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Five Questions to Ask When Furnishing a Playroom

We asked Nasiba Andilova, owner of The Tot, where to start.
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Nasiba Andilova
Elizabeth Lavin
Nasiba Adilova, owner of The Tot, shares five questions to ask before you buy items for your child’s playroom.

  1. What is it made of? Find out if it is free of harmful chemicals.

  2. What is my child interested in right now? “Young toddlers developing their motor skills may want blocks to build or equipment to climb on,” Adilova says.

  3. Does my child really need this? “If so, then we like to donate toys or books before receiving anything new,” she says.

  4. Is it durable and will it last? Adilova says to think about whether something can be passed down to siblings or on to friends.

  5. How does it support my child’s development? Adilova asks: “Does it aid fine or gross motor skills? Will it engage my child’s senses, creativity, and curiosity?”


Andilova creates an imaginative playroom in her Dallas home.

Andilova’s Favorite Playroom Picks



Safety First!


illustration by Jen B. Peters

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