Annoying Toy Shopping List
Unfortunately, there is a great divide between what parents want for their kids and what kids want. We parents like it when toys have an equal amount of learning potential and play value (ie. the kids play a for long time without our intervention).
Kids like toys that are loud, garish colours and have tiny pieces that we step on in the middle of the night. This leads to a natural tension around the holiday season as we want our kids to be happy but we don't want to be disrupted by their toys. For example, kids love toys that play the same song repeatedly and they especially love it when that song drives mommy and daddy crazy.
The mommies at The Bump feel that these are the worst baby toys to get, and they are pretty close; especially with the ban on stuffed animals. Those things proliferate in our house but luckily our dog performs a sort of natural selection on them to keep the population down.
Sometimes people with no kids ask me what they should get their niece/nephew/godchild. And I always say that if you want the parents to like you buy them something like books or puzzles and if you want the kid to like you and you don't care what the parents think, buy them something from the following list.