Infant Accessible Toy Organization

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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.

Encouraging Independence

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?

I love watching him play and seeing what toys strike his interest.

I love watching him play and seeing what toys spark his interest.

8 Responses to Infant Accessible Toy Organization

  1. Casey October 20, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Such a good idea about putting books in more than just one location to encourage playing/enjoying his books!

  2. Jules October 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Love this! We have the expedit style TV stand but…we got the cupboard doors that they offer so the cubicles aren’t open to Leela. We do have one full of her extra books and one full of foam alphabet squares…rather what we did was put all her toys in one big basket on the floor and her books in another floor basket. I LOVE your set up though!
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  3. Kalynn thecountrybumpkins October 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I love this idea! These exact shelves were what I had in mind for Arthur’s toys! I’m slightly dreading him becoming too mobile just yet though! Your little man is so adorable!

  4. Shana October 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    He looks so happy! And I have been doing a bit of organizing myself this week. We were told we might get snow as early as next week so I have been sent into a cleaning frenzy!

  5. Suzanne InFullBloom October 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    This is a beautiful set up. It’s similar to what I wanted to do, but my girl just won’t have it. If she knows its hers than she is tossing it onto the floor. Books are her favorite so I keep some in every room of the house. I hope to have something like this once she outgrows tossing her belongings onto the floor. You did a wonderful job on it. It looks fantastic.

  6. Rita October 28, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    I love the expedit shelving units we put them in our play room and they are so nice. Looks like Elliot approves of his toy storage and it looks great. Good job Mom!
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  7. Becky January 1, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    We have open faced bookshelves but i like the cubed shelves in the open living space. I may just have to have my husband make something like this because its an excellent idea rather than having teh toys stuffed in a toy box.


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