If you have an infant you know that you could have thousands of dollars worth of blinky, colorful, noisy toys in your home, but your baby would prefer to pull baby wipes out of their container, right? Turn a wipe container into your babies absolute FAVORITE toy.
This is the culprit hard at work. An inquisitive 7 month old little girl! Do you have one of these at home? If you have an infant I know that you have picked an entire box of wipes off the floor a time or two. My remedy, make them their very own toy that mimics this!
I have been using this trick since my kids were babies. This is a quick, inexpensive, and a totally useful project. I made a ton of these and hid them all over the house, anyplace the kids could reach, they could find one of these. I know what you’re thinking. Now you have to constantly be picking up pieces of fabric throughout the house. Well, I say better to pick up and reuse those pieces of fabric than $3.00 worth of baby wipes over and over!
Add colorful fabric remnants to and wipe container to create a toy that they will play with over and over. Hours of stimulating, and productive play for your infant or toddler.
There is so much about this toy that I love! It is quiet, cute, safe, stimulating, inexpensive, and re purposing things you already have. Little fingers love to push the little button to open the door and pull out the little pieces of colorful fabric.
Your first step is to use up the wipes in a container (that’s easy enough with a baby in the house). Huggies makes some super cute containers and the little door is easy for babies to open. It also has a nice rubber opening so little hands can slide in and out without getting hurt.
Collect pieces of fabric from around the house. This can be as easy or elaborate as you would like. I use scraps of what fabric I have and applique numbers, letters, and shapes onto the fabric. You can see how to applique fabric here. If you are playing with your baby you can work on number, letter, and shape recognition. I also like to use different textures, patterns, and colors to make baby excited to see and feel what is coming next.
If you don’t have fabric laying around just cut up pieces of old t-shirts or towels. You can hem all the edges or just leave them raw, it’s up to you. If you use fabrics like jersey the edges won’t fray. I cut the pieces about the size of a DVD case. Usually about 20 squares is the perfect amount to fit in the container without it getting to hard to pull the pieces out.
Now that my kids are older they still enjoy this toy. Now we add in their favorite little toys and it is fun for them to search for them. Remember not to do this until you kiddo is old enough to not put things in their mouths. Using fabric with their favorite characters is fun too. I tell them to find “Dora” for instance and they see how fast they can pull out the fabric pieces to find her. Hunting for their friends is fun for them.
These are great to make for your own kids and have been kid tested and TOTALLY mother approved in our house! I would recommend this as a gift to make and give to expecting moms or as first birthday gifts. Like I said, of all the toys in our home, this is one of the least expensive but most loved and enjoyed. I hope that you try this and that your kiddos love it as much as mine.
Here is a little bit of a boyish version of the wipe container toy!