Great Toy Ideas To Buy For Your Baby
Sounds simple, but no matter what stage of parenting you are at, it can still get a tad bit brain wrecking thinking of what toys to get for your little one. There are just so many options out there! Faced with such a wide variety, how do you know which type of toy will best suit your baby?
Well, if this is the dilemma you are facing, we’ve got your back! Here are some of the main things to look for when choosing the right toy for your baby:
- Consider The Age Of Your Baby
- The Functionality Of The Toy
- Baby Preferences
1. Age Of Your Baby:
Your baby’s age is a major determinant when it comes to what kind of toy they will truly enjoy. Babies of different ages prefer playing with different kinds of toys; some toys may be too complex or too simple for your baby, which means they will quickly lose interest in the toy.
2. The Functionality Of The Toy
Any toy will be more exciting and interesting if it suits your baby in terms of functionality. This is why soft and chewable baby building blocks are great for 6 months olds. At this age, your baby has just started teething or is teething already and has the frequent urge to chew on anything and everything. These chewable baby blocks will, therefore, give his sensitive gums something to chew on as he builds away. It will keep him occupied for hours and will calm his sensitive gums. Make sure, however, that these blocks are kept clean to avoid getting germs in your baby’s mouth.
Other great toy examples for babies based on functionality would be squeeze balls for 0 to 3-month-old babies that are learning how to grip items, dangling toys for newborns as they learn to follow items with their eyes, exercising their neck muscles, and wooden toy cars for toddlers who are experimenting with pretend play.
3. Baby Preferences
As you spend more and more time with your little one, you’ll start to notice their likes and dislikes along with what fascinates them or puts them off. Most babies are fascinated by musical toys. Others don’t like the noise. If you have more than one child, their preferences can be as different as day and night.
Because of this, there is no point in basing your purchases on something a different child liked. Instead, you want to take the time to get to know your baby and buy toys that are appropriate for them.
For example, if your baby girl is a colorful lady, she may enjoy these dollhouses. If your son is Mr. fix it, get him toys that he can easily take apart and put back together. Paying attention to your baby’s likes will allow you to get them toys that can keep them engaged and happy.
Sometimes, you may find that your little girl likes girly toys and your little boy prefers masculine toys and toy cars. However, girls can still enjoy playing with “boys’” toys and boys can also enjoy playing with dolls. Let your little one’s unique set of preferences guide you on your decisions.
Finally, try not to go overboard when shopping for toys for your baby. Consider setting a budget and sticking to it. Remember that your little one will probably break that expensive toy apart on the same day they get it. So think of the toy as a means to an end: it’s a developmental tool that will soon serve its purpose and be discarded. Buy the best toy within your budget and your little one will still get the developmental benefits they need to out of it.
Everything becomes easier when you know what to look for and where to look for it when shopping for toys for your little prince or princess. Getting the right toy will not only keep your baby happy but will also free up some of your time, allowing you to do something else as your little one plays. Be sure to check out our unique play collection to find the perfect toy for your little one!