The 12 Most Common Mistakes We Make When Buying Toys to Children

They are already here. The holidays are just around the corner and the proof of this is that at home several days ago that catalogs toys turn of a child to another, streets lights are hung and littered with TV ads of children with face of immense happiness announcing amazing toys and toys incredibly absurd or boring.

They ask for and we, as parents, we do what we can, looking portfolio, looking at the utility and looking that they are toys suitable for each child. Or maybe I am wrong and not so much look at it? From Babies and more, as parents that we have already made some mistakes in this regard and carry a few years in this world of childhood, we want to offer you the twelve most common mistakes we make when buying toys to children, If you want them to take into account.

So we got a list of errors that the investigation of the industry’s toy Association (AIJU) considered more frequent and we have passed it by our personal mixer, in order to offer you our vision in this regard.

1 do not take into account the labelling, specifications and instructions

You always have to read the fine print and the not so small to take into account the potential hazards that can generate the toy. Sometimes there are important safety warnings, sometimes they tell you that does not lead batteries included (to see where’re to buy January 6), they sometimes say that it contains small parts and is not suitable for your child, because of his age. In addition, once you open it, it is worth looking at the instructions. I know that Spaniards are very pass them and go directly to do things without looking at the scripts, and I understand it because often they either say nothing otherworldly, but It is worthwhile to confirm it, because more than one broad father can make bad use of the toy or even break it and turn what was a safe toy in one insecure.

2. do not take into account age to whom the toy is recommended

We know that the children of today are very savvy and always you can play a little up or down with the recommended age of toys, but the choice must be made with common sense because toys are created to promote the game, and if a child receives a toy that does not understand, the game suffers, the child gets frustrated and toy is relegated to oblivion. Needless to anticipate, they will grow up before what we believe, so it is worth to buy toys that can help you in the moment and not to used in a few years.

3 give away toys sexist or that transmit values that we do not want

One thing is that a girl asks you for a little kitchen and you give her because he loves her and another that give her when she is asking you for something else. One thing is that a child asks you a ball and you give it and another that asks you for a kitchenette withhold and give him a ball. Let’s not carcas, the game is free and children play to do what their fathers and their mothers, and if we want that fathers and mothers carried out the tasks of the home without sexismos, because we will have to let the children play what you want to.

Similarly, we must be careful with violent toys, weapons, costumes, etc. Personally not replicas of toy weapons, I like anything because they are copies of objects that are used to kill. Similarly, does not like me and wear the Monster High and company, and dress the girls with those costumes therefore seems just as “terrible”. Yes, they are toys, they provide symbolic play, but I don’t know to what extent play to be sexy, being girls, has logic.

4 choose toys that do it all

Ads children share, their faces say it all, and our children, to see that happiness on TV want to star in it. However, We must be critical and see what are admiring. Many times are mere spectators of toys that noisy, lot size and lot artifice show for children. They are toys that do it all, not providing the game and which are destined for Oblivion fast. Remember, the toys are not the end, they are the means to provide hours of fun, play and imagination. If they do this, they do not serve.

5 buy huge toys

Supermega Scalextric track of cars that you occupies all the dining, endless train circuit, the House of dolls which just fits in I do not know what wardrobe. Larger more fun the first few days, but more laziness gives when it is saved and remove it. Lazy parents, who help them assemble and disassemble it and then, when we get tired and do them, laziness for them, that should make, assemble and disassemble.

6 opt for educational toys

It is not that they are bad at all, some are very good, but very carefully. Some years there are parents who want their kids to have the doctorate at age 3 and are limited to buy educational toys that provide learning, but not always fun. If they are not fun, they do nothing.

7 pretend to play alone with them

“It is I give toys and holds only a few minutes,” once told me the mother of a 9-month-old baby. “Clear, toys serve to help us to play with them, not that they play alone,” I replied. And it is that, as I said above, toys are the means by which helps them play, but are not the only means. There the game without toy? Of course that Yes, there is with and without toy, and when they are small, the toy is a help for them and us to play together. Later, when they are older, that play more time alone or with other children, but small, the most important thing is not toy, but us, the parents, we share the game with them.

8 give too many toys

It is to be very careful with the family and try to have everything a little linked and why I hate birthday parties with classmates. The child just having so many toys, so many, that the true meaning of gifts are perverts and the objective of toys also. A child must have enough toys, but not so many that you can not play with them or make that many are forgotten before being known. As well, in addition, they lose the value of things, There is more likelihood of disorder at home and more than that end to care little for them.

9 let let go by the advertising

TV ads, as I have already said, present the toy so that seems “Port Aventura” in your home, or a Disney park. Dan wanted to have them all. If up to me makes you want to buy them for me! But we have to help them do the same reasoning that we do and show them what real toy possibilities for them to imagine themselves playing with him. Many times, that exercising, they realize that it is not as fun as it seems. You can even help you YouTube, where many times discussed or show toys, to see how they are in reality and what offer.

10 buy cheap toys

And I don’t mean to offers. If there are, go ahead. I am referring to imitations, copies or toys that probably have not passed any quality control. They can last a little, can even do what they promise, can bring parts in poor condition, they may contain toxic and can be very dangerous.

11 buy everything that children ask in the letter

For not to undermine the role of Santa Claus and the Magi, magical people who meet certain desires of children because they want to, and turn them into servants going to the toy store to buy whatever you put into the list of the purchase of each child, the ideal is to buy some of the things that asks the child (all if they are few and it is well (, eye), and perhaps some surprise or toy that like us, but not everything. If make us a big list, the error would be trying to fulfill it. Not only for the amount, but because then not are assessing properly asks. We are parents and have to read the list critically for talk to them and choose toys that will find better together (pass it us best), avoiding also the quick abandonment for not being a suitable toy.

12 buy only what you like

I understand that if purchasing only what a child likes to randomly safe. However, You privas you other types of games that can help you to develop other aspects of his life. If you love cars and give them cars, would play when constructions, games run, intelligence, games turn-based games, to be buying at the grocery store or cooking MOM and Dad or…?

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