How often do you buy your children toys?

Little People toys - My sons new obsession
@mememama (3077)
United States
April 27, 2007 1:58pm CST
I have to admit that lately he gets a new toy about every week. He's 20 months and he has a lot of babyish toys that he's outgrown, so everytime I go to the store I find something cool. Now he loves the Little People toys, so I'm always looking for those since they don't make much noise lol. I can go to the store and he doesn't think he's always getting something, so I think I'm fine. I'm just curious what others do, how often, and how much do you spend. I'm usually spending under $10
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@wendee (359)
• Canada
27 Apr 07
the kids get toys mostly at christmas and birthdays. They get new books every month or so and about a movie every month. the little ones mostly play with the older kids stuff and the older kids are starting to play outside now, or on the computer.
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@wendee (359)
• Canada
27 Apr 07
Clothes on the other hand! LOL I love buying the kids new clothes! They have such cute clothing for kids!
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I really don't buy too many clothes, probably because he has a dresser full of cute hand me downs ;) I think future children won't have as much new toys since I've already got a collection lol. Sounds like that's the way it is in your house!
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@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I buy a lot of toys for my little one. He doesn't even play with most of them anymore, though! He likes the little people that have cars, so he has the Walmart truck, the mom in the minivan or suv or whatever it is, and a train, and I think one more. He LOVES weebles, though. So he has a HUGE collection of them already. He has the castle and several of the storybook sets. He also really likes those cars and trucks that you can get at Walmart for under $5. They are made out of a softer plastic and come in several different sizes. We usually get the middle size because they are the cheapest (the small ones come in packs of 5). He was getting one of those almost everytime we went to Walmart, but I think he has them all now. We probably buy him way too many toys, but he knows he doesn't get one every time we go shopping. So he doesn't scream for them or anything. I think my husband likes playing with him with the cars and trucks anyway. Unless it's for some special reason, we don't usually spend more than $10-15 on any one toy. We did buy him a ride on toy for about $20 but I think that's been it since his birthday. Otherwise they are cheaper. Usually we spend closer to $5.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
27 Apr 07
My son just got the airplane little people, it's very cool lol. I never got him any weebles, but I know what kind of cars you are talking about-the soft ones freak my son out for some reason, he hates them!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
27 Apr 07
We buy them from time to time. Usually during church sale season. Since we had a housefire we will be buying some toys for the kids again. Being older they will most like be constructive type of toys and be more appreciated. We bought some things when we went out with the Red Cross money since the kids mental health were important. We need to buy those games we had again!!!
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I'm sorry you had a housefire! I hope you can buy some more things to keep everyone sane!
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@moodycow (42)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I have to talk myself out of buying something for my daughter every time I go to the store. I'll usually find something I think she's just got to have and walk around the store with it arguing with myself in my head about how she has a million toys already and then usually end up putting it back. Her first birthday is on Tue and I went to Wal-Mart today and had like four different toys in the cart. I was proud of myself that I only left with one! I'll usually spend about $10 too.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I argue with myself too, then I regret it as I step on a toy in the middle of the night since they wind up everywhere!
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@nica269 (1399)
• United States
28 Apr 07
Our lo has been getting new toys about every other week, when daddy gets paid. But they haven't been more than $5 or $6 each, although sometimes daddy wants to spend $20 on something he may or may not use, so i have to bring him back to reality. He loves getting toys for our boy. And it's so great to see that he likes to do that.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
28 Apr 07
That's sweet!
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
28 Apr 07
It really is a joy that can't be described.
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@4cuteboys (4103)
• United States
28 Apr 07
Hmmm...well since I have four, they get passed down alot, but I do try and buy new ones every couple of weeks or maybe every month, but spend more, usually like $15-20 a kid. And there is random stuff I buy in between that I notice at the store or what not. I am always careful to, so they dont expect stuff when we are at the store!
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
28 Apr 07
That'd get expensive after a bit lol.
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
28 Apr 07
Buying toys whenever we go to shop with kid is not good because he starts expecting and if we do not buy he will be depressed. Not at all buying is also harmful as the child's mental development stops. Hence buying whenever apt toy is found and now and then buying is good. In this way neither depression nor depriving the child without toy is avoided.
@mememama (3077)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I've already stated that he doesn't expect it and he doesn't freak out when we go to a store and he doesn't get something.
@horsesrule (1962)
• United States
28 Apr 07
We have three boys, ages 2, 5, and 7 1/2 and we buy them toys quite frequently. We visit thrift stores a lot and usually the toys that we buy the kids are used and very cheap. I think the entire families favorite thing is when we get a new toy bag at our local thrift store for $4 to $5.00. It is a huge bag [the size that a full or queen size comforter comes in] full of small toys. It's a toy grab bag and you never know what you are going to get. I have to say that all five of us sit around the bag and go through each one and look at everything in the bag and decide what we are going to keep or throw in the trash or give away or give as gifts. It's very exciting! But we have found that we have to get rid of what we don't want right away or they are just too big of a mess in the house! We have found wonderful fun things that excite each member of the family in those toy grab bags. So our kids don't get many new toys, if ever and we rarely spend much on toys for them. I don't think that they feel deprived though! LOL
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
28 Apr 07
that sounds fun! I haven't seen too many thrift stores around here, mostly resale shops but they're just about the same price as buying it new.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I really haven't bought my daughter many toys lately. She got TONS of new toys for her first birthday and people actually listened to me and got her stuff that she can play with probably up until she's almost 3. Then 2 months after her birthday was Christmas so she got even more toys for Christmas. So we literally have no more room for toys. Her room looks like a toybox exploded lol. But this comes from her having tons of grandparents that love to spoil her and she is the first grandchild for most of them. So needless to say the girl is very well taken care of LOL. The only toys I've gotten her recently are activities when can do outside now that it's warming up. Like I stocked up on bubbles, balls, and pool toys for when our pool opens (just one more month to go!). For little toys like that I normally go cheap and go to the dollar store. I spent less than $10 for stuff like that.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
28 Apr 07
On his first birthday he got a few cool things, but some of our friends that don't have children bought him baby toys, like it said 6 months old on the package! We have lots of outdoor toys, they get a lot of use, he's got a slide, rake, shovel, and a plastic wagon to haul them around in.
@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
28 Apr 07
We have a son who will be 5 in 2 weeks, his next closest sibling in age is 26yrs. old.....so he is very spoiled...but not in a bad way....he has good manners, does what he is asked to do(usually)....has respect and does not get upset if he does not get something.....so we frequently buy him a little something when we go to town...his dad usually buys him a "Hot Wheel's car" or a little motorcycle.....BUT when I go to the store, he gets like a computer game to learn on, the accessory toys to the Hot Wheels... I do not think that we are excessive about it...he takes good care of his things and the grandkids hav a blast when they are here. If his attitude got worse we would not reward him; but right now, we do see any harm. Good topic, my friend.....I guess he is more than a little spoiled...LOL
@mememama (3077)
• United States
28 Apr 07
sounds like a sweet boy, I think my husband can't wait till the "hot wheels" stage lol, he'll probably play with them more ;0
• United States
28 Apr 07
I used to love finding a new toy for my son when he was younger. I used to hit a lot of garage sales and find toys for dirt cheap and then I did not feel as guilty for spoiling him. But, he did end up with quite a few toys, we just shared them with my neices kids who did not have toys. But, now he is 12 years old and his toys now, are kind of expensive, so I don't try to buy him things every week now. We do buy new movies about once a month, and when they have the book sales at school he gets new books. But, the toys now are mostly Christmas and Birthday. I would go broke if I bought him something every week now!
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
28 Apr 07
They do get more complicated and expensive for older kids!
@angelface23 (2502)
• United States
28 Apr 07
Stephanie has a lot of toys but they are all oddball stuff that I think she is getting too old for. She is coming up on her first birthday soon. I think we should get rid of someof the old toys she has. I think she could use some more challenging toys, not just rattles and rings and stuffed animals.
@mememama (3077)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I packed up a lot of toys around that age, he got more books and a ride on toy for his first birthday and he still plays with those.
@msjigga (866)
• United States
28 Apr 07
i have to admit my first daugther i sue to buy her toys and clothes every 2 weeks she had every new toy out. she has an excessive amount of toys, but my 2nd daugther i on buy her toys about once a month. my 1st daugther still has baby toys so ny 2nd plays with some of her toys. my 1st daugther was into dora the explorer.
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@smkwan2007 (1038)
• Hong Kong
28 Apr 07
Childhood should be happy and full love from parents. So you are a nice parent. No matter how much you spend for the toys or you make them yourself, thats an expression of love to you baby. I think thats great.
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@wonderful1 (2076)
• China
28 Apr 07
my sister often buy a new toy for her baby about 10 days when the baby is 3month old.when he is older and older, my sister buy a new toy more frequently .She thinks the baby need toys ,he can know more things from the toys.my parents and i also buy new toys for the little baby.i will spend under $20 ,but my parents spend more on the toys ,they didnt consider the price of the toys ,if the little baby wants them.I dont think this is a good way to love baby,but i cant persuade my parents. i know they love the baby very much, and they cant find the best way to love him.in our country ,old people spoils their grandsons very much.
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
28 Apr 07
i have a 11 yold and a 2yold and i try to get them toys every once in a while. it is not something that i did all the time. and they never really ask for anything,but when they do i try to get it for them. but i don't make myself crazy trying to get them toys
@bad1981 (799)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I buy them here and there, something that he is really intersted in wwhile we are shopping and he actually keeps it in the cart until we checkout I feel he really likes and will play with. He gets his major toys at christmas and birthdays. He has so many toys that he ahs outgrown and doesnt even look at.
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• United States
28 Apr 07
I actually don't buy that many toys for my children unless it is a special occassion. There are them stages though where they start to grow out of the ones that they have and start to need more advanced ones. When they do get new toys I try to stay at $15 or under unless we have saved up for something that we really feel will be beneficial for them, or that they have really been begging for. My children are also a little bit older though. 7, 5, and 4.