One of Matthew's favorite toys is the telephone. We got him a Fisher-Price cordless telephone that plays music and various sounds but of course, he thinks the real cordless phone is more interesting to play with. Thankfully, he has never accidentally dialled 911 or any of the saved phone numbers (yet). It's probably just a matter of time before that happens! He has, however, accidentally put the phone on hold and disallowed incoming calls a couple of times.
In selecting a toy phone, my keywords were simple, buttons, and music. I had considered corded phones but decided to go with a cordless phone as it was more portable and Matthew saw us on cordless phones anyway. The Fisher-Price phone met my criteria. Matthew likes it almost as much as he likes the real phone. It's simple, has easy-to-push buttons and plays music. It's easy for Matthew to hold up to his ear. It was also less than $10 (brand new). Other phones that had more bells and whistles cost more and I just didn't think we needed to spend a lot on a toy phone.
Seeing Matthew babble on the phone always makes me chuckle. I realize that he's probably imitating me on the phone (except I'm not as animated). It's very entertaining to hear him babbling away in a very animated manner and practicing different inflections as you will see in this video. Enjoy!