My 7 month-old highly mobile baby boy loves to get into everything these days: sitting, crawling, pulling to stand, slow-moving-cruiser, reaching. Every day he discovers something new that I need to baby-proof or find a new home for the item. He loves exploring and examining anything he can get his hands on. I want to encourage his curiosity but possibly redirect some of that busy activity from mom and dad’s stuff to his toys and books. What made sense to me was to display a selection of his toys at his level that were highly accessible to him with his current mobility skills. We used our existing IKEA Expedit unit and itso storage containers.
Encouraging Play and Reading
Elliot loves taking down stacks of blocks so I used his board books and toys in a stack that he will enjoy taking down. I though this would be a good way to further encourage him to play with his books. Each cube has some sort of book in it to make choosing a book easy. The cube on the far right also has many of his board books so that I can easily grab a selection of books to read to him when I’m playing on the floor with him. I also tried to put a variety of types of toy in each cube (soft, hard, flexible, sounds, texture, etc).
Toy Rotation and Easy Clean-Up
Extra toys are stored in his room and I plan on rotating a couple cubes once he (or I) start getting bored with his current selection. I’ve also found that although he can easily “make a mess” that this is also super easy to quickly put away when the play area looks like it is time for a pick-up. As he gets older this accessibility should make it possible for him to put his toys away, too.
I love seeing Elliot choose his own toys and seeing him express his own personal preferences. Right now this infant accessible toy storage is working for us! I’d love your suggestions for improving the current arrangement we have set up. What do you to make your playroom accessible for your infant?