When the LO was barely a year old, I used to love getting her toys because they always fascinated her. But then, she would only play with it for some time and then forget about it soon after. When she turned one, she received a simple picture book filled with basic illustrations and nursery rhymes. Every day she would beg for us to read it to her, pointing at the pictures and words over and over again, eager to learn about the world. Never did she let it out of her sight until she learned most of her first words from that book. Dog. Cat. Car. Stars. Twinkle. Flower. Moon. Monkey. And so much more. And that's when I realized that books do have an impact, no matter how little. She will soon outgrow toys, but the pictures and stories in books, she will cherish as she grows up. We also made her a simple set up of different animal toys, a fish tank (on top of it is our souvenir photo from Beirut), side by side with her little bookshelf so she can see and interact with the animals that she encounters along the pages of the books.