Give The Baby Back Her Pigas!

Give the Baby Back Her PigasTechnically, The Toddler and The Baby each have their own toys. Nevertheless, The Toddler can often be found grabbing The Baby’s toys. Purely in the interests of showing The Baby how they work, of course. The Toddler will just be over here, hiding from The Baby, showing her how her toys work. Sometimes, she actually does show The Baby: ‘Look, The Baby! Look this one!’

The Toddler likes to present The Baby with her toys, even if she can be found taking them away five minutes later. Every morning, when Silly Mummy gets out toys for The Baby, The Toddler bounds over: ‘The Baby’s play toys! The Toddler take!’ Silly Mummy piles them into her arms, and she staggers off: ‘Take it! I got it!’ She drops them on the floor: ‘Here go, The Baby! Play toys!’

Meanwhile, The Baby can usually be found chewing The Toddler’s toys. The Toddler is mostly quite tolerant of this: ‘Are you playing, The Baby? The Baby put it in mouth, Mummy! Likes that one!’ She will give The Baby toys she knows The Baby likes: ‘Here, The Baby, have this one.’

Not the doctor’s kit, though. The Baby is not allowed to play with The Toddler’s doctor’s kit. The Toddler won’t stand for that: ‘No, The baby, can’t eat that one! The Toddler’s! The Baby can’t like it! Give it back!’ (This is fair enough, really. The first thing they teach in medical school is that you can’t eat the stethoscopes.)

The Baby feels it is time for a little toy possessiveness of her own. The Baby is on Silly Mummy’s lap. The Toddler has picked up The Baby’s musical bell shaker. It has come to The Baby’s attention that The Toddler has her musical bell shaker. She is bouncing and pointing excitedly. Silly Mummy says, ‘Yes, that’s yours, isn’t it? What’s The Toddler got?’
The Baby scours her vocabulary of no words for the right word (not an easy task). She jabs her finger in The Toddler’s direction, and yells, ‘Pigas!’
Indeed. Give The Baby back her pigas, The Toddler!

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  1. carol hedges says:

    Love it.. as grandma to one baby, I only have the problem of where he posted/hid/lost her toys. This sounds like a total nightmare. Have you thought of running for President of the UN? You must have the diplomatic skills….

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Ah that’s true – I will look into whether the UN is hiring! Actually, the girls are pretty good at playing nicely, mostly. They could be worse! But two posting/hiding/losing the toys is a bit of a nightmare – those things get everywhere these days! Thanks for reading!

    • Silly Mummy says:

      I’m thinking of calling anything I can’t remember the name for ‘pigas’ from here on out! Thanks for reading!

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Yes, the older sibling’s unsuitable toys are always fun! Toddler has duplo, but not lego lego, so it’s not too bad with Baby, thankfully. A little ‘pill pot’ thing has had to be hidden from The Toddler’s doctor’s kit after The Baby tried to swallow it, though! Thanks for hosting!

  2. Gina Caro says:

    This reminds me of when my two were younger. There’s only 20 months between them and they were always taking each other toys. Still do now come to think of it 🙂 #PoCoLo

  3. Alice says:

    Completely true here too. Stella loves Jet’s toys (all far too swallowable for my liking) and he takes all of hers and puts them up high where she can’t reach them. Grrrrr!
    x Alice

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Poor Stella – that’s mean! Though, if you can get him to put his swallowable items up where she can’t reach them instead, you will have completely nailed life! x

  4. John Adams says:

    Interesting post this. We always used to teach our eldest she had to be tolerant of Toddler Adams pinching her toys. Then Granny came to visit one day and pointed out we were being far too tolerant and that the toddler had to learn she couldn’t play with everything all the time. As a result we started setting boundaries to make play fairier. Here’s hopinh the pigas enjoy their play time too. #BigFatLinky

    • Silly Mummy says:

      That is interesting. Yes, we tend to be quite tolerant of The Baby, and have gone with telling The Toddler that The Baby does not know any better. As we try to tell The Toddler she can’t take The Baby’s things (at least if Baby was playing with them), we have tried to be fair and so tell her that she does not have to let The Baby have her things. However, we have made a rule that she can’t just take things away from The Baby. If she wants The Baby to not have something of hers, she can take it (gently), but she has to give The Baby something else to play with, rather than leave her with nothing. Thanks for popping by!

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Thank you – that’s very kind! Yes, I think I am going to try to pigas ‘pigas’ whenever I forget a pigas! Thanks for popping by!

  5. Katie says:

    Hahaha, loving the pigas! when my 3 girls were little (there are only 2 years between the twins and LM) we literally had to have 3 of everything with their names written on! Thanks for linking up with #sundaystars x

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Oh no! I’m sure mine would still take the ones with the other’s name on it, actually! Thanks for popping by!

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