I have a few weeks off from work and I am loving spending my days with my son. We plan little adventures every day but also make sure to take time, slow down and spend one on one time doing art and reading books.
Today we took a trip to … Toys R’ Us…and oh my…SENSORY OVERLOAD. We don’t frequent toy stores and I try to keep the stuff in our house to a minimum. I have always believed in owning fewer quality toys as opposed to loads and loads of inexpensive toys. Thankfully, we have also been blessed with hand me downs and haven’t had the need to do much shopping.
With that being said I was totally overwhelmed with trying to shop in Toys R’ Us with C. Holy cow, there is so much junk! We walked through the store and it was hard to navigate the isles. I was also shocked by the amount of plastic. Everything was plastic, it was difficult to find any wooden toys.
Of course, I couldn’t resit taking a stroll down the gender aisles. Everything was as expected, overly feminine dolls, babies, and dress up clothes and hyper masculine action figures, cars, and sports for boys. I was interested to see that the majority of the toddler and infant toys were fairly gender neutral; kitchens, learning toys, stackers, blocks, etc… there wasn’t a lot of pink and blue designated toys. It was the older kids toys that really started the separation. I made a point to walk C down both the boy and girl isles. Honestly I think he was so overwhelmed by everything around him that he couldn’t take it all in.
We won’t be taking a trip back anytime soon. I only wish I had thought to take photos!