You have finished writing something and you cannot for the life of you; find your pen’s cap. After a lot of time spent on futile search you give up. Then you realize the rhythmic drumming you have hearing the last half an hour is your little one banging the pen cap against the window.
Babies have an instinct for grabbing things that are apparently none of their business but are fascinating nevertheless. Here are a few that may sound familiar-
- Remote controls: They make fascinating toys for your babies. They just need to be pressed gently and things seem to happen to television sets, boom boxes and air conditioners. Make sure there are no loose ends and the batteries are tightly shut in.
- Mobile phones: They look colorful, make sounds and are light weight. Make sure you put a child lock in so that they do not dial your boss or mother-in-law by mistake. It is best to put them away where your baby cannot find them, because the mobile radiations might be harmful to them.
- Metal keys: They shine, are small enough to hold and make a clanging noise. However, they also have sharp edges and they are used in greasy, dirty places. They are not the ideal thing for your baby’s mouth. Replace them with a bunch of plastic toy keys.
- Packaging Material: Cartons, bubble wraps make great play things for your baby. They make great places to hide and explore. However, these are always a choking hazard. Please let them enjoy these only under supervision.
- Kitchenware: Playing with wooden spatulas, spoons are harmless. They are attractive because they come in many shapes and sizes. They make a clanging sound against the floor. But make sure they cannot reach the pots and pans. This is because your baby cannot differentiate between a pan which can be used as a toy and that which is on the stove. This could lead to unfortunate accidents.
- Tissues: They are magical. Your baby pulls out one and another one appears. They are soft enough to tear up and also chewable. They are clean if they come out of the box afresh and are non-hazardous.
- Pets Toys: They look just like their toys so they assume they are meant to be played with. But both the pets and their toys carry a lot of bacteria in their mouth and from outside. There is also a possibility of conflict between the two of them which may not end well.
- Laundry: Babies like to roll over soft clothes, toss them around, burrow in them and hide in them. Laundry gives them opportunity to do all that and more. But if you are concerned about your baby coming in contact with dirt and germs, give them a wash later.
- Baby lotion bottles and tubes: They can be squeezed and sucked on. They also come useful to try out finger painting. However, there is always a choking hazard associated with bottle and tube caps. Also this will encourage them to try the same stunt on other hazardous substances. It is better to say a no to the category of tubes and bottles in general.
- Dustbins: They have a wide variety of things that can be interesting to the little one. They also can have things that have sharp edges and plenty of bacteria and germs on them. It is better to cordon off the area altogether.
If the household item your baby wants to convert into a toy is safe then go ahead and let them have fun. Just keep an eye out for something unsafe that they may want and distract them with food or something else.