Before motherhood, the luxury of getting in a car, driving to a store, finding a parking space, and spending as much time as I needed to find and purchase whatever I needed or desired was an enjoyable way to spend my time.
Now that idea is a nightmare, right? I already suit up for the two-kid sprint through the aisles of the grocery store once a week, but they are at least contained in a metal basket and maybe only ask for one or two recognizable items from the shelves. But try this in a toy store? That is madness.
I guess I could have settled for the plastic-light-up-noise machines that were gifted continuously by friends and family, but I took a different tack. I researched, networked, sniffed out, and cataloged my way to find toys I would love as much as my children did. And there are so many great online toy store option! Here is my current list of favorites, in order of how much I love them:
Etsy: Search ‘Montessori toys’, ‘Waldorf toys’, or ‘wooden toys’ for endless handmade, wooden, and inexpensive items.
Bella Luna Toys: Very Waldorf oriented. Behind this online store is a small store based out of Maine.
Nova Natural: Also very Waldorf, and lots of variety for different age groups.
Magic Cabin: Big catalog company with a strong internet presence and nice collection of toys.
The Wooden Wagon: All toys are made out of wood.
TAG Toys: Really high quality Montessori type toys. Definitely on the pricey side though.