Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Choosing the best baby toys

Trying to choose the best toys for your baby's development can become quite difficult.
Due to an ever increasing and vast range of toy brands, the mere number of options can sometimes get overwhelming.

The most important question to keep in mind when choosing toys (in addition to quality and safety) is what kind of toy can best help the development of my baby.
Babies learn from every experience they have, and getting the right toys at the right age can make a big difference in the way your babies senses are stimulated and the way your baby learns.

For newborn babies, you just want to generally stimulate. At this age (up to the age of about 6 monthes) toys are more about experience than interaction. You just need to give your baby as many textures, colors and sounds as possible. You should focus on interesting bright colored mobiles, rattlers and also music.

Next you should introduce some toys that involve more interaction - activity centers,  stuffed animals and basic sorting games. Your games should begin to encourage crawling.

Once your baby begins to walk and explore, you may want to start looking for baby toys that allow experimentation such as bulding blocks, musical toys and wagons.

For 18 month olds, it is all about language and imagination - get simple educational word games,  puppets, puzzles and construction games.

You can start introducing arts and crafts games around the age of 2.  At this point your baby's ready to handle more intricate tasks such as building sets, and comprehend the rules of simple board games.
Do your best to allow your baby to be creating on his own - general building blocks (instead of the ones that come with instructions for building a specific object) and arts equipment will allow your baby to use his imagination and come up with his own games.
Published by Sarah at 6:09 AM


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