What can I do to buy toys for my 3 year old niece and 8 and 9 year old nephews that I do not see often or know very well?
Aunt Ava from Woodland Hills, CA
Kids remember what was given to them and from who. No one wants to be the aunt who buys the boring toys. Any gift for a child should be chosen based on age, current skills and/ or special needs and overall interest. more...
How often should you clean plastic toys? Piper. Shreveport, LA, Mom of Anna, 2, Ben, 3 and Aidan, 5.
It is so important to clean toys on a regular basis. Plastic and vinyl toys harbor bacteria and germs. I suggest to regularly use a bleach and water solution and wash toys that are played with often, at least once per week. If your child has a cold or has playmates over, then clean as needed. If you add this into your household cleaning routine, it will make for a cleaner and happier play experience for your child.
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