Too Much of a Good Thing? What to Do When Your Tot Gets Too Many Toys

Some people say there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. But when it comes to holiday presents, there can ABSOLUTELY be too much of a good thing. If you aim for a more minimalist lifestyle (due to space, preference, or an understanding that less is more when it comes to tots and toys) but friends and relatives went overboard on presents, there are solutions. Check out three simple ways below to deal when your tot ends up with too many toys as gifts this year.

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Ask the gift giver to keep them at their house

Often, the people who go overboard on gifts are the same people that love spending time with your baby. If your baby ended up with over-sized toys or an overabundance of toys, asking the gift giver to keep them at their house (so your baby can play with them while they’re there) is an easy way to make sure you don’t end up with to much clutter and an overstimulated little one at your house.

Pack them away

Instead of letting your little one unpack and get into all of their new toys, consider packing most of them away and then introducing them and rotating them throughout the year. While you might worry that your babe will be upset that their shiny new toy is suddenly missing, they likely won’t even notice and will be better able to focus on, and enjoy, their remaining toys.

Pass them along

If your requests to limit gifts continue to go unheard year after year, or the gift giver wrapped something up for your babe that you just don’t want them to have (like flashy electronics, a screen time heavy toy, or something unsafe) don’t stress about passing them on to someone who will appreciate them. It can feel weird to give away something that was given to your child but, if it’s just not right for your family there’s nothing to feel bad about.

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Too Much of a Good Thing? What to Do When Your Tot Gets Too Many Toys

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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