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The Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo toy will be your toddler's new best friend

The struggle of the first born child is real.

Between parents who don’t know any better and the extremely generous, all knowing acquaintances, the first born is… well… you know where this is going.

And the discipline? First borns are straight guinea pigs until their parents figure out which way is up. Don’t even get me started on their empty threats. If I had a nickel for every time I heard my husband threaten to take away this or that, or a penny for every time I’ve counted to three, I would live on a private island with a slew of hired help.

Being a first born myself, I have experienced both sides of the coin, and every time I ask Michael to feed his brother, make sure his brother doesn’t climb the stairs, or pick up the family room covered in toys he didn’t play with, I feel a twinge of guilt. Sure, responsibility is a great skill for later in life, but life can’t be all work and no play.

Especially when the play includes a mischevious Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo toy

The Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo toy enjoys looking at pictures while cuddling under the covers

He didn’t know what to think of Elmo’s antics at first. He’s been asking for a Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo toy but toys typically come in boxes, not your bed.

He started with excitement, “Elmo! Why is he in my bed? Ahhh, how did he get my pictures? Is he mine?”

When you least expect it, the Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo toy will pull out the dirty clothes and blame it on your toddlerAnd then he let his OCD colors show, “Messy Elmo! What are you doing? Those are my DIRTY clothes!”

When your child is away at school, the Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo toy will make adjustments to his calendarWhich led to giggles because Elmo ‘drew’ their playdate on his calendar.

When your toddler isn't looking, the Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo toy will make a mess in his room and drink his water“That’s my water, Elmo! You don’t drink water!”, as he snatched his water bottle.

When your toddler's at school, the Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo toy will make himself at home

Some of the things he was saying had me rolling.

But what he really wanted, more than snuggling up with his cuddly new toy, was to throw him in the air and tickle him. Toddler mode is full of basic cause-and-effect play that cracked him right up. There is a preschool mode, but Maverick will have to wait until Michael is at school because homie isn’t sharing. He actually put Elmo back in the box he came in so Maverick wouldn’t ‘get gummies on him’.

Elmo is age rated for 18 months to 4 years so we have plenty of time to play before he gets shipped off to another child. My biggest concern right now is hiding him in the morning so I stop repeating, “Put Elmo down and get dressed! What aren’t you dressed yet? We’re going to be late for school if you don’t stop playing with Elmo!”

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