My1stYears Review

my 1st years personalised childrens stuffed toys

When it comes to buying toys, clothing and comforts for your baby the choice is almost endless. From cotton blankets to muslins, bibs and pram liners, it can be all too overwhelming for new parents who simply want the best for their child. Plus, with so many retailers promising premium quality and sheer choice, finding essentials that are meaningful, original and timeless may seem difficult. At My1stYears, originality and quality is what they do best.

As a first-time parent to Oscar as of October 2018, I was instantly impressed with the wide range of babywear, games and toys at My1stYears. Not to mention the fact that almost everything was personalised at no extra cost – a unique touch that made these baby essentials truly personal. For this review, Oscar got his little hands on:

The pull along wooden caterpillar

The grey star knit blanket

The colourful wooden xylophone

The wooden play guitar

The pull along caterpillar

my1styears personalised wooden caterpillar toy

I’m all for educational and wooden toys. The pull along wooden caterpillar is the perfect combination of educational and entertaining – two essential things to consider when choosing toys and games for a little one. The bright colours and movement of the wheels proved intriguing for five-month old Oscar – he really enjoyed pushing the caterpillar across the floor and seeing the wheels turn.

I have no doubts he’ll love it even more as he starts walking. The red rope means he’ll be able to pull the caterpillar along behind him as he walks – almost like his first little companion following him everywhere. While the recommended age for this toy is 1+ years, I think it works equally as well for younger babies who will learn new ways to interact with it as they grow older.

The grey star knit blanket

my 1st years personalised grey star blanket

As young babies under a year struggle to regulate their own temperature, this super cosy blanket is a must-have for any new parent. Big enough to wrap him up like a baby burrito and versatile enough to be taken virtually everywhere, it was perfect for keeping Oscar nice and toasty at home, in the pram and in the car.

The neutral colour makes it universal while the durable 100% cotton material stayed soft wash after wash – even after a couple of inevitable accidents here and there. Oscar loved being wrapped up after bath time and was only ever a matter of minutes until he was fast asleep catching flies and looking adorable.

The colourful wooden xylophone

my 1st years personalised xylophone

This interactive wooden xylophone is a great way to introduce any child to a range of different sounds and colours. It’s recommended for children aged 3+, but while older children can actually learn how to play different tunes and create their own songs, younger babies like Oscar may enjoy hitting the pine blocks and engaging with the sounds just as much.

As Oscar is still quite young he found a lot of enjoyment simply from hitting the xylophone with the drumstick and hearing what sounds he could make. He also seemingly loved the taste of the drumstick too – but as it’s wooden I didn’t mind so much.

The wooden play guitar

my1styears personalised blue miniature guitar

I was brought up in a musical family, so it only felt right for my mini musician to try out the My1stYears wooden play guitar. In fact, my father still has his miniature guitar from when he was little – proving these kinds of toys really do stand the test of time. As you can see in the picture below, my dad’s guitar is still looking great all these years later. Here’s hoping Oscar cherishes his guitar for just as long! It’s finished in a gorgeous pastel blue paint and has Oscar’s name engraved on it.

The strings can be tuned just like a real guitar, meaning Oscar and I will be able to start learning to play together once he gets a bit older. Despite it being personalised, I think it’s practical and durable enough to be handed down to siblings once he’s too old for it.

miniature wooden pink childrens guitar

my1styears miniature guitar with normal guitar

 

Delivery, packaging and pricing

 

my 1st years delivery packaging

The My1stYears packaging is a testament to the quality of the products. Every order comes with a luxury gift box at no extra cost- perfect if you’re buying as a gift. Plus, it really adds that extra special touch to these gorgeous items you can cherish forever.

All items were personalised with Oscar’s name – something I’m hoping he will appreciate more as he gets older and starts recognising the spelling of his name. The wooden toys were engraved and the cotton blanket was stitched with Oscar’s name beautifully. Even with the personalisation – which is free with every item – delivery took four days, which was quicker than I was expecting.

Overall thoughts

One thing that’s for certain is that My1stYears products are built to last. The classic designs, the premium quality, and the fantastic selection are what sets it apart from other babywear retailers. While the pricing may not be completely accessible for all new parents, there are frequent sale events and offers so even parents on the tightest of baby budgets can treat their little ones to something special. Take a look at Savoo’s latest My1stYears discount codes and vouchers to see how much you could save while buying something special for a little one in your life. 

What would you buy from My1stYears if you had £100? Your chance to win…

We’ve teamed up with My1stYears to give you the chance to win a £100 voucher to spend how you wish. To be in with the chance of winning, simply leave us a comment at the bottom of this blog post or on our Facebook post answering both of the following questions:

What’s your favourite product from our review?

If you won a £100 My1stYears voucher, what would you buy and who would you buy it for?

We can’t wait to hear what you’d choose! The competition runs from 18th March to 23.59 on 22nd March. Only comments answering both questions will be entered. Good luck!

 

Written by Anne-Sophie, member of staff and mother of one at Savoo 

Sponsored Post – Whilst My1stYears sent me these items for free to test, the opinions are completely my own and unbiased.

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  1. Amber Goddard

    6 months ago

    My 1st Years items are the perfect fusion between traditional chic and contemporary gifts that will grow with a child.

    In our home music is very important so my personal favourite item covered in the blog is the colourful xylophone. It is also apt because our little lady is a rainbow baby (we lost her big brother in 2017 when I was almost 22 weeks pregnant) so I have thrown myself even more into Motherhood and we have really bonded through music. Beatrice has a natural rhythm and appreciation for music. The xylophone would be perfect to foster her passion and get her into musical
    Instruments further. It would be a beautiful accompaniment to her other music based items. I love the personalisation aspect.

    With £100 I would invest in one of the beautiful personalised toy boxes as the quintessential birthday gift for her upcoming first birthday as she has so many toys and we NEED an effective storage solution!

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  2. Stacey leigh

    6 months ago

    Oh that pink guitar is awesome my daughter would love it to be a rockstar like Daddy!

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  3. Carrie-Anne Brown

    6 months ago

    I love the wooden pull along caterpillar the most from the blog review, I haven’t seen a pull along like that before, its so cute! I would buy the wooden guitar for my little boy with his name on as we find it very very hard to find anything with his name on and I think he would love to play with one of these! I would also buy some gifts for my niece and nephews who are all similar in age and under 3.

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