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14 Grown-up Toys for Babies
by Kelle Hampton
| Posted 8 months ago
We swipe our phones from them with a “Not for babies!” We lock cleaning supply cabinets, store cameras far from their grasp and lunge when they reach for our razors in the tub. So, what cool grown-up stuff can babies play with? Here are 14 made-for-baby gadgets that look just like the real grown-up thing.
You don't have to worry about toddler fingerprints or damage repair bills for this camera
. Etsy shop Egg & Yolk
designed this beautiful Cypress pine camera sure to fool kids that it's just as cool as Mom's. The trick? It has interchangeable lenses that snap into the camera body with embedded magnets. Now if it could just organize your photos!
After a few of my son's fits when I took my keys away from him, I found these beautiful handmade baby keys
from Mama Made Them
on Etsy. Carved from five different woods, these sweet keys offer bumpy key ridges great for teething, and they make a musical clacking sound when shaken--much more delightful than real metal keys.
Even in a bathtub stocked with100 floating toys, my kids will lunge for my razor. They have a good 15 years or so before they realize shaving isn't what it's cracked up to be, but in the meantime, Alex Toys makes this colorful mock shaving kit
--a bladeless razor, a mirror, a can of body foam and an applicator brush. If you really want to have fun with it, freak out the grandparents by letting your baby play with the razor in front of them.
For every seamstress mama who's ever had to nudge little hands away from a moving needle, here's your solution. This toy sewing machine
from the Etsy shop Omi Crafts
is handmade from a variety of woods and features a blunt wood needle that actually moves when you turn the hand wheel. Now you and your little one can work side by side.
Sure real laptops aren't for babies, but this My First Laptop
by Donkey Products gives your child the thrill of grown-up technology in the form of simple entertainment. With chalkboards instead of screens, this toy doubles as a creativity tool. Even better? It's an eco-friendly product. "Marge! Cancel all my meetings! I'll be on my laptop."
CD or Record Player
Ah, the ever captivating record player, luring babies with double interest--music plus spinning motion. Babies, you're in luck. This retro Fisher Price record player
has all the appeal of a real turntable, yet it's perfectly safe for little hands. With a variety of records to choose from and some fun vintage charm, it makes an adorable addition to a toy box. Well played, Fisher Price. Now see how many times you find yourself singing "Camptown Races."
Mom's Makeup Bag
If I had a nickel for every time I had to clean up a lipstick mess or wipe eye shadow off my kids' hands, I'd start my own cosmetics company. But this makeup set? Babies, eat your heart out. This well-crafted wood cosmetic set
has a real puff for powder, real brushes for blush and eye shadow and a lipstick with a removable cap. Everything fits inside a cute case, so your toddler can easily tote it around. The only drawback? You won't get that memorable clown face photo with this set.
While I don't seem to find cleaning house particularly fun, my toddler feels otherwise. She'd do anything to get her hands on some good cleaning products or a dirty broom. This sturdy wooden housekeeping caddy provides hours of play with a number of different tools including a mop, broom, dustpan, pretend cleaning solution and vacuum. Bonus: It requires no cabinet locks!
What is it about wallets that makes them so much fun for babies to tear apart? And how come it takes me a good minute to find my license when my kids can rip out and scatter every single card in two seconds flat? The best alternative? Make a wallet dummy with an old pocketbook stuffed with hotel room keys or used gift cards and keep it in the diaper bag. Call it "Mommy's Wallet" and your kid will want to play with it even more.
"Hammers are not for babies" doesn't stand a chance with this kid-friendly tool kit
. Promising a real grown-up handyman experience, these true-to-life wood tools from Brooklyn's Acorn Toys
not only provide great toddler entertainment but become a beautiful keepsake, enclosed in a wood carrying case. Next time you have a home improvement project, your little one will be thrilled to help out with her own tool set.
What's not to love about a toaster? It has a cool pop-up feature, impressive knobs, those glowing little coils inside, and it makes toast
! Unfortunately hot toasters with electrical cords don't exactly make the best toys, but Hape Toys fixed that with their adorable wood Playfully Delicious pop-up toaster set
. With velcro butter slices, wooden toast and a real pop-up feature, this little toaster makes breakfast entertaining.
It's a teether, it's a phone, it's a beautiful personalized gift. Next time your baby grabs your iPhone, swap it out for this beautiful smartphone toy from Keepsake Toys
. Handmade from maple wood and finished with beeswax and food-grade oil, this toy phone can be personalized and makes a great gift for baby showers.
Calling all vacuum-obsessed babies. Tired of Mom shooing you away from the vacuum with that "not for babies" stuff? This one's all yours. This toy replica of Dyson's DC14 vacuum
is made for little hands. With a detachable wand, real suction (picks up small paper) and a working vortex, babies will surely be fooled that this is the real deal.
Have a toddler looking over your shoulder when you iron? Give them some clothes and let them work alongside you with this Theo Klein Braun toy iron
. It sprays real water and features an LED operating light. Playing house never looked so cool.