Post # 1
We stayed a friend’s house over the weekend and their 9 month olds toys are so annoying. Everything had a battery needed. Everything made noise or sang (the same) song over and over! Is that the new trend? If it is then I’m going to have to buck that little trend since I’d go nuts!
Post # 3
There are plenty of toys that aren’t that way. My sister and I promised each other that any toys we give each other’s kids will not be that way. Apparently, my sister’s SIL did not agree to the same and so now that she has her own kids, my sister feels it is payback time. My opinion is that you don’t necessarily have to put batteries in all the toys just because you are supposed to.
Post # 4
@Pelikila: Haha, love the payback! I’m pretty sure we’re going to have to set some toy buying rules down for his side of the family. They’re weird like that 🙂
Post # 5
With my daughter, I told the grandmas that if they gave her any noise making toys that they would need to “live” at Grandma’s house because I could not deal with the noise. My mother bought her an airplane that made realistic take-off noises- WHO THINKS THAT IS A GOOD IDEA?
Post # 6
I went to a local toy store and in there baby section was all this stuff with flashing lights, I thought I was going to have a seizure after pressing the buttons on different toys for a few minutes. Definately on my please please no one buy these for me list.
Post # 7
My uncle is 17 year older than me, and he always bought the best toys. Things that took a whole chunk of batteries, make up kits for a 5 y.o, I got a mini (very dangerous) sewing machine when I was 7. Pretty much every noisy battery eating toy we owned was bought by him.
Now he has a 5 year old boy and 3 year old girl. So far my dad has bought his neice and nephew: And electric guitar and amp, a drum kit, mini metal golf clubs, shoe with lights and sound effects, GIANT teddy bears, dolls that talk and cry, etc etc.
My cousins LOVE uncle Steve, lol.
Post # 8
@Roux: Haha that’s great!
That’s what happened at our house, except my brothers are 17 years older then me … and they bought the best stuff. Dad spent all day on christmas putting trains together, wagons, bikes, skates that lit up, electric battleship, life size walking and talking dolls, dolls that peed themselves, swings for inside of the house in the basement. They were awesome brothers.
My younger brother and I have an understanding that what comes around goes around, no toys with sounds. The kids toys today are really annoying, the music NEVER STOPS playing.
Post # 10
The worst is when people take them to restaurants. I want to die
Post # 11
@HisIrishPrincess: Haha my uncles bought my brother a fireman’s hat that had a working siren. My mother bought their kids every annoying toy imaginable after that.
Post # 12
@eeniebeans ~ I’ve told the grandmas the exact same thing!
I can understand having some battery operated toys, especially as kids get older, but we’re trying a no battery policy for as long as we can. We’ve started putting the word out and any annoying battery operated toys we receive will either get returned, sold or donated.
We’d much rather have an awesome set of wood blocks for our kids to use their imagination with than ten annoying noisy plastic toys that are more likely to break.
Post # 13
I had to clarify with my IL’s that no noise making toys should be present at the wedding ceremony. It would be like them to think that since its the kids favorite toy that it would be appropriate for it to come into a church!
Anyways, I like the idea that if they buy the annoying toy that the toy can live at their house.
I also like the idea of wooden toys and things that require some imagination!
Post # 14
@ejs4y8: Or when they bring them on airplanes. :/
Post # 15
Melissa and Doug make all their toys without all that flashy stuff. And good old fashioned blocks. Regardless, the children will get old enough to start banging stuff together so it all gets loud eventually lol
There is this one puppy toy that is REALLY popular. It’s kind of cute, but it randomly starts going off!! When I was a nanny for a baby that had it, I’d put the baby down for a nap and after getting things picked up, dishes finished, etc, I’d sit on the couch and read until he woke up. Sometimes I would be sitting there, nowhere near the stupid little dog, and it would just start singing! His parents mentioned it to me too. I was always afraid the baby would hear it and wake up (since it was a favorite toy of his). Yuck!
Post # 16
I am planning on having a lot of wooden toys and things that don’t require batteries. I think they’re a lot more durable and less annoying.