The Best Baby Toy Might Be A TV Remote  

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Babies. You buy them nappies, but they decide to pee on you during changing time. You make them gourmet pureed meals, but they're most satisfied gnawing on their boogers. You give them beautiful toys, but all they want to play with is the TV remote.

Sometimes, you've just gotta give in.

The remote thing? It's real. Babies love TV remote controls. But not those infantile, primary-coloured toy replicas that play lullabies when you press the massive buttons. No, actual TV remotes. They're not fools.

However, you probably don't want your tot messing with your own battery-filled device, the one that gives you Netflix. So do what other clever parents are doing: Buy a cheap remote (or several) on the internet.

In a Cup of Jo post on parenting, a mum named Samantha shares her tip:

"My one-year-old was obsessed with our TV remote. He wouldn't fall for the ol' fake baby remote, so I bought six old remotes from people on a Facebook group. It was the best $US3 ($4) I've spent, and it's still his most played with toy."

You can find brand new remotes for about $US1 ($1) each on eBay. Or check your storage drawers to see if you have any old ones lying around. Just make sure you clean them thoroughly and check for any loose buttons. And remember to leave out the batteries and keep an eye on your babies as they're playing.

Real toys — who needs 'em?


Comments

    However, you probably don't want your tot messing with your own battery-filled device, the one that gives you Netflix. So do what other clever parents are doing: Buy a cheap remote (or several) on the internet.

    This is what we did, but, unfortunately, our little baby worked out pretty quickly that nothing happened when you pressed the buttons. No, she wanted our TV remote, the one that makes the TV do things. We tried giving her another remote - an actual remote, not a toy - just not one for our TV, but she had none of it. She'd throw it away as soon as she realised it didn't do anything and make a beeline to the other one that she knew was the correct one.

    So yeah. Didn't work for us. We need to hide the real TV remote to make sure she doesn't try to get to it.

      Yeah, this was my experience as well. They want the working remote they see you using. I tried the same thing with video game controllers, same result.

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