Toys typically advertised for girls/boys

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  1. Saphira

    Saphira Well-Known Member

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    We're getting a train set and workbench with tools for our daughter for her 2nd birthday and Christmas. I realized these toys would typically be advertised for little boys. Do you buy 'boy' toys for your little girl? Or buy 'girl' toys for your little boy? Or do you tend to stick with 'gender appropriate' toys?
     
  2. hayley x

    hayley x 1AngelSon,1EarthDaughter

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    In all honesty as bad as it is I have always brought gender specific toys, luckily I have a son and a daughter not too different in ages so they just play with everything.

    Oh actually, we got our son a baby doll and pram last year :) x
     
  3. bumpy_j

    bumpy_j Well-Known Member

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    Joel got a kitchen for Christmas last year, and he has a china tea set too. He doesn't have a lot of 'boyish' toys at all though, they're all pretty unisex.
     
  4. Rachel_C

    Rachel_C Well-Known Member

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    We go with this:

    https://cdn.duelinganalogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/girl-or-boy-toy.png

    I have no objection to mountains of pink for my girls but I try not to buy things that are marketed for girls OR boys on principle. If pink blocks are sold as pink blocks I'll buy them but if they're 'blocks for girls' I'll get the multicoloured ones!
     
  5. Pixie19

    Pixie19 Mummy to Logan

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    Bex84 Well-Known Member

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    We buy what lo likes. She has a tool set toy, adores dinosaurs, loves disney princesses, dolls, her kitchen, she has a gariage and cars the list goes on. I wont limit my daughters likes and dislikes, i buy for her not her gender. We have a big mix and i would be happy to do the same if we ever have a boy
     
  7. Natsku

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    I just buy whatever I think Maria will like. She got a tool bench last Christmas and this year she's getting a kitchen and a new tool set (better quality one as I got cheap plastic last year and its broken a bit already)
     
  8. tommyg

    tommyg Mum to Smurf & TTC

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    I'd draw the line at a pink kitchen, a red and blue one is fine though.
    As once the proud owner driver of a red pedel tractor I struggle to believe 35 years on we are still debating girl vs boy toys.

    Or maybe my mum was forward thinking....
     
  9. Saphira

    Saphira Well-Known Member

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    That pic is hilarious, Rachel! :lol:

    Pixie, cute pics! Love that vacuum. That's a great Christmas idea too, thanks. :)

    I was originally going to get my lo a play kitchen but she just loves helping her dad put things together! Whenever the electric screwdriver comes out she's all over it! :lol:
     
  10. AngelofTroy

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    :rofl: exactly!
     
  11. KittyVentura

    KittyVentura Autism Mum

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    https://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x444/KittyVentura/5c92bebe7f667c5de9fc24ce5333f6ba.jpg
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    Give the boy a trolley? He will make a pram.
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    In essence, no. We do not buy toys confined by gender stereotype. Of course this isn't all Fin plays with, he loves baby Jo and his kitchen and the such but also loves his trains and cars etc. He also dresses like a boy but we don't refuse an item of clothing he wants just because it is in the girls section.

    We try and avoid saying things are for boys and girls and just let them experience things a s they wish and play as they naturally do. For Fin he loves his baby and taking care of his toys etc but also, despite the same approach with Amelia and her having the same access to the same toys, a wee girl who is ALL about the dollies. And that is fine. It means this Christmas I can buy her a dolls crib and pram completely comfortable that I am not pushing that on her... That is the road she has gone down herself xx
     
  12. AngelofTroy

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    For his birthday Micah had, amongst other things, a Wendy house, a set of mini pots and pans and fabric food, a bright pink plastic talking picnic basket. He also got lots of transport toys.
     
  13. Piper84

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    I am up for LO choosing his own toys. He has always seemed to gravitate towards cars and other vehicles.

    He has a lot of "unisex" toys (can't believe that's a term!) like puzzles, duplo, bricks. When he's at his grandparents he likes running around the flat with an old wooden doll's buggy. I've tried to show him cooking stuff but he doesn't seem interested yet.

    He loves his little sister and is very affectionate towards her but this doesn't seem to have translated into cuddling his teddies or pretending they're his babies.
     
  14. kmumtobe

    kmumtobe Mummy to 2

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    My LO has a broad range of everything, typically boys toys and typically girls! If he enjoys it he can play with it :thumbup:
     
  15. Button#

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    Ashley is obsessed with anything with wheels, including his pink toy pushchair. When they're selling a pink pushchair for £3 and a blue one for £20 it's a no brainer.

    He is also getting a play kitchen for his birthday and I picked him up a tea set at the last nearly new sale I went to.
     
  16. meldmac

    meldmac Mom to an angel and Colin

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    I dont care what Colin plays with but hubby cringes everytime he wants something pink lol.
     
  17. Marie000

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    My little one is still too young to have strong preferences, so we get her a little of everything. So far she loves anything that's on wheels or that makes music.
    I'm trying to steer her towards things I like, like blocks, books and so on. I'm not very girly, so I hope she skips the Disney Princess phase...

    I'm not a big fan of gender specific toys. The one thing that bothers me the most is Legos for girls. When I was a kid, legos were the ultimate gender-neutral toys. I played with them just as much as my brothers did. I didn't just make houses with them either, I liked making space ships. Now they're basically pretty pink doll houses. :nope:
     
  18. skc22

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    I let Alexia choose her toys. She loves 'girly' stuff usually, but she loves trains, trucks etc too.
    We were in the shop the other day and she saw a bucket of plastic dinosaurs that she wanted so I got them for her. She was proudly showing everyone, and this lady came over and said "did you buy them for her brother?" I said she doesn't have one, and that they were for Alexia. Then she got really angry and kept telling me I couldn't get my daughter a boys toy. Umm, dinosaurs are animals, not particularly gender specific :wacko: The lady followed me around the shop tsking and shaking her head, and tried to take them off Alexia. I left before I told her where to go, I don't like confrontation but she really pissed me off
     
  19. Marie000

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    Wow. That is so rude and offensive of her. Who is she to tell your little girl she shouldn't like dinosaurs? I love dinosaurs (I'm even taking an online university class about dinosaurs :haha:) and I hope my daughter loves them too. I already decorated her toy closet with dinosaur stickers.

    I think it's important to let children choose their own toys, but I also find it really sad that they are being told by others what they should like. I remember last Spring going to a used toys sale, and the toys were separated into toys for babies, girls or boys. Girl toys were all dolls, doll houses, etc. Everything was pink. Toys for boys were everything else. Not just cars and spaceships, but even Fisher Price farm sets (like the one my daughter has), blocks, etc. I am dreading the day when my girl can read signs and starts to feel bad about liking the "wrong" toys. I just hope she will be confident enough to embrace the toys she likes, regardless of gender.
     
  20. OmarsMum

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    No, he has all sorts of toys from kitchen, washing machine, iron, etc to cars, trains & tools bench. I'm also not fussed about toys colours, we have many toys in pink. Now he chooses his own toys & he's more into boy-ish toys those days like pirate ship duplo, cars & trains.
     

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