Four is a big year of change. New skills and abilities are still developing at an astonishing rate, but the days when he/she was just a toddler are long gone.
If you don't have little kids of your own, the chances are you don't really know where to start with finding a gift that you know will go down well.
Luckily, I have spent a lot of time since we started Be So Baby asking everyone I know about what sort of things work for their kids, and have also researched more blogs and parenting magazines than any normal auntie.
When my first niece turned one, I was living over 3,000 miles away in Canada. I had absolutely no clue what to buy for her birthday. Could she walk? Talk? What could she eat? Could she hold a crayon yet? I had no idea.
Do you have a one year old? If not, the chances are you have no idea what a one year old is into either, right?
What I really needed back then was a cheat sheet - a simple guide to one year olds, so I wouldn’t feel completely out of my depth when shopping (and also when I came back to visit).
Alongside word-of-mouth, visiting markets and trade shows, and having a nosy through toy shops and local markets whenever we travel, we also like to do a round-up of Christmas Gift Guides each year. We look through lists from newspapers, magazines and blogs to see what is new and different and what might be interesting for us to follow-up.