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Label Queen

Posted by Caroline on December 15, 2006

Now, where’s that label got to…..?Emily is now at the age where she is able to play with her toys – and as I’ve mentioned before, everything she gets her hands on goes in her mouth. With certain playthings, however, it’s not the bright colours or the music they play that is the biggest attraction – instead it’s their labels.

Over the past few months we have bought Emily several plush toys from Ikea and Tesco, which are great for small babies since they are soft and chewable and easy for little hands to pick up. They also have very long labels on them, which we were unsure about at first – even to the point that we considered cutting them off.

However, we changed our mind after seeing our little girl’s reaction to them – more often than not, having had a good old nibble on the toy of her choice, she’ll turn her attention to the label and stare at it intently before giving it a cursory lick.

It’s not just the labels on toys that seem to attract her though. Many’s the time I have looked in on her in the morning before she gets up and found her rustling the labels on her cot bumpers (also from Ikea, coincidentally) I now have to tuck them away so that she doesn’t start rustling them in her sleep and waking herself up (although I have to admit there have been occasions when the act of moving the label away has been enough to wake her).

Personally, it’s hard to see what the appeal is. But then again when you’re six months old, I suppose even the mundane seems fascinating.

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9 Responses to “Label Queen”

  1. Stephanie2377 said

    How cute that Emily love labels! (we call them “tags”) My son always loved to chew on tags, also. Have you ever heard of “Taggies”? These are books, blankies and other items that have all sorts of tags sewn on all around the edges! My son LOVED his! So many tags! You might want to keep an eye out for Emily.

  2. FourBear said

    My brother was the same way when he was a baby! I remember that he used to chew the tags on all my blankets. Kept him pretty happy though, even through all that teething! Something to keep in mind, I think.

  3. katharina said

    I haven’t heard of “taggies” but from the description, I agree that it certainly sounds like something Emily would enjoy. 🙂
    I hope you all will enjoy the Hanukkah season, starting tonight. Emily’s first!

  4. eldragon said

    Interesting! I’ve never heard of a baby being interested in labels instead of the toy! I know some adults that pull the labels off of beer bottles, though!

  5. LyricB said

    My daughter was always more fascinated by the tags than by the toy. The woman who thought up Taggies is a genius (a rich one too).

  6. Melanie said

    My son – who is 7 – still likes tags. I find him rubbing them absently between his fingers. Ithink they just feel nice – most are rather silky.

  7. tater03 said

    Wow, I have never heard of taggies. That sounds like a neat product. Sounds like one Emily would really enjoy since she loves the tags so much.

  8. Stephanie2377 said

    Yes, taggies are *great*! The main site is http://www.taggies.com

    My MIL actually made a blankie for my son, and sewed tags of all sorts of fabric along the edge. It was so cute! My son loves the really silky tags the very best. I don’t think it would be difficult to make one at all. I just am not adept at sewing. 🙂

    Happy Hanukkah!

  9. david said

    my son lewis loves playing with tags on toys and clothes.he falls asleep playing with them with bottle in 1 hand and label in the other.i think it is cute and funny

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