How to Choose the Right Toys for Your 3 Month Old Baby
Choosing the right toys for your baby can seem like a daunting task. On the one hand, you want to choose toys that will not only hold her attention, but also be safe for her to play with.
On the other hand, there’s a lot of conflicting advice out there about what kinds of toys are accepted as being educational or developmental and which ones simply contribute to increasing toy clutter and noise pollution in a child’s environment.
In choosing toys for your baby, you must consider these things: What skills has she developed? Are there any skills that she is still working on? How will the toys help in developing those skills?
Toys are very important because they play a big role in a baby's mental, physical, and social development. You must know what developmental stage your child has reached to purchase the right toy for her. Not only that. You should also consider her age when buying toys for her.
When you have a baby, you become a slave to the “must-have” toys that are supposedly developmentally educational for your baby. The problem is, there are many toys that fall short of the advertising claims made about them. For any new parent, getting ripped off is just poor form.
Most babies at this age explore their surroundings with their hands and mouths. This means that they are most likely to put everything they can get their hands on into their mouths. That said, you want your baby to be playing with toys that don’t have any loose parts or pieces that can easily come apart.
Additionally, any toy your baby gets her hands on should be BPA-free and finished with non-toxic paint. The materials used in making the toy must be baby-friendly and the toy itself must have passed rigorous safety checkers and meet local and international standards on toy safety.
Toys with strings attached to them should be avoided if possible. They can potentially wrap around your baby’s neck and choke her. You can cut these strings off the toy.
The materials of the toy somehow affects how safe they are. For instance, toys made from cheap plastic most likely contain BPA or bisphenol-A and other dangerous chemicals and substances like phthalates.
If you are buying toys for your baby, make sure they are up to standards and all materials should be listed on the packaging of the toy or in the product descriptions.
Stay away from toys made from polyester and other synthetic fabrics. A baby’s skin is sensitive and gets irritated when exposed to irritants like synthetic fibres.
The size of the toy should also be taken into consideration. Your baby doesn’t need something big but giving your baby a very small toy is equally as dangerous because it’s a potential choking hazard.
Once your baby uses her hands to reach out and hold on to toys and objects, make sure that her toys are easy for her to grasp. These toys can help your baby refine her fine motor skills and develop her hand eye coordination and dexterity.
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