In the real world I do try to give her constructive activities when I can, but other times I just need something to keep her from having a total meltdown and I’ll use whatever means I have at hand…even it they are sort of “inappropriate” at times.
Check out the 5 inappropriate ways I’ve entertained Fern and then please let me know I’m not alone by sharing your own questionable means of baby entertainment in the comments!
5 Totally Inappropriate Ways I’ve Entertained My Baby:
1. Letting her play in a box
I’ll begin by saying that letting your little one play in a box is pretty much a childhood rite of passage and is in no way inappropriate…unless you let her play with the long plastic packing material that comes with it as you’ll note in my main photo. In my defense it totally turned a grumpy baby into a happy one and I was right there supervising, so it’s not like she was going to suffocate herself or anything.
2. Listening to rap
…or as my mom likes to say “dirty rap”. Fern’s favorite song is a Jay-Z and Kanye number with some definitely not-meant-for-babies lyrics, but it takes her from angry to elated in no time flat (see the video proof for yourself!).
3. Spraying her in the face
Fern loves water, so I thought she might like playing with a spray bottle, so I tried it out and she loved it. Her expression was priceless. I’d give her a little mist of water on her face and she’s stop in surprise and then laugh. When my husband got home from work and I showed him, he reminded me that I was using a form of pet discipline to entertain our child. But hey! It worked!
4. Leaving her with our doggysitter
So, I obviously don’t leave her home alone with our dog while I’m out having coffee with a friend or anything a’la “Good Dog Carl”, but I’ve put her outside in her play yard and had our dog go lay next to it to keep her company while I hang out inside cleaning the house or accomplishing other tasks. Side note – our house has a main room that is almost entirely windows, so I can see everything.
5. Letting her play with toilet paper
Sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do to get ready in the morning and if that means letting your baby play with a roll of toilet paper, then so be it.
What “inappropriate” means do you use to entertain your little one?
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.
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