As a parent, one thing you expect will be a part of your life for the next decade or two, are toys, lots and lots of toys. But what isn’t always as apparent is what toys to buy for your child. Which ones are just all hype, and which ones are crucial to aid in development? Everyone remembers the blocks and the xylophone you had as kids, but are they as good as toys that create the music themselves? And more importantly, how do you know what toys are appropriate for your baby?
Whether you are shopping for a holiday, a first birthday, or just trying to give your baby new toys to match her growing set of skills, these are the types of toys to look for.
Rattles are some of the first toys that babies will interact with, first by watching as you shake them, then by trying to pick them up and shake them on their own. The sound stimulates newborns, and when babies can hold it themselves, rattles help teach them cause and effect. Once baby has more motor control over her hands and can start playing with more complex objects, rattles will lose their appeal, but between 4 and 6 months rattles will find their ways into little hands and little mouths. So, look for rattles that are made without any small pieces that could break off or could act as a choking hazard.
Babies love to look at other babies and themselves. Many a mother has gotten stuck in the bathroom at the mirrors when they’ve taken their infant into change a diaper. While you have mirrors at your house, this is one place where you want to invest in a specific baby safe mirror rather than pulling out the old hand mirror tucked away in your vanity. Most mirrors are made of glass, which can easily break.
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