A friend shared this tip with me this afternoon - so I thought I'd pass it along and capture it here so I remember in the future!
Here's the background: My friend called me and we were trying to talk, but since M is fascinated with the phone these days, he kept begging to hold it and basically hollering in the background of our conversation. I apologized to my friend for the racket, but she passed on the concept of the "Telephone Toy Basket." This is a special basket of toys for the kiddo to play with while mom is on the phone. I don't get a ton of phone calls, so I think this would be a great tool to use when I do! You know how those first children/only children love to be the center of attention, so I think a basket of special toys will keep him occupied while I'm on the phone!
Hope this is helpful! Have a great day!