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Mommy Dearest: Baby Drools on Toy and Mom Puts It Back!

Mommy Dearest,

My friend and I like to take our kids shopping together once a week. The children keep each other entertained, and we get a chance to gab and buy groceries or birthday gifts and necessities. But, there's one thing that makes me uncomfortable — my friend lets her 3-year-old son and 11-month-old daughter each choose or hold on to a toy while we make our way down through the store. Then, she shelves them before check out. On our last trip to Target, she gave her teething daughter a plush toy that was covered in drool by the time she put it back. As a customer, I wouldn't want to purchase a germ infested item for my child. Do you think her practice is appropriate?

— You Play, You Purchase

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You Play, You Purchase,

I've seen this happen a lot while out shopping with my own kids. And, it's the reason I reach to the back of the shelf when buying things like stuffed animals. I'd like to think that those that are harder to reach haven't been gnawed or drooled on. While it's one thing to let a child try a rocking horse or bike floor model, which is put out for that purpose, it's another to have them use an item as their own and not pay for it. Is there a reason your friend doesn't pack a teether or small toys in her diaper bag? Or, at a place like Target have her kiddos select something from the $1 bins to occupy them so she can also afford to make the purchases? I'd suggest those options since her current practice makes you uncomfortable.
– Mommy Dearest

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Liss1 Liss1 6 years
That is so gross! The sad thing is how does she know someone else didn't do the same thing and her daughter is sticking someone else's germs/drool in her mouth.
Roarman Roarman 6 years
My son took a stuffed mouse from IKEA and sucked on its ear and arm the whole time we were there. It was soaked. It was pretty gross actually. So I bought it. I mean I couldn't just put it back, he slobbered all over it. I even held the tag out for the cashier so she wouldn't have to touch it. If my son grabs a toy at a store that I have no intention of buying, I take it from him and put it back.
Roarman Roarman 6 years
My son took a stuffed mouse from IKEA and sucked on its ear and arm the whole time we were there. It was soaked. It was pretty gross actually. So I bought it. I mean I couldn't just put it back, he slobbered all over it. I even held the tag out for the cashier so she wouldn't have to touch it. If my son grabs a toy at a store that I have no intention of buying, I take it from him and put it back.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 6 years
I usually bring a toy from home for my daughter to play with, or like bsobos said I might pick out a toy and buy one occasionally. It is gross, but I wouldn't say anything. It would just cause a lot more hassle than it's worth.
bsobos1123 bsobos1123 6 years
Wow, I would never have even thought of that. I just usually bring a toy from home for my 11 month old to play with or I pick one out and buy it at the end of the trip.
ginns ginns 6 years
This is probably really weird, but I usually grab a toy from the pet section rather than the kids toy section so I don't feel as badly about my kid using it while I shop.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
Obviously gross, but you aren't her mom, so it's not for you to say. And if you did say something, she'd find fault with you rather than her choices.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
Of course that's gross and rude to other people, but I think that saying anything about it would cause a fight and hurt some feelings. Some people just think that sort of thing is OK for some reason. It's sort of like buying clothes and wearing them with the tags on and then returning them, except this is grosser.
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