I wish I could empty every room in my house and start again. Only bring in things that a) I love and b) are safe and healthy for my family.
This is especially true of our girls’ playroom. It looks like a plastic rainbow burst in there. It’s a disaster, 99% of it is plastic and I’m sure some if it is coated in lead paint. I try to keep up with the recalls but with a new one every week, it’s hard to ensure that every toy your little ones are playing with are truly safe.
I can’t afford a “do over” but have been trying to be much more careful with what I bring into the house now. Here are two of my most recent purchases that I adore.
I wish that I had only purchased these types of toys for the girls right from the get go. And even though we are trying to cut back on toys, especially plastic ones and oodles of stuffed animals, we can’t control what they get for gifts.
We did a rewards chart for Abby for the month of March to help with some behavior problems. She got enough stickers to earn herself a new toy. She’s known what she’s wanted since the first day of the chartt when we explained the reward chart to her. It gets my stamp of approval! A wooden bead set!
Anyway, I thought I would list some of my newly discovered favorite online stores in case you are looking for some great toys for your wee ones.
www.melissaanddoug.com (LOVE Melissa & Doug stuff. Available at Chapers too!)
I find that the simplest toys are the ones that have the most staying power. The classics that kids don’t get sick of. Abby’s current favorite toy is a wooden train set my mom got her. She’s played with it almost daily- the first few days for HOURS – for atleast 7 or 8 months now.
I’d love to buy more locally but there isn’t much demand for wood, basic toys so it’s hard to get a hold of around here.