Only little babies do that…

a blog by Emily\’s mother

Emily Phone Home

Posted by Caroline on December 24, 2006

What is it about babies and their fascination with household gadgets? As I’ve mentioned before, Emily is particularly fond of our phone – to the exclusion of everything else, it seems. No matter how many toys we may place on the bed or sofa to try and distract her when we’re having a chat, she’ll still ignore them and make a beeline for the phone – normally to try and have a good chew on the keypad but sometimes to just stare at it in abject wonder.

In fact, she is so fond of it that when she is lying on our bed and the phone is there just out of reach, she’s taken to pulling the bedsheet as a way of moving it towards her. As enterprising as this may be, it usually results in failure since she still can’t quite reach it and gets a tad frustrated.

But it’s not just the house phone that seems to have attracted her attention. Our laptop computers,mobile phones and TV remote controls also seem to have a strange contraction – the first time she got hold of the latter, she actually examined it carefully, even going so far as to turn it over to see if the reverse had the same array of coloured buttons as the other side. Then, of course, she attempted to eat it (only to be stopped by nasty Mummy).

To try and combat her attraction to the phone, both grandmothers came up with the idea of buying her a toy phone as a Chanukah present – so now she has one from Fisher-Price and one from Vtech. They’re both really good, coming complete with lots of flashing lights and buttons to press – and we were convinced that she would leave our phone alone now she had one of our own.

We were wrong, of course. Upon presenting her with the first phone, she played with it for a few minutes before casting it aside in favour of the real phone. The second one seems to have kept her busy for a bit longer, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before she’ll be after the real thing once again.

Of course, given the amount of time that girls tend to spend on the phone, I can only assume it’s a sign of things to come.

7 Responses to “Emily Phone Home”

  1. katharina said

    How precious! She is very smart and knows that the REAL phone is the one with a voice coming out of it! 🙂 She’ll like those other phones soon though… you’ll see! We had a Fisher Price phone and it was certainly a favorite.

  2. Stephanie2377 said

    What is it with babies and phones? My son LOVES the real phone and the remote control! I wish I could have a phone that lit up and made the dialing sounds… but, didn’t actually dial! Emily is just fascinated right now, and she knows these are items that you use often. SO cute! She will play with her toys eventually. But she will always probably prefer the real thing.

  3. FourBear said

    My friends’ children all love those toy phones, too! Some of them have the older “dial” (and not touch-tone) models, which are just as fun. I remember being fascinated with a phone when I was growing up. My grandparents let me play with this old phone that they took down off their wall. I was a bit older (2 or 3), but had a blast with the real thing!

  4. tater03 said

    My sons were also fascinated with phones. They had quite a few of the toy phones when they were younger. It was cute to listen to them pretend to talk on the phone.

  5. Melanie said

    Well gosh… Mommy and Daddy talk and talk on that phone. It must be so important! Phones and gadgets (the more expensive the better 😉 are babies favorite things.

  6. eldragon said

    Oh yes, a sign of things to come alright : like a cell phone of her own, an MP3 player, and who knows what else by the time Emily is old enough to use them. The good thing is, kids are born knowing how to operate these gadgets! We call on our 9 year old all time to program the VCR – or explain some feature on our cell phone!

  7. katharina said

    Very true, Eldragon! Kids pick up on learning the technology so easily and it all seems so natural for them. Emily will be starting a blog of her own before we know it. 🙂

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