As soon as you find out that you are pregnant with your first child you will start buying everything for the baby. By the time your baby turns 1 you will find out that you have no more room for anything but baby stuff. Many of the items are only used for a short period but take half the space in a house. A lot of times they are not very expensive and you end up buying them anyways.
The best way is to borrow them from family and friends for the short period you will be using them and simply return. Even if you are planning to have more kids, having items occupying so much space between the kids is not worth it. It is also better for the environment if you simply share it. Plastic items are very easy to clean and last for a long time.
Here is a list of toys that could easily be avoided to save space in your home.
Baby Einstein Rhythm of The Reef Activity Saucer
It is only used between the time the baby starts to stand up and walk. A Playpen or a high chair is a great alternative to keep the baby contained and near action. There also has been some research suggesting that constant jumping in one place is not good for the developing joints.
Maximum Time used 3 months
VTech Alphabet Activity Cube
The toy takes half the play room and is only good to learn the basics such as alphabet, shapes and color. It can be achieved with a much cheaper and smaller alternatives such as puzzles, books, flash cards just to name a few.
Maximum Time used 2 months
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn 2 In 1 Learning Kitchen
It is used to put balls inside a shoot but takes way too much space. You will get more value from having small toy balls and creating a small shoot from carton.
Maximum Time used 2 weeks
Big Toys that are Great
- Doll House-It can be used from about 2 years old and all the way up to preteens. It can also be used as doll storage and looks beautiful.
- Toy Kitchen-make sure you choose the wooden kind as it looks good and is very sturdy. It can be used from 1.5 years all the way up to preteens
- Toy Train Table-a great toy for adventure and skills building as the kids can design their own track. It can be sued as toys storage underneath and great for display. It can be used from 1.5 years all the way up to preteens