Playtime is one of the most crucial parts of your baby's development. For a newborn, you should ensure that your baby's toys are safe, stimulating and age appropriate. Here is a guideline for parents on how to shop for the most appropriate baby toys for your newborn baby.
Your newborn will not be able to grasp objects easily, so the majority of their toys should be visually stimulating or something to listen to. Bright colors and high contrasts are the easiest for your baby to notice at this age, which is why many newborn toys are designed in black and white.
Mobiles and dangling toys are often the first visually stimulating toys that will keep your baby focused for a short while. There are many varieties out there, from the common crib attachments to mobiles that you can attach to a stroller, for on the go entertainment.
Soft picture books provide a fantastic tactile experience for your newborn. They are usually designed with bright colors and various textures to stimulate your babies developing senses.
Wrist rattles are a great enjoyment for your little one. He will revel in the fact that he can produce noises. Handheld rattles are great, but are often dropped at the newborn stage, due to a weak immature grasp.
Babies love music. Experiment different sounds and rhythms, to see which types of music, soothes your baby, and which type of music , awakens his senses. Many toys and stuffed animals have buttons to press to activate music. Initially you as a parent will be pressing the button for your baby to hear the music. However, over time your baby can learn the wonderful skill of cause and effect as he learns to push buttons and enjoy the effects.
Babies love to see themselves in mirrors, even if they don't understand who they are looking at. Many toys have little mirrors attached to them for baby to enjoy looking at their reflections.
You want to make sure that your baby is being stimulated wherever you go. When you are going on long road trips, there are many clip on toys that are designed for infant car seats, to entertain your baby. If you go for daily walks or jogs, while your baby is seated in the jogging stroller, you may want to purchase some toys that can be attached to the stroller hood, snack tray or belly bar. These toys will provide stimulation and entertainment at the same time, making your outing more pleasant for everyone.
There are many wonderful options for your baby's first toys. Don't fret if your child does not respond immediately to a newly purchased toy. They may enjoy them as they grow older. Many babies enjoy simple household items, like crinkly paper, shiny pots or spoons, and the all time favorite, your phone! It is important to keep your baby stimulated as often as possible, offering him new tactile opportunities to develop all his sense.