October 2018, after an incredibly difficult pregnancy, a cerclage, and a whole bunch of bedrest, Fitzgerald Joseph was born -- a happy, healthy, and perfect rainbow. If you can't find Rebecca, you can summon her with pot of freshly brewed coffee or look for her in Target or behind the kitchen island where she is hiding from her kids with a very generous pour of red.


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