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Staying Connected with Grandparents

What do you remember about your childhood?
Playing around with your friends, your school, school friends, summer / winter vacations, meeting your cousins and last but definitely not the least your time spent with your Grandparents.
We used to live in a Nuclear Family and my Dadu and Dadi lived in a different city but I remember my mom and dad making a point going to meet them and talk to them whenever they can. My Nanaji and Nani stayed in the same city and either we or they came to visit every week.
The times may have changed but the love that grandparents share for their grandchild is and always will remain the same.
Even today when I close my eyes and remember the good times spent with them I remember stealing toffees that were kept under Dadu’s pillow, My Dadi teaching me acu-pressure benefits of folding hands and doing Namaste, I was so mesmerized by the speed by which my nani could knit even while she was talking to us or with her eyes closed and ofcourse my headstrong Nanaji who al…

Organic, Colorful and Child Safe Toys from Trinkets & More

Have you ever seen a child in a room full of the latest toys and found the child to be playing with old fashioned wooden toys that were a big hit when you were young? What is it about this sight that is so comforting?
Is it because the wooden toys makes us feel nostalgic or is there something else at play here?

In our world of plastic throw-away goods it is comforting to see lasting goods, lasting. It is especially comforting to see goods which are felt to be worthy enough to be passed on from generation to generation.
The Latest Technology or gadgets may have been taking over us and there may be some cool mobile apps that keep our kids entertained but that have not made the traditional wooden toys any less desirable. I believe that there are some toys that have been there for decades if not centuries that have kept us, our parents or even our grandparents entertained.
Wooden toys are trendy in their own right.

While there is lot of cool plastic or new educational products out there, sometimes there’s value in sticking with the tried, tested and true. Even if companies change the shape, color or organization of some conventional toys they still have that same old classic rusty feel and offer same benefits that children have been reaping from generations.

Why do I like wooden toys over plastics toys that are easily available in the market:

For one when you invest in wooden toys, you invest in something that is more durable and versatile enough to grow with your child. I literally mean that these toys grow with your child while Kabbir used same toy as a Toddler by engaging in simple imaginative play and basic manipulation with wooden toys, but when he grew older he began to incorporate wooden toys in more complex imaginative scenarios.


Wooden toys come in different shapes and sizes. Rather than being molded to fit a small child’s hand, they can sometimes be a bit clunky and awkward for children to handle. While clunky and awkward may not seem like an ideal trait in a toy, the design of wooden toys requires children to work on different ways of grasping and manipulating the toys to get them to do what they need them to do. Babies and toddlers can work on basic grasping skills with larger wooden blocks and toys, while preschoolers and older kids can use wooden shapes, beads, and sticks to focus on a finer grasp, twisting the wrist, and other key motor skills.

So as children manipulate wooden toys, they also build their fine motor skills.
Not only will wooden toys not pollute our home with chemicals, they won’t pollute our home with a lot of noise. While this lack of noise keeps kids from being distracted, it also provides parents with the quiet time they so often need during the day- good news for us! And God save us on buying those Batteries too!!!

While these toys may give relief to our ears but the fact is using noise-less toys allows children to be in control of what they do with the toys, keeps their minds clear and use the toy as per their imagination rather than interrupting a child’s thinking process or limiting how far a child’s imagination can go by boxing them into specific ways to play with the toy.

Trinkets & more

Recently, I came across Trinkets & More, one amazing toy portal for kids that aims to deliver- Child safe & amazing quality toys at affordable prices. I read on the portal that after the return of their founders from Germany (renowned for German quality), the lack of world class (safe, high-quality and robust) products in India has given birth to this idea.

With guiding principle - "No compromise on the quality for price when it comes to our little ones!". 

There emphasis on creating organic, non-toxic and child safe robust toys got me hooked onto their website and I decided to order Race TrackSet for Kabbir and expected the quality to be no less than the German quality which they referred to, we all know they make some world class toys.


Their portfolio currently included amazing wooden toys but they intend to include baby products, apparel and footwear, making Trinket & more a one stop “Kids Wow Store”.
I received my order in a day! And I instantly knew the Race Track Set would be a hit with Kabbir but that set also had to pass through the Quality Analyst at our home (That would be me). Honestly this Race Track Set will surpass any mom’s quality check. It was robust, fine quality, colorful and could with-stand the rough handling of its now owner…yes, I am talking about Kabbir!

What makes Wooden Toys from Trinkets much more appealing than the plastics or electronic toys we usually get for our little ones?

Kabbir is quite an active child and like any other child of his age he can be rough on his toys and other educational materials. You are likely to have missing game pieces and at least one broken toy laying around in our home. I am sure not only this wooden race car set will be enjoyed by him, but the same wooden toy would last and pass through to the next kid in our big convention Joint Family. Since this toy is made of quality wood and is solid, it’s hard for him to damage beyond the basic scratch or dent. If he gets it dirty, I can easily clean them so they’re ready for his next learning or fun activity time. 

Unlike other Online Toy Stores Trinkets & More does the Overnight delivery for all of their orders, good news for parents who have demands of little ones to full-fill on urgent basis.
The color used on these toys is non-toxic and safe. Made with best interest of the little ones at heart!

They have a wonderful collection of toys to choose from. Their collection includes education as well as fun toys. Check out their collection: bit.ly/2w5gqfE

Mommy Verdict:

Overall experience from packaging of the Track set, to delivery and to the quality of the product I give Trinkets & more a big thumbs-up. The race car set includes 4 different color cars that too are of good quality and picks speed on the smooth, well built race track. It has been a week since the delivery of the product and Kabbir has already named his favorite Red Car –Lightening Mc Queen and we have been hosting Car races at our home where we all get to pick our favorite car and see which car goes the farthest.
 Sadly like in the movie, Lightening Mc Queen is winning here too!

-That Imperfect Mom



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We used to live in a Nuclear Family and my Dadu and Dadi lived in a different city but I remember my mom and dad making a point going to meet them and talk to them whenever they can. My Nanaji and Nani stayed in the same city and either we or they came to visit every week.
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