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    My son has two older sisters, of course he plays with dolls at times. I don't see the big deal. He also plays with cars, trucks, balls etc. Same with my girls. My sisters and I played with a variety of things too.

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    My son has a stoller, its not a "girly" one, its blue and white. He sometimes puts his cars in it or a ball lol

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    i hate to say it but im a little steryotypical in that we had a girl first - so i couldnt wait to play dolls with her and buy her a first dolly and nursery, just like i had as a kid!
    Then we had my son and i was so over dolls lol, i wanted to get him cars, footys, trucks! only because it was just.... different!

    No reason why dd couldnt play with cars and trucks ect, in fact she has a few trucks. She just doesnt play with them. She is very nurturing and imaginative in her play.

    DS has always had free access to dd's dolls and strollers, barbies ect. He recently learnt to walk by using dd's dolls stroller. We go for walks in the street with dollies in "his" stroller. However, he naturally goes for his trucks and their wheels in particular. He turns the strollers upside down and studies (fixes?!) their wheels. He like noise and banging things together.

    I asked dh if i can get ds a boy version of the doll i got dd for her first birthday and he didnt have a problem with it except we both agreed he wouldnt show an interest. A dump truck (wheels) however, would keep him amused for ages.

    It just naturally happened that dd prefers dolls and ds prefers trucks. I always encouraged non gender specific play, but my kids did their own thing and i followed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalasmooch View Post
    I don't think it matters. I wanted to get DS a kitchen for him dbay this year as he was playing with the one at playgroup a lot but DH thought it was a bit 'weird' to buy because it was pink. Why the hell are they all pink anyway, do men not cook? 😡

    He pretty much has all the stereotypical 'boy' toys at home and runs straight to the dolls and prams at playgroup. Good for him I say!


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    I'd get him one only if you're certain it's something he'd play with, and not because you are trying to make a point to hubby or others.

    I've noticed that most little boys aren't the slightest bit interested in toys typically played with by girls - using your example, a doll and stroller. They might give it a bit of a attention for a moment, or use it in a way that it's not meant to be used - a stroller might be pushed down the road with another kid in it (trying to think of an example).

    So, while I don't think there's anything wrong with it - I just think, generally speaking, boys like boy stuff and girls like girls stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarabelle View Post
    I'd get him one only if you're certain it's something he'd play with, and not because you are trying to make a point to hubby or others.

    I've noticed that most little boys aren't the slightest bit interested in toys typically played with by girls - using your example, a doll and stroller. They might give it a bit of a attention for a moment, or use it in a way that it's not meant to be used - a stroller might be pushed down the road with another kid in it (trying to think of an example).

    So, while I don't think there's anything wrong with it - I just think, generally speaking, boys like boy stuff and girls like girls stuff.
    I think this is true for older kids but only because its what they have been conditioned (by their parents/society) to 'like'. If you get a kid who's young enough I don't think they really are pro or against girls toys or boys toys. I know my 2 year old doesnt really have any idea yet, he loved playing with a friends dolly during a recent play date. This is what sparked me to think about it all... It definitley wasn't about sticking it to hubby. And I thought if I want to encourage non gender biased play then I needed to start sooner rather than later.

    I think with buying any toy for a young kid you run the risk of it being a dud and the kid not playing with it.

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    I know it's not a popular view on here Vic, but I believe it's both nature and nurture. My son grew up with full access to DD's toys, we were very mindful not to force 'boys toys' on him. Yet from crawling age he gravitated towards cars, trucks and the sand pit.

    Tell your husband to stop being ridiculous. Having a doll and pram isn't going to make him girly/wussy/gay. In fact I argue that a boy that grows up playing and pretending with dolls may be more likely to find parenting roles more natural when he's grown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarabelle View Post
    I'd get him one only if you're certain it's something he'd play with, and not because you are trying to make a point to hubby or others.

    I've noticed that most little boys aren't the slightest bit interested in toys typically played with by girls - using your example, a doll and stroller. They might give it a bit of a attention for a moment, or use it in a way that it's not meant to be used - a stroller might be pushed down the road with another kid in it (trying to think of an example).

    So, while I don't think there's anything wrong with it - I just think, generally speaking, boys like boy stuff and girls like girls stuff.

    Many people in this thread alone have testified that their little boys do indeed like playing with dolls and strollers!

    My sister works in childcare and she also says all the kids play with the dolls and dolls houses, strollers, trains and cars, sandpit. They don't discriminate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post

    Tell your husband to stop being ridiculous. Having a doll and pram isn't going to make him girly/wussy/gay. In fact I argue that a boy that grows up playing and pretending with dolls may be more likely to find parenting roles more natural when he's grown.
    Hubby's caved and the dolly is in the house. In the end I think he was 'playing' with me. Asked a few questions at the start.... Then couldn't really give a hoot.. Yep he knew what I was up to and he played me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleetwood View Post
    Many people in this thread alone have testified that their little boys do indeed like playing with dolls and strollers!

    My sister works in childcare and she also says all the kids play with the dolls and dolls houses, strollers, trains and cars, sandpit. They don't discriminate.
    Agree with the sentiment here!

    My daughter (15 months) loves wheels, and is at least as messy as the boys in our mums' group... yet no one has ever commented on her being "such a boy" etc. like they do with the boys. Instead she gets comments on how pretty her dress is, or how much someone loves her hair.

    We all have what's known as confirmation bias. We take available information, and we filter it in a way that's more likely to confirm what we already think. Take two children - a girl and a boy - who behave in EXACTLY the same way, and it'll be quite common for people to focus on the "girly" things that the girl does whilst ignoring the "masculine", and vice versa.

    That's not to say that some young children don't have stereotypical preferences, but research seems to show that these preferences are internalized more from about age 2/2.5 onward, when kids start to understand that they belong to one particular gender group, and that adults place great importance on that.

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