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Old 06-20-2012, 06:07 PM   #11
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Re: How Do I Get DD To Put Her Toys Away?

Yes I think that is more than old enough to cleanup. I did read something at one point that said that reliably doing so on their own was not a skill they could developmentally master until they were closer to 4. So for the most part it is not something they can do independently at that age. But as long as we are doing it with them and being specific it worked well for us. For example saying, "Go clean up your toys in the living room" would get poor results but standing in the room with them and saying, "Let's put all of the cars in the green bucket" works great. That could just be us though.


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Old 06-20-2012, 09:59 PM   #12
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I don't think it's too early. My friend started the clean up song at birth while she would pick up his toys. When I first went to their house, he was about 14months or so, I can't remember, but he's younger than my girl by a couple months and when she started singing, he starting cleaning up.

I was a little jealous.

anyways, at 20months, I have to be very specific.. it's time consuming. 'Pick up your bear', 'put bear in the bed', etc. and even then the bear ended up on mom's bed

and she loses interest quickly, but it's a process. So, I think you just start it however you're going to do it, be consistent and she'll learn. Think of it like potty training.. it'll be tiring at first, but wonderful once it works
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:47 PM   #13
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Re: How Do I Get DD To Put Her Toys Away?

My daughter can do each thing as I tell her, like "put the legos in the bucket. Ok, now put the kitchen stuff away," but if I just said "clean up your stuff," I don't think she could do it all. Most of her stuff is just in boxes in cubbies, so it's easier than having to put things on shelves, I think.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:07 AM   #14
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My LO is 23 months. We asks her to "help" us put stuff away. I make it a game-who can go faster mama or baby. She really gets into it.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:11 AM   #15
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We play a game, see who can put the most away, oh I'm gonna win. It becomes a fun race. I teach 2&3 year Olds and they love this
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