Pregnancy week by week



Best toys for your baby

By R Carlson January 18, 2012

Babies learn best by doing themselves, so it’s important as a parent to provide them with the proper tools to do this. A parent can do this by buying the right toys for their child to help them develop. In this time in their life, a baby is growing faster then they ever will again. Their bodies are changing from month to month and so is their brain, they’re learning how everything works.

From birth to six months it’s all about stimulating sensory and motor development. Newborns have very limited vision, so bright colors, patterns and black and white objects will make them respond the best. After the vision develops motor control starts to develop as well, a newborn will start using their hands to feel much more. The best toys for this age group are rattlers, teethers, sensory toys lots of textures and sounds. Some other toys that promote ‘tummy time’ so that your baby can gain abdominal strength, and for vision colorful mobiles are great, both with different shapes and lots of colors.

From 6 to 12 months your child is learning through interactive play. So it’s important to provide them with toys that they can use their hand with. Their eye site will have improved dramatically from their first few months of their lives so now the focus will be on improving their hand-eye coordination. They will also be improving their gross motor skills, so they will be trying to figure out lots of things. A lot of their development is learned through cause and effect, so some good toys to use are activity centers with lots of different attachments for your baby. Other great toys are those that make sound and or music, and of course it’s always great to read to your child at any age.

From 12 to 18 months a child will most likely be starting to walk, this usually happens between 10 and 12 months but can vary from child to child. Children will now start to get into everything and try and explore as much as they can. Their play is much more goal oriented and the child will experiment much more. Some good toys to help them develop their fine motor skills are building blocks, train sets, pail and shovel, any toys that allow them a ‘hands on’ experience. Other good toys for this are also swing sets, trikes, and wagons, these toys allow the child to be in motion. These toys allow them to build muscle as well as develop their fine motor skills.

By 18 to 24 months children begin to use their imagination much more, and along with that their language is developing at a very quick pace. They are picking up on new words everyday. By this age children are staring to problem solve much more as well, so puzzles and other sets that are used for problem solving are great at this age. To foster their imagination costumes and play houses are great devices. Once again, reading to your child at this age is always a great idea.

By 24 to 36 months your child’s fine motor skills are really coming too. Too continue to keep their skills improving keep them drawing, coloring, using finger paints, and other fun crafts. Children can also start participating in sports, increasing their muscle strength. At this time children are also starting to talk fluently, so it’s a great time to introduce them to music and to keep reading with them. Children develop and learn through their play, so it’s important as parents to provide them with the best tools to foster as much growth as possible.
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