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Are you buying too much?

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I’ve already started writing about the ten things you don’t need for your baby. But it shouldn’t stop there. What about the top 100 things? Top 1000? I don’t think it would be a list terribly difficult to populate.

It’s not just about specific items they don’t really need, it’s whether they need everything new, everything branded, and everything child specific.

  • Does your 5 year old learn to read faster when they read from a $20 book bought new from Amazon, or when they read from a $1 book bought second-hand from The Salvation Army?
  • Does your 6 month old seem happier when they wear $60 dresses from Country Road, or free dresses from your cousin’s older baby?
  • Does your 2 year old get better nutrition from $5 mini rice cakes, or $2 medium rice cakes?

I’ve seen kids that have every modern whiz-bang toy on the market who don’t know how to play. Don’t know how to play! Can you imagine it!? It’s because the toys mostly play with themselves and the kid watches, or barely interacts, or the parents who worry about being present and involved play with the toys to show the kid how to have fun.

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