Mar 162012

Since Thomas has been able to situp on his own he has been spending hours each day playing with his toys. This has been wonderful as we have been able to engage motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Thomas loves all of his toys, except for one…

This police car toy has a siren that goes off when you squeeze the “hood”. When Thomas hears this siren he will cry. He could have been playing with this car for twenty minutes and if he hits the siren (or I do by mistake)… he cries.

There are dozens of other toys that Thomas plays with on a daily basis that he has no problems with, even with sounds in them nearly as high-pitched as this car. I’m not sure what the issue with this car sound is. I hope that this is something that he grows out of.

What about you?

Are there toys that would make your kids cry when they saw them, heard them, or played with them?

  26 Responses to “Thomas Cries at One of His Toys”

  1. There were more toys that made ME cry than my kids ;) Seriously, though they each had toys that would just unnerve them. My older son would get upset at this toy where you press the button and a character pops up. The snapping sound would startle him. He grew out of that sometime after the first year.

    My younger son’s phobia is a little funnier. His Grandpa saw this remote controlled Winne-the-Pooh and thought it was the best toy ever. He kept trying to engage my son with it but he would back away screaming every time. Grandpa kept trying but no go. He never did warm up to that toy, and Grandpa had himself his very own Pooh Bear toy :)

  2. My daughter was terrified of a flower that had a high pitched musical song in it. She cried intensely whenever someone set it off. I was really worried about it at first, but after removing it from play things we forgot about it.

    She is 6 now and always reacts to electronic sounds, she is highly sensitive to them. Television, radio, music, beeps, cell phone’s ringing, total interrupts whatever she is doing. So I think that her earlier reaction to the flower was similar to my freaked out reactions to velvet on my fingertips, silverware on my teeth, or nails on a chalkboard. Just a genetic quirk she got from her dad and I. It must have been really awful with baby eardrums though.

    I would totally just get rid of the car until he is a little older, maybe he could deal with it better then because he’d have more control over its ability to make sound. Nowadays, my daughter still has the little flower, but she never squeezes it :)

    Growing Mama

    • Thanks Growing Mama for a great reply! We have put aside the toy car for now. It had been months since Thomas had seen it, perhaps we’ll try it in a year or so and see how that works! I don’t want him to break down when he hears sirens!

  3. Bo, my now 17-year-old, was terrified of two things: Koosh balls and the siren on a fire engine. The former was a textile issue; I don’t think he liked the way they felt in his hands, and he still doesn’t. The latter was more problematic because he would begin to cry whenever he heard the siren, whether at home or out and about. The irony? His father is a firefighter.

    I have difficulty when someone whistles. Not only is it annoying, but there’s something in the tone or pitch that bothers my hearing. I’m sure it was the same issue when my son was little. He is no longer bothered by the sound, most likely due to the damage done to his hearing from listening to loud, awful music. ;)

    • Haha..

      He is no longer bothered by the sound, most likely due to the damage done to his hearing from listening to loud, awful music. ;)

      This cracks me up… I have to imagine that most parents feel this way about the music their kids listen to.

      I have no doubt there will be textures that Thomas won’t like holding as both his mother and I already strongly dislike some textures (me microfiber). Whether we find them when he is young or not, who knows…

      Thanks for the reply :)

  4. Is it hard to be a dad?

    • Joel,

      Being a father has tough moments but more fun and proud moments. Parenting is definitely made easier when you can share the responsibility with another person. If I were alone and raising my son this would be extremely difficult. Being able to rely on my wife and count on her support, love, and care makes everything that much easier.

  5. Hey, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can read about it here:

  6. Love love love what you’re doing here and just wanted to say a quick hi and thanks for “liking” over at yobobe.

    • Yolanda, I love what I’m doing here too! Thank you for coming by and commenting. I appreciate it very much!

  7. Your son’s face…….classic, ” Seriously Dad? After the day I’ve been through!” so cute!

    • Haha.. well he has this look most of the time where he is just taking in his surroundings… most people ask if he is tired or just woke up but I tell them he is staring into their soul. ;)

  8. Hi, Thanks for liking The Skeptical Woman blog. I really enjoy your blog and your most recent one reminded me that my daughter had singing and dancing Mickey Mouse doll that freaked her out so badly we called him “Creepy Mickey.” We had to get rid of him.

    • Syrena… hehe Creepy Mickey… I’m sure that we’ll have other toys Thomas hates and have to get rid of them, ones we’ll even nickname. This makes me wonder if this is harder when you have multiple kids as one may love the toy and another may hate it… especially if they are at the age where they know how to antagonize one another…

      Thanks for visiting and the comment!

  9. My daughter hasn’t really had a toy that she’s scared of, or that would make her cry, but she is terrified of her dad’s feet. Yes, his feet. I don’t know if it’s because for the first 10 months of her life she never really saw them because he always has socks on, or if it’s because they are big and hairy. She is just scared of them. She stares at them and makes faces. She cries if he tries to go near her with his bare feet. One time when he tried to make her touch them, she just started screaming. It was kind of funny at first. Now I have to tell him to stop bothering her and let her get used to them on her own. She has no issues with anyone else’s feet. Just his. Go figure. By the way, we have the exact same baby gate. We used it to put around our tree at Christmas time.

    • Wow that is odd and perhaps one day she will be able to explain to you her reasons for not liking your husbands bare feet! Thomas currently grabs my feet when he sees them but they are usually socked.

      We love this baby gate for a few reasons… it was very inexpensive and is very large… we do need to get another one to block off our entertainment center before Thomas starts crawling so he doesn’t cause any trouble there but right now this one is just to keep the dogs out of Thomas’ play area :)

      For anyone interested the baby gate is this one… North States Superyard Play Yard, Classic XT doesn’t seem to be as inexpensive as when we bought ours.. we paid $45… currently around $65.. maybe it will go on sale?

  10. Oh what a cute picture! He’s like “dad do not bring out the police car, I’m serious!” we havent had too much problems on this front. It’s usually me who wants to cry at the sound of high pitched toys…

  11. That is pretty funny that is scared of the sound from that police car! At Christmas time, my daughter didn’t like the scary Santa Claus that my mum had in her house – but even I’m scared of that horrid toy!

    • Hehe.. I remember having a LOT of Santa’s around the house growing up. My mom was practically a collector. Some were definitely scarier than other!
      Thanks for the reply!

  12. Sirens make me cry too.

  13. I thought my daughter would never get to like her stuffed toys. She’d either throw them aside or run away screaming. Now we’re happy if she just tolerates them, haha. Maybe she’ll get around to liking them when she gets a bit older.

  14. I was at one of our city parks the other day and a young child, probably three or four, was pointing and crying. I walked over to see what was happening. He was pointing to this big inanimate monster on the playground. It really was a monster, too. Who puts those things on playgrounds? I wish we could put pictures in our comments because I’d show you the monster. I was crying because some idiot put that big monster on the playground!

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