Benefits of Providing Toys to Newborns

Benefits of Providing Toys to Newborns

The first few years of your baby’s life is the most important in terms of growth and development. This is often called the ‘critical period’ for the proper development of their senses. Study shows that around the fourth week after birth, your newborn starts to develop focus and the ability to recognize sound. From here, their abilities to see, hear, and feel will continue to develop until they are one year old. One of the best ways you can help them grow is by giving them newborn toys that will help develop their senses as soon as they are born. Using these toys will boost your babies mental developmental abilities as well as stimulate their brain activity resulting in a smarter child.

When it comes to newborn toys, it is important to know that babies, especially newborns, are curious little human beings with an urge to explore their surroundings. They also have the natural tendency to mouth objects so that they can explore these objects with ease. In other words, introducing them early on to a variety of toys is a great way for them to learn about the world through exploration. But there are also certain toys that encourage different types of development in the infant. So there are benefits to providing newborn toys to your babies.

Newborn toys should be more than just fun. These toys should also help your babies reach developmental milestones naturally. Most of the time, newborn toys are designed to facilitate early development but you should still do your own research on what toys you should buy for your newborn. Don’t fall to marketing hype and make informed decisions when purchasing toys for your newborn. Join forums and ask other parents online regarding newborn toys.

For the first 3 months, babies do not do anything except sleep and feed. They are still developing their vision and can only see at 13-15 inches so most of the time you can see parents leaning to the baby when talking. Due to the limitation of a baby’s vision, most toys and nursery decorations have simple bold patterns with high contrast or come in plain black and white. These toys and decorations stimulate babies’ vision and support their visual development. You can still offer newborns with toys that produce sounds like musical toys and soft toys that they can easily grip.

When babies start to be more active then you probably need a playmat or an activity play gym. They need something they can grasp and hold to keep their hands busy. During this time, babies are more likely to become active and start to explore their surroundings. You can start offering toys that they can hold like rattles. Rattles are good toys for helping babies improve their dexterity, fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. It is also good to have teething toys handy when your baby starts teething. Although teethings are not necessary, these toys could help ease the pain in your baby’s swollen gums.


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