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post #41 of 65
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I'm sorry, I'm laughing reading your post too.  `When DD was a baby, we received a giant stuffed half horse...

Which half?

post #42 of 65
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Which half?

 

The top half.  It was like a horse head and horse torse with a saddle.  It was kind of disturbing.  Thoughtful, but disturbing.

post #43 of 65
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The top half.  It was like a horse head and horse torse with a saddle.  It was kind of disturbing.  Thoughtful, but disturbing.

Which brings me back to the question in my head, why horse heads on a stick?  I mean, that's disturbing too if you think hard enough.  

post #44 of 65
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Which brings me back to the question in my head, why horse heads on a stick?  I mean, that's disturbing too if you think hard enough.  

 

I agree ... are those called hobby horses?  Those have always kind of freaked me out.  They seem kind of macabre.  The wooden ones with yarn hair are fine, but what about these:

 

 

It's like a horse head on a pike!  Falada!

post #45 of 65
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Originally Posted by cyclamen View Post

 

I agree ... are those called hobby horses?  Those have always kind of freaked me out.  They seem kind of macabre.  The wooden ones with yarn hair are fine, but what about these:

 

 

It's like a horse head on a pike!  Falada!

Been there, done that!  My DD has one that she rides wildly around the apartment, yahooing like she's some mistress of the high plains.  My problem is...can't get past the medieval implication of heads on sticks.  It's a gross-out thing for me.  Anything that looks beheaded to me is bizarre and not right.  

 

Must say, though, that the horse in the picture above has a lovely face!

post #46 of 65

Ds went through a phase a few years back where he would only go to sleep with all of his stuffed animals piled on top of him!    He's such a sweetheart; he will only get rid of a toy if I tell him I'll donate it to a charity so another child can enjoy it.  

post #47 of 65
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Ds went through a phase a few years back where he would only go to sleep with all of his stuffed animals piled on top of him!    He's such a sweetheart; he will only get rid of a toy if I tell him I'll donate it to a charity so another child can enjoy it.  

I know!  The constant struggle is that my DD is so attached to every single one of them.  We recently gave her easel to a family that really needed and could use it, and she cried great tears but had a certain resolution with the idea that someone else benefited from her stuff.  I often ask myself why humans are so emotional about parting  with their stuff.  I'm like that.  DH is like that.  I see that in DD.  It's like we're squirrels or something.  We have to save up for whatever.  Evolution perhaps?

post #48 of 65

We have that problem, too. Every so often, DD will ask if we can go through her toys to donate to Goodwill, and every time, I hope she'll include some stuffed animals, but alas, no.

 

We do the every Christmas/birthday thing, where I tell them it's time to go through their toys so that some other kid who might not be able to have toys otherwise might get some, and to make room for new toys, but I still can't seem to kick the stuffies! I like the idea of rotation, that way, they know they still have them, but they aren't cluttering everything up. They don't play with them regularly, but somehow DD, at least, knows *every* one of her stuffed animals, and if they're missing. *sigh*

post #49 of 65

OK, I just had a visual of somehow threading yards and yards of stuffies into a gigantic garland -- you know, like popcorn?  hide.gif
 

post #50 of 65
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I'm laughing throughout this whole thread, because four years later *I* am still agonizing over what to do with this thing:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Huggable-Plush-Stuffed/dp/B000AXMK32

 

My husband's brother/SIL/kids got it for my son when he was born.  It freaked the cat out and lately it's been in our room because it's been freaking DS out.  (My son's name is Leo, I think they thought they were being cute, and they live in a giant McMansion, so I guess they never considered the space this thing would take up in a small 50's cape cod.)

 

Yet, it was such an expensive gift and I can't seem to get rid of it...my son has a manageable amount of stuffies so far, it's the other "treasures" he insists on keeping around... ;)

 

We had a couple of animals about that size. One lived on one of DS's bunk beds until we got rid of the bunk beds and other items, including that stuffie. The other still lives on top of DD's tall wardrobe. The wardrobe is over 5 ft. tall and the stuffie is out of the way up there. It's awkward to use for other storage since it's so high up and most other decorative accessories get lost, so it's actually worked out well. Although that stuffie is now atrociously dusty. Not a good idea for allergy sufferers.  

 

Oh, and both of those life-sized stuffed animals freaked out our dogs.  

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OK, I just had a visual of somehow threading yards and yards of stuffies into a gigantic garland -- you know, like popcorn?  hide.gif
 

 

Some people make stuffed animal wreaths for home decorations.  I've seen them as nursery gifts and Christmas gifts.  Not me, so anyone can comment as they like. I know it's not to my taste. 

post #52 of 65
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I'm laughing throughout this whole thread, because four years later *I* am still agonizing over what to do with this thing:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Huggable-Plush-Stuffed/dp/B000AXMK32

 

My husband's brother/SIL/kids got it for my son when he was born.  It freaked the cat out and lately it's been in our room because it's been freaking DS out.  (My son's name is Leo, I think they thought they were being cute, and they live in a giant McMansion, so I guess they never considered the space this thing would take up in a small 50's cape cod.)

 

Yet, it was such an expensive gift and I can't seem to get rid of it...my son has a manageable amount of stuffies so far, it's the other "treasures" he insists on keeping around... ;)

 

OMG!  My son would totally love that but I can completely understand the frustration you must feel.

 

My first thought was "that is the sort of thing someone who doesn't have kids buys as a gift" then I re-read your post.

post #53 of 65
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Been there, done that!  My DD has one that she rides wildly around the apartment, yahooing like she's some mistress of the high plains.  My problem is...can't get past the medieval implication of heads on sticks.  It's a gross-out thing for me.  Anything that looks beheaded to me is bizarre and not right.  

 

Must say, though, that the horse in the picture above has a lovely face!

 

I am seriously in tears laughing over this "half-horse" conversation!  I had one as a child and it was probably my favorite toy.  So thank you very little for putting the medieval "heads on sticks" image into my head!

 

DS has not one but two hobby horses.  (one from each of my divorced parents)  At first, he absolutely hated them because when you squeezed it's ear, it lets out a high pitched whiney.  Now, he loves them.  My dad bought him a cowboy outfit to compliment the horse so his rides are very dramatic.  Send your DD over, CatsCradle, and they can ride around our backyard.

post #54 of 65

I went to one birthday party where the party favors were the stuffed animals that the birthday boy was willing to give away -- and they were great. We don't have a lot, and I did give away some. We are starting to get more now that dd is old enough to know that she can ask to buy a toy. Sigh. If there are allergies in the family, you could just say that only the washable ones stay. Or you could start washing them in the machine (maybe at a laundrymat for so many), using a lingerie bag, and the ones that fell apart could be recycled.

Have you heard about Frankenstuffies (sp?)? Not sure your kids would like it though.

http://diondega.tumblr.com/post/3032364494/my-baby-frankenstuffy

post #55 of 65
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I went to one birthday party where the party favors were the stuffed animals that the birthday boy was willing to give away -- and they were great. We don't have a lot, and I did give away some. We are starting to get more now that dd is old enough to know that she can ask to buy a toy. Sigh. If there are allergies in the family, you could just say that only the washable ones stay. Or you could start washing them in the machine (maybe at a laundrymat for so many), using a lingerie bag, and the ones that fell apart could be recycled.

Have you heard about Frankenstuffies (sp?)? Not sure your kids would like it though.

http://diondega.tumblr.com/post/3032364494/my-baby-frankenstuffy

 

OK, that's great!  And I'd forgotten all about this, but DS1 was a college freshman when he came down with swine flu (pardon me, "influenza-like illness") that first year it was making widespread and public rounds.  Thousands of miles from home.  On his birthday.  So his dormies got him one of these:  http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Microbes-Flu-Orthomyxovirus-Plush/dp/B000NO9HJS/ref=pd_sim_t_16

post #56 of 65
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OK, that's great!  And I'd forgotten all about this, but DS1 was a college freshman when he came down with swine flu (pardon me, "influenza-like illness") that first year it was making widespread and public rounds.  Thousands of miles from home.  On his birthday.  So his dormies got him one of these:  http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Microbes-Flu-Orthomyxovirus-Plush/dp/B000NO9HJS/ref=pd_sim_t_16

OH, those are one stuffed toy I love! One christmas everyone in the house got a disease from me.mischievous.gif

post #57 of 65

There is hope! A light at the end of the tunnel!

 

My two dds are serious stuffed animal hoarders, but as they have gotten older (11 and almost 9 now) the obsession is starting to fade a little bit. We just had a yard sale at their prompting and they probably sold or donated 50 stuffies and are donating the money to save the sea turtles. Of course that means we probably still have 100+ in our absurdity...

 

I loved stuffies as a kid, though, so I have more sympathy for their obsession than DH does. For a long time they really were the favorite toy around here and there were elaborate games with them, etc. Dd1 has moved on to some other things (Littlest Pet Shop, anyone, and YouTube LPS videos?) and dd2 is not as focused on playing games with them as she is just snuggling with some. She does still love tons of them, though.

 

We did put a bunch of them in the basement for 6-12 months and the girls went through them and donated a lot of them to the yard sale. Personally, I'd rather have stuffies than something with little itty bitty pieces that are always getting lost like a bunch of PlayMobil, or Barbie shoes, or Polly Pocket accoutrements. I hate those tiny pieces of things because my kids are not OCD enough to take care of them and put them where they need to go and then the little bits end up as vacuum cleaner candy. With a stuffie at least I know where it is and it's easy to pick up and most of them are big enough the vacuum can't eat them.

 

I just view it as a "this too shall pass" phase. One day they will grow out of them. Unlike nilatti's DH, I only have a handful of the stuffies I grew up with and I am ready to part with many from that handful and maybe keep 2 or 3 and if you pushed I might get rid of those too. I'd guess that most of us, as adults, are like that. I don't have too many of my grown up friends who still have stuffies from their childhood. One day, someday, your kids, too, will be ready to let them go. 

 

I think many parents have a "thing" about stuffies, though. I do know several moms who can't stand them, and I never have really understood exactly why. I mean they aren't educational or anything, but not all of our other toys are educational either. I think they must be kind of one of those things that you either love or you hate.

post #58 of 65
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The availability of stuff toys now is simply amazing to me.  I think I had a teddy bear when I was young and also had a stuffed kitten that I made myself when I was a teen.  We were also surrounded by a lot of real-life pets when I was growing up, so maybe that was a good distraction. 

But as a child didnt you have that one thing you collected? for me many years ago it was stickers. yeah i hear you - there werent as many plushies then. but we still had that behaviour. 

 

i think its important for them to have that collection. your dd seems to remember every one of them. with her memory i would not remove even one.

 

story here. so dd had this gigantic elephant. she ignored it and never really played with it. so i gave it away. even now at 10 dd talks about the elephant even though she does not play with plushies too much any more. just little ones to hang on her backpack.

 

it pains me every single time i hear her talk about her elephant. 

 

i tell you if i'd known in hindsight how much dd would have missed elephant i would never have given it away. 

 

i really do think those stuffed toys or whatever they are collecting are a coping strategy. 

post #59 of 65

My two younger daughters are attached to their stuffies too. I tried toy jail many times but decided it wasn't a battle I wanted to pick anymore. One day I decided (after the GIANT stuffie box had exploded for the millionth time all over the room so that it was a deathtrap),....to suggest we donate some to little kids who didn't have any. At first they were a bit reluctant but then they got on a role and we had a decent sized box at the end and they were having a blast sharing their stuffie love. :) May have already been suggested (didn't have a chance to read all the prior posts) but thought I'd share what worked for us.

post #60 of 65

MariaMadly, the mice story is so beautiful.  I loved the line about how your child wasn't going down without them.  We have so many stuffies here -- each one loved and important --- they seem to multiply on their own.  My 9-year-old says he's going to keep them for life.  But then again, his mama didn't give up sleeping with her beloved bear until she was over 30 and married ;)  I still have guilt over the big stuffed Sponge Bob (aka Big Bob) that I took to Goodwill when my son was 3.  It had been in hiding for a while and sure enough, the day I dropped it off, DS asks, "Where's Big Bob?"  Like other posters, its hard for me to wrangle this one --- other toys, easy -- but stuffies, no way.

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