Top 10 Toys for Infants for skill development and entertainment
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Top 10 Toys for Infants for skill development and entertainment

Infant is typically applied to children between the ages of 1 month and 12 months; however, definitions vary between birth and 3 years of age. This post offers toys suggestions for infants from birth to 1 year old and 1 to 3 years old, so parents can chose same category toys from toy shops. Remember that this article suggests you only the kind or category for infant toys. You can select the toys of specific category from your favorite toy supplier or mall. Toys are instruments that help a child learn about themselves and the world around them. Play is important to the healthy growth and development of children

Infant is typically applied to children between the ages of 1 month and 12 months; however, definitions vary between birth and 3 years of age.  This post offers toys suggestions for infants from birth to 1 year old and 1 to 3 years old, so parents can chose same category toys from toy shops. Remember that this article suggests you only the kind or category for infant toys. You can select the toys of specific category from your favorite toy supplier or mall.

Toys are instruments that help a child learn about themselves and the world around them. Play is important to the healthy growth and development of children. As children play, they learn to solve problems, to get along with others, and to develop the fine and gross motor skills needed to enhance and master living skills.

Some toys can really help your baby learn and develop new skills. Developing motor skills, hand-eye coordination and your child's natural talents are a very important part of an infant's growth process.

These toys make sure your baby gains proficiency in all of his or her natural abilities.These skills develop in various stages during the first years of your child's life.

Parents also have an important role in choosing good quality educational toys. As soon as babies open their eyes, parents can provide brightly colored pictures around the room, changing the position of the crib and the pictures often.                                                                                               

Newborns age 0-1 month are immobile and mostly inactive. Of the five senses, the one least developed at birth is the eyes. In fact, newborn can only distinguish contrasting colors and human face properly. The optimum distance which a newborn can focus on is 12 inches. So the key of stimulating the newborn eyes is by exposing her to either human face or something with constrasting color at a distance of 12 inches.

For babies, playing stimulates their senses, and helps them learn and develop. Playing with your baby — or infant stimulation — includes activities that arouse or stimulate your baby’s sense of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Infant stimulation can improve your baby’s curiosity, attention span, memory, and nervous system development. In addition, babies who are stimulated reach developmental milestones faster, have better muscle coordination, and a more secure self image.

Newborn Toy Recommendation

Based on the above characteristics, the best infant toys for this age group are toys to look and hear at and the ones which preferably has contrasting colors: black, white and red.

There are several infant toys you can buy:

baby mobiles,

baby rattles (hand rattles, wrist rattles, booties rattles),

black and white baby books or flash card, and black and white stuffed animal like panda, zebra, penguin and dalmatian.

Infants 2-6 months show growing interest in touching, holding, batting turning, shaking, kicking, mouthing and tasting objects..

Birth to 1 year old

A baby learns about his environment by using all 5 senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch). A child this age is also learning cause and effect. Toys he/she may enjoy include:

  1. 1. Mobiles and safety mirrors
  2. 2. Rattles
  3. 3. Stacking toys (Stacking toys promote a love of color and form. They also teach spatial relationships and help develop coordination and matching skills)
  4. Sorting toys (Sorting toys fine tune a baby's motor skills. Challenging sorting skills early may enhance your child's mathematical abilities and problem solving. These toys help develop hand-eye coordination as well as investigative skills.)                                            
  5. Pop up toys
  6. Picture books
  7. Musical toys, squeeze toys
  8. Infant swings
  9. Teething toys
  10. Musical Toys (Musical toys stimulate both eyes and ears and encourage movement. Look for bright colors and interesting patterns in choosing musical toys.)

1 to 3 years old

A toddler moves around his environment a great deal (walking, climbing, pushing, and riding). Educational toys for toddlers 12 months to 3 years can teach many important skills like learning colors, introducing logical thinking skills and vocabulary and language skills. This is an exciting age for toddlers. Both 1 year old and 2 year old toddlers at this stage are full of energy and want to explore everything. They begin testing boundaries and become more creative. This is a good time to introduce toddlers especially from ages 2 to 3 years, to a wide variety of creative and imaginative toys such as dress up clothes, tea party sets and pretend activity toys like cooking toys.

A strong curiosity in manipulating and problem solving with objects begins during this stage and can be encouraged with:

  1.  Push-pull and ride-on toys (Cars, trucks, diggers, tractors, and motorcycles all provide your child with a chance to play pretend, and they will take these toys into several areas of play. )            
  2.  Small tricycles and wagons
  3.  Simple puzzles, shape sorters, peg boards (Puzzles help enhance fine motor skills and can be a great tool for teaching and enhancing matching, learning colors, letters, numbers and more)
  4.  Movement games
  5.  Large lacing beads
  6.  Blocks, stacking rings  (Wooden blocks help toddlers enhance their gross motor skills while also enhancing logical, spacial relationships and creativity.)
  7.  Picture and coloring books (Exposing your child to any sort of books is a great way to develop pre-reading skills.)
  8. 8. Crayons, markers, and clay
  9. 9. Dress Ups, costume or theme based toys (Dressing up stimulates your child’s imagination and takes role playing to another level.)
  10. 10. Balls and hoops (Sports toys such as balls and hoops help them to develop different physical skills.)

Useful links:

* Toys for Young Infants 

*Motor Development in Babies

* Toys for Young Infants

* A 5 Minute Guide To The Best Developmental Baby Toys

* Activities for Infants Physical Development

* Top 10 Toys for One-Year-Old Babies

* Best toys for 3 year old boys

* BEST KIDS TOYS FOR 2010 at Babble.

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