Savannah Nichols Baby Toys February 05th, 2020 - 03:12:19
Consider whether a toy is mainly decorative or to be used for stimulating early learning. This may not always be obvious. While most baby toys, like rattles, will be outgrown, stuffed toys can have staying power. With their soft fur or hair, shiny eyes, and sometimes tails or whiskers, they offer plenty of tactile stimulation. For instance, a teddy bear's curly fur and velvet paws can offer tactile stimulation that helps baby's neurological development. Babies learn through their senses, so varying textures are very interesting. Stuffed toys often fulfill an educational component, but parents should be selective. Other important early skills include grasping, holding, and passing a toy from one hand to another. For younger babies, choose baby toys that are small enough to be held and manipulated. While older children may appreciate giant stuffed toys, they are likely to be ignored by babies.
Aside from pure enjoyment, baby toys should be educational, too. Puzzles are very ideal educational toys because they promote mental coordination and problem solving skills of the baby. The baby also learns more about different images, like their shapes and colors. Puzzles have different difficulty levels depending on the baby age groups; but the kind of puzzle that's right for the baby is also dependent on the baby's own skills. There are babies who can solve puzzles with higher difficulty levels than their own. Other educational toys introduce the concepts of letters and numbers. Sometimes, these toys also include musical and lighting features to make them more stimulating for and interesting to the baby. In addition to piquing the baby's interest, the baby also gets familiarized with simple musical notes.
Babies cannot communicate verbally so instead they start by touching and feeling things. Learning toys are a great way to develop these skills, such as books with different textures on each page, shiny, rough, matt, soft, fluffy etc are readily available. This touching can then help bonding with parents as baby will now know how to reach out and touch faces, smiles, hair - life changing moments.
Noisy toys are also a great source of delight to babies, they can hold onto a rattle and shake it themselves, learning that they are controlling the noise. They also take delight in surprising themselves with a sudden noise. Rattles will advance into louder toys, but remember not all toys need to be expensive, experiment with household objects - try giving your baby a saucepan and a wooden spoon - guaranteed hours of fun (and lots of noise)
House hold objects as toys give babies the opportunity to copy their parents. For example toy phones, from a young age babies recognise what holding a phone looks like from seeing their parents holding one - although be careful, many toy shops sell the old fashioned types of phones with the receiver, my son had no idea this was a phone, so we gave him one of our mobile phones to play with and he knew in an instant to hold it to his ear or to press buttons.