Playing with Keys

by Kelsey Norwood

in Kid Stuff

baby holding keys

I always let Joel play with my keys, and I’ve discovered two problems with letting him use my keys as toys.

1. I have a devil of a time keeping track of them. As we speak, my keys are lurking in some unknown corner, and until I find them, I am constrained to my house.

2. Keys are just the right size to fit into electrical outlets, and you’d better believe that babies will discover this. You should have all electrical outlets covered for really young but mobile babies, but still be aware of this hazard when your baby is playing with keys.

One can never be too careful when it comes to your child’s safety. Taking away the keys isn’t necessary, since they provide a good 20 minutes of entertainment for a baby, just be watchful and aware of what he is doing with them.

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1 Michelle Dawn July 8, 2008 at 10:35 am

They can also be really dirty. They are always in your hands and they rarely (if ever) get washed. Think of all the germs!

2 Sydni July 8, 2008 at 11:36 am

Problem #3 – If you have a remote for locking/unlocking on your keychain and the car is parked close to the house, the baby can be unlocking your car and opening the trunk. We went out to our car the other evening and found the trunk was open. Luckily we’d only been inside for an hour or so, so the trunk light didn’t wear out the battery and nothing was stolen. We have seen him do it again since then.

3 Alexis July 8, 2008 at 12:55 pm

I always go to reach for my keys and pull out the toy keys my baby should have been playing with instead..can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to use them, there’s just something about plastic oversized keys that doesn’ t work with your car.

4 Jeri July 8, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Sadly they only want YOUR keys too. I gave my kids a ring of old keys that didn’t open anything important and they would have nothing to do with them. The same goes for cell phones.

5 Renee July 29, 2008 at 8:34 am

Never give a baby keys to play with!!! They contain high levels of lead that are very damaging to children.

6 Meshellyn September 22, 2008 at 3:53 pm

I’ve worried about keys and outlets too, thankfully my DD recently lost my keys, so she’s no longer getting to play with them. She had them one minute and into the abyss they have disappeared. It’s been over a week and no success finding them!

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