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Are You Getting Most From Your Toys?

By Dalene Joubert

Did you catch this?
 A while ago you downloaded 2009 Best Baby Toys. By now you must have read it, right? What you'll notice is that this guide applies wherever you live or shop for baby toys. Or whatever your baby's age. Together with 7 Must-Ask Baby Toy Questions you have a very comprehensive system for choosing the right learning toy for your child. What I hope to share with you here are a few ideas to further stretch the learning and money value from your baby toys.

Dear Friend,

Children have specific preferences, just like the rest of us. Once they have a range of toys you'll notice they'll prefer to play with certain ones and almost ignore the rest.

That happens and is quite normal.

The problem is they quickly get bored with the same old toys and eventually end up wanting new ones all the time. Or they only want to play with the same ones all the time.

But here's a great way to keep them interested in their toys for a much longer time.

Buy a few large buckets, containers or even bags. Divide the toys into a few different groups. How many toys you have in each group will be determined by how many toys you have, and what kinds of toys.

But as a general rule keep it to about 4-6 toys per group.

Try to include different types of toys - that's texture toys, building things, music playthings in each of the groups. But, don't despair if you don't have so many types of toys.

Put each of these groups into a container and store them out of reach and sight from your child… leaving her with only one set to play with.

Every 7-10 days exchange the present set of toys for one in another container. Take away and store the existing set.

This technique forces your baby to play with a range of toys and automatically develop a full range of skills. Another thing I like about doing this is… it keeps them interested in their old toys for a lot longer. And your place is always a bit neater

Until next time, God bless!

Dalene Joubert

P.S. You may also want to number your containers to remember which one to open next!

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