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How many toys are enough/ too much?

My husband and I have decided to minimize the number of toys for our daughter for a variety of reasons... we have a small house, I am unemployed also we see how greedy many children who have ...
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Cleaning bathtub toys that squirt water

What is the best way to clean out bath toys that store water? Specifically, we have quite a few toys that have a hole in the bottom and can suck in water and squirt it out when squeezed. A few of ...
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How can I make noisy toys quieter?

My son has a few toys that are so loud and piercing that they hurt my ears (emergency trucks with sirens, an aeroplane flies around in a circle on an articulated arm, and a toy musical piano). My ears ...
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How to better engage myself with my 15 month old

My 15 month old toddler is very active and I often find it challenging to match his pace. He seems to get bored with his toys very quickly. Earlier he used to be very much interested in my laptop and ...
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Have studies shown whether toys that feature guns or other weapons prominently promote violent behavior?

Note: I am looking for referenced answers only! Answers citing one or more peer reviewed studies, or, better yet, a meta analysis of several such studies, would be ideal. Answers that reference ...
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How accurate are the “Suggested Age Ranges” of toys?

Most toys manufactured today include a suggested age range, supposedly identifying the ages of children who will (safely) appreciate the toy. How accurate are these ranges? How do the manufacturers ...
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How do I get play-doh out of the carpet?

We've introduced our son to Play-Doh, and he loves it. However, he's still only 2, and is not very good about watching where the stuff goes. He drops a lot of it, and then winds up stepping on it. ...
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Simple, wooden, not painted or colourful toys, bricks?

What toys are better for 1.5 years old toddler - natural, simple, wooden, unpainted bricks or very colourful ones? Natural were recommended by Rudolf Steiner (and are used in schools teaching with his ...
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Should I keep giving toys back to my infant when he's deliberately dropping them?

After some reading, I understand that dropping stuff is a natural part of baby's development. What I couldn't find after some research, was whether or not I should keep giving the objects that he ...
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How do you pass hand-me-downs to a younger sibling without fostering resentment?

A recent blog entry that I read discussing hand-me-downs made me wonder about what it must be like to a younger sibling who receives the bulk of their clothes and/or toys as hand-me-downs, recycled ...
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How can you preserve old teddy bear for eternity?

Both my kids have used the same teddy bear every night until they were 3 years old, so I have a special attachment for this particular toy and I would like to be able to preserve it for as long as ...
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Four year old does not play with toys

My four year old son pretty much doesn't play. I mean, he will usually when he has another child to play with but overall, throughout the week he doesn't play. It's driving me crazy because he seems ...
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What toys tend to be a child's favorite, and why?

I heard an answer to this question awhile back, and believe it's true - though guessing it's not based on any real research. The answer being that any toy that forms a bridge between them and their ...
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How can we keep our infant safe from small Lego pieces?

We have a 4yo and a 1yo. The 4yo has been playing with Lego Duplo for a long time and it's safe for our 1yo because Duplo blocks are specifically made to be "too large to eat." It's clear that the ...
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Are crib mobiles helpful to infants?

I remember coming across many suggestions that we add a crib mobile to our crib for our baby. I believe that they were cited as "providing stimulation", and I recall seeing something about bright, ...
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How to properly clean the ducks and his friends? [duplicate]

You know, these ducks. My little one loves her ducks, some ducks friends, a small manual portable shower, and so on: all they go to her bathtub and we play a lot. In the end, although I squeeze, ...
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Are boys naturally drawn to balls more than girls?

Having boy/girl twins, I find it interesting to compare their development over time. Recently my son started standing on his own and has learned to throw things. His favorite toys are balls that he ...
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Should I discourage my son from “stealing” toys from Let's Rock Elmo?

My 15 month old son has Let's Rock Elmo, which includes drums, microphone, and tambourine for Elmo to play. However, my son has several times decided that he wanted the instrument Elmo was "using" at ...
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Toy Preference of a Toddler

I have a 16 month old daughter. We always joke about how she'll play with anything other than her toys. Lately, I've been noticing that the things she plays with instead are more comparable to ...
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What are good ways to clean plush toys?

We have toys that can't be laundered? What are some good ways to clean these infant/toddler favorites? I read somewhere that putting them in a sealable plastic bag and putting them in the freezer ...
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Balancing toy interest and value with noise

We got the Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Poppers toy. Our daughter loves the toy and it is really encouraging her to crawl and even to work on getting from her tummy to sitting to put the balls back ...
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How to encourage our guest's kids to clean up the room from toys before leaving?

We have our relatives kids at our house somewhat frequently, and we have a lot of toys here for the kids to play with. Sometimes they are here for over a night or two. But when the kids are about to ...
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How do you effectively disinfect a large amount of toys?

I work at a nursery and I have a hard time managing the toys that the kids play with. I watch them put things in their mouths, cough and sneeze on the toys, and throw everything on the ground. Even ...
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Where can I find good toys suggestions for each age group?

I have a 2.5 year old boy (my first) and I've always felt that the toys one finds in department stores, and their age group labels, aren't always the best one can get for our small ones. I've found ...
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How do you determine safe (non-poisonous) toys for small children?

Nowadays a good portion of seemingly quality products from known makers are manufactured in China (as I read see based on reading the labels). There are some info regarding the occassional dangerous ...
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Toy diversity and learning

My oldest son (almost 3) is one of those transportation kids, who loves anything to do with a vehicle (car/train/airplane). When he's inside, he does basically nothing but play with one of those ...
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Toys for a 1 year old [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to better engage myself with my 15 month old This is my first child, and she is getting now 1 year old. What type of type of toys can a father or mother to play to ...
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Music player for toddlers [closed]

Could someone recommend a music player for a toddler? The main features I am after are: It should properly play mp3 and have some interface to upload them from a computer It should have either no ...
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How can I move my toddler's interest from toys to playmates?

My kid is 2 years and 9 months now. For a year now we've been in USA and we were buying him electronic toys (buttons, music, lights, shapes, numbers), so he is very sharp at those, he can say number ...
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What's the right (average) age to transition from Duplo to Lego?

I'm trying to figure out when it makes sense to transition my son (and daughter, eventually) from Lego to Duplo (or the equivalent generic blocks). I'm focused on the age at which children have the ...
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What are some focusing exercises that can be performed on an infant to improve their motor skills and cognition

I was looking for some exercises , games for 6-7 month old infants that would help them exercise their motor skills and cognition. Since such infants can't even sit or rollover without support, what ...
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What kinds of presents for 0-6 year old children?

Scenario: I have absolutely no experience with infants or very young childs. In fact, I never had closer contact with them yet. But now … I’m becoming an uncle/aunt/godparent/close family friend, and ...
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How to go about weaning a child from its “Lovey”

I saw this question posted in answer to one of the questions I posted, and suggested the poster pose it as her own question. Since she has not done that and I have been curious about what the answers ...
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What makes for a good pre-schooler educational toy?

I'm looking for ideas for an educational toy for a 4-year-old girl. What factors should I look for?
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Are there studies that have published the studied effects of PVC plastics on infants and children?

In the process of researching a few of the toys our twins received for Christmas I found a blog post that pointed out a few of them may contain PVC. I figured I should do due diligence to best ...
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How do you disinfect toys? [duplicate]

My mom bought some toys from a woman with a very sick son. They had yet to find out what was wrong with him. The toys have sat in an unheated detached garage for more than 2 months. Will they be safe ...
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what toys to start with for 2y?

What toys to start with at 2 years age. He does not play with toys more than the first 30mins. So what solutions are there? How many unique toy sets are needed usually? What are proven toys that allow ...
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How to keep a 2 year old entertained in the car on long road trips? [duplicate]

Pls suggest some toys and strategies that have worked for you.