Get your mind out of the gutter.
Toys in the bedroom: should you or shouldn’t you? Here’s how I see it:
Some children cannot handle toys in the bedroom. Rather than going to sleep at bedtime, they want to play; or, worse, they wake in the middle of the night and play.
- Solution: If you want toys in the bedroom, they can be brought in temporarily or have an out-of-sight bedroom location. Either way, they should be cleaned up and put away before bedtime routine begins.
- However: If your little critter is getting up to dig through the toy box then storing toys in the room probably isn’t the best option.
Some children refuse or are very reluctant to clean up their toys. While this will be a problem whether the toys are in a bedroom or a playroom, having the bedroom as the site for the clean-up battle doesn’t foster a calm sleeping environment.
- Solution: Provide an opportunity for success by allowing toys in the bedroom so long as they are cleaned up without fuss.
- However: I believe in second chances but at some point a parent has to declare a “no toy in the bedroom” rule.
For some kids, their bedroom is the only place they can play without a sibling interfering.
- Solution: Allow special toys to be stored in the bedroom, brought in temporarily, or provide a time and space where the child gets some uninterrupted play time.
- However: Be sure that alone-play-time isn’t the only playtime because for some kids, desire for alone-play is rooted in an unwillingness to share or play with others.
Do you allow toys in the bedroom? Why, or why not?