Only little babies do that…

a blog by Emily\’s mother

Toy Story

Posted by DINRIL on November 15, 2006

Never mind these toys, where are the nappy sacks……?Now that Emily is actually interacting with her toys, I’ve taken to introducing them in all manner of situations, from car journeys to nappy changes. However, no matter how hard I try and use them to create a distraction, there always seems to be something more interesting around for her to play with.

When she’s on her changing mat, for instance, her initial reaction these days is to roll on to her side (which of course is fun for the person trying to actually remove and replace her nappy) and start grabbing anything within reach – be it nappy sacks, jars of Vaseline or packets of baby wipes.

Of course, I’ve taken to removing anything that she really shouldn’t have, and moving it well away from the reach of tiny fingers, but that doesn’t seem to have put her off. Yesterday (and despite my putting them at arm’s length) she actually managed to grab hold of an entire full packet of nappies (with the sole intention of chewing the bag, it seems), and when I took that away and distracted her with a cuddly toy, she simply glanced at it for a second and gave it a desultory prod, before turning her attention to a bag of cotton wool balls nearby.

Other favourite ‘toys’ include the labels on her cot bumpers (many’s a time I’ve looked in on her first thing in the morning and found her rustling those), the sleeves of my jumpers, and our phone (which must be really tasty given the length she goes to to try and get it in her mouth – it usually involves her craning her neck towards it with her mouth wide open in the manner of a baby bird).

This doesn’t mean to say that Laugh N’Learn Puppy or Baby Tad have become any less popular, but it does of course amaze me how babies can gain amusement from the most mundane things. Perhaps I should try waving a bag of nappies around repeatedly in order to work out what the appeal is.


4 Responses to “Toy Story”

  1. katharina said

    Well, let me know how that goes! 🙂 Don’t forget to chew on the bag, too. Maybe you’ll find that it has a great flavor! 🙂

  2. Melanie said

    Ewww… chewing on nappy bags. 🙂

    It’s really a shame that the same level of enjoyment for simple things doesn’t carry on longer in a child’s life. Soon enough, she’ll be clamoring for the latest toy or gadget.

  3. tater03 said

    How I remember this. You are right it makes changing those diapers a lot more challenging. Sometimes an easy diaper change will become an exercise in patience when they refuse to quit reaching for things or moving around.

  4. Starlily said

    I think that is one of the lovely things about babies…they are so in the moment, and just able to enjoy… the Christmases that they are completely immersed in having fun with the wrapping paper and boxes…definitely a joy!

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