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Dd 13 months not interested in toys

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fizzbuzz Sun 26-Aug-07 12:29:09

I have tried rotating them, buying new ones but no interest.

She likes books and will empty cupboards, but mostly she stands there grizzling, and I don't know what she wants.

She will take anything off you that you are using, and that is all she is interested in TBH. It is getting a bit wearing.....

Any tips?

Eddas Sun 26-Aug-07 12:46:54

i'm sure someone will come along soon who'll be more help than me but, here's my thoughts(for what they're worthhmm)

Is she an only child, ie not able to copy another child. If so have you played with the toys with her. Sounds a bit patronising, but I give dd things(not so much now but when she was younger) and just expected her to play with them. Wasn't til someone said that you have to teach them what to do when I thought 'oh der' that's why she doesn't playblush Probably the reason she takes what you've got too.

You are not alone thinking it's a tad wearing trying to entertain a bored child. Think every parent is the same

QueenofBleach Sun 26-Aug-07 12:53:07

WE had the same thing, we would sit down and play together then she would get bored, her favourite stuff was clear bottles filled with pasta or water and glitter, saucepans and wooden spoons and dressing up in our clothes, it is only in the last 3 months that she has shown a re3al interest in toys, she is now 19 months.

FrannyandZooey Sun 26-Aug-07 12:53:18

It sounds like you need heuristic play

fizzbuzz Sun 26-Aug-07 18:53:05

Hmmm thanks F&Z that sounds quite interesting. She has a big Amazing Baby book with lots of textures in and she loves that.
In fact thinking about it she has another book like that which he likes.

Perhaps she is going to be a TEXTile teacher like her poor frazzled mother <am sure there will be lots of interesting textury objects to "borrow" when I go back to work next week>

Only problem is...I don't want to go sad sad...

milkymill Sun 26-Aug-07 20:54:12

My dd never did get much out of toys for a long time, especially at that age. She was, like your dd, far more interested in books and also personal interaction. Since having ds i have noticed how much more he gets out of playing with toys than dd ever did. I think the saying 'boys and their toys' is really true. Boy's just love 'stuff'!

fizzbuzz Sun 26-Aug-07 21:09:11

She played for 20 mins before bedtime with some Russian dolls, shoving the bits inside each other. She hasn't concentrated on anything like that before.

Am off to find some bags and bricks to shove in them, see if that keeps her quiet

Trinaj Sun 26-Aug-07 21:17:43

My dd was the same and even now - 4.8- she doesn't 'play' alot.
She loves books and is fabulous at drawing, cutting, sticking and generally making things.
When she was little I found that she mostly enjoyed filling and emptying objects - particularly, sand or small(ish) things into pots/buckets.
My sister made her a treasure basket which was the first thing she spent anytime playing with.

ruddynorah Sun 26-Aug-07 21:20:40

mine's the same. she's 16 months now. likes books, and bricks but no other toys really. but she gets incredibly over excited if you give her a bucket of soil.

herbgarden Sun 26-Aug-07 22:37:28

I have ds same age. he just likes cruising around and sticking his hands in everything but I give him a cupboard to empty in the kitchen - he'll open and shut the washing machine and empty and load it up (!) - shake stuff etc etc - he just is on the go all day and has the attention span of a gnat.

lorisparkle Mon 27-Aug-07 10:00:35

My 13month old is also always on the go and does not play much with toys.

What he does like is....

emptying and filling things - he has a make up bag in the bathroom filled with plastic bottles and containers which will keep him busy for a while.

posting things - especially through the stairgate and over the fire guard

chasing the cats

opening / shutting / emptying cupboards then climbing inside of them

crawling around carrying things in his hands

books especially board books with either flaps, textures or photographs

shaking things especially plastic bottles filled with water, pasta, lentils, etc

mobile phones and remote controls (carrying them, posting them, talking on them)

playing with shoes, especially those with laces

playing with pebbles (although he will often try and eat them)

ripping paper (again he will try and eat it)

belts, ribbons, toy snakes - although I closely moniter him as he does put them round his neck

playing with saucepans, wooden spoons, plastic containers etc

He absolutely adored a helium balloon on a long piece of ribbon with a weight but again their was the strangling problem - but he was happy!

If he is having a funny five minutes, I will find some of his toys and play with them properly and enthusiastically and ignore him. Often he will come over and join in. Occasionally he will build with bricks, push cars along or press the buttons on his musical toys.

If we are desperate the tele will keep him happy for a little while - he likes the music channels!

All of the above will occupy him for a few minutes if I am lucky and if he goes quiet I know that he has got into mischief! It is a constant battle and exhausting so often I give him things which I proberbly shouldn't

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