Every mom with more than one child goes through it. It’s the phase in our lives where we are constantly scanning the floor and other play areas for tiny things. Barbie shoes, Hungry Hungry Hippo balls, legos…it’s a constant battle in our house.
My daughter is almost 5, my son is almost 2 and STILL puts everything in his mouth. Is this a boy thing? My daughter NEVER did this. Of course, she didn’t have an older sibling with toy candy.
We were able to dodge the issue last holiday season because there we lots of toys in the 3-4 year age range that didn’t require small pieces (or if small pieces did come with a toy, we could put them up without interfering with the function/point of said toy). But everything on the birthday and Christmas list for my daughter this year requires things that are small enough to enter into my son’s digestive track. Figures!
I know he will *probably* grow out of this but I really, REALLY hate these small toys. WHY do some of these things have to be so SMALL? And the worst offenders aren’t accessories or game pieces. No, it’s the toys that are just made small just to be small. Squinkies anyone? Could those things be ANY more worthless?!
But how do you shut the small toys out? I can discriminate size forever. At some point my son needs to learn to keep things out of his mouth and stomach, right? How did YOU handle the small toys in your house? My current strategy is to put all small pieces on a high shelf or in my daughter’s room. When the little guy is napping, she can play with all of those things to her heart’s content. But as soon as he wakes up they go back into hiding. And her bedroom ends up looking like this-
Is this fair to her? Not really. But I’d rather not end up looking at Barbie shoe in my son’s large intestines via x-ray. Any thoughts Mommas?