Toys: What to (and not to) buy from mamas who've been there
Everett's developmental pediatrician has recommended, among other things, that we organize his toys better; and part of that has been purging lots of the precious whats-its and doo-dads garnered from the Bins, or from a random assortment of relatives and friends. We've been talking a lot about the concept of "quality" here at chez cafemama. And all last week while I had my nose to the corporate grindstone, launching a new personal finance blog called WalletPop, I was thinking about what things I wish I hadn't bought -- instead putting the money into college savings, or a therapy fund.
Today I couldn't help but fall in love with this post about toys you shouldn't -- and should -- buy your kids for Christmas. It's written by the mother of one of the lead bloggers at WalletPop (a financially-savvy 19-year-old). And to her list I'd add:
- Don't buy: Anything remote-controlled
- Do buy: Die-cast trains
- Don't buy: So-called "educational" toys, which nearly always have batteries and only teach your kids how to push buttons.
- Do buy: Books in quantity
- Don't buy: Toys linked to Disney movie / Cartoon Network show / video game; why further that vicious cycle of feeding your children to the marketing machine?
- Do buy: An easel, quality crayons and colored pencils, a big roll of paper.
- Don't buy: Excessive stuffed toys, especially those with voice boxes; they'll take over your playroom.
- Do buy: Dress-up clothes (or make them!)
What's on your list?