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somewherewest Sun 07-Apr-13 20:31:09

16mo old DS loves copying us at sweeping, hovering and wiping up. The toy hoover is his favourite thing at the toddler group by miles. So off I potter to the ELC website to look at toy hoovers, brushes blah blah. But yes...some of you will be ahead of me here...they're all sodding pink, and the children playing with them in the photographs are all girls. Seriously???? Do I actually have the only boy in the world who likes hovering (he is also obsessed by cars too by the way grin)?

Ezza1 Sun 07-Apr-13 20:33:14

Does it matter that its pink?

somewherewest Sun 07-Apr-13 20:34:06

Hang on..I'm actually being slightly unfair...have found non-pink cleaning set with a boy on there for a tenner but its out of stock

somewherewest Sun 07-Apr-13 20:35:04

Ezza1 It matters to me because I just happen to really not like that colour. DS wouldn't care less...

trinity0097 Sun 07-Apr-13 20:35:06

Can't you just buy him some real stuff not toy stuff? Usually comes in grey then!

Really? My dd has a yellow singing hoover thing, and a dyson one, I have never seen a pink toy hoover. She also has a green ironing board and a yellow washing line and a silver iron and I didn't see any pink versions of those either. Try looking in argos or tesco or somewhere.

GraceSpeaker Sun 07-Apr-13 20:36:32

This is the kind of thing that would have me writing to complain, tbh! Horrid gender stereotyping. Glad you found something! If you google 'toy cleaning set' there seems to be quite a bit available (Toys R Us) not in pink.

FortyFacedFuckers Sun 07-Apr-13 20:36:47

I bought my nephew one out if elc that wasn't pink, try the website

noviceoftheday Sun 07-Apr-13 20:37:20

My ds is totally obsessed as wellsmile. He has this mop and the dyson vacuum which is like ours. He also likes playing with this washing machine. We bought them dd who liked them but not as much as ds does now!

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Sun 07-Apr-13 20:37:25

We have a toy cleaning set with hoover, dustpan and brush and broom and mop that is yellow and grey its a toy zanussi set. Was a present. We have a pink.brush as well i think ...somewhere and we used yo have a toy henry hoover!

FrillyMilly Sun 07-Apr-13 20:37:50

I got dd some green and yellow cleaning stuff from Smyths. Still going strong as now ds does the cleaning with it. We also have a dishes and dishrack set from Asda and a mini dyson which I think was from Tesco but was quite a few years ago.

cantspel Sun 07-Apr-13 20:38:35

complete cleaning kit in non pink from elc

www.elc.co.uk/Zanussi-Cleaning-Trolley/132900,default,pd.html

Buzzardbird Sun 07-Apr-13 20:38:53

And so what does pink symbolise?

MumToOneMogwai Sun 07-Apr-13 20:39:24

My DD has this, www.amazon.co.uk/Zanussi-1680396-V12-Cleaning-Trolley/dp/B0083HMP4G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365363504&sr=8-1&keywords=zanussi+toy+cleaning+trolley she loves it

intheshed Sun 07-Apr-13 20:42:10

this one looks nice

Fwiw, I have 2 DDs and they have a wide range of toys that are pink, blue, green, orange whatever! I wouldn't not buy a toy because it's the wrong colour.

BlackeyedSusan Sun 07-Apr-13 20:42:13

smart price/tesco value dustpans and brushes arre good value.

i also have a toy window cleaning kit and hoover that are blue/green and blue/white

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Sun 07-Apr-13 20:42:37

The one that cantspell and mumtoone have both linked to is the one that we have smile

Ezza1 Sun 07-Apr-13 20:43:40

I dont like pink either but DC#3 has had a pink sleeping bag, pink bumbo and pink cot bed amongst other things, including toys, handed down from family. He doesnt care and neither do I as its helped us out tremendously.

I just dont get why it would bother anyone I suppose.

TallyGrenshall Sun 07-Apr-13 20:49:03

DS does have a pink hoover but thats because he picked that one. He's got a yellow washing machine from Sainsbo's), a normal dustpan and brush instead of a toy one, he's nicked my DM's mop because the handle adjusts.

He also has a pink buggy and a pink carseat for his baby.

I don't like pink but they are not my things so he can have whatever colour he wants <shrug>

Badvoc Sun 07-Apr-13 20:54:35

My ds2 loves pink sadly.
I loathe it, but have bought some stuff he wanted like aforesaid Hoover etc.
Ds1 had a pink pushchair with baby. He loved it.
What about buying an adult one from the pound shop? If the colour bothers you that much.

Softlysoftly Sun 07-Apr-13 20:54:43

Dd1 has a blue and red dust pan and brush and sweeping brush. Think we got it from smyths but but sure.

To my shame at playgroup one of the helpers gave her a toy iron to play with and she said "mummy what is this? " blush

Happiestinwellybobs Sun 07-Apr-13 20:57:36

DD has lots of the Just Like Home range from Toys'R'Us. In blue, red & yellow.

Murtette Sun 07-Apr-13 20:58:44

Yes, YABU as you appear to have only looked at ELC which, for some reason, seem to think that all girls like pink & only pink and all boys like blue & only blue. Most other retailers (supermarkets, JL, Toys R Us) do them in colours which aren't pink or blue. DD is happiest when mopping the floor with my proper mop which happens to be blue or sweeping with my proper dustban & brush which happen to be flowery. When I bought both of those items for myself, they happened to be the cheapest in the shop I went into (ASDA for the mop; TK Maxx for the dustban & brush) when I needed that particular item.

MeerkatMerkin Sun 07-Apr-13 21:00:14

My 2yo DS had a toy mop, broom and dustpan and brush that are red and blue, a red mini Henry Hoover and a white/grey toy Hotpoint washing machine. Have a look on eBay and Amazon! The mop/brush set was only about a fiver.

TheCraicDealer Sun 07-Apr-13 21:01:39

Just did a google shopping search on "toy hoover" and "toy cleaning" - one of the results was pink, the rest were "gender neutral" colours. [[http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0037LIZKQ/?tag=hydra0b-21&hvadid=9557943429&ref=asc_df_B0037LIZKQ Here is a little toy cleaning "kit" from the makers of Henry the hoover. Twelve quid and pretty much whatever he could want in order to copy you!Most of the stuff available is for 36 months + though, that might be a bigger issue.

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