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My Baby’s Favorite Non-Toy Toys

African American baby playing with the letter AI 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!


  • Bag It Up 1 of 8
    Bag It Up
    She absolutely loves to mess around with this bag. I say it's a sign of budding good taste!
    Photo Credit: author
  • What’s Cooking? 2 of 8
    What's Cooking?
    Old salad tongs are great for banging on the floor.
    Photo Credit: author
  • Spoonful of Sugar 3 of 8
    Spoonful of Sugar
    She'll sit in her high chair while I eat if she has a spoon to play with. Real toys she tosses over the side.
    Photo Credit: author
  • Brush Up 4 of 8
    Brush Up
    She doesn't have enough hair to really brush but the rubberized handle feels good to bite, apparently.
    Photo Credit: author
  • Lace-y 5 of 8
    Lace-y
    It's probably not good to let her chew on the shoelaces of my boots, huh?
    Photo Credit: author
  • Stylin’ 6 of 8
    Stylin'
    The diffuser from my hair dryer keeps her occupied while I get dressed. Sadly, this means my hair usually looks frizzy because, um, I can't use my diffuser.
    Photo Credit: author
  • Playing on Empty 7 of 8
    Playing on Empty
    She won't drink from a bottle but the nipples are her favorite teethers.
    Photo Credit: author
  • Mani-Pedi? 8 of 8
    Mani-Pedi?
    She loves to play with nail files. Now if only she'd actually file her nails with them so I wouldn't have to trim them!
    Photo Credit: author

Read more from Rebekah at Mom-in-a-Million The Broad Side. Follow Rebekah on Facebook and Twitter too!

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