I think everyone at one time or another has either owned or at least played with a slinky. It's a cute toy and it's always fun to see who's slinky will go the furthest down the stairs. But has anyone ever thought of it as a baby toy?
Of all the baby toys that I could write a review on, I never thought it would be a slinky.
This past April was my daughters first Easter. Seeing that she can't exactly have chocolate or jelly beans at 4 months old, I didn't make her a basket. My parents, however, did. They got her a pacifier, an Easter bib, a toothbrush, 2 new rattles, and a slinky. It was basicly just them spoiling her and the slinky was just a basket filler.
For about a week I didn't even open it. I assumed that she was way to young for it and could have it in a year or two. Well, a few nights later I was playing with her in the dining room and she just wouldn't become amused with anything. That's unusual for her but it was very hot and I could tell the humidity was getting to her. After I tried all of her toys, food, and changing her; I handed her to my sister and sat down next to the table. She was still whining when I picked up the slinky. I started clinking and clunking it back and forth in my hands, really more for my amusement than hers, and she just started staring at it like it was the best thing she'd ever seen. I kept doing it to keep her entertained and eventualy I put it in her hand. She likes to bounce it up and down from her chair to the floor. Later, she had it all the way up both arms at the same time, and was moving them up and down (which I will say did result in her bopping herself in the head with it a couple times, but she didn't seem to notice.) She also likes to weave her arms in and out of it.
Like I said, I NEVER would have thought of this as a baby toy. But if you have a kid that's hard to please, why not try it? If it doesn't work for you like it did for me, it's still an old classic that you can always play with yourself :-)
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