CRESTTOYS’ TIPS FOR GETTING TOYS FOR BABY (0 – 12 MONTHS)
There are so many toys out there and juggling between your babies’ needs and want when it comes to toys and play items can be very tricky. The best toys for your babies aren’t always the fanciest, they are the ones that stimulate their imagination while enjoying an all-round-safe play time. Below are tips you can have up your sleeves when shopping for toys for your baby.
Appropriate Baby Toys
It is very important to understand that babies are more attracted to bright-colored toys of varying texture. The toys should be washable, non-breakable and must not have sharp edges that might cut or scratch their body.
In order to guard against accidental swallowing of toys and play items, baby toys should always be large. The toys should not have easily detachable pieces; for example, eyes on plush dolls, so that they don’t pull off and swallow them. It is very vital to note that children at this age are very curious and always prone to put everything within reach in their mouth. This is their own way of experimenting and exploring their world. With this in mind, the watchword for every parent intending to buy toys for their babies should be Safety!!!
The curious and experimental nature in every baby makes them look at toys, touch them with their hands and fit pieces of things together in an attempt to make sense of their world. Every item within their grasp eventually ends up in their mouth and if these items are such that they can be easily swallowed; the danger they pose to the child’s life is very severe. Owing to this, the size of the toy and detachability of its body parts should be among factors to be considered by every parent when buying toys for their kids.
In conclusion, please note that at this stage in any baby’s life, toys that they can look at, feel, chew on, hold and drop are very necessary tools of development, but as stated above the watchword should always be safety!!! As they grow into the crawling and walking age, their interest gear towards push-pull toys and balls.
Toys that can be purchased for children of this age group include: Rattles, Squeak toys, Blocks, Stacking toys, Push-Pull toys, Plush toys or Dolls, Books with rhymes, Simple picture books, Noise making toys, Small soft toys for throwing and Music-making toys.
Playing Tip for Parents:
- As a parent, be very conscious of timing when playing with your baby. Try as much as possible to break and space your play time into short periods to prevent your child from getting overly excited.
- Do not tease children of this age group with toys when playing with them. At this age, they do not understand or enjoy teasing. It frustrates and makes them cry. Anytime they reach for a toy, do ensure they have it to grab and hold. Do not dangle and snatch toys or any other item away from them.
- Allow your baby play with your fingers and your hair in a way that is healthy and safe, they enjoy doing this a lot and it is part of “making sense of their world” that we talked about earlier. For this and other reasons, please Keep your fingers, hair and body clean at all times