I’m pretty sick today with a sore throat/fever/cold/headache combo, so thought I’d tap out a blog post & go lay down while I can since J is napping. I *might* post later with pics from our day, just depends on how I am feeling and if I can get any decent ones.
I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while to share with you the goofy things that have become toy box staples for us, and to see what random things your little ones love to play with! So, if you’re reading this post and you’ve got a baby/toddler, PLEASE leave a comment (or even better, make a post with pictures!) with ideas for me (and other moms) of some unconventional (and baby safe) “toys” that you’ve discovered. :)
Our latest and greatest is empty cereal and pasta boxes and empty (& rinsed out!) milk jugs. We let Jax have a go at them before they get recycled!
Jax loves to play with the Swiffer duster! It’s a surefire way to keep him busy if I’m trying to clean!
He likes taking this cheapo brush I got at the dollar store and running it over the rug, makes a funny noise!
They gave us lots of bulb syringes at the hospital when we left the NICU, so we gave him a (NOT used) one as a chew toy.
My mom found these little plastic boxes with lids at Ikea for super cheap. I like that the lids are attached and he likes to put things in, open, close them, etc. Gladware reusable leftovers containers do the same, you just have to keep track of the lids!
This kid LOVES electronics. Namely, cell phones. So we’ve given him a couple of our old cell phones to play with and slobber on…
He loves them!
He also likes to play with my wallet. This could get messy as he gets older and figures out how to open it & take things out, but for the time being, he just holds it & shakes it!
Jax likes to play with diaper packs and the boxes they come in too!
Travis has retired from Guitar Hero (haha) so he gave Jax his guitar. He loves this thing!
Tina sent us a tin filled with goodies at Halloween time, and when it was emptied, we used it for toy storage! Jax also likes to fill and empty it, and apparently, use it as a teether. :)
If you don’t mind cleaning up a mess of wipes, give your baby the wipes box! ;) (note: we don’t do this often, but he enjoyed making a mess!)
And now, our 2 favorites!
1) Mardi Gras beads!! These are our go-to if he’s being a booger during church. :)
2) Emptied pill bottles (with the labels peeled off) and filled with anything that will make noise! We like rice, beans, and coins. He loves to shake them!
And, the “unconventional toy” that babies have loved forever, kitchen supplies. Jax loves them all…whisks, spatulas, measuring cups, you name it. :)
Mommies, I trust you’ll use your brains and realize you MUST supervise your little ones at all times when they’re playing with things like these that are not “made” to be toys. :)