At my baby shower for Abigail a friend gave us several little stick toys that squeak.
When Abigail was just a few weeks old we put them by her changing pad. They were right at the level where she could look at them and talk to them, when she wasn't sleeping that is.
Those little stick friends have come out of retirement with the arrival of Ethan in the house. I had a complete flashback of those days with Abigail yesterday when Ethan started talking to his friends as well. Added to the mix is the special rattle Aunt Hillary and Uncle Drew bought Ethan in England. These little friends are the perfect playmates for Ethan as he starts to explore his world. (The hippo and monkey are back at their place next to the changing table so Ethan finds small friends in the places where he needs them!)