Have you ever noticed how your little one only wants what you have?
And, trying to redirect such a little oneʼs attention is futile when they covet what you are holding. Take for example, handing my littlest son his own toy cell phone to play with when I know he is eyeing mine up to drool over. Or, when I attempt to give him his Ugly Doll (that I happen to covet myself) and all I get from the manic toddler are more tears until he finally gets the remote Iʼm desperately hanging on to.
I may not have found a solution for the above coveted items, but I have for my water bottle. Shrieks and more would elicit from the mouth of my beautiful babe as he would frantically grab for said water bottle.
Then, one day I had an epiphany!
I would make the little one his own beloved water bottle that he could play with to his heartʼs content which hopefully would leave mine for only me! As a wannabe crunchy mummy, I thought it would also be a great way to live by the mantra,”reduce, reuse, recycle!”
So, reaching in to the recycling container, I found and cleaned up an empty, plastic water bottle. After drying it out completely, I added a handful of dried rice and resealed it tightly. It was with great hesitation that I handed it over to the little guy, worried whether or not it would actually pass the test. Thankfully, he squealed in delight at his newly recycled, homemade water bottle rattle.
Today, that recycled water bottle rattle is looking decidedly bruised and battered, but I prefer to call it loved because itʼs been getting a lot of playtime. For the longest time, when the munchkin would cry out for my boring, old water bottle, I could simply pull out his own bottle and hand it to him to keep him busy!
Yes, thou shalt covet they motherʼs recycled water bottle!