5 Things I *HATE* About Toy Shops

Oh, how I hate Toy Shops: Smyths, Toys r Us, Early Learning Centre and now THE ENTERTAINER!

The toy shop variety is expanding and the want from our little ones is becoming more and more demanding by the month! Yesterday, I visited good old Crayford retail park. I only live up the hill so thought I’d get some fresh air and sun and take a walk into Next and Boots.

We hadn’t even reached Next before my 19-month-old had noticed where we were. Even though the toy shop is out of view, she remembered the location and where this journey usually ends up.

At this point, all I’m hearing is “TOYS, TOYS, MAMY, TOYS”.


Now this is not the normal ‘we’re going to the park’ excited. No, this is ‘I’m so excited my voice is on continuous, loud, screaming mode, my arms are shaking like mad and I’ve now learnt how to rip myself from this buggy in seconds’ mode!


“These tantrums are a weapon rather than a logical extension of being overtired or feeling frustrated” 😂 Never give in or this will reward the behaviour and things will get worse by the aisle! We hadn’t been in the store for 5 minutes when the “I wants” started. Now, I usually start with “let’s have a look and see what lovely toys there are”.

YUP, never works.

I’ve been advised to try to go into the store with a mindset of telling the child why they are there, for example, buying a gift for another child (which by the way also never works). I have learnt with my little one that waving goodbye to each toy she picks up helps, then moving very swiftly on.


Yes, there is always that one little speed racer trying out every bike on the stand, racing like a mad meerkat around the store telling you he’s “COMING THROUGH BEEP BEEP”!

This has now started off another tantrum with my little one as she now ALSO wants to speed around the store on a very large “unsafe” display bike. Great.


So your child has now screamed the store down, turned purple due to holding her breath in tantrum, people are now staring, other children are now zooming past my feet on skates, my blood pressure has hit the ceiling and all I’m thinking is “I need to throw whatever I have in this bloody trolley and get out of here.”


When was buying a stuffed toy so expensive? I mean the toy has no sounds or buttons, literally just stuffing, and is way over £20!

They should be paying ME to take an over excited child into their shop without having a breakdown!

Set rules before you leave the house guys.

Stay strong.

Rachel Millington is a mum of two. In her spare time, she works in PR, hanging out with people who are all a good 10 years younger and a lot more glamorous than her, which is terribly good for the self-esteem. She also volunteers for Mind & MumsAid, because she very definitely believes that maternal mental health matters. She can be found tweeting (/ranting about politics) @rachmillington and is also charting her absolute hatred and despair of the weaning process on instagram @mummyledweaning (whoever said it was easier second time around LIED).