For those with small children, you know the struggle of constantly picking up toys that get tossed around the house. I usually have my oldest son pick up his stuff and put it in his room. He has some storage cubes and he knows where he's supposed to put his toys. I want to do the same with my youngest. But finding good-quality storage solutions that can survive toddlerhood can be tricky.
I was browsing on Amazon for items that might add a global element to my youngest son's nursery. He's starting to play with toys a little bit and I've been hoping to find something fun to separate his baby toys from the rest of the toys. That's when I came across Kaikai & Ash's toy storage cubes that feature cities from around the world. I contacted them and they send me 4 toy storage cubes to review.
As soon as I took the first one out of the bag, I realized how much sturdier they were than the ones we had in our basement and in my oldest son's room. This was fantastic news because the ones in my 3-year-old's room are already misshapen and partially collapsed because we tend to overfill them. They also fold completely flat and because of their weight, they stay flat.
They were also BIGGER. The cubes measure 13" x 13" x 13" and they fit perfectly in our IKEA shelves (which is essential, as we have them in practically every room.) This also means I've been able to put more toys/clothes/blankets in them than other cubes, which keeps more clutter off our floors.
The felt detail on the front is also well-constructed. They are sewn on and seem like they will stay awhile. Plus the designs are even more adorable in person. I had a hard time choosing because the colors are also so bright and playful. And I like that they are gender-neutral, which is not always the case when looking for children's room decor.
In the past, I've paid $5-$10 for cubes from IKEA, Target and Big Lots (the ones that are slowly falling apart.) Amazon sells these cubes for $18.95. That's a big price difference. But the quality is superb. If you're looking for toy storage that will last (as well as being used as a train/boat, building blocks, etc) I'd highly recommend these.
I wouldn't even limit these for just toys. My plan is to transition our guest bedroom into a travel-theme using elements from the nursery. I will definitely incorporate them because they don't look too babyish/kiddish. These storage cubes will be great for holding bath towels and extra sheets. They would also make a great base for a gift basket about travel-items or for a bridal shower with the honeymoon destination. I might also transition some to hold our travel items (noise-canceling headphones, battery chargers for phone, the latest Liane Moriarty novel, etc) so I can always find them before a flight.
I'm hoping to fill our Paris box with children's books and toys that we pick up on our upcoming trip. It's been fun teaching my 3-year-old about the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe just based on the felt appliques on the front of this box. He's also starting to name the letters in Bonjour Paris, which has been exciting!
Kaikai & Ash sent me the toy storage cubes in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I'm a mom to a 3-year-old and a baby. We believe in traveling as a family as soon as possible and sharing our tips and tricks with other families!