Thursday, 29 November 2018

Household Items Your Toddler Will Love For Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching, my toddler has just turned 17 months old and is going through the annoying stage where his toys are interesting for 5 minutes and then he’ll play with literally anything other than them and will have a meltdown when I try to divert him back to something that isn’t going to poke his eyeballs out 😭 And as much as I'd love to shower him with the coolest new gadgets and toys for crimbo, let's be real, he doesn't give a crap yet and I'm not made out of money! So here's a list of household items that my little man gets hours of entertainment out of which will save you mummys and daddys a bomb if you're gonna do what I am and only invest in a few stocking fillers and let the rest of your family waste their precious money on your little human. 😉


Toilet Paper
When it's full, he yanks each individual piece off and throws it around the house (oh the joys) and when it's empty, he talks into the cardboard or uses it as a spy glass to feel like a pirate.

Washing Machine
I don't know what it is about spinny things that he's attracted too but he's obsessed with playing dizzy dinosaurs and spending a good half hour staring at the washing machine when it's on...

Broom
This one could come in handy if I train him properly as he grows up ;) He's always running around with our broom and pretending to sweep up - whether it's the dog, the tv or our shoes - you name it, Cass is on it.

Plastic Bottles
He'll lick them, he'll throw them, he'll hit himself on the head with them, bottles are a versatile way to keep him busy when I need to make a cuppa.

The Dog
I know a dog isn't for Christmas, but if you already have a dog, which you should, dogs are awesome; then you really don't need much else to keep your toddler at bay. As long as you have a patient pooch like I do, hours can go by before Cass remembers what trouble he was originally getting into before he touched Nobu.

Cardboard Boxes
This is a given. The possibilities are endless with cardboard boxes. Even last Christmas when he was 6 months old, his face lit up so much more when he saw how many boxes he had to touch than the presents that he didn't yet understand.

Shoes
I always wanted a girl, but never did I expect for my little boy to get more use out of my heels than I do. With my supervision, of course, before the mummy police crucifies me. He loves to put his feet in anyones shoes so be aware in my house, nothing is safe.

Remotes
We don't even use remotes anymore because we're forever forgetting to buy batteries so we've surrendered them to Cass to use as phones, which he loves since mummy is mean and doesn't let him touch her smartphone anymore after he smashed the living shit out of it. :') 

The list is literally endless. Anything that their little hands can get a hold of can be turned into a toy and as much as it annoys you at the time when he's fiddling with things you need, it's actually a life saver when you need 2 minutes to yourself or don't want to break the bank for the first couple of years when they don't truly understand Christmas yet. But alas, it won't last forever, before you know it you'll be saving up all year for the long list of presents that Santa must provide, so make the most of it whilst you can! 

What other things around the house does your child play with? 

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16 comments

  1. This a perfect list. Mine always wanted the phone too:) Thanks for the post.

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  2. I LOVE THIS! this just justifies my husband saying we dont need to buy anything for our youngest on christmas. Just give him the toilet paper tube and he's happy!

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    1. Haha, my baby daddy is the same, toys aren't cheap but the usual householdy bits are! :P

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  3. I just gifted both kiddos my Amazon box from Cyber Monday! I joke that they are little cats - if they sit, they fit. Hopefully they didn't play with it longer than they will play with the toys that originally came in it.

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    1. Aww haha! I'm sure they'll get lots of use out of the boxes before the toys ;)

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  4. It's so true, simple things make baby very happy. My little guy absolutely loves our hand vac!

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    1. Right? I'm dreading when he finally begins to ask for presents, then the real work begins... :P

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  5. My toddler loves all of these! This is such a cute post and so very true!

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  6. This is great. My kids always loved the wrapping paper more than the actual gift inside.

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  7. I love this! It is so funny how easily entertained our little ones are by the most random things!

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  8. You are SO right on! These have been all three of my kids favorite things! Who needs toys when you have all of these items? I love it!

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  9. My husband was just saying something similar the other day! Don’t buy him toys because he would rather stage around household items

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  10. Soooo very true. I've definitely noticed that I've wasted my money on toys... Baby would rather play with mail, wrappers, boxes, etc. haha

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