I removed the plastic bulb from the end of my turkey baster and gave it to my son.
Disinterested in his store-bought baby toys, Punga is frequently seen crawling around our kitchen, baster bulb in hand.
Occasionally he interrupts his crawling to sit on his bum, dance, wave the spit-covered bulb in the air, and yell, “DAH! DAH dah. Dah, DAH! DAH DAH!”
This–of course–is baby talk for “aint no party like a baster-bulb party ‘cuz a baster-bulb party don’t stop!”
The thing about expensive toys is that they’re expensive. The other thing about expensive toys is that the attention span of the typical baby is approximately 12.5 minutes.
Thanks to the helpful chart below, we now have a visual understanding of the inverse relationship between cost of baby toys and the amount of baby entertainment.
So here are seven “toys” that I have found laying around my house. Try them with your baby, and please share with me any tricks of your own!
1. Box of Socks
I keep my socks in a box. Do you know how exciting it is to take the socks out of the box, and then put them back into the box? Punga does.
There’s nothing like a good piece of rawhide for Baby’s developing teeth. Just make sure there are no small pieces that can fall off the belt, and keep an eye on baby so that he doesn’t wrap this around his neck or something.
3. Empty toilet paper tube
Hand your 11-month-old an empty toilet paper tube, and he or she will ask you, “Is today Christmas?” When I find any cardboard laying around, I stick it in Punga’s toy box.
4. Turkey Baster Bulb
The turkey baster bulb is the gift that keeps on giving. This is just one more reason why I am thankful for Thanksgiving: it is the birthday of turkey basters.
5. A Napkin
You’re going to want to be in the room for this one too, so that your baby doesn’t eat all the pieces she tears off the napkin. But the ole napkin trick bought me fifteen minutes the other day so that I could read Real Simple’s Time-Saving Anniversary Edition.
(Side note: I was shocked and appalled that Real Simple did not feature my powder shower in their “Quick Tips” section. Oh, right–it’s still just my sister reading this blog.)
6. Tupperware Cabinet
I hesitated to add this last one for fear of being predictable, but what baby would not want to turn your sandwich stacker into a drum?
7. Pandora.com and a Silk Scarf
I can’t wait to hear what you use for ad-hoc baby toys!
I could use some fresh ideas!