Toys, toys everywhere! Most parents accumulate an abundance of toys and books for their little ones. It can make a room—or the entire house—look cluttered if all that kid stuff isn’t contained. The solution is to look into toy boxes to hold children’s playthings, bins for organization, and bookshelves to keep their favorite stories in order.
How do I pick a toy chest for my child’s room?
In addition to the style you prefer, make sure you select one with dimensions that fit your storage needs. While a smaller toy box might be perfect for the minimal toys your infant has, remember that your child will soon amass an astounding collection of toys.
For ultimate versatility and added seating in your child’s room, look for a toy chest that features a bench. If the chest includes a cushion for comfort, select one with removable padding for flexibility in use and ease of cleaning. If you would like the option of a mobile toy chest, purchase one with wheels.
Are toy boxes dangerous?
The second danger is from children accidentally getting trapped inside the chest. To reduce the risk of suffocation in such an event, purchase a toy box with ventilation holes or handle cutouts that allow for the flow of oxygen inside the chest. It’s also important to avoid lids that lock—especially ones that lock automatically. As with everything pertaining to your children, the best way to keep them safe around toy boxes is to supervise them.
How can I keep smaller toys organized?
If more than one child will be using the storage unit, consider selecting bins in one color for each child so he or she knows exactly which bins are his.
So far I only have a few books for my baby. Do I really need an entire bookshelf?
The great thing about children’s bookshelves is that they serve a variety of purposes; they can hold books, mementoes, trophies and other important items. Until you have a huge collection of books, think about using it as a toy shelf as well. Whether using it for bookshelves or toy shelves, however, bear in mind that removable and adjustable shelves offer the greatest flexibility. Also, if you select a heavy, wooden unit, make sure it comes with an anti-tip kit.
Kids’ bookshelves are available in a variety of styles, so think about both functionality and style when making your selection. Bookshelves that match the decor of a room or your child’s interests - anything from safari animals to dollhouses - will add personalization to your selection.
If space in your child’s room is at a premium, consider a corner bookcase or a revolving kids’ bookcase that offers compact storage and easy access to items.
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“The best gift I received at my first baby shower was an adorable toybox, complete with several stuffed animals inside. I didn’t realize until my son was about six months old just how useful of a gift it was! When his toys started piling up, I had the perfect place to store them - in his very own personalized chest. It was such a great idea that now, when I’m invited to a baby shower, that’s the gift I give. All of the recipients love it immediately because it’s so cute, but I receive the real heartfelt ‘thank you’ about a year later!”