Tue, 06 Dec 2005
Today I went for a lunch with a friend and former co-worker of mine. He gave me a present for Iva - a little stuffed penguin - very neat toy. It has one serious drawback - it plays a melody when a button inside it is pressed.
I did not realize this before giving it to Iva. She has of course pushed the button soon, and when she heared the melody, she started hysterically crying. I don't know why, but she is extremely afraid of animal-shaped toys which play a melody or any other kind of electronic sound.
It has happened to us before - usually unsuspecting friends or relatives give her a plush toy which plays sound, and it quickly ends up in our drawer or as a present to some other child, often after making Iva hysterically crying. The strange thing is that she is not afraid of all toys that play sounds - she has for example got a toy PDA which plays melody when a button is pressed, and she has got numerous rubber toys with whistles, and she is perfectly OK with them. Just stuffed animals with electronic sound are a big no-no.