Though kids love to play with toys, when it comes to caring, they can often be very careless. The child's perspective isn't materialistic; they don't see toys in terms of money, instead for them, toys as something to bond with, playthings with which one can have fun. And very often in their zeal and excitement, they can roughly handle, drop or shove their toys into places which may cause it considerable damage. This is particularly common in electronic items such as cars, remote controls or music making instruments which habitually become ineffective following violent falls or sudden jerks.
Kids aren't matured enough to understand the value of the toy and often our counseling may fall on deaf ears. A threat may make them responsible for a day or two but following that, it is back to square one. Therefore till the time they start to take up a little more responsibility, it is upto parents and guardians to help them with caring for their toys. Here are some of the things which you can do to increase the shelf life of your kids toys.
Instill in your child the value of toys. Do not shower your child with toys because they then lose their appreciation for it. However in the case your child has many toys, give them 2-3 toys to play at a time keeping the rest at a place away from their reach. Tell them that if they proper care of ones that they are playing with, then you will give them a chance to play with others. This plan of action is known to work with almost all children. While buying toys, quality should be the marker over price. Buy sturdy toys which that won't get easily damaged by rough handling. Wooden and plastic toys are the best bet in such situations.
Also remember to repair the toy at the first sign of damage. Often we have a tendency to ignore minor dents in kids toys which then aggravate into irreparable damages. If you notice the detached parts, immediately superglue and leave it for a day to dry. In case, you yourself can't repair it, take it to a mechanic who can do the needful. Buy toys which kids can handle easily. Furthermore, try buying toys that are light in weight and ones which the child can hold in his or her hands. Often parents are buying a huge toy vehicles which they can't grip properly. It only results in the child dropping the vehicle many times which then leads to its breakage. As far as possible, forbid your child from playing on the bed because if the toy falls from a height, it is bound to get damaged.
Instead lay a mattress and make them play on the floor because in case a toy falls from the child's hand, the mattress can cushion some of the fall. Clean your toys occasionally and keep them under sunlight to rid them of germs.
Remember that it requires patience on your part to cultivate good habits because kids can take quite a while to learn. But till then these measures will ensure that your baby toys last the distance.