I think there’s a mathematical law that states that the more expensive the toy, the more the baby it was bought for will want to play with the box it came in instead of the toy itself. This holds true until kids are old enough to get into video game systems or American Girl dolls, at which point the toy and all of its extortionately priced accessories becomes an obsession. But for babies, real toys are a hit or miss proposition.
This is the only explanation I have for why my daughter will usually ignore the large basket of lovingly selected baby toys – many with “educational” benefits - in favor of a random assortment of household objects. With my first child, I would try to redirect him toward his own toys but with my second baby? Nope. If she wants to amuse herself with a pair of socks or plastic cup, I say have at it. She’s happy, I’m happy. It’s all good.
The end result is that she’s accumulated an odd collection of non-toys that I’ve surrendered entirely to her. Click through to see what my baby plays with instead of baby toys! And share your baby’s favorite non-toys as well!
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