Too Many Toys

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The KISS principle (which stands for Keep It Simple, stupid) relates to just about every area of our life. Not surprisingly it begins when our children are little.

Visit the home of any family with little kids and you see toys, toys, and more toys. The overabundance of toys makes each toy less special, less noticed and less valued. I have often found that putting toys away for a while and rotating them offered a better chance for the kids to appreciate them more.

But, as often happens the problem that many of us experienced, was resolved a mom.

Lori Pope launched Baby Plays, a web-based company that rents toys, think of it as a Netflix for toys.

Customers pay $28.99 a month to get four toys a month for three months and $35.99 a month to get six toys a month for three months. Families willing to sign a yearlong contract can get six toys a month for $31.99.

Baby Plays’ inventory includes popular toys by brands such as VTech, LeapFrog and Playskool as well as more obscure European manufacturers. Pope keeps at least seven of each kind of toy in stock so she can fulfill almost every request. She plans to double her inventory over the next two months.

Pope mainly stocks sturdy, easy-to-clean toys with few parts or parts that are easily replaced. She searches Web sites and catalogs for popular toys that are appropriate for small children and meet all European and American safety standards.

Guess the kids would really look forward to a visit from the UPS driver!

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4 Comments »

  1. […] (just after the holidays), my house would look like this.  Toys everywhere.  Photo from the blog, Parental Wisdom. Now seemed a good time to feature interesting storage ideas to help corral the mess.  First up is […]

  2. decorarts said

    Hi, As you can see above, I used a photo from your blog and linked back to it, in my post today on toy storage (lots of people probably feel they are busting at the seams at the moment. ) My blog is called Decor Arts Now and can be found at http://www.decorartsnow.com. Hope you like the post.

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