Reason No. 513 why you don't need to buy expensive toys: The Trash Can. (Earlier: Rubber Bands.) Because that is some serious jubilation on 18-month-old Nolyn's face when she gets to throw away a napkin.
Discovering the joy of putting things away is actually an important developmental milestone in babyhood that complements a tiny person's penchant for making giant messes. Child development experts recommend offering your little one ample opportunities to do it over and over and over again. Unfortunately for Nolyn's family, there is little to no guarantee that a neat-freak toddler will pick up a single item in her room after she becomes a teen.