The moment a person becomes a parent, their lives and priorities change. However, it is a good kind of change. Becoming a parent is the start of a new chapter in life and an onset of a beautiful and challenging journey. It is a huge responsibility that comes with great joy, laughter, and a lot of love. Parents always want what is best for their kids, even when choosing toys for them. Babies and young children need toys, not only to have fun and enjoy their time but because toys are essential for the development of their senses, motor skills, creativity, and problem-solving skills. However, there are some factors to consider before selecting a toy for your precious one. This article will help you to know how to buy the right toys for your baby.
Safety Comes First
Toys provide fun and teach babies many skills. However, when choosing one for your child, you have to be very careful not to choose a toy that can harm them in any way. Read the label thoroughly, and, importantly, it should say ‘nontoxic,’ and make sure that the toy is appropriate and safe for your baby’s age. Otherwise, you will need to find something else for your little one. Moreover, if it is an electronic toy, the label must read ‘UL Approved.’ The toy and all its parts have to be bigger than your baby’s mouth to avoid your baby choking or swallowing them. If you are buying a stuffed animal for your kiddies, ensure that all its parts are safely attached to it, and remove any item that can result in strangulation, like loose ribbons, for example. Babies who can push up on their knees and hands should not have hanging crib toys.
Pretend Toys Are Essential
Although we live in the digital era, and even babies’ toys have become digital and different from the ones we had when we were their age, traditional toys can’t be replaced. Your baby will need to have pretend and symbolic toys. There are many toys to choose from in this category, like dolls, mini utensils, animals, buildings, and vehicles that teach Babies how to use words and stories to cope with their feelings and imitate real life. These toys are very important to expand their imagination and creativity. The social and emotional development of babies improves when they make up stories in their heads and play with pretend toys.
Improve Their Problem-Solving And Physical Skills
Choose toys that improve your child’s problem-solving skills, like puzzles and blocks. Babies have so much fun playing with colorful blocks. They just love it. Moreover, these toys develop fine motor skills and improve your little one’s brain development. However, make sure that they are age-appropriate. To improve your baby’s gross motor skills, get balls and push and pull toys, as they include the needed physical activity for their age.
Avoid Tablet-Based Toys
Screen time has a very negative effect on babies and children. Children less than two years old should not be playing with tablet-based toys at all. Moreover, a study shows that these toys can delay the social development of young children and infants. Babies need real-life experiences to develop their bodies and little brains. Tablet-based games lack real-life vocalizations and facial expressions.
Share The Fun
It is very important that you choose toys you and your baby can play together with, to interact and share good feelings. Nowadays, many toys mimic or substitute for human interaction, like the storytelling teddies, for example. However, there is absolutely no replacement for real-life human interaction. Find an item that provides you the opportunity to share the experience with your baby to create a strong bond together.
Playtime allows you to share beautiful and fun experiences with your baby where you can grow a stronger bond together and make beautiful memories that stay in their hearts forever. Choosing a toy for your child is not as easy a task as it seems, as there are safety precautions and certain factors to consider, especially since we live in the digital era where AI and screens are taking over real-life interactions and bonds. Before you finalize your purchase, you must read the labels and ensure that all items are 100% safe and age-appropriate. Never choose something that deprives your kiddo of your interaction and presence. Finally, make sure that your child has plenty of toys in different categories that will improve their mental and physical skills and shower them with oodles of love and affection.
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