There’s Nothing Magical About The Number 20, Just Consider The Principle That Less Is More. Perhaps Not When It Comes To Stuffed Animals, Educational Toys, Or Dolls. You Decide. ⁣
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The 20-Toy Rule

The 20-Toy Rule - Postpartum - 2023

There’s nothing magical about the number 20, just consider the principle that less is more. Perhaps not when it comes to stuffed animals, educational toys, or dolls. You decide. ⁣

Studies have shown kids become more creative with fewer toys. And also, they play longer with sustained attention. Fewer toys appear to be associated with healthier overall play. ⁣

Image via ⁣@healthiest_baby  on Instagram✨ ⁣

How many toys do you have for your little one?

Let us know in our comments below.

Originally posted 2020-12-01 06:16:27.


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  1. I have to disagree with this, I had a large amount of toys as a kid, including electronics. I played for hours and hours in my room or out in the garden. I remember having such adventures with them. Both parents working full time and no siblings. What else was I going to do 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

  2. Why is it a thing in America to have playrooms you can literally leave the toys in the actual room? Having a second room with toys just leads to more Materialismus 🙄

  3. We have way way more than 20 but I have them organized in Rubbermaid boxes and rotate through them. Only having about 5 boxes available for play at a time. When the kids outgrow them I donate the entire box so that someone else can enjoy the system.

  4. Thank you for posting this! I often feel that more toys is unnecessary, but then feel guilty when I see friend’s homes with entire playrooms packed with stuff. That’s my personal worst nightmare 😂

  5. As a former kid that loved toys, I had way more than 20 and was very creative and happy and loved them all lol

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