I started to write this blog post in a tone which presumed like me, every mother out there has gone through this experience and then it struck me. What if....no-one else does this? What if I am alone in my selfish pursuit of precioussesssss..... Gah! What if I will appear like a complete monster upon publishing this post? Oh well, bugger it.
Miss B's first birthday is fast approaching and I've been trawling the tinterwebs looks for wonderfully exciting toys for a one year old. I have fully researched what toys are age appropriate, what toys are developmentally stimulating and what ones are recommended by toy-type-people. And you know what? They're all quite boring! Electronic thingy-me-bobs whizzing and beeping and singing silly little songs in sickly sweet American voices and I hate them. I do, of course buy them as that what everyone else buys their kids but I do keep a mental wish list. A wish list that reads if I were a one year old girl, then I would LOVE this...
I did the same for A and I appear to be doing the same for Miss B.
Does that make me a monster? Every so often, I will buy one of these ridiculously expensive age-inappropriate toys. I do have to remind myself, that it isn't me that will play with them!
I'll show you a few examples of my maniacal toy buying trends:
Miss B loves to play musical instruments and already has quite a few. I thought this would be nice to add to her collection. It's the whizz-bang-wallop VTECH piano electronic thingy-ma-bob.
Now this is perfectly respectable and I'm sure she will have lot's of fun with it. But if I were a one year old child who was into music, I would want this:
How awesome is this?!! It has 25 keys, is hand crafted in Germany and is a proper teeny tiny piano. A bit less X factor and a bit more conservatoire...
Now this is another all singing, all dancing thingy-ma-bob. It's a Fischer Price Learning Kitchen