Olive Mckenzie Baby Toys January 29th, 2020 - 03:51:15
It's a dilemma that you'll face quite a few times throughout your parenting life - do you go for something that you know the kids will love and go crazy over (usually either junk food or based on a TV character), or do you buy something that's healthy - for either their body or mind? Fortunately, it's a topic that you won't have to tackle for some months after you become a parent, as there is little difference in toys for babies. Today we explore how you can create a healthy mix of 'fun' baby toys and educational baby toys from ages 0-3.
When a baby comes into the world, it is important to get it toys after the first few weeks. The toys not only keep the baby occupied, they also play a great role in the baby's development. There are different types of toys; some of which include educational toys, development toys and even play toys.
Baby toys that encourage interactive play are often the most celebrated by child experts, as during the first six to twelve months of life, your child uses interactive experiences in order to improve hand-eye coordination and form a rudimentary vocabulary of a few basic words. Toys that fuel your child's desire to learn, sense and experience through interactions will only help to encourage his intelligence, as it will speed along mental development. Additionally, goal-oriented toys (such as kitchen play sets, pails and shovels, plastic toolboxes and other popular items) help babies to learn to imitate grown-ups, increase their vocabulary and start to experiment with their surrounding environment. Since this developmental stage typically occurs around 18 to 24 months, it's no wonder that parents affectionately refer to this period of childhood as "the terrible twos"!
Choose Baby Toys that help your baby learn about the real world
Child experts recommend vibrant, hands-on activities and baby toys will have much more of an impact on your baby's cognitive development than more passive items, like video games. While it may seem as though educational video games can help your child to master problem-solving, these toys are best suited for children ages five and up, who've passed the developmental stage where hands-on experiences and sensations are so important for intelligence. Given this evidence, it seems as though the more "old-fashioned" toys like dolls, baby gyms, musical items, shape sorters, storybooks, simple musical instruments and other toys are much more suited for children ages 6 months to 2 years of age.