A friend of mine came over and she made a few comments about the lack of toys I have for DS (DS is 1yo).
We usually only buy toys for DS when we feel like he's reached a some kind of milestone and is able to appreciate a specific toy. For example, lately I've noticed him trying to stack things, so we bought him some building blocks. A $12 set of 50 wooden blocks.
Other than that, we might only buy a new toy every 2-3 months, and it's usually something with a purpose (e.g. a smart trike so we can go for fun walks together).
I also regularly get rid of toys he's outgrown.
How often do your kids get new toys?
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28-08-2013 21:17 #1
How often do you buy toys?
28-08-2013 21:25 #2
I buy books all the time, probably weekly but toys very very infrequently these days, they just don't need them now at nearly 6 and 7 because they have so many already. Books though, can't get enough of those, or puzzles either. I buy books and puzzles all the time.
28-08-2013 21:25 #3
Christmas and birthdays, and some during the winter months (generally in the sales) as their birthdays are both in summer and developmentally they've grown out of some stuff by mid year. Very very occasionally at other times too, eg a few weeks back DS was quite unwell and I had to drag him to a bunch of Drs appointments for him and DD, I bought him a ninja turtle figurine for being so good about it all. They have plenty, kids don't need many toys imo.
28-08-2013 21:26 #4
I have two boys aged 5 and 15 months and we rarely buy new toys, ds 2 has so much from his older brother He got a few toys for Christmas and his birthday and ds 1 only gets toys for Xmas and birthdays we have a big family so they get so much on those occasions, I don't think kids need too many toys they don't play with half of them I like to pack some away then rotate so they don't get bored with what they already have
28-08-2013 21:30 #5
Hmm, I should probably add, DS doesn't get toys for Christmas or birthdays.
His first Christmas he only got one toy from the family, and his first birthday he got money and books, but no toys.
Both times we held off on buying toys ourselves because we thought we'd end up with way too many
28-08-2013 21:32 #6
Too often I really should stop because come Christmas and birthdays I have no idea what to buy them. We buy a lot of books and art & craft stuff to plus a lot of educational stuff too so not all junk toys
28-08-2013 21:32 #7
Since joining the toy library we hardly ever buy toys for (2.5 year old) DD. it's the best! If she doesn't like a toy, no dramas, we just give it back and choose something else!
28-08-2013 21:32 #8
Mostly birthdays and Christmas. My mum drives me batty buying the kids toys way too often.
The best toys are ones that they use their imagination eg pot, pans and wooden spoon, cardboard box, that are a car one day, a train the next, a boat the next, a plane etc...
28-08-2013 21:33 #9
More than most people probably. But more for me to play with. Im a big kid at heart, I get more excited about toys than my kids do sometimes.
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28-08-2013 21:36 #10
I buy toys, craft things and books more often than i like. at one stage i was buying something every week! I am an impulse buyer and need to cut back. i have been pretty good the past few months and when dd has been asking for stuff i have told her she needs to wait for xmas or her bday (december). The kids already have so much stuff and don't play with most of it or get bored of new stuff so quickly. I was sorting out old toys to give away and suddenly the kids were wanting to play with them so I think the toy rotation thing is a great idea.
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