When shopping for toys for your baby, this is when your inner baby is overwhelmed with joy. The whole experience brings back memories of your childhood.
While you’re out there shopping for your little bundle of joy, it’s extremely important that you only buy the best toys. And all the toys in the world don’t qualify as the “best” if they’re not safe.
I have your back when you are looking for all the items on the toy safety checklist. I’ve written the best toy shopping tips to make the whole experience fun and easy!
Remember when you get confused looking at so many toys in front of you, keep calm and use my tips!
1) Safety first of all
You can turn your attention to other matters only when you know your child is safe. It becomes very important to buy toys that do not have sharp edges and do not cause suffocation. In addition to these two things, you should keep the following points in mind:
a) Always buy toys that label the use of non-toxic materials.
b) Loud toys have been shown to cause hearing loss in children. Hence, parents should avoid buying too loud baby toys.
c) Also, do not prefer toys with strings and rubber bands as they may cause strangulation.
2) Age-appropriate toys
It is very important to buy toys that are age- and gender-appropriate for your children. For example, buying a Barbie for your little boy won’t make much sense, while giving it to your little girl will make her happier.
The interesting thing is that what gets your child’s attention when he’s two will be different than when he’s eight. This is because learning abilities in children vary from age to age. So, try to find toys for your little ones that can really intrigue and motivate them.
Each toy is provided with reference to the age, so during the purchase; just keep in mind your child’s age and his or her ability to understand things.
3) Meaningful learning throughout life
Toys give your kids the opportunity to learn without being in any constraints and in a structured environment. Although children are constantly learning from birth, the age of one to two is crucial and significant for development. This is the time for them to get to know their surroundings and improve their skills. So, moms and dads be sure to add a toy to the cart that promotes learning, such as games where kids have to answer questions using cognitive skills.
4) Let your motor skills blossom
For infants, fine motor skills only begin to develop in the infancy stage and as they are about to complete their two years, these skills can be seen distinctly. These abilities continue to blossom until children reach adulthood. Therefore, it is very essential to buy those toys for your children that promote the use of hands and fingers.
There are many toys available on the market to motivate your baby’s fine motor skills. For example, lego, coloring, board games, arts and crafts and so on. These toys are engaging and as the little ones involve their fingers and hands, these are sure to boost their skills, which will later be useful in their school calligraphy, art and craft competitions and more.
5) Let their imaginations fly
Toys give children a space where they can behave silly, uselessly, and can be whatever they wish they were. Toys not only give children a way to explore their imaginations, but also help their imaginations take flight. Toys give them their space and a chance to act crazy. When a child turns two, it is the beginning of the evolution of a genius mind and within the following year this evolution takes full effect. During this important stage of mental development, give your child the toy that will help stimulate his imagination and turn his ideas into reality. Ways to promote creativity in your kids are sketching, painting, puzzles, board games, etc. Apart from these, there are some fake toys available in the market that help children become someone else, for example, a superhero, teacher, doctor or anything else of their choice.
This article is intended to make buying toys fun for parents and fruitful for their children.
Happy toy shopping to keep your little one busy, puzzled, and have him learn a few lessons while having fun!