The Genius of Toy Libraries

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Something came across my path this weekend. We were at a family event, and I got passed a card for "Toybrary", a local toy-lending library specializing in ages 6 months to 5 years. But of course! If only I had known about this concept when my babes were little in our 600 square foot apartment.

So I'm sharing with you. Nowhere to rotate toys? No problem! Just return and check out some new ones. You can also see your child's engagement with a particular item before biting the bullet to own. Most lending libraries charge a monthly fee, but the idea is to save money and space overall by exchanging toys out appropriate to the child's development and interests. I love how this cuts down on cost, waste, and space.

To find a community toy chest near you, check out the International Toy Library Association and the USA Toy Library Association.

(Image credits: Jacqueline Marque)