Babies are born with a love for toys, boys love to play with small cars, and girls love dolls. A major hobby of parents or friends is to buy toys for their babies, such as for birthdays, holidays, unhappy babies, and happy babies… Throughout the year, toys for babies can be found in every corner of the house.
Putting aside the question of how long a toy baby can play, the “mountain like” toys are constantly tormenting the mother’s nerves. Here and there, the house is in a mess. If the baby doesn’t like to tidy up every time they finish playing, the mother still has to be busy cleaning up the “battlefield” every day, just cleaning up will make the mother very busy.
I believe every mother will encounter situations where babies only focus on playing and not cleaning up. What is the reason why babies don’t like to tidy up toys? What are the ways to solve it?
1. The baby is too lazy
Laziness is human nature, whether it be adults or children. If parents are lazy, children will also follow suit and become lazy. The impression parents give their baby is that they don’t like to tidy up, which can also help them develop bad habits of not liking to tidy up.
How to educate
Parents should lead by example and also be diligent in doing household chores at home. If the baby is really unwilling to tidy up, encouragement can be used to motivate the baby to tidy up the toys.
Firstly, hang a reward sticker for developing good habits at home. Every time the baby tidies up their toys, they will stick a small red flower as a reward. Once they have collected 10 small red flowers, they can exchange for one wish, which will make the baby more motivated to store.
2. Strong dependency of babies
Some parents or elders tend to spoil their children and take care of everything for them from a young age. After every time the baby plays, the mother takes the initiative to help the baby tidy up the toys, and does not ask the baby to tidy them up together. For a long time, it can make babies develop a dependency mentality, waiting for their mothers to tidy up.
How to educate
Moms should not take care of everything, whether it’s dressing, tidying up toys, or other things, they should involve their babies.
Every time when storing, invite the baby to participate in this work together, let the baby know that household chores are the responsibility of each family member. In addition to directly inviting the baby, you can also make efforts to select picture books for the baby. Picture books should choose protagonists with good habits and excellent qualities. From a young age, children should learn about the good habits and excellent qualities of picture book protagonists, and subtly help them develop good habits.
3. The baby doesn’t know how to tidy up
Some mothers with OCD and organizing tendencies tend to arrange their storage areas in an orderly manner, with each category being very clear and neatly arranged. However, for babies who have just started learning to tidy up, it is difficult to store them.
How to educate
Mom should suppress herself a bit and not have too high expectations for her baby at first. Let her baby develop a habit of cleaning up first. Wait until the baby gets started and gradually increase the requirements.
In the initial stage, the mother can first vacate an area as the baby’s toy storage area, set up storage shelves and baskets that the baby can reach, and let the baby store the toys themselves. If the mother is not used to it, wait for the baby to be properly stored before starting to tidy up a bit. In short, mothers should give their babies a chance to try first.
Babies are relatively young and lack concentration, making it easy for them to be attracted to other things, so they often forget to collect their toys. For example, while playing with toys, the baby will be attracted by the tempting aroma of the food and run over to eat, leaving the toys behind.
How to educate
Babies often forget to tidy up, and mothers may feel that their babies are unwilling to tidy up and even scold them. So, when the mother discovers that the baby suddenly didn’t tidy up the toys, don’t rush to get angry or question the baby. Mom can casually remind, “Baby, it seems that your toys haven’t been tidied up yet. If the baby still refuses to listen, the mother can continue teaching.