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That is a beautiful present, happy birthday to her! Yes I feel the same about 'boy' and 'girl' toys.


A big happy birthday to Milla for tomorrow! I bet she will be thrilled to bits when.she sees.her new doll cot, gorgeous!

As the mother of a fairy loving, pink loving, princess dress wearing son...i hear you loud and clear on gender toys.


Cass Ward

Happy birthday to Milla. I too hate the stereotyping of toys and why I will never buy my girls the new Lego Friends Lego. They have plenty of Lego here that was handed down from thir uncle and also Lego we have bought them. I hate that the Lego friends range seem a lot less complicated than the normal Lego range too. Mind you I have one girl who was never in to dolls and one who loves them


A lovely handmade gift for a your daughter. She's a lucky girl. I've had a dolls quilt in my mind for a long time, I must get around to sewing it before my two moves on from their love of imaginative play :)


I had a girl child first and I was most determined that her toys would be gender neutral at best, or at least that her range of toys would represent both genders. I also aimed for quality on both sides. But her very strong preference was not only for traditional girl toys (tea sets, dolls, fluffy stuffed toys, glittery pink dress ups) but for garish plastic pink wherever it could be found. Beautiful cars and wooden toys were invisible to her. And then I had a boy who had eyes for NOTHING but cars, and distinct preferences for branded character cars and 'hot wheels'.

I share your strong disquiet about the gender funnel and I think remaining vigilant about resistance is worthwhile because at some point your kids will look the other way. I think denying them what they really want in that phase of life is mean however and ultimately I don't think it gets them past wanting it. Amy now has an uttere disdain for pink,


And btw - the cot is really divine!


Thanks! And interesting to hear about how your two responded to toys. I do agree it's important to let children play with the things they choose, even if they aren't what I'd choose. So far Ali and Milla have not been terribly different in the toys they seem drawn to, which is probably why I've been able to put off the girl toys for this long (Ali never really went through that big car / train stage), but Milla is definitely much more in to dolls and teddies and strollers than he was at the same age. It seems from everyone I know with little girls that they all go through a pink and purple glitter stage, and while I'm happy to buy that stuff for Milla when she wants it I'm not going to buy it BEFORE she wants it... at the moment she's still happy with wearing red and navy and playing with wooden toys, so I feel like I should make the most of it before the glitter storm hits!


Thanks, Anna! Definitely have a go at a dolls quilt, they are so quick and fun to make, and a really satisfying way to use up scraps.


Thanks, Cass. So far Milla seems very happy with the old school Lego and Duplo - I feel like that Lego Friends stuff is kind of more like Polly Pocket than Lego? I guess they were chasing a different market. One of the things I always loved about Lego and Duplo is that it seems to be one of the few toys that boys and girls and children of different ages can play together, but I'm not sure many boys would like Lego Friends since it's so obviously targeted at girls.


Thanks, Kate!


Thank you! Miss Milla is very happy with the cot, although she keeps trying to tuck the cat in... so Momo is slightly less pleased.


Gosh, I hadn't thought about the gender separation in terms of parents needing to make new purchases when they have a different gendered child the second time around! I started sanding back and painting a an old wooden toy cradle I found an op shop as soon as I fell pregnant and made a quilt for it well before i knew I was having a girl, I just figured all kids like that kind of stuff.

The thing that used to worry me the most was all the play vacuums, mops and buckets, and housework items and I was worried that they were sending very strong messages about the gender divide, but I've noticed that kids just want to reenact what they see happening, and we have ended up with a play kitchen that is completely loved by my daughter and her little boy friends too. Luckily she is too young to want, notice or care about the pink stuff yet, I have no idea how we are going to handle that when it happens- I suppose there will have to be compromise on both sides!!

You did a lovely job on the bed & quilt too btw!! :)


You did well describing your disquiet about the gender divide in toys. My oldest loved the plastic disney princess crap, and if it ever came into the house it was treasured by her. Don't even get me started on the evil that is Bratz dolls.

The cot is lovely, and It is not in that category.


Oh how sweet! Happy Birthday Milla!

I agree wholeheartedly about "girls" and "boys" toys. Stereotyping drives me crazy. Recently at the dentist, each child was given a new toothbrush after their check up. At Ollie's turn, he requested the pink toothbrush, to which the dental nurse replied "Pink! You don't want a pink one! Everyone will tease you!", to which Ollie shrugged and said, "Black then please".


It's a terrific cot. She'll always remember that you made it for her. I still have a small desk that my father made for my kids and now store it to give to my grandkids one day.

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