Choosing Baby Toys
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Anyone who has ever stood in the aisle of a toy store will agree that the range of toys and gadgets for babies and toddlers is enormous. But which toys should you pick, and what should you look out for?
Safety considerations should be your priority when choosing or buying toys. As a parent, you should ensure that a toy meets safety standards before handing it to your little one. Look out for sharp edges that can pose danger. Be especially vigilant about choking hazards: young children should not play with toys that have small parts. For the same reason, items like coins and marbles should be avoided for small children. You also want to make sure to stay away from toys with harmful chemicals and in the case of battery-operated toys, make sure the battery case is secure and hazard-free. Parents should also test toys that make sounds, as some can be very loud and potentially harmful to a baby’s hearing.
Choose toys that are age appropriate
Once you are 100% sure that a toy is safe, consider whether it is appropriate for your child’s age. Mobiles and rattles are good choices for young infants. Children who are one to two years old like seeing results and testing different actions, so push or pull toys, shape sorters, cups and blocks are good choices for them. For children older than two years, things get particularly exciting as their imaginations develop and the world of “pretend” emerges. Art equipment like crayons and play-dough are good ideas for this age, as are dolls and toy cars. Most toys and games indicate on the box or packaging the age for which they are suitable.
Avoid the hype of toys or games that do it all and claim to be educational. Electronic toys can be fun, but they shouldn’t form the entire toy collection. In fact, less is more when it comes to toys, because you want to encourage your child’s creativity and problem-solving skills. Household items like containers, wooden spoons and so forth make great toys that don’t have a price tag attached to them. Only have a few toys out at a time and keep things simple.
Playtime is not only about toys
Playtime is all about learning, and a parent’s interaction with a child will always beat a toy. Babies and toddlers love interacting with their parents, and there are many games you can play without any equipment at all. Finally, don’t forget books. A simple children’s book will teach your child more than an all-talking all-singing flashing robot.
This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.