As a parent, it is nice to know that there are lots of options for supporting your infant’s development and helping him reach his potential during this time.
Choose Age-Appropriate Toys
Be sure to check the package for the recommended age range for any toy. Toys that are above a child’s age level may pose a safety hazard because of small parts on which your child could choke.
Toys that can be manipulated, such as shape sorters, stacking blocks, and baby-safe puzzles, are great for a child’s fine motor, cognitive, and perceptual skills. Babies can have lots of fun while building important developmental skills.
Consider how well the toy is going to hold up over time. Is it washable, well-constructed, durable, and safe?
Check for loose parts on all toys. Remember that long ribbons and strings are a safety issue. Be sure to keep all toys clean by wiping them down regularly.
Developmentally appropriate toys that are colorful and have different textures will grab a child’s attention and stimulate his senses. Toy musical instruments, textured puzzles, mobiles, and baby-safe mirrors are excellent multisensory options.