Thursday, 11 August 2011
This is a guest post from Best Baby Shower.
When someone invites you to come to the baby shower, what can be given as a gift? Clothes, shoes, diapers, diaper bags or other items? Some people consider toys as cute items that can be given as gifts at the baby shower party.
Toys can be an alternative option; believe it or not, even babies under 3 months have been able to explore their world through play. But does a newborn baby need toys? In the first days, a baby does not really need toys. Babies in the early days need time to get to know their surroundings, such as getting familiar with the faces of family members. But following those first days of course babies need toys; toys are useful to stimulate the baby's development. For example, maybe you've seen a baby's legs look lively when put on a flat surface, and then stamp her feet? A kicking gym is recommended to stimulate the foot agility and build leg strength.
Choosing Toys for Babies 0-1 years
When you go the toy store, you will be impressed to see so many kinds of toys there. Remember, when selecting toys, you should consider the level of safety. Basically, the toy should not have sharp angles, parts that are not easily removable, is not easily broken or ruptured, large enough so that can not be inserted into the mouth and swallowed. Make sure the toy is nontoxic, not flammable, and washable. Stuffed animals should be one part; when a hand or foot is also connected securely. The face should be painted (by nontoxic paint) or embroidered, so there is no eye of buttons that can be pulled and released and then swallowed.
Moving toys help develop baby's ability to pay attention to the object. Balls that emit sound or have parts that move in it a stimulating visual, motor, and auditory, as well as helping the baby to develop crawling, eye movements, and improve motor skills. Toys that jingle will also attract baby's attention through touch, color, sound, and taste. Baby rattle toys are designed to stimulate the growth of the tooth. Don't forget, the toys should not easily break, have no loose parts, and should be washable.
Make sure you choose toys that are age-appropriate toy baby. Do not buy a toy because of its' cuteness but one that the baby will be able to play with.e toys
Share your children's ages and what their favorite toys are!