Types of toys for your baby
Baby and toy stores are full of toys for babies. Our experts have put together a list of some of the most popular options to help you choose what will work best for your new baby.
Mobiles help your baby focus and improve their vision. Watching moving objects stimulates your baby to track the object with their eyes, and if the mobile offers music or sounds, this can enhance your baby’s listening skills.
- Encourage your baby to take notice of their surroundings by pointing out the mobile’s features, colours, characters or lights if it has them
- Change the mobile’s position every once in a while, or change your baby’s position so they get a new view.
Playing music or recordings of sounds from nature is a great way to enhance your baby’s listening skills as well as to calm and soothe your infant.
- Use a crib soother to help stop crying or calm them down, this helps to support your baby’s efforts to self-regulate.
- Sing or hum along with the music to encourage your baby to focus attention on you and to feel soothed by the sound of your voice.
Soft or Stuffed Toys
These toys help to encourage your baby’s emotional and intellectual development. Babies recognize and respond to faces very early. As they develop the ability to focus, seeing a familiar face is comforting to them. The soft, cushy texture of a stuffed toy is also soothing, especially when babies are not being held and cuddled.
- Place the toy or doll within her view at arm’s length away. The doll’s face will be a source of visual interest, and the soft texture of the fabric will be interesting to touch.
- Hug, kiss and coo at them. Near the end of the first month, demonstrate cuddling and nurturing behavior on a stuffed animal. for your baby.
- Move the doll up and down in front of your child, then a little to the left and to the right. Watch to see if your baby is able to track the doll with their eyes.
- Be sure to remove any stuffed or soft toys from your baby’s crib when they are sleeping.
Child-Safe Activity Mirrors
Babies love to gaze at their own reflection; they are fascinated by what they see. This encourages self-recognition, enhancing their emotional development. It also fosters eye-hand coordination as baby reaches to touch the mirror.
- Initiate your baby’s sense of self-recognition by pointing to their reflection in the mirror, and then to your own. Play a peek-a-boo game. Also, point out your facial features to help your baby make the connections.
- Go to other mirrors in the house and show your baby how your reflections show up in those mirrors, too.
- Give them some tummy-time play. Position this mirror in front of your baby so when they are ready to put their face up, they can look at themselves in a new way.
Manipulative toys examples include simple rattles; teethers; light, sturdy cloth toys, squeeze toys; toys suspended above or to the side of baby for batting and grasping. Your baby will start to grasp these toys at about 6-8 weeks. As they move their hand, they will be attracted to the colours and the sounds.
Although, these toys can encourage your baby’s development, you will still remain as your baby’s favourite toy!
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