Clever tips you must know about buying toys for your little one.
If you are a parent, you must be knowing the feeling of getting overwhelmed in a toy store about what kind of toys to buy for your toddler. Also, we all have experienced that toddlers either get bored or break most of the toys within a week of buying them.
Isnt it always a challenge to buy toys that grow with our babies, make them learn, and nurture their thinking, and improve their physical , social & language skills ?
I have put together some tips from my experience which would help you find the right toys for your little one
1) Buy ” open ended” toys. Which means that the child can use it in different ways for example, blocks, cups, water and toys for sand play
2) Buy age appropriate toys for two main reasons: safety and development needs of the child.
3) Don’t follow the hype: just because you are seeing all the kids on Instagram enjoying the same toy, it doesn’t mean it would work for your baby too. Observe and listen to what your child would like and then take the decision
4) Look for toys that grow with your child. For example, blocks which have pictures or alphabets written on them can later be utilized to learn and identify letters and objects. Dolls and action toys serve a great tool for pretend play.
5) Toys that encourage problem solving, exploration and learning by doing things over and over again , help the children become persistent problem solvers. They also help them develop fine motor skills, and understand hand eye coordination and spatial relation. e.g. puzzles, playdough, shape sorters, clay, crayons etc.
6) We must also give them a chance to play with ” real” stuff , provided they are safe enough for them . Toddlers love to play with remote controls of television, mobile phones, kitchen utensils , brooms and dustpans and musical instruments.
I love the look on Noddy’s face every time I let him hold the handle of the floor mop and he feels important enough to be doing a real job!
7) Lastly, and most importantly, books introduced at an age as early as 2 months make great toys too. We have use board books with big and colourful illustrations, Usborne touch and feel books ,musical books , cloth books and books with flaps and pictures which can slide.
So, in my limited experience of 15 months as a mom, I have tried to put together some ideas that might help you when you choose toys for your babies the next time.
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Take care and stay Happy!!