I love Barbies and I love playing Barbies with my two little girls. But my girls are 3 years old and almost 2. So they have a total of 3 Barbies, with maybe 2 outfits between them. The first thing I did when the Barbie boxes got opened? Threw away those super cute Barbie shoes.
I made sure I was the one who opened the boxes so my older daughter didn’t have a chance to see the Barbie shoes. I knew if she caught a glimpse of them, I would never hear the end of the crying and whining about keeping the shoes. She doesn’t understand that those cute pink ankle boots are really cute pink choking hazards for her little sister.
Jordan was three when she got her first Barbie at her birthday party from another little friend. Maddy was only 15 months old – the perfect age when babies are becoming toddlers and learning about the world. One of the best ways they learn is by putting everything in their mouths. And cute little Barbie ankle boots would be one of the first things to go in that mouth.
So, I had no choice. I HAD to ban all the Barbie shoes and not allow them in my house. Which is unfortunate for me, because one of my favorite parts of playing Barbies is the shoes. I’m not too old to play with Barbies, and that’s one of the perks of having little girls – an excuse to play with dolls again.
Now that my daughters are getting a little older, we have another little baby on the way. So no more Barbie shoes for AT LEAST another 3 years. By then my oldest will be about 7 years old and will have gotten used to barefoot Barbies.
And you know what? I’m not too sure I want to deal with Barbie shoes. Ever. Even when they’re not a choking hazard for little babies and toddlers, they are still small annoying toys that will disappear only to get stepped on in the middle of the night.
So, the only thing to do is come up with some reason to tell my girls that Barbie shoes are banned in our house forever. Sorry friends, you can bring your Barbies over to play, but leave the shoes at the door.
What should I tell my daughters about why Barbie shoes aren’t allowed? The truth or something a little more creative?
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