One of the things we have decided is that we do not want to have a child who has excessive number of toys and grows up to be an excessive consumer. We would also like to avoid plastic toys and lots of baby/child paraphernalia focusing on timber toys and environmentally friendly products.
But what about babies who have no concept of ownership, wants or consuming? Babies need stimulation to develop and many toys are designed to help develop a babies sight, hearing and sense of touch. So do we relax a bit for the first 12 months and allow some plastic as well as new and second hand toys that may not meet our eco friendly criteria? I am hoping we can borrow a baby gym (a play mat with a frame over the top with things hanging from it) or get one second hand as I think it will have a fairly limited lifespan.
Yesterday my brother in law and sister in law came to visit and they brought with them a large tub of excess toys from their now 2 year old son.
They were happy for us to take anything we wanted and pass the rest on to a charity shop and coincidentally just last week saw the delivery of a charity bag to be collected on Wednesday. This meant we had to do a quick sort through and pack up the rest ready for collection on Wednesday.
|A stack of foam tiles|
|A pile of toys to give away and a few we are keeping at the front.|
After sorting through everything we decided to keep just 7 items. A junior gardening box that we will put away for much later, a soft rattle, a wrist rattle (goes around the babies wrist), a hanging decoration that I suspect came from oxfam and is hand made, a toy that hangs on a baby gym. a ball with a bell rattle inside and a little truck that moves when you push down on the driver.
These are the items we chose for now but whether we end up keeping them all is another thing.
I am also not sure about all the foam clip together tiles. Will we use them? Will they just be a pain to pick up and put away? We have tile floors in the kitchen dining area so would these make a nice soft buffer between baby and floor if I need to have the baby in sight on the floor when I am in this part of the house? If anyone has used these happily let me know.
|Toys all packed up ready for charity.|