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10 Toddler Obsessions. Hint: None Are Actual Toys.

piles of toys

Toys are so 2011.

It’s a good thing we got my seventeen-month-old all those toys for the holidays. He’s playing with them 24/7.

Not so much.

Instead he’s become obsessed with pretty much anything in our house that isn’t an actual toy. Our house is small but not super baby-proofed. Only the cabinets with dangerous and poisonous things are locked up.

He’s quite the explorer.

This could be good for my decluttering New Year’s resolution, right? What would happen if I just got rid of everything and just let him play with the following:

  • Pots And Pans 1 of 10
    Pots And Pans
    I love the sound of clanging in the morning, especially when it's All-Clad. Who knew I registered for toddler toys at my wedding?
    Pot Rack $129.95 at Crate&Barrel
  • Water 2 of 10
    Water
    If not for the environmental implications, this kid could play with water all day long. I need to get him one of those recycling fountains.
  • My Keys 3 of 10
    My Keys
    If he still likes keys, he's still a baby, right?I have to be careful with this 'toy.' He knows how to lock the doors, now.
  • Light Switches 4 of 10
    Light Switches
    On. Off. On. Off. On. Off. Repeat. It's like a disco in my house.
  • Step Stool 5 of 10
    Step Stool
    This is how he gets to the light switch. And the water. And how he gets the keys, too. Hmm, maybe I should rethink the stool?
    $14.99 at IKEA.
  • Shoes 6 of 10
    Shoes
    He likes to play with everyone's shoes, but his own are probably his favorite. Now if only we could teach him to put them on by himself.
    Keen Shoes $47.99 at Zappos.
  • Doors. All Kinds. 7 of 10
    Doors. All Kinds.
    Cabinets, too. He doesn't discriminate. He would have a field day with these lockers.
  • Lids 8 of 10
    Lids
    Why are lids so cool? Ask a toddler, because I sure don't know.
    $4.95 at Crate&Barrel.
  • Trash Can 9 of 10
    Trash Can
    What toddler doesn't love trash?? Oscar the Grouch must be a toddler.
    $69.00 at The Container Store.
  • DVD Player 10 of 10
    DVD Player
    It's amazing ours still works.I wonder if there's a "toddler clause" in the warranty.

Read more of my posts on Toddler Times.
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Photo Credits
Water Faucet: Jase Curtis on Flickr
Light switch: Andrew Smith on Flickr
Lockers: Ruper Ganzer on Flickr
Keys: Patricia H. on Flickr
DVD Player: Alisha Vargas on Flickr
Soft Friends: Orin Zebest on Flickr

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