Stuffed Animal Population Control

Cynthia Dermody
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stuffed animal organization

Photo by Marceb

If Rainbow Fish, Froggie, or The Monkey With the Long Arms -- just a few of the stuffed animals in my daughter's extensive collection  -- ever were to go missing through some sinister means (say, like Mommy tossing them into the trash), she will catch me out.

Even though my daughter has not so much as looked at those particular stuffies in a year and a half, my 4 year old has a built-in Lojack that detects when any of her clan (approaching the triple digits now) goes missing. It's Murphy's Law or the Law of Inevitability or some other cosmic force that's always out to get me.

In a day or two, she would ask me, "Mom, where's Rainbow Fish? I really need him. Please help me find him."

To which I would reply, "[Gulp] Sure, honey, but first, let's go to a movie!" Or, "Want to make pink cupcakes?!"

I don't know how to to control our burgeoning stuffed animal population problem. They've taken over her room. I swear I think they are breeding and making more on their own.

jubes has great rule in her house:

"I have made it very clear to our families that no stuffed animals are allowed for ANY reason. My MIL didn't listen to me and I literally threatened her with not being invited to my house anymore," she says.

"I do let my daughter get certain ones (like the beanie baby type), but the deal is she has to get rid of one at home in order to make room for the new one."

For the moms that simply can't find a way to get rid of any, Amy 614, offers this tip:

"Try the Space Bag totes, the ones that you pack and vacuum the air out of. The tote ones don't get flat like the bags, but they sure do shrink down whatever is in them a lot.  And they are bug/water/dust proof. So, at least you would be limiting the exposure that would ruin the toys during storage."

I love these ideas! What policies do you have in place for stuffed animal population control?

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