With all the choices available, picking the best toys for your baby can be a bit of a minefield. Advice, on what to buy, can also vary considerably. However, there are some basic guidelines which when followed, should help parents make the best choice both for the child and themselves.
Firstly, toys, in addition to keeping a baby amused, are a vital factor in the early learning experience.
A baby does indeed learn from the things that she plays with, so the more things she has access to, the more she can learn. Consequently many parents spend a fortune on baby toys Xe thăng bằng only to be disappointed when the child discards them very quickly.
Babies learn about their world by using all five of their senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. It is important that all these senses are engaged and stimulated by the toys they are given. Through playing with their toys, babies:
o learn to control their body movements and begin to exercise control of their world
o learn to work things out, solve simple problems and develop ideas
o begin to develop muscle control and co-ordination
o begin to develop their imagination
According to the founder of the Institute of Achievement of Human Potential a child spends approximately ninety seconds playing with an average toy. After looking at it, feeling it, tasting it, sniffing it, and shaking and banging it to see if it makes a noise, the toy is discarded, much to the disappointment of the doting parents.
Does this mean that the child has an extremely short attention span or that they are not very smart? On the contrary, in that 90 seconds the toy has been completely “road tested” by all the child’s senses.
So what should a parent look for when buying toys for babies? Unfortunately, we now live in a predominantly electronic age. While electronic toys may be suitable for older children, then for a baby, apart from flashing lights which might amuse it for a short time, they do not offer much for the development of a very young child.
There are some questions that parents should ask themselves when choosing toys
o Is the toy likely to hold the baby’s attention?
o Will it survive the “abuse” that even a baby can inflict?
o Is it too complicated – babies need solid simplicity?
o Will it challenge the baby so that baby will not get easily bored or frustrated?
o Will it encourage the baby to think and stimulate creativity and imagination?
o Will the child be engaged in play and not simply a spectator?
o Can the toy be played with in more than one way?
o Does the toy have novelty value – different to toys they already have?
o Does it that “fun appeal” that will encourage a parent to join in with the play?
Then there are the more basic considerations such as
o safety (sharp edges, risk of choking),
o size (can the toy be easily manipulated by the child),
o colour (babies recognise primary colours much better than pastel shades)
o durability (babies can be quite destructive)
o washability (it is inevitable that toys will get dirty and are inevitably destined for your baby’s mouth)
If all this seems a little overwhelming, then rest assured, most of the above will quickly become second nature. Toys are fun items and there is no reason why buying toys cannot also be a fun experience. Instead of spending hours trudging around toyshops, it is possible to consider all the possibilities from the comfort of your home, by simply clicking your mouse.