Friday, February 22, 2008

Dear Toymakers of the World.

I am going to make this a generalized letter since I find all brands at fault, Mattel, Little Tikes, Leap Pad - all of you.
Let me first say that most of the time I appreciate you all. My child does need something to occupy him when I am not in the mood to play doctor for the zillionth time. So you do provide me my much needed down time. But I do have a few complaints or suggestions if you will that you should begin to take into account when designing future toys.

  1. When creating the toys please note the repetitive sounds that they make. Then ask yourself WOULD I like to hear that sound over and over and over again. Maybe take it home and have your child try it out on you. While you have a migraine. Just try it and if you can tolerate it for several hours at a time whilst the toy is directly in your ear or being slammed on your head, then by all means put it on the shelves.
  2. Please, for the love of god make the battery covers easy to take off for parents. There is nothing worse than a screeching child wanting to play with a beloved toy while you are frantically trying to figure out if you need a philips head or a flat head. Then you realize you need none of the above, you need a ratchet.
  3. Create all of your toys with an OFF button. Preferably a switch one, not one that looks like the rest of the buttons on the toy. When I need peace at night I want to turn the damn thing off. It also helps for not scaring the poo out of me when it decides to go off at 3am.
  4. Lastly, when designing the boxes that will hold your toys please do not zip tie everything and then SCREW it into the box. It is a pain in the ass, especially on Christmas Eve and Day when I am trying like a mad woman to get the thing out for junior to play with.

That is all for now. I hope my suggestions assist you in your future design efforts. On a closing note if you choose not to follow these ahem suggestions then please do not be offended when I come to your house with your annoying toy and slam it against your head until you have a migraine.



Keri said...

AMEN honey ! I detest those little wire ties, screws, and freakin bolts to keep the littlest part in !! come on just make it easier.

Law Student Hot Mama said...

My son has something that requires watch batteries. What the hell - who has watch batteries lying around? It sucks.

Hyphen Mama said...

Here, here! I thought the same thing on Christmas Eve and Day, when I had to cut, unsew and unscrew toys out of the boxes. UGH.

Zoe said...

you go girl. i mean how many freaking wires does it take to tie little people into a box????