What’s it with infants and the odd issues they wish to play with? Plastic keys and brightly coloured blocks are not any match for plastic spoons, ingesting straws and the distant management relating to catching the attention of Jamie, my 6-month-old baby boy. He will gladly select these items over any toy that appears prefer it’s made for infants.
Once I speak to different mothers, they are saying the identical factor. Their infants will select an empty field or a hairbrush over a stuffed animal any day of the week. The toys we spend hours researching and ensuring they’re developmentally acceptable imply nothing to finicky little ones. They need every thing that they’re not imagined to have.
The opposite day, Jamie spent practically a half hour hanging out with just a few whiteboard markers. Now, you all know that in toddler time 20 minutes is like 2 hours! I had time to fold towels, sweep the ground, and put away the dishes. No baby doll has ever given me a lot freedom.
That ingesting straw I discussed? Jamie spent ten minutes gnawing on it, waving it round within the air, and bending it. I ate lunch in peace and caught up on my social media since he was so sufficiently occupied. I can’t let you know the final time I ate lunch with out him pawing at my boobs in order that he may eat, too. The straw is a extremely underrated baby plaything.
Since easy on a regular basis objects convey a lot happiness to Jamie, I questioned why I ever purchase toys within the first place. Then I keep in mind. As a result of they’re simply so cute! The opposite day I purchased Jamie a teething toy that appears like a tiny Starbucks cup. Each time I am going to the shop, a stuffed bear, or pig, or giraffe with massive, lovely eyes catches my consideration and I really feel like my baby should have it. In fact, he’s by no means as excited as I’m about any of the toys I get for him. He at all times appears a bit skeptical. As if since I’m providing it to him, he’s positive it’s not enjoyable.
Let me give him my automotive keys to play with for a couple of minutes, although, and he’s over the moon. I’ve tried to trick him into preferring his personal toys. I’ll play with them and fake that it’s not for infants. That doesn’t work.
I’ll present it to him after which put it simply of his attain in order that he’ll go after it like he does my iPad or a pair of footwear. That doesn’t work, both.
I feel my subsequent step is to only hand over. The opposite day at playgroup, a mother stated she went to the greenback retailer and simply purchased a bunch of issues that they’ve round the home. She received a plastic whisk, an enormous spoon, and a gadget that appears like a distant management. It labored!
That’s not to say I’ll cease shopping for toys, as a result of duh, lovely! I’ll simply maintain pretending that I’m shopping for them for him and not myself.