No, I am not making it up.

Being a gramma these days is a lot different than it was for MY gramma. I wonder how she would have reacted to the plethora of “must have” “developmental” gadgets available today?

Infant and toddler toys have evolved into practically a new species of child edu-tainment. They are flashier, noisier, and all promise psychological fulfillment, genius-in-the-making brainiac potential, not to mention parental pride in the accomplishment of all of the above. The come in more colors, more languages, more shapes, and new textures. They come in matching sets with books, CDs, stuffed creatures, and clothing.

Things as basic as the pacifier and teething rings have been enhanced with clips and covers so they are kept sanitized, off the floor, and within the reach of pudgy little digits.

And they have added a vibrator. Herewith an extract from the product info page:

The First Years Massaging Action Teether

Playful and child-friendly, this teether offers a different kind of comfort. The textured chewable star points produce a safe, soothing vibration whenever the child bites down on them. It’s powered by a small, long-life battery that’s sealed inside.

The First Years John Deere Massaging Corn Teether

The corn teether has double benefits for baby: gentle vibrations from the corn cob will soothe gums, and by activating the massage mechanism when he bites, baby begins to learn cause and effect.

When my grandson bit down on the teether I could feel the buzz of the vibrator. When he accidentally sat on it, setting off the vibrating component of the toy, he giggled to beat the band. No teeth yet and this kid already shows great potential in the sensory enjoyment field.

I wonder if Dolores has heard about these. I hear she is writing a book

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