When LP was born we tried to avoid having a house full of pink. She suited wearing bright colours and had a wardrobe full of bright and beautiful things. When buying toys we bought neutral colours and because of our love of wooden toys this was fairly easy to do. I wanted a house with minimal pink and because of this we found that we didn’t really push pink ‘girly’ things on LP, the one pink thing she did have was a pink wooden kitchen for her second Birthday because it was cheaper than the neutral one!
Having said that, LP is now three. She has a mind of her own and if we are shopping and she likes something then I’ll make note of things to get at a later date. LP has recently decided that she wants to be a Princess or a Fairy and dance around the room constantly. She loves pink, it is her favourite colour and if asked what colour of something she would like, it would be a pink one.
On the other hand, LP wants to go into space, she wants to visit the moon and she wants to take her brother there too. But when we were sent a rocket tent to review recently what was LP’s comment after playing with it for days? “Can we get a new rocket please Mummy? I want to go to space in a pink one!”
The point of this post? I think children will play with whatever colour toys they have and Little Man will always play with his older sister’s toys regardless of whether they are pink or not. But then children will get their own minds, their own ideas and they will have preferences of their own and based on LP I don’t really think you can influence this too much. We have a home that is pretty free of pink aside from pink Mega Bloks, a pink wooden kitchen and a few things in LP’s wardrobe and yet she adores pink now, a colour that we have avoided as much as possible.
So really, let kids be kids, let them play with what they want and in the end they will work it out for themselves.