toys in room for a 20 month old

Amber - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 20 months old and im sick of her toys being all over the liveing room and i was wondering .. if i make it super safe in her room would it be ok to bring her toys in there and let her play in there.. or is it better to wait longer

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Stacey - posted on 05/18/2010

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I have been letting my daughter play in her room for months now as long as I can hear her. As soon as I can't hear anything I check on her and she is great. Or I make an effort to check on her on every commercial or every 15 minutes. Sometimes I will just call her name so I can get a response and she usually peaks her head out her room to let me know she is fine. Depending on where her room is in the house, maybe just use her monitor and make intervals of checking on her.

Amy - posted on 05/17/2010

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go for it, ther has been toys in my kid's room for a long time. just make sure they are age appropiate and that the kid cant bite off any small peices. in my kids room is board books with a reading child chair and a toy box full of toys for his age. he wakes up in the a.m. and plays while i get an extra hour of sleep...score!

Nicole - posted on 05/17/2010

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I have my oldest son 3 and a half years and my youngest son 1 and a half sleeping in the same room with their toys and as long as it is sufficiently dark enough and completely babyproofed, it is fine to have the toys in the same room. my oldest has had his toys in the same room since he was 1 so he was used to them being there, then when he went into a toddler bed, the novelty of "open play time" with the toys had already seemed to wear off. I am getting ready to put my youngest son into a toddler bed and I hope he's as easy as my oldest one, then again, they will also be in the same room. that could mean lots of after hours play time i think.

Alicia - posted on 05/16/2010

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If the room is baby-proofed and your little one does well with independent play, it is encouraged. I highly recommend reading becoming babywise II (5 to 15 months) and also becoming toddlerwise. Both cover play situations like this, discipline, etc.

Beth - posted on 05/15/2010

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my twins play in their room. They go down for naptime and sometimes they go straight to sleep and sometimes they play for a while first. Its nice because then they play with their toys until the other wakes up. They don't like being separated so its easier to just let them play quietly. Just make sure its baby proofed and have a monitor so you can hear her. Just expect her to play with them before she goes to bed. Most of the time my twins fall asleep on the floor and i just move them in to their beds after.

Jacinta - posted on 05/13/2010

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I tried to have my daughters toys in her room but she then decided that it was a play room instead of where you sleep. So we turned our theatre room into a huge toy/play room and now she's in her element.. there's nothing electrical in there and all the power points are plugged up so theres nothing she will hurt herself on.. She loves it.. and that way she has her own space... i stick my head in every 10 min or so AND better still my house stays clean :)

Carmen - posted on 05/13/2010

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1) My daughter is 20mnths and often leaves us to go play in her room by herself, I did worry at first but it's part of them growing up to be independant and makes it easier when kid #2 comes.

2) I went to Ikea and bought a (matching piece to our grown up furniture) shelve and some bins from walmart. Most of her toys go in there and she just grabs it when she wants to play with it.

Michelle - posted on 05/10/2010

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My oldest (now 2yr 9 months) has had toys in his room since he was about 18 months old. We put him in a toddler bed and he would get up in the mornings and play until I got him. I just made sure the toys were safe for his age and checked them often to make sure that weren't damaged or anything.

Leah - posted on 05/10/2010

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my 20 month has toys in he room ever since he has been old enough to play with them but he also shares a room with his big brother. I do cover all outlets and things like that. so i think she'll be fine.

Tiffiny - posted on 05/10/2010

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thats fine just make sure there r no toys w/ long strings, cover all outlets and make sure all cords to lamps and electronics r out of reach and tie up the blind cords cause they can strangle themselves

Priscilla - posted on 05/10/2010

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We let AJ play in his room all the time. We started about a month or so ago. We just baby proofed, leave the door open, and listen for him. We also check on him every so often to make sure he isn't doing something crazy. We also leave Barney or something on in there so he can have some background noise.

Tracy - posted on 05/07/2010

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We used the walls of Alyssa's play pen (which lasted all of 1 month for its original use) to block off part of the lounge. She'll switch between playing in her 'house' and playing with us.

Jennifer - posted on 05/07/2010

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my kids are three and 19 months and they go play in their rooms all the time. As long as they're willing to go in there and play and you can hear them...I say let her! We also got a storage ottoman (w/ the lid that opens) to keep in the den for some of their toys. It's nice b/c it's easy clean-up for the times they want to be in there.

Joelle - posted on 05/07/2010

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I always let my daughter play in her room by herself. It's completly baby proofed, and she isnt the type that gets into trouble. I always check on her and listen closly. And she ususally grabs a toy and plays out by me anyhow. You could try it and see how it works, if all is well...go for it. (I know some kids seem to find more ways to get in trouble than others)

Alicia - posted on 05/06/2010

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I put toys in my sons room and I let him play in there but I always leave the door open thing is they will usually just bring them back into the lounge anyway its just something to have to cope with. Drives me nuts too!!!.

Amber - posted on 05/06/2010

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oh her room dont have a window so when she goes to bed she cant see then sitting there for her naps and we havent ever had a problem with her going to bed

Amber - posted on 05/06/2010

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well i live in an apt..i have a baby monitor in there that i always have on so i can always hear her.. so i tried it out today went pretty good..she brings some toys out here but not as much.. and it was alot easier to pick up tonight then before .. im a worry wort so im walking in there like every 5 10 min so thats the only down side

Jessica - posted on 05/06/2010

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I know lots of people that have made the switch as long as their room is baby proofed it shouldn't be an issue, unless your daughter is like mine. When I moved a bunch of toys to her room, she refused to nap anymore just sat and her crib and pointed to the toys over and over again. I eventually moved them out and went back to picking up all the toys in my living room.

Samantha - posted on 05/06/2010

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My son plays in his room all the time. I can see and hear what he is doing from our living room. I just keep his door propped open outlet covers on the outlets, his shade drawn with the cord up over the bar so he can't reach closet shut and his dressor is in his closet so he can't climb. I love that he can play in there and not make our living room a complete mess, course toys end up out there no matter what but its not as bad.

Rozalyn - posted on 05/05/2010

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my son plays in his room independently all the time. i can see into his room right now from where I'm sitting at the computer. I'd say as long as the room is 100% baby proof, you don't leave her in there with the door closed, and you check on her regularly it's definitely ok.

Becky - posted on 05/05/2010

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I let my 19 month old daughter play in her room, although we are able to see her in her room from the living room and can always hear what shes doing. As long as you are able to hear her and check on her from time to time I don't see anything wrong with letting her play in her room.

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