The shops are already filling with toys for Christmas, but there's a bunch of good reasons to think twice before whacking down your money even if that kiddie favourite is seriously discounted.
Over at our sibling site Babble, there's an intriguing interview with Debbie Hodgson, who's just written a book, Sustainable Baby about eco-friendly parenting. Hodgson points out that buying the latest Dora dongle is inevitably a short-term choice:
I really think that not just talking about plastic, but custom made toys, they’re very limited in that you buy them and the child has to use them for that one purpose. Not only are they unsustainable because once that purpose has passed you have to throw it out, it also doesn’t grow with the child. Developmentally, it’s better to have something that can grow with a child.
Hodgson also points out that giving your toddler their own space to play in — even if that's just two chairs covered with a tablecloth — is often just as popular as buying them more gear. For more in this vein, check out commercial baby toy alternatives and how to paint with spaghetti.
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Consume Less, Live Better [Babble]