It’s Not All Mary Poppins

I love this!

Babies bring with them a LOT of clutter. Lots, lots, lots.

Of course, the babies aren’t buying the clutter, bringing it home, trying to find storage space for it, then maintaining the damned stuff — washing, dusting, disinfection, whatever. No, we loving parents do all that ourselves. To ourselves.

Some of this clutter — clothes, stroller, diapers — is pretty much unavoidable. But a lot of it… in fact, in North American families, I would venture to say most of it… is not.

Crib? Well, that baby could be sleeping with you. (Though this is a family style choice, not a moral one.) Point is, some families do without, having the baby with them for a period, then graduating the wee one to a mattress on the floor, or even their very own bed. Diapers? Make them cloth, and you’ll be throwing out a whole lot less plastic and assorted chemicals every week. Stroller? You need one. ONE. Car seat? You only need one if you have a car …

We assume so much is necessary that really isn’t. But I’m getting carried away. That’s not my focus today.

What I wanted to share with you was this. An online toy-rental. Is that not tres cool? You can have the toys that are appropriate for your baby’s age and stage, without having to buy them. When you’re done, you send them back and receive the next month’s installment.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a Canadian version. I don’t mind, because I am urban, and there have been toy lending libraries in urban centres for years now, often done through the public library. But if you don’t have access to the perks of urban life, this would be a great service.

Anyone know if there’s such a thing here?

(I found this via: The Un-Clutterer, one of my favourite reads. When you live in a small house populated by lots and lots and lots of bodies, you dreeeeam about uncluttered living. When a solid third of your clutter is people, though, the bodies of your near and dear and your livelihood, there’s only so much you can do about it …)

June 3, 2008 Posted by | daycare | , , , , | 9 Comments