Baby Crap Faves
When it comes to baby crap, I’m all about keeping it to a minimum. Yeah, yeah, I know my kid needs toys, stuff to stimulate him, yadda, yadda. But let’s be serious…my house is only so big. And there’s nothing I hate more than clutter. It makes me sweat. But here’s the thing about baby crap: A baby needs a certain amount of crap. More than that, I’ve discovered something important about the baby crap, which is that I need it. Because if I have to play with the same freakin’ toys one more day, I might just go out of my mind. The crap is no longer about the boy; it’s about me. And really, isn’t that how it should be?
So because I know you’re just dying to know what my favorite baby crap items are, here’s a “top five” list.
5. Sophie Giraffe (BPA and Phthalate free teething toy): stupidly expensive teether made from rubber and food-grade paint…super cute…made in France…worth every penny as the munchkin looks far more intelligent when he’s not chewing on his shoes.
4. Kiddopotamus Rayshade: Gotta give it up to my friend, Kaori, for recommending this one. I was avoiding taking said munchkin for walks because the sun was always blinding him. This thing works like a charm…unless, of course, you’re walking uphill into the sun, in which case, your kid will be blinded.
3. Odd Duck Bob: Found this sucker at Target today. Made by Boon, Inc., this BPA and Phthalate free rubber ducky is adorable in a strangely ugly kind of way. And knowing that my little genius would shove even a tub toy in his mouth, I’ve been looking for one sans chemicals and toxins. Comes in other versions, too!
2. Fishbowl Fill & Spill (by Melissa & Doug): Baby Freddie got this one from Gram and Grandpa Kaelin and he loves it (which means I do, too). His new favorite game: Mommy hold me so I can stand up, bend over, pick up the seahorse, and stand up again. And again. And again. And again. And no, mommy, I don’t want to sit down and play, so stop asking.
1. Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium Cradle Swing (wow, that’s a mouthful): If it weren’t for this monstrosity of a swing, my kid would never nap. Thank you, Fisher-Price. Thank you.