Tips for Keeping Your Baby Entertained Without Breaking Your Budget

July 12, 2009 by rosa ino  
Published in Motherhood

There are more ways to keep your baby happy than buying expensive toys for your baby. Read on to find out.

There are so many cute toys in the market and it is tempting to buy each and everyone of them because we want to make our baby/toddler happy.  But let’s admit it, it is not practical to buy every cute product we come across with especially now that the world is facing financial crisis. So how do we keep our babies entertained without breaking our budget?  Here are some tips.

  • Use things that are commonly found at homes as toys. Common house hold items can be used to entertain our baby.  Use your common sense in determining if it would be safe to let the baby hold the item.  Make sure that it will not be a choking hazard, does not have sharp edges, unbreakable and free from toxic materials.  Plastic wrappers should also be off the list. Also, never leave your child unattended while playing.  The tin lid is classic example of an item your baby can play with.  She will love the banging sound it makes as it hits the floor and will keep her busy and amazed for a while.
  • Sing a song. Even if you can not sing very well, your baby will love hearing your voice anyway.    As she grows up she will pick up some words and she will be singing with you.  By then your baby is not the only one being entertained but you as well.  Songs like “Twinkle, twinkle little star,” the ABC song, “Old MacDonald,” and many more never fail to entertain our little ones.
  • Read a book. Invest in a good picture book or two.  You can read it over and over again to your baby.  Soon enough she will be able to identify the pictures in the book and she will “read” the book to you.

Toy makers will prod you to buy their products and will capitalize on your desire to keep your baby’s development at pace.  It will not hurt to buy a few toys that companies claim to help your baby’s development.  But remember what is more important in the development of our babies is our interaction with them.

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