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12 Ridiculously Expensive Things That Some Parents Buy for Their Babies

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The undeniable benefits that children derive from playing with toys can sometimes lead to a dilemma. The issue arises when we link these advantages to the notion that expensive playthings are a necessity, compelling us to deplete our resources on talking plush cacti and other lavish acquisitions. As new parents enthusiastically welcome their first child, their boundless excitement often leads them to amass an excessive collection of toys in their fervent pursuit of ensuring their little ones’ happiness.

It only takes a few minutes to realize that the new owner of the flashy toy car doesn’t care for flashy. In an online forum, people discussed the things they bought for their first baby that were useless or a waste of money.

1. Potato Over Toys

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A one-year-old received toys at Christmas worth over $190. The little lady was the centre of attention, everyone gave her something to play with.

She chose to play with a potato. We can’t blame her, we love potatoes in all shapes and textures. Mashed, fried, boiled, and raw as a toy.

2. Pretzels on a Plane

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Travelling with a child can be chaotic, and it helps if you carry one of their favorite toys to help them manage boredom in flight.

One user shared their child’s preferred toy on a flight. “On the airplane? He cried if he didn’t have the bag of pretzels to crinkle.”

3. The Spatula

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One parent shares his son’s favorite toy, “Ya, … my son loves kitchen utensils. The spatula is his favourite.”

Maybe that’s a sous chef in the making.

4. Salad Tongs

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I’m convinced parents should shop for babies’ toys in the kitchen section.

One user shares, “My son is obsessed with a pair of salad tongs. He will run around and try to pinch us all with them.”

5. Train Set vs Tupperware

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One online conversation contributor fondly remembers their Christmas when they were kids.

He says, “When I was a toddler, my parents got my sibling and me a really awesome train set. But in the process of getting it all set up for Christmas morning, they forgot about the stocking stuffers. So, they filled our stockings with spare Tupperware lids.

Guess what we spent all of Christmas playing with?

I guess it wasn’t the awesome train set.

6. Newborn Tricycle

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One enthusiastic 12-year-old uncle emptied his savings to buy his first nephew a tricycle. Except, newborns don’t ride tricycles.

Unfortunately, the little gift got lost when they were relocating later. It’s the thought that counts.

7. $10K Necklace for a Newborn

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Children don’t need jewelry, it’s cumbersome, heavy, irritating and definitely unnecessary. Not for one flamboyant granny.

When her grandchild was born, she “Bought the baby a 10k diamond snowflake necklace since the baby was born on winter solstice. Even the mom was like, you’ve lost your da*n mind.” A user shares.

That necklace alone can pay for a year of college.

8. Terrifying Swinging Cradles

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A parent shares, “We bought one of these automated swinging cradles. Even at the lowest setting, the thing would just move too fast. [The] result [was a] terrified-looking baby that just wanted to get out. Hilarious to watch, I must admit, but not useful.”

9. Big, Useless, Toys

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Kids from large families tend to get a lot of toys, especially the grandiose ones that adults imagine they will enjoy.

One user says her daughter gets a ton of toys from everyone, but guess what she prefers to play with?

“Think of every big toy idea an adult thinks a kid will want, and she’s got it. Meanwhile, she prefers to have me read bargain bin books to her, and she has three puzzle pieces (not the entire puzzle) that she carries around with her everywhere.” She explains.

10. Pots and Pans

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Kids are attracted to pots and pans like flies to dung.

One contributor says, “My parents (my 2 y/o daughter’s grandparents) buy my daughter TONS of presents, they don’t need an occasion or anything. Honestly I keep trying to tell them to take it easy, because honestly at home she tends to play more with pots and pans and tupperware cases than with her toys.”

11. Toys in the Closet

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Many toys are good, but a child can only play with so many toys at once.

One family is so overwhelmed by their child’s toys that they have left most of them unopened in the closet.

They narrate, “We literally have a closet of unopened toys my two-year-old got for his Birthday and Christmas or other occasions … We plan on giving them out slowly through the year as he gets bored with things. We have so many toys already, and they just keep coming.”

12. The Box is Way More Fun

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Children will most likely love the packaging more than what’s inside the package.

One user advises, “Don’t buy your kid huge, expensive gifts because they’ll probably get more enjoyment out of the box.”

They always do.


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