Think about the most popular baby toys sold in the toy stores. They're plastic, bulky, brightly colored, and probably have some flashing lights along with some music or other noise. Now think about the things that babies can't wait to get their hands on as soon as they start crawling - all of YOUR electronics. Yes, we have toy cell phones, toy phones, toy cameras, and little toy keyboards. However, my kids quickly toss those imitations aside and go for the real thing. You may remember from an earlier post that one of the ways in which we lured Hannah to crawl forward was by putting the cordless phone on the floor in front of her. There were plenty of other brightly colored, flashy toys on the floor around her, but nothing vied for her attention more than that black phone with little silver buttons. So I think the toy companies ought to think about making child-safe toys that look and feel like the real thing.
This is why I can't have any productive 'computer time' while Hannah is awake. I can surround her with the appropriate baby toys, but she plows right through them to turn the printer on and off and then get all tangled up in the electrical cords.
Forget the little toy keyboards...THIS is what I'm talkin' about!