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Nina is my first child - and at 42 I am so removed from the mechanics of baby care I parent by Google. Plunket filled me in on how to transition her to solids, afterwards I realised she was ready to do so long before I mashed that first banana.
Then came the conundrum of toys - I wanted Nina to gain something from everything she played with. I was sure she was supposed to have wooden toys that were yellow or contrasting colours; and shouldn’t she have a range of differing textures to stimulate her senses? I knew what had been loved by my nephews and what I liked; but she hated Sammy the Seahorse and didn’t seem to care if the toy was woodland themed as long as she could cram it in her mouth.
Prior to her birth I swore that my home wouldn’t come to resemble a day care centre but six months down the track I was frantically buying anything I thought might distract her for more than a minute, throwing discarded failures into ever growing piles across the house.
In my work life people consult me for my PR expertise because they don’t have the knowledge or experience. If they don’t even have time to put my advice into practice, I do it for them – so when I heard about Nurture Box, it made perfect sense to have their experts curate toys for Nina and send them to me at key times in her development.
Selected by a Child Development Specialist, a Teacher and toy tester 3 year old Sofia - Nurture Box delivers expertly selected, high-quality toys chosen for the age of your child to aid their development. You can purchase a one-off gift box for a special occasion, or purchase a year subscription and receive a new box every 3 months. It’s like a toy library, except the toys are yours to keep.
The delivered 6 month box looked beautiful and once open Nina was instantly transfixed by the giant yellow octopus from Lamaze. It truly is a toy that keeps on giving; featuring sight, sound and touch stimulation. And the way Nina licked it, taste was catered for too. She doesn’t bore of it because every time she plays with it, there is something new to discover.
Quality over quantity, the box also contained a book, car toys in a road bag and maracas. My significant other was thrilled with the sensory cars and reads Insy Winsy Spider to Nina with relish, even when she grabs the wiggly finger puppet, which she does every time.
Nina didn’t think it was funny when I put some fruit on my head and shook the wooden maracas’ in her face, but she did think they were tasty and won’t play with anything else while having her nappy changed. Each box comes with a booklet on how to use the toys, which was a great guide and kicked off some of my own ideas on how to truly play with her.
The tag line is Open Wonder, which is very apt, and doesn’t just apply to Nina.
Nina rates: 5 out of 5 stars