Three Soft Baby Toys I Don’t Get, Didn’t Get or Wish I Got

I Don’t Get It: Marketing photo showing the Hungry Pelican plush toy

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.

  1. 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."
  2. How does a kid feel about feeding cute little plush animals to a large ugly pelican?
  3. 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:Marketing photo of the Dressing Buddies line of plush dressable animals.
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:Marketing photo of the Frog In The Box toy.
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.


One Response to “Three Soft Baby Toys I Don’t Get, Didn’t Get or Wish I Got”

  1. Natalie says:

    My mother-in-law got the kidlet both the frog-in-a-box and the pelican when he was just a few months old.

    He likes the frog one, but he figured out pretty quickly that he can just reach in and pull out the frog without triggering the spring mechanism that would have propelled it! He likes to see what else can be made to fly out of the lily pad, though.

    The pelican has been hanging around various places for months. He has never shown much interest in it, even during his “crinkle stage” – but the other day he played with it for a few minutes and seemed unimpressed. The cute little plush sea creatures have been a huge hit, though. Especially the shrimp, which fits nicely in his little hand so he can carry it around for days on end. Plus the antennae are fun to touch.

    They should redesign it with your bum hole idea. Or better yet, get rid of the stupid pelican and sell the sea creatures as a little set.

    December 6th, 2006 at 10:44 pm

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