I know there's a thread on boys and dolls, but it's got rather long so just wondered what you think I should do:
ds2 is 3 later this month. He has seen in the Letterbox catalogue a pink dog on a lead which is clever because it "wiggles" as you "walk" it - the lead is solid. He is passionate about dogs, but is not interested in the brown lab pictured next to this pink poodle. He has a doll and loves pink (aided by having an older sister with lots of lovely pink things) and no-one in the family has an issue with this. What I'm wondering is how quickly is he likely to grow out of this? I just don't want to buy this thing and then find that 3 months down the line he's not interested, where the lab might be a little longer-living! However at the moment he really is not interested in the lab! What do you think?
If your DS really wants it and you don't have a problem then I'd just get it. How old is your DD, maybe she would happily play with the dog once your DS looses interest in it. My DS turned 3 last weekend and has already lost interest in a few of his toys! He will probably start playing with them when I try and pass them on at Christmas!
Believe me, he has plenty, and really, plenty, of dog stuff already - soft toys, posters, books, jigsaws, 2 real life dogs. How water bottle covers, pencil cases. Nope, there is no steering away from this pink poodle. I could just not get it. There wouldn't be an issue there. But I know it's something he wants, and it looks quite clever. I think he'd really enjoy it.
Let him have it. No matter what you give him the only thing that he wants is the pink dog and they'll never be good enough. My friend's son wanted a pink kitchen. His Italian father couldn't cope with the thought, bought him a huge train set and track. He bought the kitchen but hid it at the back of the Christmas tree. His son wept until he saw the kitchen. Ignored the trainset and played with the kitchen for months. Eventually he went of the kitchen which was then passed down to his two sisters.
bellababe, if it's any help I painted ds's finger and toenails whatever colour mine were, so sometimes pink, sometimes deep red, until he stopped asking me to, which was when he was about 5 and peer pressure kicked in!