There are so many toys in my son’s play box. Rattles, sock monkeys, saucepans, empty water containers and then there are the commercial play items like stuffed animals, soft books, blocks and shape sorters. I read somewhere during pregnancy that the main main purpose of baby toys is to help the adult communicate with the baby because you know, we adults are so removed from play that we need things to help us reconnect with our creative roots.
What fascinates me though is that there is no ‘one’ favourite toy for Master X, and his choices or likes change day to day, moment to moment. I am just realising this mind you. He was VERY wingey just now, and I thought, hey, I’ll change his toys up a bit, and pulled out more musical toys for him to explore – maracas and home made shakers constructed from a water bottle filled with rice, and a water bottle containing wine cork and silver tinsel left over from Christmas (these home made toys are not to be left unattended with baby for play due to potential choking hazard). Oh, and my hat. Master X decided that my hat looked like a solid toy to amuse himself with for a time.
Toys have been a sticking point as presents from relatives and friends. We reside in a small house so have limited room for storage and only a sliver of space for play. Moreover I impress our choice to live a conscious life when it comes to consumer purchases and try to source clothes and most toys from charity stores. I mean, why spend ten dollars on something that I can get for three at the local Salvation Army Store? Or that I can make out of household items? Or when Master X would prefer to play with the tupperware and plastics from the kitchen?
I wonder at what other parents use as toys with their babies and whether they are focused on the parent or the child?