Babies are funny creatures. You can spend a fortune on toys and games for them to play with only to discover they only want to play with stuff they definitely shouldn’t have or that seems entirely dull. Luckily almost all of our toys have been gifts or second-hand because TM is a fan of the non-toy. Here’s a list of things that entertain my 6 month old baby:
Me tapping my foot while he sits or lies on the floor. He literally becomes transfixed. I think he just likes feet in general as he often crawls towards people’s feet or shoes and attempts to bite them.
Patterned cushions. He particularly likes to try and eat these. He gets really excited and just kind of face plants into them.
Trying to pull the bath plug out (ours is in the centre of the bath so he can reach it from either end!).
The bottom of the foot stools. He likes to lick these.
Pulling and attempting to eat the curtains.
Water bottles. Full, empty, or – his favourite – the ones at baby sensory filled with colour or glitter. He’s actually surprisingly strong as he can lift the ones full of water!
Pulling my hair. His face literally lights up when he can reach it.
Lifting him high into the air. If you’re really lucky he dribbles on to you while he’s laughing.
Wires – these are just out of reach and slightly tucked away behind the TV cabinet and I often find him trying to stretch out to grab them.
Remote controls and mobile phones. He’s not to be fobbed off with his giant plastic toy versions, either. He wants the real thing.
My teething necklaces – this one was a competition win from Crown Chewels and he loves it! He will just grab them and chew them for ages when given the chance.
Me dancing terribly (in particular moving my head around). This is best for him when accompanied by a soundtrack of Big Poppa – The Notorious B.I.G. or No Diggity – Blackstreet.
Attempting to grab and eat nappy bags, wet wipes or the whole changing bag.
Trying to open the drawer at the bottom of the TV stand. We’ve taped it up so I think he sees this as a personal challenge.
As you can imagine ‘This is not a toy’ is a phrase I utter a lot. What non-toys are your babies and toddlers interested in?