Why is it that everything to do with entertaining a baby is relentlessly annoying? I get that things have to be sensory which means different colours, lights textures and sounds but why make the sounds worse than nails on a chalk board.
For example; we have a baby activity centre that he sits in and can mash buttons in a 360 degree ark. Great except one of the button areas is a joystick and buttons that play notes. If you move the joystick it plays oranges and lemons rhyme, either as normal notes (fine), duck quacks instead of notes (weird but OK), dog barks (getting irritating) or cat ‘meows’ (OH GOD MAKE IT STOP). Guess which one is easiest for him to pull. Yep, the dying cat sounds. Who sat in a room and though “Ooo I know what is engaging for kids, a song that sounds like a bag of cats thrown down a steep bumpy hill.”
The other toys are as irritating, I get putting nursery rhymes as songs on the interactive ones, but what about the random songs that are basically cheap rip offs of pop songs. In a world where everything is digital and the next craze is shoved down your throat why not try adding a little class to the toys, why not make them play Mendelssohn or Schubert? Is it too much to ask for Pachelbel’s Canon?
The kids TV isn’t any better, with baby channels playing poor pantomimes in costumes that have clearly been designed while on acid. The one my son seems to enjoy is Pocoyo, meaning he shuffles his bum when he watches it. This is an animated show with a strange child and his animal friends. A common set up in the repetitive world of kids TV. It’s only saving grace is that it’s narrated by Stephen Fry which makes it slightly more bearable to listen to. I’m left wondering where this kids parents are and does he have an actual medical problem?
“Don’t touch that Pocoyo”
Touches and breaks it.
“Where’s your ball Pocoyo?”
How can you not see that? It’s literally next to you.
“Can you tell me what that is Pocoyo?”
No? It’s a tree. Dullard.
p.s. I think this picture is hilarious, he was at a sensory group play and was happy and smiling seconds before the photo then his expression shifted to this!