Mothers use toys to quiet and distract their babies from their fussy moods. Every mother desires a few precious moments of peace and collectibles can give babies the engagement that will allow mothers to have a moment or two of relief. What most mothers don't know is that this same distraction is actually good for their babies.
A baby's brain develops in the first three years of her/his life and toys play a very essential role in this development. The right stuff help in proper development of tactile responses, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, and social responses. In the first few months after a baby is born, they get busy exploring and understanding the world around them. They want to taste and touch everything in sight. They like colors and sounds. They are busy learning everything they can through interaction with the things in their surroundings.
For example, a baby learns about gravity by dropping things. He/she realizes that every time an object such as a toy leaves his/her hand, it falls straight to the floor. Once a baby realizes this, the experimenting begins. With this knowledge, dropping anything within reach becomes a game. So whenever a baby hurls something delicate or precious to the ground, instead of getting angry at the loss, realize that the baby is learning in his/her own way and instead remember never to leave anything breakable within their reach. Also always have soft plaything at hand for the baby to hold, touch, squeeze, and throw to their heart's content because this is how they will develop.
Trinket for a baby should always be unbreakable, and shouldn't have any sharp edges or small parts that could be swallowed by the baby. Kids stuff should be soft if possible or otherwise light weight so as to prevent injuries to others when the baby starts throwing toys for fun.
Toys Specifications that Help Learning
Some toys that help in development are:
- Plaything in bright colors because colors attract the baby to want to hold and interact with the toy.
- Music playing toys because these toys help sharpen the auditory skills of the baby and also soothes and makes them laugh.
- Robotic walking toys that have a soft outer edge because babies like moving objects. They start mimicking these toys and attempt to crawl and walk.
- Round edged story books with big pictures as these pictures opens up the baby's imagination and creativity.
- And toys that the baby can interact with and is safe for the baby.
Toys have been known to save mothers from losing their minds by creating a distraction and giving them time to compose themselves. Now that they are also known to help the babies' development, it is wiser to look at the toys from a point of view that is development focused instead of seeing toys as something that might spoil the baby.