I admit I was a little sceptical when one of the parents in our Offspring Facebook Group suggested I buy an “indestructible” book for my 9-month-old nephew for Christmas.
Chelsea told me they’re “made out of special paper that they can’t rip or tear but turn like regular pages,” which sounded a little too good to be true. Already, my nephew strikes me as a wonderful mix of curious, determined, energetic and strong, so I couldn’t imagine there was a paper tough enough to withstand his efforts.
But when another parent chimed in to whole-heartedly agree, I figured that for slightly less than $8, it was worth a shot.
I almost laughed when I pulled it out of the slim envelop it arrived in. There was no way something this flimsy (the pages really do feel like paper approximately as thick as construction paper) was going to be any match for my nephew. I gently tried to tear a page. Then I tried a little harder. My husband tried, my son tried.
(I considered letting the dog try, because my dog can chew through ANYTHING, but I didn’t think that was a nice way to treat a gift.)
Indestructibles are billed as chew-proof, rip-proof, non-toxic and 100 per cent washable, “built for the way babies ‘read:’ with their hands and mouths.” If you’re not convinced, they’ve even got videos of babies wrestling with these things.
They’ve got cute, colourful illustrations, too:
Thanks, Chelsea. You were right. These books are as indestructible as they come.