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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

I have a 5-year-old boy who likes to play with girl stuff. He doesn't like to dress up or anything like that, he just loves to dress up the Barbies, and he will even help me with my clothes by telling ...
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Should you play games with a toddler that they're very good at and always win?

I have been reading the Should you let a toddler win question and it appears to be a bad thing to let a child always win. I have been playing the memory cards game (where you have to find two ...
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How many toys are enough/ too much?

My husband and I have decided to minimize the number of toys for our daughter for a variety of reasons... we have a small house, I am unemployed also we see how greedy many children who have ...
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How can I forget children toys riffs?

Our 7 month old daughter is starting to play with toys that play music. Some of them play pieces of songs, often sung with children's voices. They are cool, but after a while the repeating riffs get ...
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Cleaning bathtub toys that squirt water

What is the best way to clean out bath toys that store water? Specifically, we have quite a few toys that have a hole in the bottom and can suck in water and squirt it out when squeezed. A few of ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

I am planning to buy some meaningful toys (puzzles, learning toys) to my friend's daughter. She has completed 15 months. Would it be appropriate to buy Rubik's cube. I would appreciate other toy ...
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Overcoming Lego Addiction

My boys (ages 7 and 9) always want to buy Lego. For the last couple of years, we've only bought Lego. They build the sets, play with them for a few days, and then take them apart again. In the end, ...
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Toy safety 3 years old - what are the reasons?

What motivates the 3 year old limit for toy safety? To make it clear, I am not referring to the choking hazard itself. It is obvious that small parts present a danger and accidents can occur when ...
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Robot to get started with programming

When I was my daughter's age (gosh do I sound old already) I had a programmable robot. It had two actuated wheels, a wobbly wheel, and 16 keys. 9 keys were numbers from 1 to 9, the other keys were &...
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Have studies shown whether toys that feature guns or other weapons prominently promote violent behavior?

Note: I am looking for referenced answers only! Answers citing one or more peer reviewed studies, or, better yet, a meta analysis of several such studies, would be ideal. Answers that reference ...
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Is it okay for a child to focus on one toy type?

My 4 (almost 5) year old daughter is currently on a kick with baby dolls. It's all she wants to play with at the moment. She wants to take her dolls to the park, for example, and play with them rather ...
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How to better engage myself with my 15 month old

My 15 month old toddler is very active and I often find it challenging to match his pace. He seems to get bored with his toys very quickly. Earlier he used to be very much interested in my laptop and ...
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How do I get play-doh out of the carpet?

We've introduced our son to Play-Doh, and he loves it. However, he's still only 2, and is not very good about watching where the stuff goes. He drops a lot of it, and then winds up stepping on it. ...
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How can I make noisy toys quieter?

My son has a few toys that are so loud and piercing that they hurt my ears (emergency trucks with sirens, an aeroplane flies around in a circle on an articulated arm, and a toy musical piano). My ears ...
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How accurate are the "Suggested Age Ranges" of toys?

Most toys manufactured today include a suggested age range, supposedly identifying the ages of children who will (safely) appreciate the toy. How accurate are these ranges? How do the manufacturers ...
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How can you preserve old teddy bear for eternity?

Both my kids have used the same teddy bear every night until they were 3 years old, so I have a special attachment for this particular toy and I would like to be able to preserve it for as long as ...
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Should I keep giving toys back to my infant when he's deliberately dropping them?

After some reading, I understand that dropping stuff is a natural part of baby's development. What I couldn't find after some research, was whether or not I should keep giving the objects that he ...
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How can I get others to respect our toy/parenting choices?

Let me explain as this sounds weird. So my wife and I are foster parents, and one of the very few things you do differently for foster children than you do your bio-children is a kind of screening of ...
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How do you pass hand-me-downs to a younger sibling without fostering resentment?

A recent blog entry that I read discussing hand-me-downs made me wonder about what it must be like to a younger sibling who receives the bulk of their clothes and/or toys as hand-me-downs, recycled ...
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Should I discourage my son from "stealing" toys from Let's Rock Elmo?

My 15 month old son has Let's Rock Elmo, which includes drums, microphone, and tambourine for Elmo to play. However, my son has several times decided that he wanted the instrument Elmo was "using" at ...
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How to encourage our guest's kids to clean up the room from toys before leaving?

We have our relatives kids at our house somewhat frequently, and we have a lot of toys here for the kids to play with. Sometimes they are here for over a night or two. But when the kids are about to ...
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Are fidgets an effective tool for helping ADHD children focus?

Fidgets are small toys or gadgets that can be twiddled, poked, and/or clicked. The idea was explained to me as giving fingers something to do that doesn't take much brain power, allowing an ADHD child ...
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Baby turning during nappy change

I have a 6 month old baby girl which started to turn on her belly. Specially during nappy changing this becomes a huge issue. The moment she gets a bit bored (30 seconds into the process), she tries ...
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Why am I hurt by my toddler saying she wanted to throw all her toys in the garbage?

My 2-year-old was throwing a fit tonight. I got home from work and my father said my daughter would not put her toys away. My daughter told me she wanted to throw all her toys in the garbage. I don't ...
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Is there any reason for my seven year old son not to play with toys appropriate for younger children?

His grandparents think he shouldn't read a book suitable for a three year old or play with cuddly soft toys (even though those are only associated with his love of Pokémon). His grandparent also don't ...
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Simple, wooden, not painted or colourful toys, bricks?

What toys are better for 1.5 years old toddler - natural, simple, wooden, unpainted bricks or very colourful ones? Natural were recommended by Rudolf Steiner (and are used in schools teaching with his ...
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Why is my toddler afraid of talking puppets?

My 2-year-old son enjoys having stuffed animals around him as comfort objects, as well as playing with toy humans and animals. Ever since the first time he saw a talking puppet (around 18 months old, ...
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How do you childproof electrical cords?

I let my 6-month-old roll around on the living room floor. She almost always heads for a cord of some kind (laptop cord, xbox controller cord, etc.) I hide the power strip, so she doesn't have ...
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How can we keep our infant safe from small Lego pieces?

We have a 4yo and a 1yo. The 4yo has been playing with Lego Duplo for a long time and it's safe for our 1yo because Duplo blocks are specifically made to be "too large to eat." It's clear that the ...
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Is it a problem to keep getting my kids small toys / trinkets? 2 and 4 year old

I have a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. Both are good kids and just have the usual kid moments here and there - but on the whole they're very good :) However, whenever we go out anywhere, ...
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Four year old does not play with toys

My four year old son pretty much doesn't play. I mean, he will usually when he has another child to play with but overall, throughout the week he doesn't play. It's driving me crazy because he seems '...
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Are boys naturally drawn to balls more than girls?

Having boy/girl twins, I find it interesting to compare their development over time. Recently my son started standing on his own and has learned to throw things. His favorite toys are balls that he ...
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How do you effectively disinfect a large amount of toys?

I work at a nursery and I have a hard time managing the toys that the kids play with. I watch them put things in their mouths, cough and sneeze on the toys, and throw everything on the ground. Even ...
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Toddler doesn't like physical activities

My 2.5 YO doesn't like a lot of physical activities such as riding her rocking horse, swimming lessons, trampolining and using slides and swings in the playground unless sat on your knee. She also ...
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What is a good system of organizing toys?

I would like to decrease the toy chaos and make it simpler to involve my 20 month old daughter in picking up her toys, without creating a system that is too complicated. We currently have 6 small ...
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Are crib mobiles helpful to infants?

I remember coming across many suggestions that we add a crib mobile to our crib for our baby. I believe that they were cited as "providing stimulation", and I recall seeing something about bright, ...
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How to properly clean the ducks and his friends? [duplicate]

You know, these ducks. My little one loves her ducks, some ducks friends, a small manual portable shower, and so on: all they go to her bathtub and we play a lot. In the end, although I squeeze, ...
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What toys tend to be a child's favorite, and why?

I heard an answer to this question awhile back, and believe it's true - though guessing it's not based on any real research. The answer being that any toy that forms a bridge between them and their ...
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How to get toddler's mind off of a single topic (vehicles)

Our son turned two a month ago. We spend a lot of time with him and give him many different toys and books to play with and learn. He used to be interested in all of it; until ~3-4 months ago. Now, ...
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How can I motivate my almost-3 year old son to put away his toys?

My son is almost 3 and doesn't like putting toys away. I'm struggling with how to develop good habits without being overbearing or punishing. Things I've tried: incentivizing. Offering a treat (...
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Playing with legos with a toddler around

I need your advice on how to get my 4-year old son to play less with legos (or to play in a more controlled fashion) when his toddler brother is around. Currently my son goes through a period where ...
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Best jigsaw puzzle's size for 5+ year old girl

My five and a half year old daughter was very found of playing with jigsaw puzzle when she was three. Then she dropped that idea completely. So I don't have any "growing" references, for best sizes ...
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I have a 1-year-old daughter. How to define the difference between buying her a toy she wants and spoiling her?

We visited a toy store and my 1-year-old daughter showed great interest in a doll and I bought it for her. It is wrong to buy whatever a child wants, and I am wondering how to define the difference ...
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Toy Preference of a Toddler

I have a 16 month old daughter. We always joke about how she'll play with anything other than her toys. Lately, I've been noticing that the things she plays with instead are more comparable to puzzles....
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What are good ways to clean plush toys?

We have toys that can't be laundered? What are some good ways to clean these infant/toddler favorites? I read somewhere that putting them in a sealable plastic bag and putting them in the freezer ...
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Should I allow toys at the table at mealtimes?

My 1.5 year old daughter is constantly carrying around her toys, and often a toy is in her hand when she comes to the table. We have already decided that no electronics will be allowed at the table, ...
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Do girls and boys need different toys?

Do girls and boys really need different toys especially when they are very young? I am speculating part of reason why girls tend to play with Barbie dolls and boys tend to play with transformers is: ...
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How can I move my toddler's interest from toys to playmates?

My kid is 2 years and 9 months now. For a year now we've been in USA and we were buying him electronic toys (buttons, music, lights, shapes, numbers), so he is very sharp at those, he can say number ...
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What are some good ways a father can engage a toddler boy who is 1 year and 8 months old?

My toddler boy who is 1 year and 8 months is fond of running, climbing, falling down. He has had several bruises on his head but does not care. He was playing in bed even when his hand was on a sling ...
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What should I consider when choosing a bicycle for a 5-6 year old child?

What should I consider when choosing a bicycle for a 5-6 year old child? I'm interested in both safety facets as well as functionality/features. The child has experience with trikes and a LITTLE ...
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