Only what you need for your baby. Really. (OK – and some fantastic things you don’t that are pretty cool.)
Kids love dipping their food. Ketchup, syrup, tartar sauce: our refrigerator door is crowded with salty and sweet condiments. So it makes sense that the condiment bottle collection we got Astrid for her little play kitchen is a big hit. That and the fact that the tops actually come off, which is key.
Speaking of – and I don’t mean to go off on a rant here – but what are toy companies thinking when they ship toys that have no interactive component to them? For Pete’s sake, what kid wants to play with a box of “food” that is painted to look like the real containers except none of them open, unwrap or uncork? I mean really. Giving a toddler a block painted to look like half a gallon of milk is like giving her a bike with wheels that don’t turn. Or the box the bike came in. Except I guess you could play in the box. Which makes it better than that milk, which isn’t even a good block because it’s all slope-y on one end where it should’ve had an opening for the milk to come out of but instead just has a $(*&#$! slope.
Anyway, Melissa & Doug did a good job on this one. It’s a five-bottle set of common condiments, each with a top that comes off an re-attaches with magnets. The magnets are the most brilliant bit. Without them, you’d lose the lids in, like, a day, Plus,with the magnetic pull and satisfying click when they lock, even the littlest foodie can get them sorted out. Astrid fell for them in the play room at The Academy of Science when she was a year old and still loves them. (It took me a while to find the set online since the word “condiment” isn’t in the name. But “bottle collection” is. Like my toddler is a antique collector. Or an alcoholic.)
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Kitchen Magnetic Bottle Collection, $17.50 at Amazon