Rebecca Eckler: Why a Box is All my Toddler Needs

I know people don’t want to bring you a BOX when you have a baby, but, really, that’s all little boys want (and girls for that matter)


 

When my baby was just two months old, someone with a good heart, but not a mother of a baby, bought us a toy car that my son Holt, could drive around. Immediately when I saw the massive box come into my home, I was like, “PUT THAT AWAY!”

Frankly, the dude couldn’t do much, except hold his head up. It would be months and months until he could actually sit in the damn plastic car (which was also a police car, which freaked me out, because quite frankly, I personally don’t have the best relationship with police and driving.)

In any case, the box just sat there in my living room, pretty much angering me every time I looked at it. It took up space.  A lot of space. And it also had to be assembled. I wish I could have told people, or I wish I could tell pregnant woman to tell gift-givers, to tell people to only buy gifts that are already assembled. Like most women I know, I’m like, “Instructions? For a plastic kid’s car? Nah. I could figure this out on my own.”

So when Holt finally could hold his head and could crawl around, I thought, “Okay, time to get rid of that massive box that is taking up room in my living space.” Which means someone had to assemble it. That job was left to Holt’s father, who is good at putting things together. Or at least better than me at putting things together because he actually has the patience to read instructions (And, my god. Remember phone books? Yeah, that was the size of this instruction manual.)

It took him two hours. He was sweating by the end of it. And there was still a piece left on the floor, which, god knows where it went and he wasn’t going to take it apart and re-do it. So, the Police Toddler Car was assembled. And Holt LOVED it. No he didn’t. He hated it. He refused to go into it and much more enjoyed the box it came in. He’s played with the car about, oh, once but he played with the box for days!

I know people don’t want to bring you a BOX when you have a baby, but, really, that’s all little boys want (and girls for that matter.) So if you are pregnant and people insist on buying you a gift, just say, “Do you have any old boxes lying around?” Not only will it save you the stress of having to assemble something you pretty much have to be a rocket scientist to put together, but your child will actually enjoy it. And, you might as well add, “NOTHING THAT IS TOO LOUD!” Trust me on this. All the kid’s toys will drive you to the nut house after a while. Plus they all need batteries, and nothing is more stressful than getting a battery-operated gift and realizing you need a screwdriver to get the batteries in.

So, pretty much, you will always be looking for this screwdriver and always will need batteries on hand. Just a tip to you, my friends, when it comes to gift giving for newborns. Hey, anyone want an assembled plastic police car? (There’s only one part missing.)

Rebecca Eckler is one of Canada's most well-known journalists. She has been a columnist with the National Post, Canada's national newspaper, for five years, including a stint as a New York-based columnist and feature writer. She is the best-selling author of Knocked UpWiped!Toddlers Gone Wild, How to Raise a Boyfriend and The Lucky Sperm Club. Rebecca lives in Toronto with her fiancé and family. 

New On the Baby Post

 

You May Also Like...

 
 
Register For Our Newsletter Contests Video

Latest Comments

Start Here: Introductions

Hi there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came to give it a look. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm

gabriellir 1 year 2 days ago.

Start Here: Introductions

Hi there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came to give it a look. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm boo

gabriellir 1 year 2 days ago.

Start Here: Introductions

Hello there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website? I'm getting sick and

lavinal62 1 year 3 days ago.

Product Recalls Attention

HarperCollins Publishers recalls Two "That’s Not My…" Children’s Books

HarperCollins has recalled That’s Not My Reindeer and That’s Not My Santa kids’ books due to possible mould contamination

Joe Fresh Recalls Striped Quilted Baby Jackets

Due to a choking hazard, Loblaw Companies has recalled Joe Fresh Baby Jackets

Costco Recalls Kirkland Signature Brand Quinoa Salad

Costco Wholesale Canada has issued a recall of the Kirkland Signature brand Quinoa Salad because of reported illnesses.