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Toy Selection Tips

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.

Think Manipulative

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 Durability

Consider how well the toy is going to hold up over time. Is it washable, well-constructed, durable, and safe?

Safety First!

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.

Think Multisensory

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.

Additional Information:

Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L
Last Updated
Retro Baby (Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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