Developmental Baby Toys
Baby has arrived and now it is time to chart your child’s development and to consider the best developmental baby toys you can buy to help them along.
In the first few months, your baby will develop the basic skills such as the sense of sound, touch and sight. Choose baby toys that will help them experience a variety of colors and shapes, textures and sounds.
Musical baby toys will help develop their sense of hearing and also to send them off to sleep. I know my children just loved the musical mobile I hung in their crib. It helped to develop their eyesight too as it moved in circles, it was brightly colored animals and the baby would latch on to one color, usually the yellow one and follow it around. This movement along with Brahms lullaby helped them drop off to sleep. It has a calming effect on babies helping them feel safe and secure.
As your baby grows it is important to choose educational baby toys according to your baby’s age development. Not all children develop at the same rate. Some babies tend to lag behind what is considered “normal” baby development. Try not to worry, they always catch up in the end.
Developmental baby toys stimulate your child’s imagination and brain. They help your child develop motor skills, hand to eye movements, helps gauge distances etc.
Babies who lack stimulation and activity play with their parents oftentimes are slower learners. Great educational and interactive baby toys help baby to develop all the skills they will require to achieve their life goals.
Most people create a baby development chart to measure the baby’s growth and physical development milestones but they forget that the baby’s brain is also developing at a terrific speed. They are like sponges soaking up your words and actions. Your baby’s brain will triple in weight from birth to three years of age and it will establish over a thousand trillion nerve connections during this time.
The frontal lobe part of the brain handles thought processes and voluntary movements such as speech, walking and problem solving. This section of the brain seems to really kick in between six months of age and one year. This is when your baby becomes more vocal and mobile.
Have you ever noticed young babies follow you and listen to your words, and when they finally begin talking they come out with many words that are in the right context? This is because in their formative weeks and months they have been busy learning through their interactions with people in their family.
Words and their meanings are being registered in their brains, this is how a baby learns and develops. Repetition of words and actions help them sort meanings out in their mind.
In the first few weeks baby’s eyes can focus at about 30 to 50 cms so it’s a good idea to get up close to baby when you interact with them. A baby will study your features intently, making funny faces and noises will amuse them.
At this stage of development, crib mobiles and mirrors will help your child focus their eyesight.
We are told a baby will always recognize his mother’s voice as they have been listening to it while in the womb. Sounds are important to a baby’s development so be sure to hum or sing to them often. Baby can be easily startled by sudden sounds or noises so be sure to be on hand to comfort them until they get used to the noise.
Your child will develop skills at his/her own pace. Using a baby development progress chart will help you monitor your baby’s stages of development however it is just a guideline. We, as parents worry about our child’s development and tend to compare them to others, but when all is said and done our baby is a unique individual and will sooner or later develop all the skills they will require. So please don’t fret. If you are concerned please speak to your healthcare professional.
At the end of the day does it really make any difference if your baby didn’t walk until 18 months of age when a neighbor’s baby walked at 10 months? Not in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t.
The best thing you can do is to buy great educational developmental baby toys at each stage of your child’s growth and development and interact and spend family time with baby so s/he can learn all the baby skills they need.