Make baby’s development phase full of fun and games.
Is baby’s busy fingers constantly looking for something to play with? Let them explore their world with a selection of vibrant and stimulating toys
Having a new baby around the house does not seem like all fun and games, what with teething, nappies, sleep routine and more! But Mommy, you can have so much fun playing with baby and using toys to assist with development. What toys, you ask? Yes, there are so many options out there, and it can be overwhelming. Making the correct choices may seem daunting, but we’ve put together this blog to assist.
Babies are eager to learn about the world around them, and they have much to learn. Colour, texture, taste, shape and sound are all learning experiences for baby. So it is important to choose safe and stimulating toys for your baby that let him use his senses. What makes a toy educational? For a toy to be valuable educationally, it needs to engage cognitive and sensory skills and help develop gross- and fine-motor skills. For instance, toys that are all about lights and sound, but don’t require much interaction, take away the element of creativity. So, baby needs a toy that engages his attention, but also inspires play.
Another factor to take into consideration, is of course how age-appropriate is the toy for your little one. Babies love sucking and chewing on everything, and you need to keep this in mind when considering a toy. Toys need to be soft, manageable, non-choking and with nothing that can accidentally be swallowed.
From 0 – 6 months is a big sensory motor phase, so you want toys that offer plenty of sensory feedback, this can be either auditory or tactile. Colour is vitally important, and especially for children under two months of age, stark contrasts are ideal (like red and blue, or yellow and green, or black and white). Also, toys with contrasting colours are fascinating to babies and stimulate their developing vision.
From two months, you can introduce a rattle as well as toys that crinkle or make other kind of sounds. From about three months, you can introduce bigger toys such as a play gym. Play gyms are wonderful at this level, babies are on their back with enticing toys above them. Every time they swipe, something moves.
We have a huge selection of toys available at Baby Boom – see below for more information on some of the toys we mention in this blog
Fitch Baby Playgym
– Toy loops are located on the mat for attaching additional toys.