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Stuff and things

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Kids seem to come with more and more things. Forgive me, but I'm still wading through a colossal pile of new toys, books and clothes from the recent celebration.

Staying on top of the influx of items is a Sisyphean task. No sooner have you sorted out all the items that they should be wearing for the next three months than they've outgrown it all. If you're lucky, you have boxes of clothes somewhere that they fit into - otherwise you hope the weather is conducive to the diaper-only look for a few more weeks.

And it isn't just clothes they outgrow it's toys. Finding a taker for the gym equipment that infants no longer need is daunting. I mean, no one in their right mind wants a baby swing dominating their living room. That is not what they envisioned when they were plotting out their interior design. But home dcor takes a backseat to staying sane, and suddenly you have three swings, five boppy pillows, and a metric ton of shiny plastic toy things and another metric ton of fluffy soft toy things.

We phased out pacifiers a few months ago, and yet I keep finding them - in cribs, under cribs, near cribs. But also in less obvious places bathrobe pockets, laptop bags, shoes (gag).

I would also like to pause for a moment and register my contempt for certain items that stop working after less than a year of use. I'm looking at you, Baby Einstein Aquarium thing. It's pretty straightforward: You shell out 30 bucks on a toy (or your relatives do), feed it its sticker price in batteries every other month or so and then watch as the little fish that used to caper across the screen no longer take their undersea trek. The lights work and the music and/or soothing ocean sounds play but no movement. I've had similar lack of mobility of mobiles in other items that still otherwise worked.

Can you even call an immobile mobile a mobile?

This is frustrating because now you have a toy that is useless and un-give-awayable. And eventually, that's really what it comes down to who can you give this stuff away to? I'm sure the toy companies are aware of the parents' enormous desire to just give their toys away, and in an effort to keep the profits rolling in, make their toys so they'll break down after a year or two tops. Masterful profiteering, but it still irks me something fierce. The only thing worse than an irritating jungle mobile is an irritating jungle mobile that I can't get rid of.


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