Christmas is just around the corner and if you are anything like me, you will be starting to wonder what to buy for all of the little people in your life. Not only do I have children of my own but I also have nieces and nephews, friends children and cousins to think of for birthdays as well as Christmas. But what do you get that will mean something, that will last and will be appreciated by the parents too? I know I certainly do not need any more plastic toys piling up in my living room and I am very wary of spending money on fad items that will only get played with a couple of times and then tossed to one side (we all know that feeling!) Continue reading “Sustainable Christmas Gift Ideas From For First Steps”
As a parent blogger, I am usually approached to review toys for one of the children. Now that’s all well and good but what about us bigger kids, eh?! We like to have fun too! Well, luckily for us, Wicked Uncle asked my biggest kid (yep, the hubby) to review some of their products from their brand new range, Big Kidz. Continue reading “Review: Being Big Kidz with Wicked Uncle”
Getting out and about is one of the things we love to do as a family. Jake has always been energetic and never one for staying still so we have had to discover plenty of ways to keep him both physically and mentally busy. As with all children, Jake goes through phases of what he likes but right now he is very much into anything with army print and involves role-playing. Having already heard of Wicked Uncle and knowing how vast their range of children’s toys is, I was very happy to be asked to review some items of my choice. Continue reading “Perfect Toys for Your Mini-Adventurers: A Wicked Uncle Review”
Toys are without a doubt special in the life of every child. They also help them form special memories and experiences. While toys are fun for your child, picking out the wrong ones can actually prove harmful to them. Furthermore, spending long hours in front of tablets and smartphones has a negative impact on the learning and development of your child. This is where wooden toys come in! Quality wooden toys are not only sustainable, durable and appealing; they are also great for the learning and development of your child. Here are the five major reasons why you should choose wooden toys for your child instead of letting your child play with electronics: Continue reading “Reasons to Select Quality Wooden Toys for Your Child”
I wanted to share some tips to help with clever kid’s toys storage because let’s face it, the toys really can and do take over, don’t they?! I already covered a few pointers in my last blog, I showed you the built-in wardrobe we made in Jake’s room. Perfect for hiding away quite a lot of items. I also showed you a clever way of hiding away the arts and craft. As for nappies, I keep these unwrapped in a chest of drawers so again they are out of sight but are in easy reach.
Old clothes I want to keep as keepsakes or in case I have another boy (if I can bring myself to go through it all again) are kept in storage boxes, tightly packed in, into cupboards.
However, the biggest pain for me has to be the toys in the front room – they just stare at me night after night! Now unless you are lucky enough to have a playroom or the space to build one, you are stuck with this eyesore in a room you once lovingly decorated and accessorised and I needed some clever kid’s toys storage ideas asap. One thing I do like to do is pack it all away once he is in bed and try and forget about it all. I don’t have the space for a cupboard or unit to hide them in my living room so my next best option were these storage sacks from eBay for £13.99.
The Raccoon style was purchased first but as a second year passed the funky fox had to be ordered too! I don’t mind these because they are fun and most toys fit inside – I alternate with the ones upstairs so they aren’t all down at once and overflowing!
Now 2, Jake is obsessed with trains and I naively bought a wooden set… but I never realised the add on’s you could get and how much this set could grow! The original box became worn and battered and as we ordered him more pieces it seemed like train tracks were everywhere. I bought a storage box from Sainsbury’s for a mere £5.99 and it all fits in – much to my amazement and joy:
Books are another item that seem to be given a lot as presents and as much as I love books they became another pain in my living room. I didn’t want to over do Jake’s room though, so I tried to find a solution that wouldn’t take over. I found a small bookcase in Argos for £12.99, just simple and white. I had seen more expensive ones with chalkboards on them and thought they were fab but at £60+ they weren’t really worth it. So, I hunted for a solution and discovered chalkboard paper on a roll!! I can’t remember the price, but it wasn’t much and there were plenty of options online. I chose to cut mine out into puzzle piece shapes by simply using jigsaw puzzle pieces as a template.
Another simple option for storing little books was this set of 3 shelves from eBay for around £6.99:
I hope these clever kid’s toys storage ideas help with storage solutions for your homes too. Happy shopping!
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