As we should all be aware now, Target has dropped gender labels from their toys, bedding and other products. No longer are there girl toys or boy sheets. While many are applauding this decision, it seems others are left scared and confused.
One Twitter user asks, “So how am I going to be able to tell what is for boys or girls? Why are we going to confuse kids at a young age?”
Very good question, indeed. That is why we here at the DadBros are putting together a helpful little guide when it comes to shopping for your little ones at Target.
1. Look at the packaging.
There a lot of hints and tells on toy packaging whether or not the target audience for that product are boys or girls. Boy packaging tends to have blacks, blues and greens while girl packaging tends to have pinks, purples and reds. You might also notice a picture of a child playing with the item on the box. Is that child a boy or a girl? Odds are good that the gender on the box is the demographic the toy company is aiming at.
2. Ask yourself if it is a toy you would have played with as a child or would it have been for the other gender.
Do you remember being a child once? You do! That’s great. Just ask yourself, “Would me as a boy (or girl) have played with this?” Your answer will be a very good indication as to whether or not the item in question is appropriate for the child you intend to receive it.
3. Talk to your kids.
This is the best thing you can do. Find out what your kids actually like and buy them those things. If you have a girl that is into Ninja Turtles, she’ll probably like Ninja Turtles toys. If you have a boy that wants an Easy-Bake Oven, don’t buy it, because those things are way over priced and you can just teach your boy to make awesome brownies using real ingredients and kitchen tools that will leave everyone far more satisfied.