Thursday, January 20, 2011

Toy Temptation

I suffer from a condition known as Toy Idealism. Even before I became pregnant I had developed strong negative opinions about brightly colored plastic, moving parts, flashing lights, sound effects, brand names, etc. etc. I am attracted to playthings made of natural fibers, natural wood. Handmade things. Simple things. ...books, blocks, wooden trains, stuffed animals...Things like these:

waldorf dolls silks games gifts paints

Hattie has very few toys, her favorites being this:
Color Burst Squish

her Sophie Giraffe:

and the newspaper, which she tears to shreds with great energy and obvious enjoyment.

And these things were enough for both Hattie and myself...UNTIL--

-- THIS WEEK, when the Hat got to take a ride in one of her little friend's EXERSAUCER. And people, this isn't just ANY exersaucer. It is a WILD JUNGLE EXPERIENCE!!!
Just look:

Wow. All I can say is wow. Hattie was entranced. I, on the other hand, was left completely to my own devices for, like, thirty minutes. Wow. All I can say is wow.

Now this thing breaks all of my Toy Idealist rules. Made of BRIGHTLY colored plastic. Moving parts. Sound effects. The whole bit. BUT LOOK AT THE SMILE ON THAT CHILD'S FACE!!!

So I am seriously contemplating purchasing this contraption. What do you think? Any anti-plastic parents out there with exersaucer experiences or regrets? I must admit I am deeply tempted. Anyone want to talk me out of it??

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