to wonder how long avoiding plastic tat can last?

(48 Posts)
ParadiseChick Thu 28-Mar-13 21:47:29

Oldest dc is 8.

For as long as I can remember we've been surrounded by brightly coloured plastic.

Dc2 is ten months, I'm not bothered by the fact most of their toys are Tomy, v tech, Fisher price and plastic, bright and noisy.

I have a few friends now on their first dc quite smug about not wanting plastic toys. Opting instead for nice classy neutral wooden painted things. Fair enough, easily done when they are under 2 but I'm wondering how long it's achievable?

Anyone managed it?

SkinnybitchWannabe Thu 28-Mar-13 21:54:40

Nope, never have never will be free of platic crap.
They wont be so smug in a few years when their dc want all the action figures and dolls etc they see on tv (unless they're banned from watching it because it was invented by the devil).
Watch and'll get them!

FannyBazaar Thu 28-Mar-13 21:58:49

When my DC was a baby, friends who were expecting vowed that their child would have only wooden toys. I was somewhat confused and couldn't see the point but then wondered if I needed to examine my DC's toys and rethink. Thought I'd missed something I should have know. Needn't've worried by the time their DC was born, their house looked like and explosion in Toys R Us!

AgentZigzag Thu 28-Mar-13 22:04:42

I can't understand why people are so against tat either, well...I can a little bit, but the amount the DC can get out of it is so much more than what you pay for the toy that it makes it worth the limited hassle.

AgentZigzag Thu 28-Mar-13 22:05:16

Or is it just being a snob?

Misty9 Thu 28-Mar-13 22:07:46

I think the theory is that wooden toys are more open-ended in terms of interaction as they rarely have sounds/lights on them, so the child can determine how to play with it better than a plastic toy which can be quite directive. IMO a balance is good and 18mo ds likes a bit of plastic tat much more than his expensive wooden toys so far!

intheshed Thu 28-Mar-13 22:11:51

Plastic hurts less when they throw it. They are also less likely to leave teeth marks in it <yes I'm looking at you DD2>

ParadiseChick Thu 28-Mar-13 22:12:32

To be fair our baby will crawl over any toy that's out to play with a stray shoe, throw the cushions off the sofa or turn the sky box off.

MajaBiene Thu 28-Mar-13 22:12:44

Up to 12 months I bought toys I liked - pretty, wooden stuff.

1st birthday came and everyone bought noisy, flashy plastic stuff that he loved.

After that I gave up. Isn't the point of toys that children like them?

MajaBiene Thu 28-Mar-13 22:13:47

I do try and get nice stuff rather than tat regardless though - like Wow toys, plastic but solid/well made.

ParadiseChick Thu 28-Mar-13 22:14:46

Oh yes we just got rid of dc's wooden high sleepers, half eaten.

TheChaoGoesMu Thu 28-Mar-13 22:17:25

I managed it for at least 2 weeks after dc1 was born.

exoticfruits Thu 28-Mar-13 22:17:29

I think that it is a shame when parents put what is aesthetically pleasing to them as first importance.

vladthedisorganised Thu 28-Mar-13 22:17:51

I was one of those.
I honestly thought that babies only really needed a rattle type thing and a single wooden pull-along thing, along with a soft toy or maybe two, until they were about 18 months when I might get one of those wooden hammer bench thingys. Being a bit of a smug eco-type I probably bleated on about the superior environmental qualities of non-plastic toys too. In fairness I tried to only do this with DH, who vehemently agreed (and was probably even worse).

About a month in, we both changed our minds.

After a while my only limitations were 'try the charity shop first' and 'nothing too monumentally annoying for me' (which ruled out a lot of VTech). We have a reasonable mixture but plenty of plastic crap. I think I would still draw the line at buying a four month old a toy mobile phone 'just like mummy's' though.

AgentZigzag Thu 28-Mar-13 22:18:55

Oooh, you did well Chao, two weeks is an impressive feat grin

determinedma Thu 28-Mar-13 22:21:31

Wait till you have an 11 year old Ds.....welcome to the world of Nerf guns

Florin Thu 28-Mar-13 22:21:59

My ds is 9 months and we have a house of plastic crap. He adores it anything that light up or makes a noise and he gets so excited about new plastic tat that we and the grandparents cant resist buying it!

I never wanted plastic baby type dolls, I find them a bit creepy. I lasted about 3 months after it was clear that DD's favourite toys at nursery and other people's houses were plastic dolls. Being a parent is so different to what I expected and this counts for toys too.

DS is 4 and a bit.
No plastic to speak of, except a few Bob the builder toys, a marble run, playmobil, lego, and a slide in the garden. Nothing battery operated.

I'm not especially smug, we just don't have the space for big toys.

MajaBiene Thu 28-Mar-13 22:33:47

Lol at no plastic "except a few Bob the builder toys, a marble run, playmobil, lego, and a slide in the garden" grin

JumpHerWho Thu 28-Mar-13 22:34:42

Vetch is amazing, you never need to talk to your toddler again wine

Seriously. Buy a walker.

ParadiseChick Thu 28-Mar-13 22:40:29

We just found one of our dc1's v tech wonders in his room the other day

'I am a lion, I roar all day '

utopian99 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:18:50

DS is 12 weeks - Dh and I are both (pretentious) architects and are trying so hard to avoid the tat but you can't avoid being given it.. Also noticed ds taking way too much interest in one of those super colourful Lamaze toys the other day. If babies like and benefit from it, I guess we should do what's best for them...?

I don't remember a huge amount of tat from our youth, but playmobil, Lego etc was fairly standard.

INeedThatForkOff Thu 28-Mar-13 23:22:16

First birthday is the absolute limit, beyond which you have no contol over the tidal wave of tat.

Startail Thu 28-Mar-13 23:26:34

DD2 ignored anything that wasn't really life like and detailed and that means plastic.

Happy land, wow horse box, hot wheel and similar cars and boxes and boxes of playmobil, especially vehicles she could put people in, push chairs and a really detailed wheel chair.

She can't be bothered with crude wooden dolls house furniture or building things out of Lego.

Her imagination comes out in the elaborate lives her toy people live not in building things. Drawing and Lego drive her mad because things don't turn out exactly as she wants them to.

I'm dreading this with my own children. My bosses (with three aged 5-8) manage with minimal tat, I'm really impressed by it actually! It depends on what you mean by plastic tat' though, as for some it means any plastic, for others (like me) it means the pointless shit which has no purpose other than to be annoying for all adults within 100 metres!

grin Maja

I think avoiding the battery operated stuff was more important to me that avoiding plastic - there's no wooden playmobil! When I am trying to have a conversation and there is an inane electronic song in the background I am irrationally subsumed with rage.

MiaowTheCat Fri 29-Mar-13 12:40:30

There are more important things than avoiding plastic tat.

Avoiding anything with a song that embeds itself into your brain - yes cookie jar shape sorter I'm looking at YOU - is much more important.

I now have a policy that anyone who buys MY kids stuff with annoying earworm songs - gets bought something similarly irritating in return for their kids.

RandallPinkFloyd Fri 29-Mar-13 12:40:40

Roary the Lion is a very special toy in the Floyd house!

BiL bought if for my Niece in a fit of over-tired over-emotional sentimentality the day after she was born. She loved it and played with it ever night in bed.

When DNiece (3 at the time) came to see me for the first time after having DS she proudly handed over Roary "because it was my favourite when I was little so I want to give it to him".

He still plays with it every night whilst settling himself to sleep at 19mo.

I still hate all the plastic singing crap but it's not for me is it. Plus (hormonal heart string tugging waffle alert) it's for such a short space of time when you look at the grand scheme of things. They're not children for long and before you know it you'll have a lovely, tidy, quiet house with no toys in at all.

However much they enrage me, I can't imagine how sad I'll be when they're gone. Except for the vtech puppy walker thing. That can fuck right off.

Arabesque Fri 29-Mar-13 13:39:11

I don't think all modern colourful toys are 'plastic tat'. Neither are all old fashioned wooden toys dull and more for the parents' benefit than the child's. Personally, I think a mix is good but the more interactive the toys are, the better. Some modern toys leave little or nothing to the child's imagination so a playroom full of those is depriving a child of the opportunity to fully use his/her imagination and creativity. But there are lots of modern toys that are bright, colourful, innovative and fun for a child. Likewise there are some more old fashioned toys that modern children would get just as much fun out of as previous generations.
I think there's a bit of inverted snobbery on here about wooden toys. Not everyone who buys them is turning their nose up at modern toys or being precious and pretentious. Some old toys are lovely for children, some modern plastic toys give kids hours and hours of fun. It's not a competition.
For me, it's the sheer amount of toys that some children have that is a waste of money. Playrooms piled to the ceilings with stuff is crazy. How many toys does a child need? Also, children are very resourceful and are quite happy to use one toy for several different purposes. They really don't need the amount of toys that some of them are plied with nowadays.

I have been an avoider, and yesterday had to undo my first plastic tat PACKAGING. No one told me about this - to get the Peppa Pig Big Wheel out of it's box you need not just a pair of scissors ("hang on a second, darling") but also a SCREWDRIVER ("just nipping upstairs for a screwdriver, tiny tot - don't swallow the fourth screw that has obviously come out by itself but I can't quite locate, will you?").

DDs birthday next week. I'm going to be ready for the tat-packagers with a full toolkit in the unwrapping zone.

So, in answer to the question, sorry about the rant, until the child is nearly three in my case.

Flobbadobs Tue 21-May-13 11:25:35

TheSurgeonsMate the wrapping is the worst! On Christmas Eve we put out the usual stuff for FC and then when the DC's are in bed get out screwdrivers, scissors, spare batteries, binbags and memorably one year the drill...
It's part of the ritual in this house grin
To answer the question OP, about 6 months. That was 12 years and 3 children ago.

VinegarDrinker Tue 21-May-13 11:36:35

I am not particularly fussed whether things are plastic or wooden or fabric or whatever, but we don't have any battery operated toys - so no lights/sounds stuff. Also not keen on toys that are very prescriptive/only do one thing.

We also live in a smallish flat so no room for huge toys.

DS watches TV but we don't have Sky etc so Cbeebies only (which means no adverts).

DS is 2y 3m. He has in total: lots of puzzles, toy (plastic) animals, Playmobil 123,doll's house, fold out cooker with Ikea food/pans, wooden blocks, Brio style tracks and trains, dressing up stuff, a peg hammer bench, shape sorter, various vehicles, stacking boxes, a big craft box, lots of musical instruments and a ton of books.

wigglesrock Tue 21-May-13 11:45:54

I love plastic toys, easier to clean smile , its noisy toys that make me want to run! For the past 30 mins dd3 (2.3) has played with her older sisters Littlest Petshop house thing, she has trapped 4 mini Disney princess in the top floor and is currently deciding which one of them will be eaten by Jasmines pet tiger. It doesn't look good for Cinders!

cory Tue 21-May-13 12:04:34

I have seen plenty of wooden tat in my day- badly made and falling to pieces at the first touch. Otoh a plastic toy doesn't have to be tat.

Summerblaze Tue 21-May-13 12:21:11

I've never been bothered by what the toy is made out of. We have had plastic tat, wooden, fabric etc.

DD is now 9 and doesn't play with many of her toys now. She prefers drawing, playing on computer games, reading and playing outside on her bike. It won't be too long til her toy box is empty and I must say I am a bit sad about that. They are small for such a small amount of time that I can't get het up about irritating toys.

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Tue 21-May-13 12:23:35

DSIL HATES it and tried desperately to keep it out of their house. DN loves it. DSIL gave up. I'm not even trying.

FJL203 Tue 21-May-13 12:27:44

It's simple. Wooden, hand crafted, organic, Fairtrade toys in natural and primary colours are for displaying on your windowsill to show the world your nice MC credentials.

Plastic tat is for playing with and bringing joy and entertainment to children.

50shadesofvomit Tue 21-May-13 12:38:49

I think you can do it for a pfb until 2 or 3 ish but once at nursery/school, it's v difficult not to own plastic toys without making your child a social outcast. Lego is surely a childhood staple as well as many collectibles such as Moshi Monsters, Polly Pocket, My Little Pony...

metafarcical Tue 21-May-13 12:40:15

I just assumed the no plastic toy rule was less an aesthetic thing and more to do with that Fisher Price lead based paint recall a few years ago.

Maybe that was just in the Americas.

We have lots of plastic. It didn't start out that way. I give it a year, tops, before the plastic takes over.

TheSmallClanger Tue 21-May-13 12:44:56

About a year, I think.

AmberSocks Tue 21-May-13 12:53:03

mine didnt have hardly any plastic stuff til they were about 5,but theyve never been mad on toys,they play in the garden most of the time,make dens and do colouring/drawing most of the time,i think its because there are 3 of them so close in age they tend to play with each other rather than with toys.oh and dressing up too.

AmberSocks Tue 21-May-13 12:54:23

oh we did have a huge box of duplo once they got to about 3,2 and 1,but apart from that all they had was wooden traintrack,some wooden toy animals and dressing up stuff.

IShallCallYouSquishy Tue 21-May-13 12:56:29

<Surveys the brightly coloured plastic sea and obstacle course in the 1yo's playroom>

<Slinks away quietly>

Florin Tue 21-May-13 12:59:00

My 10 month old adores the plastic tat so we and other people giving him things buy it as isn't that the point to give him things he likes and wants!
However we do a have a small collection of wooden toys to take to the yacht club to play with!

JerseySpud Tue 21-May-13 13:03:55

We lost the battle in this house years ago.

DD1's favourite toy was megabloks

DD2's favourite toy is a toy dyson upright teachingheryoung

Far too much plastic tat in this house.

That said, I think a lot of "plastic" toys are worth their weight in gold - Schleich animals, bobbins, lego, duplo and playmobil are all played with extensively here and I don't have a problem with them.

The noisy VTech-esque stuff drives me up the fucking wall, though. Shame DS2 loves it.

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