Today’s toy stores offer thousands of products from which to choose, and that’s just in the newborn and infant aisles. Here are some criteria to help you select appropriate toys.
- Age-appropriateness: Your baby will get the most enjoyment out of a toy only if he can use it. An age-appropriate toy encourages or challenges your baby to use and improve one or more developing skills. A toy that doesn’t offer any challenge will probably bore him, but if the toy istoo hard to use, it may frustrate your baby.
- Safety: Although toy manufacturersdo take age recommendations and safety into account, you should carefully examine any plaything you plan to give your baby. Toys should not have small parts to avoid choking. Toys should be finished with non-toxic material and shouldn’t have sharp edges, strings and ribbons.
- Stimulation: If use correctly, a good toy will stimulate more than one of your baby’s senses (touch, sight, sound) or his developing abilities (hand-eye coordination, general motor control, fine motor control etc.).
- Variety: Consider the toys you already have before buying any new toys. Try selectingtoys that have different colors, textures, shapes and sounds. By opting for variety, you expose your child at a very early age to the myriad of possibilities the world has to offer.
- Simplicity: In general, the simpler the toy, the longer it will last. Simple toys also tend to offer more versatility. Today your child can hold it, next month he can move it, and next year he can use it as a prop for make-believe play.
Whatever toys you choose, let your baby play with them in any way he chooses. After all, just because you know the ‘right’ way to play with a certain toy doesn’t mean that your baby can’t come up with new and ingenuous uses of his own.
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