My two year-old has no interest in phones that don’t beep or dial or display numbers on the screen as she mashes the buttons. I just keep my cell phone locked, and she quickly loses interest and moves on.
Here’s how Jim in Chicago deals with toddler cell phone obsession:
Every toddler I’ve met (including ours) loves cell phones. Adult cell phones, that is: they have amazing discriminatory powers that allow them to detect and immediately become bored by kiddie-phones that are actually branded and sold as such. Trouble is, when they grab your real cell phone they can get it messy, make random calls, lose it or even break it. To say nothing of the dangers of putting high voltage electronics in their mouths or getting a shock from submerging the thing in a cup of milk, the sink or toilet.
Solution: Go to EBay and run a search for "dummy phone". You’ll get hundreds of hits for nonfunctional store display mock-ups like the ones you often see in your local cell phone shop, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. They look much like the real thing (incl. tactile buttons), but they lack potentially dangerous internal electronics. Cost starts from $10-15 for most models, after shipping. That’s cheaper than some stores charge for toys that the toddler will tire of more quickly.
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