Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Purging the Baby Toys

When Henry was a baby, Morgan and I had no idea what Montessori -- or any other natural learning philosophy -- was. We just sort of went with a more commercialized and {this might not be the right word} "typical" American view of baby raising. This included a lot of plastic, noisy, light up baby toys. 

Now, let me stop here and say, I don't think there is anything wrong with these types of things. Henry has plenty of it still, even with our Montessori and natural parenting inclinations. But, as we've matured as parents, I think Morgan and I have gravitated away from these products. 

So, with baby Nora we are going to try a new direction. Baby toys that light up, make noise or otherwise serve no purpose but to entertain are out. I don't think we will get rid of all plastic, because that's not in our budget, but some of it may go too. 

She will obviously still have access to Henry's stuff, but we may even cut-back on his stuff over time. There are just so many great alternatives out there.


1. Minnesota Teether
2. Wooden Teething Rings
3. Bell Rattle
4. Wooden Baby Car
5. Knitted Nesting Bowls

6. Rainbow Stacker
7. Clutching Toy
8. Ball Cylinder
9. Triangles
10. Wooden Keys

Just a note -- None of these are affiliate links, and none of the products are things that I own or have been given. These are just products I would love to have in my home for baby Nora! 

Anyone else use mostly natural toys or Montessori toys with their baby? Are there products you would add to this list?

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9 comments:

  1. You know we are super into a minimalist toy approach, and we love simple toys. Our kids too, they don't miss the plastic fischer price toys.

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  2. I can vouch for #5. One of the best toy purchases! They are versitale, soft, and colorful fun.

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  3. We were just like you the first go-round, but I definitely want to make it more simple the next time around. Great ideas!

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  4. i so appreciate you listing my nesting bowls! i have three kiddos and had to learn how important and versatile simple toys are, and the nesting bowls were a part of that process.

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    1. They are so beautiful! I was happy to feature your shop!

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  5. I actually got some crocheted jungling balls from a market for my 2 year old to throw (it is apparently a long drawn out phase for us!) as he is a thrower when he gets cranky, but I keep thinking they will be perfect for the next bub to roll/feel/play with as they have a cool texture. I have gone through the same evolution in philosophy as you guys so this time round plastic noise is not on the agenda!

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  6. Thanks so much for the ideas. Our little guy isn't interested in toys just yet, but he will be soon. I hate the thought of having lots of big, plastic things everywhere.

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  7. Thanks so much for including our Ball Cylinder! When we started our company it was so that I had better baby shower gifts. =) I hope either of these starter packs meets a price point for others: the smaller Newborn Pack http://www.beginningmontessori.com/newborn-pack/ or the larger Five Pack http://www.beginningmontessori.com/five-pack/ We stuck to natural materials as much as possible for our baby: cloth rattle, silver rattle, bell rattle, small wood grasping beads, silver interlocking rings, crochet interlocking rings, and Sophie the giraffe were early grasping materials. Lots of mobiles and accordion or board books.

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  8. Kids always love to play with some new things. Things that create sounds, things that move, things that sings; kids love them whatever it may be. There is no definition of a toy. You can surprise your kids by designing some stuffs in your own hand too. It's quite interesting to up-bring a child. New couples feel the excitement of having a children for the first time. However, these toys which you have mentioned seems so cool for the little toddlers.
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