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Childminders, where do you buy nice toys?

(9 Posts)
Littlepurpleprincess Wed 30-Sep-09 10:41:03

I need some dolls. All I want is a nice, plain baby doll, preferably plastic so the children can bath them and I don't have a fortune to spend. I regularly check my local charity shops. ELC is too expensive. I can't even find one on Ebay. Why are all dolls super expensive, weeing, crying, talking things, or super sluts?

I have a very boyish boy at home and I'm way out of my element buying girly toys here. Where do I look?

nancy75 Wed 30-Sep-09 10:44:13

i'm not a childminder, but my dd does have a thing for dolls so am well qualified! tesco on saturday had quite a few dolls for about £10 and some of the more expensive crying/weeing ones reduced.

Littlepurpleprincess Wed 30-Sep-09 10:46:42

Thankyou. We haven't got a big Tesco's round here but we've got an Adsa!

Numberfour Wed 30-Sep-09 11:15:50

"super sluts" grin

I HATE HATE HATE those dolls, LPP and refuse to have them in my house. But then i have a son only so that makes it easier. none of my CMed girls (or boys, for that!) have asked me to get any, though. But the answer will be a resounding NO!!!

Littlepurpleprincess Wed 30-Sep-09 11:26:50

Do you remember, back in the day, when Barbie was a PRINCESS!!!!

coral Wed 30-Sep-09 11:57:11

Have you got a smyths toy shop near you? I got some great dolls in there for £8.99 each - look on their website for Lots to Love Baby - they come in 4 different skin tones, the dolls have different expressions and they can be put in the bath. I bought 4 and the kids love them - even my daughter who is now 12 and has hated dolls all her life admits theat they are actually quite nice!

Littlepurpleprincess Wed 30-Sep-09 20:29:03

thankyou Coral I will have look at the ebay shop!

StrictlyAvadaKedavra Wed 30-Sep-09 20:41:58

I got my whiter and black basic baby dolls from Toymaster for about £7 each, anatomically correct and all that, no clothing but I bought some first size nappies and then some newborn baby clothes from the charity shops

atworknotworking Wed 30-Sep-09 21:44:10

I got some boy / girl ones from Boyes the same as they have in the EY catalogues, they sell for about £30 in their, got mine for under a fiver, no clothes, but then I find the children only take them off anyway grin

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