Do Infants Need Toys?
Selecting an educational toy from a toy store or toy shop for the very young child can seem a daunting task. And trying to educate them so soon after they have been born may appear a little hasty. Actually, the fact is your baby is learning at great speed during this time, absorbing everything that is around them, through all of their senses. They are collecting habits, routines, information and words all the time. Many good toy shops and educational toy store websites will have a special category for these vital first year toys.
And how do you decide between a friendly face pillow bear, and a colorful butterfly mobile? Which would be most suitable? To be able to help them maximize this high learning time, it is beneficial for you to understand how first year toys like mobiles and soft fur stuffed toys are perceived in the mind of an infant.
Although your baby may seem to stare unseeing ahead, your baby is actually actively exploring his world, within the limits of his eyesight. At this tender age, babies have a limited range in distance, and also in the colors they can see. The first colors your baby sees are red, black and white. You can use these colors to stimulate your infant.
Since their visual range is limited at this time, leaning in towards them close and making funny faces, or hanging a colorful mobile within their range will enthrall and excite them.
Babies love to explore with touch and feel. Buy them different textured rugs and blankets, and help them discover the wealth of surfaces within their domain. A wool baby blanket or lambskin comforter is hard to beat for newborns and infants.
To help your baby learn and understand the noises in the world, and to stimulate their creativity, bring them as many pleasant auditory experiences as you can. They will already be absorbing the ambient background noises, of mom making lunch for example. Sing them silly songs or lullabies, talk softly to them as much as you can, install a musical mobile near the crib, introducing them to music. Babies are highly sensitive to sound, so express your love in words and noises.
Constantly interacting with your baby, and keeping things simple will ensure that your baby learns much about the world around them in these early days. All forms of play are learning experiences for very young children. Being exposed to many new and varied objects will boost their developmental skills and creativity in years to come.
When selecting an educational toy from an online toy store or toy shop, it is essential to consider and evaluate the toy or game on many levels. The first question should be --- is it is age appropriate? There is little point in buying a complicated game for a baby. You must also make sure that the toy you select is not hazardous to infants.
Very young children put everything in their mouth. So when buying for this age group, take special care that the object cannot be swallowed, or that parts may not become detached and get stuck in the child’s ear or throat. Look out for ‘non –toxic’ labels and age suggestions which are to be found in the better toy and game stores.
After taking such care, you can be sure that you will find the perfect gift for that special little someone. You will be helping them to use these early days to absorb as much as possible around them, by giving them the best educational toy they can possibly have.
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