What Toys Are Important For Babies?
September 30, 2010 · Posted in Infant Development, Parenting, Play · Permalink

mom.baby.grassParents are undeniably the most important toys for babies.  They love looking at you, listening to you and dancing and bouncing with you.  Toys that encourage kids to explore and create are also important.

The toy industry is certainly booming and there is a plethora of options for parents.  Many times parents will say that their baby prefers the box the toy came in over the toy – remember that babies are curious beings and they like to explore.  The box is new to them.  Water play or any kind of tactile exploration can bring a lot of inexpensive enjoyment to your baby.  Feel free to experiment with different surfaces and watch your baby respond (sitting in the grass vs sitting on a fuzzy blanket).

Babies and children come hard-wired with an intrinsic fascination in music, whether it is you singing, playing with shakers or beating on a drum.  The important key here is that pitch is not important to babies – you may not believe that you have a good singing voice, but your baby doesn’t care.  He loves that you are singing and they you are enjoyed in play with him.

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  1. Greg H.
    November 1st, 2010 | 3:10 am

    When our daughter was very young, my wife and I went to buy her a “busy box”, one of those plastic boxes with wheels to spin, and a miror, and noise makers and doors to open. We thought this would be educational. We looked at all the choices at the store, but none of them seemed quite right. Then, in a basket on the floor, we saw the perfect toy. We knew the moment we saw it that we’d been looking for the wrong toy, and we bought it on the spot: a 10″ pink rubber ball. Our daughter loved it, and years later, we still have it. Sometimes the simple classics are the best toys of all.

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