A little guide to buying toys for babies
Babies explore the fascinating world that surrounds them through their senses, which develop rapidly as they see, touch, smell, hear and taste everything they can. During the first two months, however, their motor skills are not developed, so they rely on their eyes and ears to discover their small universe. They gravitate towards primary colors, vivid or contrasted illustrations with simple drawings. The changes in sounds also attract their attention. At this age, a mobile is an excellent source of entertainment. Attach it about 8 to 14 inches from your baby's eyes, then as soon as he can get up on the hands and knees, or at 5 months, (whichever comes first), remove him from the bed.
At about 2 months, your baby is ready for rattles and teething toys, cloth toys, soft balls and musical toys and chimes.
As soon as babies can reach and catch, they will appreciate textured toys. This is also the time to place them on the belly, cloth play mats offering several discovery activities are perfect for that. The rattles improve their grip and, when shaken, the little ones develop the cause-and-effect relationship.
When little ones get their teeth, around 6 months, teething toys are always winners.
When babies start to sit down, they also master hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills. They love to make noise, open and close doors on toys. They like to see what their bodies can do and they are dying to practice! Give them balls, push and pull toys, stacking toys, activity cubes, shape-sorting toys, sound toys, blocks, and simple musical instruments.
When it comes to toys for babies, there are so many available. Read the labels and choose a toy that is appropriate for the age of the child. Your baby will be happy, adore his new toy and he will be perfectly safe!