Last year, before we moved across the country, I did a big clean out of Noah’s toys. Everything he had outgrown or no longer played with was either given away to friends or donated. I was ruthless, to the point where he had a box of toys brought to Cape Town on the truck, and we had kept a Spiderman drawstring bag aside, filled with all his favourite cars. When we arrived in Cape Town in December last year, all Noah had was his drawstring bag of cars, with his box of toys still packed and in the garage (where it still is today).
Christmas happened just a few days after we arrived, and then two months later it was Noah’s birthday. And in the blink of an eye, that little drawstring bag of cars seemed to magically multiply. Now, a corner of our lounge is overrun with puzzle pieces, cars, trains, lego, marbles, army men and a whole range of age-appropriate sports equipment. In just six months, we went from one small bag of cars, to an entire corner filled with a variety of toys.
I try to keep the toy corner as tidy and organized as possible, but I am realizing that I am fighting a losing battle. Enter The Smart Toy Club
The Smart Toy Club is a business run by two moms. They provide a toy rental subscription, where a bag of age-appropriate toys are delivered to you, for your child to play with for the month ahead. At the end of the month, all you do is pack up the bag of toys, and swap it out for the next bag.
We just did a three month trial with them, and loved it! The day the bag of toys arrived, Noah would get so excited – he couldn’t wait to open the bag and see what was inside! Each month he got a nice variety of of toys, including story books, puzzles, cars, a leap pad and musical toys. I did notice that he would pick his favourite toys from the bag, and those would be what he played with the most throughout the month.
I think this is such a clever idea for a business. Noah loved playing with the new toys. He would still play with his own toys, but, especially in the first week or so, he would mainly play with the toys from his bag. The toys were in perfect condition, batteries always fully charged, all the puzzle pieces were there and none of the toys were damaged in any way – quality! The toys are thoroughly cleaned and sterilized before being sent out, so don’t worry about those pesky germs.
The toy rentals work on a monthly subscription system, with a minimum subscription of three months. And if you have any queries or questions, the ladies from The Smart Toy Club are so friendly and helpful – they go above and beyond to help you!
To read more about how it works, and the cost and different delivery options, click here. Click here to sign your child up and enjoy your toys. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
If you feel like your home is being taken over by all of the toys, and you’re desperate for a solution, definitely look into The Smart Toy Club!
*We did a free 3-month trial with The Smart Toy Club, in exchange for this blog post.