Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
Three Soft Baby Toys I Don’t Get, Didn’t Get or Wish I Got
I Don’t Get It:
Hungry Pelican by K’s Kids is a standard crinkle toy for babies that attaches to a crib or playpen. There are so many brightly colored crinkle toys on the market that I never talk about them on Thingamababy. This one differs in that it looks like a pelican and you feed it four tiny sea creatures. Or rather, your baby inserts a plush shrimp, crab, octopus and fish into the pelican’s gullet, and then pulls them out a hole in the pelican’s tummy.
I have three thoughts.
- Isn’t feeding a stuffed animal an advanced task appropriate for a toddler who is past the crinkle stage? I suppose you will say "the toy grows with your child."
- How does a kid feel about feeding cute little plush animals to a large ugly pelican?
- Why the hell does this pelican have a hole in its stomach? Give the bird buttocks with a functioning bum hole and I wouldn’t blink an eye. I’m potty training my daughter right now. Several times a week someone in our house talks about pooping out the food they are eating at the moment.
I Didn’t Get It:
Dressing Buddies by Lakeshore Learning are cute stuffed animals with clothing your toddler takes on and off using snaps, zippers, laces, buckles and Velcro. You can choose from a plush mouse, bear, puppy and bunny.
I didn’t know about the Dressing Buddies when I bought a second-hand Squeak E. Dress Me Mouse made by International Playthings. My chief complaint with the mouse is that it’s damned ugly and my daughter ignored it. She enjoyed putting Squeak’s clothes on her other stuffed animals. In hindsight, I recommend saving your infant clothes in order to build a robust wardrobe for all of your child’s stuffed animals.
I Wish I Got It:
Frog in a Box by Galt Toys is a jack-in-the-box intended for 9-months and up. Your child lifts the lily pad cover and a plush frog leaps out. There is nothing to wind up. Then you just stuff the frog back inside and close the lid. I wanted this toy at the time my daughter would have enjoyed it most, but just never bought it. At 2.5-years-old, she still gets a kick out of using it at a friend’s house. Stuffing the frog inside probably takes from dexterity, but I’m guessing it’s less involved than cranking the handle of a real jack-in-the-box.
We have a traditional jack now. For those unfamiliar, jack-in-the-boxes are fiendish fun. They strike fear into your toddler’s heart with the knowledge something is going to pop from the box, yet there is a strange attraction that brings the child back again and again. It’s a study in masochism.