This is George, the Cause for Crafting spokes-baby with a special request for my fellow one-year olds. Please remind the adults in your life that they should remember to check out Cause for Crafting when they need a baby gift. Right now Cause for Crafting has clutch balls, which in my opinion are the perfect baby gift. When you give your pitch to the adults explaining why clutch balls are the perfect gift, here are a few points you will want to make.
1. Clutch balls are small. They don't occupy three quarters of the living room floor. They fit easily in a diaper bag.
2. They are washable. Remind them of all the times your adults have appreciated the items in your life that are easy to clean. I'm sure you can think of many examples. Though, it might be best not to remind them of the spaghetti sauce incident.
3. They are chewable and soft. Believe me, soft is an important feature when your older sibling forgets that you are not actually very good at playing catch. I just laughed it off when I was beaned in the head by a wild pitch.
4. A clutch ball will be used longer than a lot of other baby gifts, Remind them of how fast you grew out of all those cute little newborn outfits.
5. It's win-win. It's a gift and a donation that will help toddlers not as fortunate as you.
You may be thinking, how do I say all that when my command of language is so limited. Well, here's what you should do. Crawl or toddle over to your toy collection and find a ball. If you can't find a ball amongst your toys look under the couch. I've found some amazing stuff under the couch. Say, "ball." It doesn't matter if you enunciate the "l" sound. Repeat this several times since adults don't always pay attention the first time you say something. Surround the word ball with lots of random sounds. The particular sounds you make are not important. Just remember to vary pitch and intonation and to make eye contact. They will think you know what you are saying whether you do or not. Give them a smile and a giggle and they will be putty in your hands.
PS Ask your adults to share this post to get Cause for Crafting's mission out there. If you know any adults who like to create items that they would like to donate to a good cause of their choosing. tell them to contact Cause for Crafting and we'll explain how easy it can be. (There is a contact form on the website.)
Co-founder of A Cause for Crafting.