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Happy "talk like a pirate" day.

It also happens to be Charlotte's second birthday.

Apparently I have done something particularly awful to my brother and sister in law. I can't fathom any other reason why they would give her this for a birthday present.

Seriously - after five minutes with it, you want to shoot yourself.  Even better, if the kid wanders off, after a couple of minutes IT CALLS  THEM BACK.  I'm not making this up.

Oh, and she adores it.  Took it to bed and pushed the button over and over and over again for twenty five minutes before she went to sleep.

Belay that - I hear it on the monitor again.

Think she'll notice if I take it back and get her something that doesn't require batteries?

EDIT:  Okay, we put her to bed an hour ago.  Bedtime is 7:30.  I just went up and turned it OFF.  The howling is now raising the roof.  Sigh.  This is one of many reasons why I haven't bought her any battery-powered toys.

Thank you Bruce.  Thank you very much.



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Sep. 20th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Ever notice how those toys never seem to have any volume control?
Funny, that.

I hope she doesn't get into the habit of bringing the toy to bed with her.
Sep. 20th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Some of them actually do - VTech stuff tends to have a lower volume level available, and it truly is low. Very thoughtful of them.

She does tend to want to bring a toy or a book to bed with her, and on the whole I don't mind. I usually take it out when I look in on her before I go to bed. She's never had one interfere with going to sleep before, though.

I don't know how much of this is the novelty of a new toy. Oy.
Sep. 20th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
I suggest losing the batteries. Permanently.
Sep. 20th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
If I'm going to do that, I'm just going to take the gift receipt and exchange it for something else I can live with.

*I* bought her a toy wooden carpentry set.
Sep. 20th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
Do that. She really doesn't need electronics right now. There's dozens of really cool toys that don't require batteries which she'd have as much fun with and require more interaction from her than just pushing a button.
Sep. 20th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
I would let her keep it. But like my friend does, no batter powered toys in the bedroom. That way they don't try to play with them all night long and scare the crap out of the parents. If she can't handle that, then yes, return it. But it is a learning toy, so I don't see any harm. If it were just a toy that makes noise for the sake of noise like a car or wonder pets boat that sings the damn theme song all the time, then I wouldn't hesitate to return it. :)
Sep. 20th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
No, it's Elmo singing the alphabet song all the time. Sigh.

I figured we'd let her take it last night 1. to see what happens and 2. because it's her birthday. Tried. Results duly noted.
Sep. 20th, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth had this very toy as a baby. Yes, she played with it constantly. Yes, it was annoying at times. She also knew her letters and colors by 18 months, and I think the toy played a big part in that (no foolin'). Please consider keeping it--the novelty will wear off in a few days, and then the playing will be intermittent.

If it helps, consider this warm-up for the *really* annoying stuff to come--mostly done by her directly. Smile! :^)
Sep. 20th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
"At times?" Nonstop for thirty minutes...

I'm hoping this is the novelty factory.
Sep. 20th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Things to look forward to.... I'd say just to not let her bring it to bed with her, it's a daytime toy. (Of course, I don't have to live with it.) In a week or two (hopefully) I'd expect her facination with the thing to wane a bit.

Thus far Sophia has only one real loud toy: her bouncer. Sometimes I trip over it in the night and set it off, but for the most part we've kind of incorporated its dippy little song into our psyche and we don't really notice it.

Good luck!
Sep. 20th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
I let it go to bed because it was her new toy for her birthday. Experiment run, results tabulated, THAT isn't going to happen again!

We never turned on the sound on her bouncer. :-)
Sep. 20th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Cristopher and Teresa gave Katy something similar for either her 1st or 2nd birthday. It made animal sounds. It used animal sounds to play "Old McDonald". It had no volume control. Reese admitted that she wouldn't have given it to the kid if she'd had to live with it, and informed me that the giving of obnoxious toys was a perogative of honorary aunts and uncles. Likewise real aunts and uncles, grandparents, etc.

Katy loved the toy, but it did not live near her bedroom, or at least not anywhere she could reach it on her own.

Sep. 20th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
But I don't think I ever did that when *I* was an aunt - and his kids are in college, so it's much too late to reciprocate!
Sep. 20th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Just keep it in mind for if you ever become an honorary aunt to one young enough to appreciate that sort of noise box.
Sep. 21st, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
When you win the lottery, I suggest electric guitars & drumsets!
Sep. 20th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Happy belated birthday to your little Charlotte. How the years fly!!
Sep. 20th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Charlotte & my step-mom have the same birthday. Hopefully I'll remember both now.

I was a nice aunt, but then again you've met my brother so you know I was fully cognizant of the possible consequences. There were toys that made noise, but me being me, they were instruments.

She'll get used to it being a downstairs toy, I'm sure.
Sep. 21st, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
"Grr argg" is as close my icons get to "AAAARGH I'm a pirate!"
AHOY matey!

Victoria dressed like a pirate -- in Charlotte's honor of course. When she&Rob went off to Sitto's, she had on stripey pants and a white puffy shirt...she'd rejected the red head scarf after very few minutes. 'Pirates don't have to wear this!' she said.

I have an idea for you to turn down the volume on NoisyToy -- open it up, see if there's an obvious sound-output to tape over. On second thought, maybe ask my Rob first -- I know that works with simple piezos because they tape 'em in the lab near me all the time. But I don't know if it would be equally harmless for more complicated systems.

One of V's stacker toys had multiple sound-effects -- himself opened it up and disabled the one that plays at the push of a button. He left the one that plays when she stacked a piece on the toy.

I scared myself silly bumping her "Little People" farmer's truck one night, likewise her electronic piano. Worse yet, that MEOWS to tell you it's been left on. So V's being trained to turn things off when she's done -- because when she doesn't and I step on it, I put the toy up&away for a few days or until my adrenaline comes back down. Whichever is longer. ;)
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