Hello! We are Caroline and Ceci from Toy Box Tots.
We are friends who met in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Dubai in 2015 where both of our sets of twins had been born prematurely within weeks of each other. We bonded over the beeps and alarms of the NICU ward and when our babies were allowed home we continued to meet and soon became firm friends, as did our children – Danny, Aïda, Jessica and Madeleine.
The idea for Toy Box Tots came up when we were together one day after moving back to the UK – we were at a playgroup and realised that we were finally able to have half a conversation and drink a warm cup of coffee all because our children much prefer other children's toys! We started dreaming about ways in which we could have other children’s toys at our own house – and BINGO! The idea for Toy Box Tots was born!
The idea may have developed, but the reasons behind it have never changed – we want to help parents like us entertain their children and help develop their imaginations in a much more cost efficient, storage reducing and environmentally friendly way than buying new toys all the time.
Each of our boxes starts with one of our favourite children's books, and then we carefully select age appropriate, high quality toys that bring the book to life. We believe that reading to your child is one of the loveliest things you can do and that is why we decided that even though the toys need to be given back, the toddler can keep the book forever to add to their collection.