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Jacoba Leyenhorst

Currently I try to ban anything gun/weapon-like from our home (but then they might just use the hockey sticks as swords so...). We haven't been given anything too questionable, as they are mostly into Hot Wheels at this stage. I do hate anything with very cheap plastic that's going to break and thus make them cry for their loss - so these toys have a habit of "disappearing" fairly often. Besides, could be a choking hazard for the baby, right? :) I love those fairy pictures, by the way - very cute.


I am glad I am not the auntie who gave the barbie, but then I know better.


I don't feel strongly about Barbie either way, myself. But I know plenty of parents who do!


Sooner or later my family will realize that battery operated noisy toys die sudden deaths in my house. If you want to buy the boys a truck by all means get them a truck, but not one that plays hip hop and shouts "Outta my way" when you so much as glance at it. My younger son has a tendency to want to play car wash and those needlessly noisy vehicles are the ones I encourage him to soak with the hose.


Toys that make obnoxious noises go straight to the bathroom for tub time.

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