You are pregnant and worrying about choosing toys for your upcoming baby. Walking around the supermarkets, megamalls as well as toy stores on the streets, you will be dizzy and confused toward various kinds of toys for baby especially for infants.
Firstly, when choosing toys for infants you should consider 3 criteria: education, interest, and safety. The toys need to have education features because the infant is the early stage of life; it is also an important period in the development of the brain. Therefore, education toys may have an impact on development. Besides, safety is an important factor when it may take influence on your baby’s health. You have to ensure that, the toys are made of safe and harmless materials, chemicals … due to the fact that babies have a tendency to put the toys in their mouth. Toys also show the interest of the baby when it has fond of particular kind of toys such as fishing toys, football toys, dolls or fashion toys … Last but not least, you must choose toys which are affordable and useful for your baby. Yet choosing toys for baby is not an easy work for parents, to a lesser degree, it is a challenge when there are so many toys on sale now. Here are the cues for those are wondering about it:
Buying for your baby bracelets especially bracelets with small bells which can create exciting noise is recommended. The noise will make the baby feels excited and make the baby more energetic. Because when the baby feels like the bracelets and their noise, they will move to make it creates noise. It is a good way to help your baby self-develop its ability.
It is a great idea to buy a mirror for your baby. However, you need to bear in mind that the mirror has the frame and it is safe for your baby. How can you imagine such a simple mirror is a great toy for a baby? It reflects your baby and makes the baby curious about itself. Hence the baby will look at it to discover itself. Also, you can play with your baby through the mirror by changing facial expressions so that your baby will imitate them.
Many babies are scared of darkness, loneliness, silence. Beside noisy toys such as bells and bracelets, you can add some glowing toys in your baby’s toy collection. They can be a glowing pig, glowing ball or something like that. They will be useful in soothing your baby when it cries and they will make your baby sleep easily at night as they are cute lamps.
A book with many visual and colorful pictures may stimulate the curiosity and interest of your baby. Moreover, the picture book is a good way for you to tell the story for your baby through pictures before going to bed. It is a nice education method as it not only helps your baby to learn about the world but also make the baby get used to reading a book – a good habit for the baby. The habit then impacts on your baby and it will make your baby eager to learn everything.]]>
Obviously, in the early stage of life, all the things around your baby may have an influence on its development and so does mental development. The mental development of babies is very important as it is the first step to make an intelligent child and even a genius in the future. In fact, mental developing’s stimuli is not as hard as you think, they can be simple and easy games for the babies:
The aim of the game phone calling is to develop fingers movements and the co-movements between eyes and fingers.
It is easy to play the game; you can only prepare 2 toy phones. You read out loud the phone number (from 3 to 5 numbers is favorable) and button the keypad to call for your baby. Then you start a conversation with your baby in a funny way like singing a song; tell a story … You and your baby in turn to become the caller and the recipient of the call.
The game is to develop fingers and hands move and it is the preparation for your baby to self-eating when it can use a spoon.
How to play: you lay 2 bowls or baskets (one is big and one is small), one ball, a spoon on the table. Then you model the game for your baby by using a spoon to scoop the ball from big basket to the smaller and vice versa. After several times, your baby will get used to the game and play fluently.
The game will help your baby in muscle development, hands and eyes co-movements and start to learn to draw line and round.
How to play: You draw short lines upside down the paper and explain to your baby that it’s rain. Also, you can draw other simple things like fences, bubbles, sun … Gradually, your baby is increasingly interested in the game and it can distinguish colors and things in nature and the world around.
The game can make your baby develops coordination among handy and optical muscles, persistence, the ability to listen and understand the language and complex movement’s imitation.
How to play: it is very easy to play. You only need to prepare a thin wire and beads which is perforated. You carefully put the wire through the beads into the small holes on the beads. You do the game with slow movements and carefully explain for the baby how to do. Finally, you and your baby will have a chain to wear. For baby girls, it is very nice and interesting.
Hand drawing helps your baby practicing fingers coordination, starting to learn how to use a pen.
How to play: So simple! You just put your hand on the paper then use a pen to draw the hand along the edge of the hand. You and your baby will have own hand drawing to compare and share together.
The game is to inspire your baby to draw and practicing the thinking ability and creativity.
How to play: prepare bold watercolors mixes and white paper. Using fingers to dip into watercolors and start draw on the paper with simple and colorful things like bubbles, clouds, flowers … You need to start first and make your baby imitate. When the draws is dry, it’s time to enjoy all the imaginary and colorful pictures.]]>
Health experts claimed that baby’s toys need to be cleaned once a week to ensure protecting your baby from harmful bacteria. At the first time, you yourself clean the toys and let your baby watch your work. Then your baby will clean the toys in the next times and you can support if needed. This is not only a useful work but also a chance for you and your baby entertain in free time. Moreover, your baby will learn a lesson on how to clean things and it will be more independent.
To clean stuff animals, you need to put a number of detergents into a bath with the size equal to the animal. Then stir the water in the bath until the detergent is dissolved and foams appear in the water surface. Put the animal toys into the solution and soak it in a certain time. The last step is washing the animal by hand or washing machine and dries it in sunlight.
Plastic toy is the most popular toy of babies which can easily become dirt. Therefore, you should use specialized cleaning tool to wash plastic toys like a milk bottle. Or else, you can soak the brush into the cleaning solution then polish the toys then rinse them with water and dry them into sunlight or windy and airy places.
Wooden toys are easily to be molded especially in hot and humid places. Cleaning wooden toys also has steps like plastic toys; however, you remember that after rinse the wooden toys with water, you should use a soft towel or tissue to clean the toy’s surface and not to dry the toy in sunlight for so long. The ideal place for dry wooden toys is the cool and windy place.
It is quite hard to clean battery-powered toys because you cannot use water to clean the toys. However, you can use the dry towel or you can use sterile medical gauze and 75 percent alcohol. Then put the toy in airy place for alcohol to evaporate. Remember to put the batter out of the toy before cleaning!
Outdoor toys can be slide, swing, bar … or any other sports and entertainment equipment. Because the toys are set outside the house, they can easily become dirty and corroded by weather conditions. Therefore, cleaning these toys is rather hard for babies, you should do it yourself and let your baby to support.]]>
You will be surprised when you see your baby seems to be neglecting all the toys you bought for it at the age of 1. Indeed, many babies have a tendency to choose another interest around. Any object in your house can become the new toy of your baby. And fortunately, you cannot to spend money to buy new expensive toys for your baby; it is a good way to save money as well as creating a new interest for your baby. Here are possible things in your house for your baby to play with:
Many babies like holding spoons and playing them very much especially the spoons are hanging on the shelf. With spoons, the baby can create funny and exciting noises and many other creative games. In fact, the spoons can be much more interesting than noisy rattles for your baby.
If your family has obsolete boxes like pamper boxes, tissue boxes or something like that, you should not to throw them away immediately after use. They will become useful toys for your baby. Your baby will have fond of boxes when it feels boring with old toys. The baby can use the boxes to make a small castle or a chair for it to sit on or a container for many other toys …
Many parents are amazed that your babies are attracted by the used bottles. Up to now, there have not any conclusion about why many babies like playing with bottles; however, no one can deny that used bottle is useful and safe toys for baby.
While parents are cooking, their babies play alone and they can collect anything they feel interested with. And a cell phone is a great ideal. Many parents feel curious why their babies can find their cellphones as they hide the cellphone carefully. Maybe the babies like the cellphones because they like to imitate their parents as they usually use cellphones. Thus, you should switch off your cellphone for their baby to play with if you do not want to waste money on unexpected calls.
The remote control is also an interesting toy for your baby and many babies feel excited as they can button on the number keys on the remote control to change the channels on TV. And it is quite difficult for you to regain the remote control from your baby.
Cotton ear swab
Colorful cotton ear swabs may become favorite toys for your baby. The baby will imitate your action to clean its ear, nose and even put them into the mouth. But ear swab is not dangerous at all when it has cotton covered at the two ends.]]>
When your small baby grows up and becomes a 3 years old child, it will feel bored with simple and old toys that you bought in the early stage of life. Moreover, at that age your baby can be sent into a kindergarten, it will receive a new family beside parents and the beloved house; your child will have more friends and learn more about everything. This is also an important phase of your baby’s development; everything needs to be changed to suit with the development of your baby even toys. Here are some toys that are recommended for 3 to 4 years old children:
1. New small vehicles
A small and fabulous vehicle will amaze your baby as it is so nice for having a personal vehicle like adults. Toy vehicles like the fire truck, plane, helicopter, taxi … are not only nice friends with your baby but also help your baby to develop creativity and flexibility.
Colorful blocks in various shapes and sizes from friendly materials are recommended to buy. Conventionally, blocks are made of wood painted in many colors to make babies feel fancy about them. With the toy, your baby can create its own works like houses, trains and even castles …. They will make your baby much more creative and energetic as the game develops the coordination skill between eyes and hands. Furthermore, it can raise the awareness of your baby about space and social skills.
3. Riding-up toys
In general, babies at the age are very energetic and dynamic. Therefore, they need movable toys that they can control by themselves; a 3-wheels bike is favorable for the smarty babies of the age. They can ride the bike around the house or park to entertain and discover new things. This will be interesting experiments for babies.
4. Home stuffs simulating toys
There is a fact that simulating toys have a magical attraction for many babies as they can use the toys as adults do. Home simulating toys as well as adult simulating toys like doctor kit, kitchen stuff… are very helpful to develop the thinking of the baby. Besides, there are many toy kits simulation the real life like firefighting kit, vendor kit … and so on
5. Toy models
At the age of 3, you can add toy models in toy collections for your baby; this will make the collection becomes much diversified and interesting for your baby. Moreover, your baby can also develop its own thinking and creativity by playing with the kind of toy.
Also, puzzles cannot be absent from the toy collection of your baby. The toy can stimulate the brain of the baby as it has to brainstorm to complete the game. Besides, the puzzle can teach the children about colors, shapes … for babies from 3 to 4 years old, a puzzles kit of 25 to 100 pieces is favorable and you need to choose handled puzzles for your baby can easily use to play.]]>