Toys That Aren't Toys!

Well it’s official, folks. We’ve entered the toys-that-aren’t-toys phase in our household!

On the one hand, this is great news, as it means that our baby continues his developmental advancement. On the other hand, though, it means that any and everything is fair game. Put another way? Nothing is off limits!

Well, that’s not entirely true. Off course there are many things that are off limits, as we’ve got the place on Baby Fort Knox status, what with all of our childproofing. That said, we’re kinda lax on childproofing the non-hazardous stuff. Like the drawers in the bathroom which contain my wife’s various hair accessories. Not sprays, mind you. More like headbands, brushes, etc…

And the other day, I caught Luke having a field day in this drawer. See the headband in the picture above? That was his HOC (headband of choice), as no matter how many times I took it from him and placed it back in the drawer, he’d open it back up and pick that exact headband out — not any of the other 12 from which he had to choose.

So what did he do with it? Well, as you can see, the kid’s got a little bit of hair. Not enough, though, to use the headband as it was originally intended. So my boy went all broochy on me and started rocking it as a necklace.

See? Told you.

I think it looks good on him.

Anyway, the point to this post is this: I’d somehow forgotten the “anything’s a toy” phase. It’s been a while since the triplets were babies, and somehow, this charming stage escaped my memory. Till now, that is. Here’s the weird part, though. Now that I’ve seen Luke in action, I’ve remembered something: the triplets loved this drawer, too. And, like Luke, they took to wearing the headbands like brooches!

Which makes me wonder — is a headband a universal “anything’s a toy” type of toy for a baby? What regular items has your baby converted into his or her very own toy?

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