The toys you buy today will influence your baby’s later adult life.
Till the age of about two months, a baby doesn’t do very much. All he’s interested in is sleeping and eating.
A fantastic start to a life full of fulfillments!
When he reaches 4 months, he’s already a new person. Moving his arms and legs firmly, now is the time to introduce him to the world of toys, if you haven’t already done so.
Baby Toys Model Your Kid’s Character
Toys should be part of the environment your baby lives in. Both as decorative objects in the room, to create that unique childish atmosphere and as educational tools.
Researches done in the recent years concluded that toy have an important role in modeling a baby’s character. Nothing new under the sun.
But that’s why you must pay special attention when buying baby toys. Raising you child in a psychologically healthy environment is a way to make sure he’ll have a successful adult life later on.
What Kind of Baby Toys to Look For?
Getting toys that stimulate these senses is a way to help your child better develop them. The more they are stimulated, the more accurate they become.
So keep this in mind when you’re toy shopping for you’re youngster.
Also, at this young age, a baby develops extremely fast. One month he’s crawling, the next he’s taking his first steps. One week after that he’ll be calling you ma-ma or da-da.
His preferences and needs change with the speed of light.
So, to give you a rough guide, I’ve broken this period down in two:
Birth to Six Months
As I said at the beginning of this article, a baby isn’t very active in this period. He sleeps most of the time.
When he’s awake, all he seems to do is eat and cry.
At two months, his vision become more accurate, so he’s now curious about what’s happening in the room.
It’s important that the room has a childish look and feel. Contrasting colors and toys scattered all over the room is a great way to do this.
At four months, he can move his arms and legs quite firmly. He’s got a lot of energy and he want to use it before going back to sleep.
Having something he can push or hit whenever he feels like will make him happy.
Here are a few ideas that will set on the right path:
- Brightly colored toy blocks
- Animal shaped toys made of rubber
- Little mirrors that can’t injure
A baby tends to bring everything to his mouth. That is a good thing.
So make sure all toys are clean and made of a soft material that will help strengthen the teeth.
Teething toys are an important part of a baby’s development.
- Musical toys
Pay close attention to these. Choose ones that don’t produce sharp noises because the ear is sensible at this age.
Take a look at these baby toys you can choose for your child.
Six to Twelve Months
Not only does he push and hit toys, he can now actually grab and pull them.
He can easily sit on his own, crawl from one place to another.
And if you give him a hand, he can even stay on two legs.
Obviously, the baby toys he now wants are a little more complicated. He still plays with the old ones, but he also needs something new.
Here are a few of them
- Plastic animals or dolls that can be washed.
- Toys that can be pushed or pulled
Make sure the toys have a size that makes them impossible to swallow.
- Balls with diameter bigger that 10 cm
- Different sized toy boxes from products you bought recently.
- Big plastic cubes
- Big toy cubes
- Big sized LEGO toys
- Teething toys
Toys that stimulate the ear are also great.
- Musical toys
- Toys that generate sounds when pressed
Here is a great selection of toys you can choose for your baby.
A Few Words on Safety
To avoid a tragedy, NEVER hang baby toys by the bed, cart, car seat or his neck with any sorts of strings.
The string can always wrap around the feet, hands or, in the worst case the neck, causing suffocation.
Also, furry toys are not appropriate for this age.