Max’s Favorite Things

February 28th, 2013

Whiskers on kittens? Not here!

It’s fascinating to watch Max gravitate towards certain objects and toys. The best part is, they entertain him for more than five minutes at a time. Five minutes. You know what I can now do in five minutes? Especially with both hands? It’s a sonic boom of cleanliness in the house when I have a spare moment.

So, without further ado, these are the things Max loves:

1) Vulli Sophie Giraffe Teether: I’ve heard myths about this object. For decades, this has been a baby’s go-to toy. I didn’t believe them when they told me so; especially when I squeaked her the first time for Max. Needless to say, he was nonplussed. It was only around the 3-month mark when he could really start reaching and holding objects that he took to Sophie. Now, he lights up when he sees her. Squeaks when she squeaks. Loves playing with her tiny rubber feet along his tiny rubber gums. He’s in love.

2) WubbaNub: I came across this miracle toy at a local baby boutique here in Tucson. Binkies are noise hole plugs. They are amazing, especially when nothing else seems to work. They also have a tendency to bounce 3,000 feet away to land underneath a neighbor’s couch the next county over. No lie, there is a Max binky at the bottom of the duck pond at our local park. This toy is easy for Max to hold, easy to find, and it stays put when it lands. Max loves this toy so much that if you hold it in front of him, he kicks excitedly and opens his mouth. Worth. Every. Penny.

3) Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym: Perhaps any activity gym would have made Max happy, but we’ve been so pleased with the quality of this toy. There are tons of little surprises sewn into the mat and into each hanging toy. It’s so fun to see Max find a new favorite creature each time he’s playing. There are times when he’s played on the mat for more than 30 minutes at a time. 30 minutes! I bragged about five minutes earlier, do you know what 30 means?!

4) The Magic Blanket: This blanket was a gift to us, so I have no idea where it comes from. However…it’s miraculous. It’s chenille on one side, with super thick chunky chenille-like material on the other. Whenever we have trouble soothing Max or getting him to sleep, this is our secret weapon. He loves to play on it, nuzzle in it, chew it and fall asleep while wrapped in it. If I could, I would make all his clothing and bedding from this material because he loves it so damn much.

5) Mommy and Daddy: That’s right. We’re the coolest toys ever. We squeak at him, soothe him, play with him and nuzzle him. Swiss Army Knife parents: multi-faceted and multi-functional. It’s fascinating to watch him discover and love new toys, but there’s nothing like the smile you get when he’s playing with his absolute favorite toy–you.

Magic Blanket

Insta-Sleep with the Magic Blanket.

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