Monday, January 3, 2011

The Holidays are Over, the Gifts are Unwrapped – Now, what to do with all those toys?

'Tis the season, when your living room, den or playroom fills up with dozens of new toys, little accessories, dolls, stuffed animals, puzzles, games and more. While the excitement on your child's face as she unwraps each new toy is a gift to be treasured, once the mountain of wrapping paper, gift tags and ribbons are disposed of, you are left wondering what to do with the new pile of loot. If this scenario is familiar to you, be sure to add a new toy box to your shopping list.

What to look for in a toy box

When shopping for children's furnishings, safety is always the most important issue. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has several recommendations when it comes to toy boxes. First, the toy chest should be equipped with a safety lid, with slow-closing hinges that remain in place when opened; this will prevent your child from becoming injured by a falling cover. In addition, the top edges should be recessed to prevent pinched fingers when closing the lid. The best toy bins also come with side vents, to prevent suffocation in the event your child accidentally becomes trapped inside the chest.

Look for storage bins with rounded, smooth edges, to prevent bumps and bruises during playtime. The toy box you choose should be manufactured from non-toxic materials.

Recommended toy boxes and playroom storage

The following manufacturers have a reputation for producing safe, durable, affordable, and adorable children's furniture and toy storage bins:

Kidkraft - Maker of the Limited Edition Toy Box, Kidkraft makes a huge array of wooden toy boxes and chests, see-thru storage bins and toy caddies in various colors and finishes to match any decor.

Guidecraft - Manufacturer of classically designed children's furnishings and also whimsical hand-painted creations for both the home and the classroom, in your child's favorite themes - even Major League Baseball teams.

Nilo - Maker of the world-famous multi-activity table, Nilo also produces a coordinating multi-use toy chest and roll-out storage bins with dividers for storing train pieces, legos, block-building accessories and more.

Levels of Discovery - Creator of unique, beautifully handcrafted and hand-decorated children's furnishings for the bedroom and playroom. Each piece comes with a little something extra to delight kids and adults alike. Your daughter will flip for the "Always a Princess" themed bench toy chest built to look like a real throne; complete with padded seat cushion and royal gold detailing.

Where to find affordable toy storage

Here at A Kid Place, you can find everything you need for the playroom or nursery, including dozens of innovative storage ideas. Look for great holiday deals on toy boxes and toy chests, retro items, educational toys, children’s waiting room furnishings, creative play solutions, and more – shipping available in plenty of time to start getting all holiday goodies organized.

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