Congratulations! Either you or someone you are shopping for has just had a baby. This is such a special time in your life, and the life of that newborn child. And while there are plenty of necessities which must be taken into account, every parent wants to buy their children toys to play with. But which toys do the most good for your child, and which ones are a wasted purchase? Choosing the most essential toys for your brand-new baby means first understanding his developmental process..
From 1 to 3 months, your child is learning to live in his surroundings. He will smile, raise his head, follow objects with his eyes and begin gripping. He may even try to grasp dangling objects and raise his hands to his mouth. A baby gym is an excellent toy purchase for all of those reasons. Make sure to include bright colors, since newborns cannot see low contrast objects which are much more than about a foot away.
A set of plastic links is extremely affordable, and can be added to your baby gym. They can also be used independently to drive fine motor skill development. Both the baby gym and inexpensive plastic links are a great toy choice for your newborn baby, and are relevant past your child’s first year.
From 4 to 6 months babies are trying to manipulate things that they see. They are learning to use their hands and are becoming aware of their own voices. Babies will roll over from front to back, and babble incessantly. They will laugh spontaneously, sit up when supported and reach out to grab objects (like your hair).
Purchasing an Oball Rattle will help promote and improve all of these behaviors. (Just be sure to purchase the official Oball Rattle, as it is free of dangerous BPA, PVC, latex and phthalates.)
The Oball Rattle is inexpensive and found conveniently online at multiple Internet retail outlets. Purchasing a small set of squeeze toys for bath time play further promotes hand movements and other fine motor skills. They are relevant for newborns and older children, and promote visual tracking, grasping and oral exploration.
Soft, cloth blocks as opposed to wooden or plastic ones are great purchases for newborns. Even after they are a year old they will still squeeze, stack and play with them. Some cloth blocks even include bells and other sound making objects. Buy sets that come with numbers and/or letters so as your baby grows they can learn those important lessons.
Any small rattle balls are also great for the newborn as well as the older child. There are many excellent sets which have several balls that produce different sounds. This helps your child learn to discriminate between them, promoting sound localization, visual tracking and once again, fine motor skill development.