Do you remember the days when you were so racked with curiosity that you thought everything was interesting?

When the whole world seemed to be characterised by wonderful, mysterious objects, whose purposes you did not know and whose potential seemed limitless?

In this cynical world where we can be tempted to only point out the negatives and what something is not good for, I find it helpful to be reminded of how exciting some things really are.

For example:

A Comb.

To you, it may be a simple, rather boring mechanism for pulling out tangles and adding a finish to our hair. Or, if you’re anything like me, it’s something that you used to use on your hair when you could be bothered making yourself look presentable!

But for a 14 month old, a comb offers a realm of possibilities. Firstly, it’s almost the same shape as Mummy’s phone so can be put to an ear and have “Hiya” repeated incessantly down it. Secondly, it’s quite good to poke people with. Thirdly, it’s vital to grasp it as tightly as possible so that no matter how much force somebody puts in to try and take it off you, they will have no success!

A comb like this really would be fun!

A comb like this really would be fun!

A Nappy.

You might be tempted to believe that dragging a nappy round is pretty disgusting. In fact, it’s probably up there with a toilet brush as the least likely object you’d want to be seen with.

However, Sophie likes to empty the container we keep them in (the clean ones of course, we’re not that disgusting!) and then grab a nappy before going off to play. Forget expensive toys bought from exclusive boutique baby shops. A simply Aldi nappy (other supermarkets are available) provides oodles of entertainment.

A Toothbrush.

Another thing to fight over. There are times when Sophie’s teeth are so painful that she does not want anything to do with a toothbrush and the battle becomes trying to squeeze it into her tightly closed mouth rather than wrestle it off. More often than not though, she wants to get a full grip on a toothbrush and play with it in her mouth. She clearly enjoys the feel of the bristles in her toothy mouth and is a fan of minty-fresh breath. This is something I think I will continue to encourage!


A small child in the possession of keys is impossible to reason with. And they only want the real ones, the keys which if damaged or lost will really cause you pain and suffering. They know when you try to fob them off even with toy keys which are way more exciting, with more sounds and gizmos, than the real thing! We’ve had a few stand-offs at the front door, Western-style, where we’ve neither been able to get in nor get out. Our current tactic is to create for her a bunch of old keys which hopefully will pacify her. Currently, I’ve found that there is only food that will cause said small child to drop the keys. But it had better be something good otherwise you’ll pay the price!

(These aren't my keys)

Who knew they were so much fun?