#108 – The Pros and Cons of Toy Subscriptions with Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez

by | Jun 25, 2024 | Podcast

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

Is the convenience of toy subscriptions worth the cost?


The world of parenting has been revolutionized by various innovations, one of which is the concept of toy subscriptions. These services promise to deliver a curated selection of toys to your doorstep regularly, tailored to your child’s age and interests. While the idea is appealing to many busy parents, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before subscribing.


In this episode, Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez and I unpack the convenience and excitement of toy subscriptions, discussing how they can enhance playtime and learning for your little one. But are there downsides to consider? We’ll also delve into the potential drawbacks and how to navigate them as parents.


Topics Discussed:

  • Making your child’s play space accessible and interactive.
  • How to provide intentional materials in every space where a child is likely to be.
  • Selecting toys that encourage imagination and creativity.
  • The benefits of rotating toys every 4 to 12 weeks and how to declutter.
  • Toy Subscription Benefits

About our guest:

Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez is an early childhood education expert. She have served as a higher education instructor for 10+ years, an academic researcher and instructor. In addition, she is a fierce advocate of high-quality education for young children ages 0-8, seeking and demanding quality for all. She have enjoyed serving the ECE community in various professional roles: teacher, preschool director, education specialist, lab school director, TRS mentor, and higher education instructor.  She is currently serving college students seeking EC-3 teacher certification as a faculty member (Assistant Professor). She’s conducting research that will improve early childhood education quality and practices for brain architects, early childhood educators, nationally and globally.
Her mission: To ensure that high-quality early childhood education is fully funded, equitable, accessible, and affordable for all learners (0-8).
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