Looking for ways to entertain baby without buying a million gadgets?
It’s easy to feel like you need to buy umpteen toys and gadgets to keep baby from getting bored. Luckily, keeping your bambino entertained is easy-peasy with some tried-and-true tricks! AND they won’t break the bank or fill your house or our planet with more clutter.
Keeping Baby Entertained
Why this matters
- Babies are in a state of constant exploration from birth, and keeping them stimulated in an age-appropriate way is crucial to the health of their little developing brains. Everything is new, and everything is a learning opportunity, so it’s easier than you think to make the most of gadgets you already have and beauty of your own backyard!
- As we know, babies put just about anything they can into their mouths (can you say, put down the snail?!), which is why it’s important to be picky with the toys you’re handing your babe.
- When it comes to our carbon footprint, out of the 40 million toys that get thrown away every year, 13 million of them go directly into the landfill. Picking eco-friendly options (like from the consignment store) are a great way to keep your little one happy while saving your wallet (cha-ching!) and Mama Earth.
On a personal note
From 6 months old to current day, Sky’s favorite toy has (and might always be) a chicken.
Ready to try?
- Check out the episode for my list of ways to keep baby entertained without breaking the bank or Ma’ Earth’s back.
- Introduce your babe to the outdoors: there are 392 national parks in the U.S. but exploring your backyard is just as stimulating!
- Re-purpose items from your kitchen. The cost to you and to Mama Earth is zero! You can pretty much opt for anything that they can’t break or hurt themselves with (think paper bags, yogurt containers, sports bottles, etc.).
- Opt for toys that are either made from wood or cloth. This is a great way to ensure that their toys are free of Bisphenol-A (BPA) which is an artificial estrogen that can be found in a lot of plastic toys and even some super cheap baby bottles.
This shape sorting cube toy is a sure-fire winner: watch their face light up when your wee one figures out how to put a shape into the right hole.
Did You Know?
A law was passed which set serious limits on lead and PVC chemicals in children’s toys. However, beware of older toys and toys from China, where they don’t have strict environmental regulations.