Choosing the Best Push Along Toys
Children love to play with push toys. These toys are so simple to play but they're so fun to play that your child will be occupied for hours. Aside from being engaging and entertaining, they are also great first toys that facilitate learning and early development. Which is the reason why they are really popular among children and parents. With so many options out there, choosing the best push toys for your kids can be a bit daunting. Don’t worry because we have written a guide for you to make choosing the best push toys simple and easy.
Here are a few things you need to consider before buying a push toy:
Age & Safety
Choosing age appropriate toys for your child is important to her safety and to maximise any benefits she gets from playing them. Some push toys have small detachable parts that are potential choking hazards so make sure to check out the label before making your purchase. If your child is prone to putting things in her mouth, it’s better to stay away from these toys.
Another thing to check is the suitable age range. Most toy makers indicate the age the toy is most suitable. For instance, large push toys like activity walkers are suitable for ages 12 months and older so if your child is only 8 months, you're better off buying small push toys like toy cars.
Make sure to know the exact measurements or dimensions of the push toy, especially if you're planning to use it as a baby walker. The handle of the push along toy should not be high that your child is tiptoeing and not low that she’s stooping. The build of the push toy should be sturdy as well. You do not want your child pushing a flimsy toy.
While there are certain benefits and drawbacks of buying plastic toys, wooden toys are better for your children and the environment. Many people will point out that wooden toys are hard to clean and they are easily damaged by water and the elements. While there’s some truth about this statement, there are simple ways to prevent your wooden toys from being deformed or damaged. In fact they’re easy to clean and you can even use household items like vinegar and baking soda as cleaning agents. Moreover, wood has natural antibacterial properties. One thing to always remember when cleaning wooden toys is to never soak or submerge them in water or other liquid solutions.
Wooden push toys are also tactile and their wooden texture brings your children closer to nature. Most wooden toys last long if you look after them and they are timeless toys that most families pass them down from one generation to the next.
There are push along toys for every budget so look for something that you can afford. To get the most out of your purchase, check the features of the toys and if they come with accessories and other toys. For instance, if you are looking for an activity walker choose something that comes with other toys that are built right in.
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