She, He and Everybody: The Appreciation of Today's Gender Neutral Toys

 Milton & Goose

Milton & Goose

Parenting has changed. Parents have changed. Childhood has changed...

...and, overall it's a liberating and refreshing thing to realize how much we as people have evolved. 

Stereotypes are no longer as cookie-cutter as they once were, and living in a society where trades, hobbies, careers and everyday tasks are no longer assumed to be gender-specific; I am SO glad that we have adapted it in all areas - especially in raising our children.

When I discovered I was expecting I immediately knew I wanted a gender neutral nursery. I had yet no idea what @LittleMrGray would be, but I knew I wanted nothing to do with pink and nothing to do with blue. I didn't care to have something so defining for our son, and plus - I also knew that if we get on the baby-planning boat again in a few years; anything I'd save would be easy to re-use for a second baby, regardless of sex. Nothing looked too masculine. Nothing looked too feminine. It turned out perfect. It was honestly super easy to do, and I think that I have our modern cross-gender society to thank.

Vintage Toy Ads from the 1980's-1990's

 Ikea

Ikea

Attributing to the same 'now-this-is-cool' modern-parent revelation; I remember a few months ago having a conversation with my love saying that I couldn't help but notice how different toys are these days. Specifically, how gender neutral they are now made to be. See, when I was growing up, there were girl toys and there were boy toys. Or at least, it was the assumption that they were to be used as such, based off of marketing. Things like play kitchens were always packed with pinks, purples, and oozed feminine attributes. The cars, the fire trucks, the play tools were all marketed for boys. Now, that's all done away with and I absolutely love it because we, as parents, in fact - should always be encouraging our children to be anything they want to be, regardless of gender, anyway! So whether your daughter wants to be a firewoman, is obsessed with building or play a sport like baseball, or your son wants to be a chef or own a playhouse; I am so happy to see that in the toy market, the world of pretend-play has done away with gender barriers for our little ones! And like my love pointed out anyway, a show like Master Chef is flooded with men winning kitchen rounds left and right on the daily! No longer is this the 40's and 50's where it was assumed that the kitchen only belonged to the woman and I'm glad the reality is seeing itself for our tots; because in a house like mine - The Hubs does most of the cooking simply because he loves to!

Speaking of kitchens - here's a round-up of some of my favorite gender neutral kitchens for modern day pretend play for your little one! I'll be picking out one of these for @LittleMrGray soon, and when I do, I'll come back with an update! What's your take on gender neutral toys?

What's your take on gender neutral toys?