|"Cat tails and dog treats are toys, right?"|
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(My sweet mother-in-law got me a case for the sewing machine they got me for Christmas!)
We were talking about this very topic with our good friends last night. They came over for dinner and afterward we were entertained by Ayden's shenanigans. We got his tunnel out and after playing in the tunnel for a while, he moved on to the packaging, as babies almost always do. As I handed it to him, and was actually encouraging him to explore it, I looked up and said, "This probably has some sort of warning about how I should not be doing this" and low and behold it sure did. He touched it and manipulated it a bit, realized that it wasn't as cool as he thought it might be and moved on. No harm done.
The older Ayden gets the more clear it becomes that he really doesn't need many toys. It is nice to have some that he can safely play with when I am busy and can't watch him as closely but for the most part he spends his time exploring every non-toy he can find. This is why we are adopting a Montessori, minimalistic toy rotation system. We got his new toy shelf which has space for 9 toys. And that is all he will have out at a time. This will make clean up easier, especially when he starts helping with that, and will encourage him to focus longer on toys since he won't be distracted by so many choices. When we notice he stops pulling out a certain toy we'll know it's time to rotate it out and replace it with a different one. This will keep old toys new and exciting and will prevent us from having to purchase more and more toys.
After Ayden's birthday I plan to transition his room from the current baby-friendly set up to a more kid-friendly set up. I'll be moving some stuff around, putting more clothes in his dresser drawers and transforming his closet into a storage space for the toys that are out of rotation. I've done a lot of reading and research and think we are really going to like the new set up once it is in place.
Do you use a toy rotation system? Pease share any tips in the comments below!