You have to assume that your baby will like toys because all babies do, right? No! Not all babies will be blown away by toys.
This can be a blessing in disguise. Toys are quite expensive these days. The toy industry has taken over. They create the same toy in so many different forms almost daily. Those toys cost tons of money, and the children are having fits to get those toys. This leaves the parents in a bad situation if you are not able to get them.
If your child does not like toys, you still may be drawing a blank as to what to do because this seems to be a little new to you. Don’t fret; there are solutions. Take a look below to see how you can keep your baby happy without toys.
You tend to read books to children a good bit anyway, but it is because children enjoy storytime. It is likely if a child doesn’t like toys, they are going to like a book. If they can read on their own, they can read to themselves. If they can’t yet read, there are things like Kindle books and even YouTube.
Any type of book that will read for the child is good. You can also just read for them and make it a storytime for your child.
They will enjoy your company, and this will allow for some bonding time. You can use this time to engage the child try to find out new things that he or she may be interested in doing that can substitute toys.
Music works for a lot of situations. Music makes the average child get out of their seat and move. They may have a certain genre of music that they prefer, so the key is to find what they like to listen to.
Once you find that type of music, you can make a mixtape or buy a subscription to a streaming service so that they can listen constantly. Another option has a source where your child can access the radio and listen to the music of their choosing.
Make sure that the music is age-appropriate, and your child will have hours upon hours of fun.
Usually, you will be able to see that music can replace a toy easily because it helps keep the attention of your child for much longer, and it deals with emotions in a better way.
When children don’t care to play with inanimate objects such as toys, sometimes they need companionship that may be found in friends or other people such as siblings or relatives. You can replace those toys by setting up play dates or encouraging your child to play with friends or relatives.
This will keep your child busy, and you will not worry about the fact that they do not play with toys because they will still be playing and having conversations or interactions. The entire point of playing with toys is so that the child stays engaged in some way, so if he or she can do that with another person, taking a toy out of the equation doesn’t matter.
Your child will still grow and be a mentally healthy individual who is viable in this world. You will be proud because they will be able to communicate well with others and have a great life.
Every parent who has a child who is obsessed with the latest toy is wishing they had your child right now.
They want that child who will play with the box or the clothes basket. They want the child who will use the paper towel roll or the discarded blankets. You just happened to be blessed with that kid.
Congratulations. You should try to engage your child with items you find around the house.
He or she may even like to do crafting as they get older.
Sometimes children want to go outside. Sometimes they don’t. If you have a child who doesn’t like toys, they may want to get involved outside.
If so, take advantage of that. If they don’t, you may have to insist that they do. You want them to get enough physical activity as well as have the opportunity to come in contact with others.
Introduce them to sports or playground equipment.
Even if your child is at an early age, you can put them in baby swings or go down the slide with them. There are sandboxes and kiddie trails that you can walk together. Outside activities will get your child’s brain turning and feet moving.
More than likely, they will enjoy themselves. Children have plenty of energy to burn, and this is the best way to do it.
There are tons of learning opportunities in the outside environment, so be sure to take advantage of that while you are teaching your child how to enjoy life without the help of toys.
Even though most babies are enamored with toys, your baby may not be. You have established that you may have dodged a bullet with the fact that your baby doesn’t like toys as far as with cost, but finding a replacement may not be simple. It may be a trial and error process.
Your baby will let you know when you find what floats their boat.
Some of these ideas will help find what they like:
- Household Objects
- Outside Activities/Hobbies
When you find your toy replacement, your child will be set, and you can expand from there.
As your child grows, your list will probably grow.