For Toby’s first birthday we bought him a toy tool bench. I got it during the recent toy sales. There was a choice between 2 which looked very similar; one was made by a well known company and was $40, whilst the others was a store brand and was $20.
Both had several activities, both made a range of ‘fixing’ type sounds, and both played a tune or 2. They genuinely looked so similar, so I naturally bought the cheaper of the two.
Unfortunately, there was one difference that I didn’t notice until later: the cheaper toy does not have an off switch. That’s right; we can not turn it off when we have had enough of the noise. The off switch would definitely be worth the extra $20!
Here is my tip for purchasing toys; check there is an off switch. While Toby is asleep tonight, I may just need to remove the batteries… just for a day or 2.
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