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is it normal for a 21 month old girl to be so obsessed with Peppa Pig?

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lels99 Thu 21-Jul-11 14:22:24

My daughter is 21 months and obsessed doesnt quite cover how she reacts to Peppa Pig. The first thing she wants to do in the morning is watch it (I dont let her), she then moves on to play with peppa figurines, the only books she will read are about Peppa etc.

I struggle to get her to share her Peppa toys at home, but a few trips to the naughty step usually works. However when I picked her up from nursery today, she had been bullying other children and refusing to let them play with the nursery's Peppa toys. When we went to leave another child had a Peppa toy that she wanted. I wouldnt let her and marched her out the room, where by she then had the biggest tantrum I have ever seen, it lasted a whole hour sad

As a result of this, i have hidden everything Peppa related in our house in the hope she will become less attached. Not sure if A. im being to meanand B. if this is normal behaviour?

Ringosbaby Thu 21-Jul-11 14:27:15

It'll pass. DD was obsessed with it too when she was about 2. She called us all Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig etc. Her Aunties and cousins were all characters like Suzy, Rebecca etc even though they were nowhere near their rl names. If you didn't answer she would get really cross.

It stopped after a few months. When she was 3 she was obsessed with the Lion King, which was worse as we were Mufasa and Serabi. Her new baby brother was Zazu and my poor Mum was Pumbaa!!

bubbles12 Fri 22-Jul-11 20:23:22

Normal! My DD called me Mummy Pig for ages and would only answer to Peppa. I would let her keep the toys and books, if she enjoys it and it makes her feel happy and comfortable then just go with it.
Children are often protective about their toys, nothing to worry about.

Our Peppa phase lasted ages and she still loves it all but is now prepared to also watch another programme - Ben and Holly. Oh the joy of the fairy phase!

stupefy Fri 22-Jul-11 20:26:52

YES! entirely normal. My DS is in love with Pippin, and Auntie Mable.

With DD it was Postman Pat, Snow White and now Dr Who.

They BOTH love Peppa grin

Marne Fri 22-Jul-11 20:32:49

Yes, its lasted a while in our house, she's now 5 and still likes to watch it.

I'm 28 and i am obsessed with Peppa Pig grin.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 22-Jul-11 20:35:52

My DD is 18 months and scarily obsessed with Peppa. She says Peppa, George, BingBong all the time, screams during the adverts. Pig is the first word in the morning and last thing at night. I was starting to really worry!

thisisyesterday Fri 22-Jul-11 20:42:42

i@m going to be the voice of dissent and say actually, i don't think that that level of obsession in an under-2 is particularly usual

i mean, i only really have my own, and my friends kids to go by, but none of mine have had the attention span to sit and watch programs under about the age of 2.5, and certainly none have been obsessed with characters at that age.
then again, i don't think mine really watched much telly at all at that age so maybe that is why? not sure

refusing to let other children to play with nursery toys of her favourite character seems really very extreme!

i don't think you're being mean at all. I think sometimes it's easy to encourage obsessions cos you are bombarded with all sorts of merchandise everywhere you go, and when you think "oh she'll love that" and pop it in your shopping basket it all adds up and you reinforce that obsession.
so i think that taking a step back from peppa at home and reading other books, watching other things on the tv , playing with other toys can only b e a positive thing whatever way you look at it

bigTillyMint Fri 22-Jul-11 20:44:12

Marne I see your 28 and raise you - I'm 46!

And I love Charlie and Lola smile

GwendolineMaryLacey Fri 22-Jul-11 20:45:09

I'm a bit surprised that you're putting a 21 month old on the naughty step, particularly for wanting to play with her favourite toys. How odd.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 22-Jul-11 20:49:37

DD loves pigs in general. Wibbly Pig, Pigling Bland, Old MacDonald pigs etc.

manchestermummy Sat 23-Jul-11 14:46:35

My DD1 was a bit like this (not so much now). These days she wants to play Peppa Pig. I usually have to be Mummy Pig (sometimes Daddy hmm)

I have a friend with a 21 month DD. She's not saying a great deal, but the other day she pointed at the TV and said "Peppa" - as clear as anything...

On the other hand, obsessions can be useful sometimes. My DD1 was quick to potty train but refused to poo on the toilet/potty. She was obsessed with Something Special at the time. My MIL made up some elaborate story about Mr Tumble doing poos on the toilet (complete with actions and sounds effects grin grin grin) and it worked a treat!

fishandlilacs Sat 23-Jul-11 15:12:51

if she has little freinds coming around, put the peppa stuff away and involve her in getting out some toys that she is willing to share.

theowlwhowasafraidofthedark Sat 23-Jul-11 15:20:51

My daughter was like this. She's now replaced it with a ben and holly obsession. In her sleep last night she was shouting about no magic being allowed at elf school....

lels99 Mon 25-Jul-11 07:46:39

She has accepted that Peppa has gone on holiday quite well and seems to be a bit happier now she's not obsessing over when she can next watch an episode (this is yesterday - she only watches a little tv in the morning when im getting ready, and a little around tea time smile )

GwendolineMaryLacy - why not use the naughty step? She is old enough o understand that if she does wrong that will be the punishment. Plus I wasnt putting her on it for wanting to play - it was the tantrums.

Peppa may return from holiday this week smile

yellowsubmarine41 Mon 25-Jul-11 08:00:57

My dd wasn't allowed to be interested in Peppa pig, but she was certainly very persistent and determined my 21 months.

These are desirable character traits, I am lead to believe <sigh>.

sugarbea Mon 25-Jul-11 11:16:54

Op I have peppa pig downloaded on my iPhone for bus journeys! grin blush que judgy pants mum next to me tutting while her baby screams the bus down and mine is happily singing the bing bong song! hmm Maybe if it's causing a problem sharing you could hide the toys when she has friends round until she grasps the concept with her other toys and save peppa when she's alone. IMO peppa is a bit too bossy for me grin

lels99 Mon 25-Jul-11 20:16:53

ooh thansk sugarbea may have to download that app!

trixie123 Mon 25-Jul-11 20:49:41

DS has been totally into it for about two months now and shows no signs of stopping. he is almost 2 and admittedly we have been using it a bit so I can deal with newborn DD but although we occasionally worry about it (first thing he says in the morning, when we pull up outside the house etc) I adopt the mumsnet mantra of "this too shall pass" and look at the positives - he is picking up lots of vocab from it and shows no interest in any other TV at all. It DOES allow me to deal with DD and he gets so much pleasure from it - why deny it? We limit it to 4 (ish) episodes at a stretch and so long as we tell him its tghe last one he doesn't protest at it being turned off. I would say relax, there will be far bigger things to worry about down the line I suspect.. smile

Iggly Mon 25-Jul-11 20:54:46

I can understand why she doesn't want to share toys - she's a bit young for sharing. I don't think that's something to punish as she won't get it.

As for being obsessed with peppa, well I could see DS being like that if we let him watch Thomas the tank engine (he loves it after seeing a few episodes when ill) so now restrict it.

MyBaby1day Thu 04-Aug-11 05:41:22

I think let her enjoy it. 2 little girls i know ADORE Peppa Pig and i've bought them gifts about her. It's quite sweet when you think about it. I had phases growing up of things i loved, before you know it it will be something else. Don't think you should punish her for loving her Peppa!!, but obviously bullying isn't right, maybe a new approach like "you and that little girl both love Peppa Pig-isn't that nice?, now you share her". Hope it all works out o.k. with her little friend

MyBaby1day Thu 04-Aug-11 05:43:49


peasandlove Thu 04-Aug-11 06:03:48

mine was obsessed with Maisy at that age, Peppa at 2 1/2 and now Dora as well.

lookatthatmess Thu 04-Aug-11 07:16:16

Hi, haven't had chance to read all the posts but dc go from one thing to another.
My dd has gone from liking:
Nightgarden to wayballoo,to Mickey mouse club house, to Dora and now she loves Thomas the tank. and wants to play with it, watch it every day.
I don't think you should worry too much. they go through different phases.

Sirzy Thu 04-Aug-11 08:36:40

Ds is the same age and obsessed with cars. Shopping trips are a nightmare at the moment as cars stuff is everywhere and he expects to get something when we see it - he is regulary disappointed!

Purpleprickles Thu 04-Aug-11 08:47:46

Ds was the same at the same age, he loved Fireman Sam- all of his games would be with fireman Sam figures or imaginary games where he was a fireman, we'd have to watch Sam on tv and he could concentrate on it the whole progamme. The only godsend was that we didn't have many Sam books so we could still read different stories. His obsession has lessened now although we have also gone through a Buzz Lightyear obsession.

I think it is entirely normal too. I think in response to thisisyesterdays comment earlier that some children really enjoy character play and others don't at all. Some children tend to be really physical and love to be outside running around and climbing etc. My ds would always prefer to be playing with a character toy or being a character.

I wouldn't hide all of her peppa pig toys as she will grow out of the phase and really does it matter that she just loves to play with them? I think it is a good idea to maybe put them away friends come round just to avoid the sharing fights. As others have said 21months is very young to understand sharing. Ds used to be very protective over his Sam toys as they really where the most precious things in the world to him. At the height of his love for Sam we used to go out a lot so that he did get experiences other than being a Fireman grin But honestly they were the only things he wanted to play with for a long time.

Finally have you been to Peppa Pig World? It's excellent and your dd would love it grin

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