5 Tips for choosing the right toy for your child
“Toys are children's words and play is their language”, said someone beautifully. I, too, believe that toys are the best tool to kick start any child’s development. The right toys at the right age can provide the necessary stimulation for the child’s cognitive and physical development. The challenge though, is to match the interests of your child, optimize storage and make it a not-so-expensive affair while buying or lending toys for your child. Here are a few tips which I always follow while selecting any toy for my baby and has helped me strike a balance
Keep it age appropriate
Generally, parents have a tendency to plan our baby’s future in advance. But, when it comes to toys, this planning doesn’t work because too challenging a toy can leave your child disinterested in play altogether. Hence, one should always choose a toy as per their baby’s current age. In fact, I suggest buying only for the current age and follow your child’s cues as s/he grows up.
Note down the must-haves
Before going to a toy store, one should always have a list of must-have toys as per our baby’s age. This list will help make the choice better and faster. Check out this list of 6 must-have toys in your baby’s first year, for example.
Check for reviews
Few toys are so unique and attractive that at times, we just can’t control our buying urge. But all that glitters is not gold. Your child may end up being happier with something far less attractive or inexpensive. So, always look for reviews online once you have the list of toys for your baby’s age. You can even check the toy review videos. A video will better demonstrate the way your child might tamper with the toy and you could imagine whether it will really catch his/her fancy.
Avoid Gender Bias
You think a boy cannot play with a Kitchen, well think again! Kids always want to replicate their parents, so it is completely fine if a girl wants to play Office or a boy wants to play kitchen. Hence, always buy toys as per your kid’s interest, not as per the gender stereotypes.
Check the toy quality
Kids and babies tend to taste toys even before they actually play with them. The quality of the toy, is thus of high priority. From colour to edges to material, everything should be considered and checked. Prefer natural materials like wood or, cloth as they are safer and last longer too. Avoid battery-operated toys for children below 3 years of age.
Once you get the right toys for your child, make sure you sit down and play with them! That makes the toys most effective.
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