9 tips on choosing good toys for baby and toddlers

You have toys in all shapes, colors, materials and sizes. When buying toys there are a number of criteria that play a role. The most important thing is that your child appreciates the toys, because what you choose does not necessarily have to choose your son / daughter. A boy can play very well with dolls and a girl with a train. Playing is very important for the development of the child, because it is therefore challenged to develop itself. Especially in the first year many brain connections are created by gaining impressions, the rest disappears. Dr. Frans Plooij even assumes that playing is just as important as feeding and sleeping. Qualitatively good toys are therefore very important! For a baby you buy toys other than for a toddler.

What is good quality toy?

The ten golden rules for good toys :

  1. Teach you something without noticing it
  2. Connect to the development of the child (the player)
  3. Offers new and different possibilities
  4. Does not go wrong quickly
  5. Reports an age indication
  6. Is sustainable
  7. Is always worth its money
  8. Is safe
  9. Is provided with a manual
  10. Do you forget the time

The nicest toys will always be mom and dad!

9 Tips on choosing toys

When buying toys you can of course ask your child what he / she likes and wants. If your child can not talk yet, you do not have that much. Or maybe it is considerably out of budget. The following tips can help you on your way to choosing toys:

  1. If you let your baby or child play with something, 2 or 3 toys are sufficient. In the box you can put down two or three toys or when it is older 2 or 3 baskets with toys that the child should first clear himself before it starts elsewhere.
  2. For babies who are more than average susceptible to stimuli, you can choose the best toy that does not make too much light and sound. So no electronic toys or too many toys.
  3. Young children do not yet have complete control over their movements; wooden toys or dust that does not break quickly if hit or towed with is ideal.
  4. Up to three years it is important to choose toys that do not contain small elements, this can be dangerous for the child or break down.
  5. With all toys, quality is generally better than quantity. You better opt for a slightly more expensive version with different functionalities so that the baby / toddler / toddler can entertain themselves for longer. This saves you not only in the wallet but also in the required storage space.
  6. Toys do not have to be expensive; objects that you already have at home are often more than enough. So you have a bucket and spoon a good drum and a large cardboard box can serve as a bed for the doll or shelter. This is good to stimulate the fantasy of children.
  7. If money plays a role you can always try to buy toys from someone else, you can go to a second hand shop, look at Marktplaats or on the tickets at a supermarket.
  8. Children can make a choice if it is not too wide; therefore do not let them choose from a complete toy store but from a preselection. You can also give them a certain budget so they learn that they can not always have everything.
  9. Try to create a diverse range of toys that stimulates different ‘talents’; such as the gross and fine motor skills, social, cognitive, constructive and creative toys.

Toys for babies (0 to 6 months)

Young babies are very busy with discovering themselves and the environment. Senses play a major role in this; they learn to look, feel, taste and smell. In the beginning this will be mainly passive and later on consciously played. Toys that stimulate one or more senses fits best with this stage of life.

  • Mobile ; For a good purchase, pay attention to the colors when purchasing. bright colors in particular are attractive, a variety of movement to train the eyes and any extras such as a projector or the possibility of converting it to a stand.
  • Music box ; There are various types of music boxes on the market, many music boxes let classical music hear because it works soothing for the baby.
  • Rocking chair ; can also be used instead of a bouncer, ideal if the baby is restless and you have to do something else, some babies also like to fall asleep.
  • Rattle ; young babies can not hold a rattle, of course you can practice this, but there are also special foot and wrist rattles on the market. After that, especially narrow rattles that fit in the hand are ideal, preferably not plastic because a baby still has no control over his movements.
  • Projector ; A baby likes to look at lamps. A projector can provide some distraction before bedtime. The baby will calm down and eventually fall asleep at the start.
  • Tutpoppetjes / label cloths ; At a certain moment the baby will move everything he / she gets in his hands to his mouth. A tutu doll will prevent the hands from being tampered with and preventing the first form of thumbs.
  • Baby gym ; The baby will become more active around the three months. When purchasing a baby gym, it is important that the baby gym has four legs that are connected to a sleeper instead of the so-called l-shape. If there is also an activity at the crossbeam, this also stimulates lifting the head. Primary colors are particularly important for young babies. It is good if the toys all stimulate something else; for example a mirror, a bell, something to squeeze and something with a face. With some baby gyms you can change the toys to give a new challenge. Finally, there are baby gyms that you can later convert into activity boards.
  • Dolls ; or other stuffed animals or even paper with a face on it. A baby does not yet see the difference and can react to it as if it were a person and, for example, keep entire stories.
  • Booklets ; From three months it is good to start reading aloud. With so-called crackling or bath books your baby can already ‘read’. Choose quiet books with simple pictures of objects that you encounter in everyday life.

Parents, however, are the best toys at this age; By playing games together like a plane or trying to pull up, the child can develop himself in a safe environment. If the child has just been sleeping in the box to sleep and then recognizes his mother, that can already bring a big smile. Bathing together can also be very nice for babies or a baby massage with which the baby can get to know his own body.

Toys for babies (6 to 12 months)

Babies of this age discover that something they do provokes a reaction. They also learn to repeat this and to consciously develop a reaction, so they gain more control over their own body. At this age they also learn to sit, crawl and maybe even walk.

  • Playpen ; There are both simple boxed clothes that a baby can learn to crawl on without having to lie on the hard floor to extensive variations with activity’s and mirrors and even complete arches. Here, too, the colors are very important.
  • Teethers ; When the first teeth come through, a teether can come in handy. The best you can buy is one that you can also cool or heat. Preferably you buy this new.
  • Ball ; As soon as a baby can crawl you can stimulate him or her to roll behind the ball. Other toys such as cars with a string or wind engine are also ideal to stimulate your baby to go after this.
  • Figure oven ; At a certain point, babies want to do things somewhere or drop them out. A figure stew stimulates fine motor skills and is the first form of puzzling.
  • Music ; Babies especially love classical music. Especially for this Raymond Lap has adapted well-known music for parents to babies; from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles, also the CD Sleepy Baby can work wonders. The DVDs of Baby Einstein also start to become interesting at this age.
  • Water, sand and grass ; Various materials where babies can get acquainted under supervision. Never leave your baby alone in the water, even in a small layer. Also with sand and grass you have to stay in the area. When the weather is warm, splashing in a bath can be greatly appreciated.
  • Carriage ; As soon as they start to try, a trolley can be fun and help with development. If your child can not yet walk independently, make sure that the wheels are braked so that the trolley does not run off without your child.

Babies often need attention or ask for this. They will throw toys out of the box with the intention that mom will pick it up. With toys with doors or buttons you can show the baby by showing how something works. It is good to start playing independently at a young age; in the beginning this will be five minutes while you are sitting next to the box, later there may be some more space or even from another room. Especially when your baby goes to a nursery, it is good to practice this at a young age. You can also place the baby on a rug on the floor to show the world from a different perspective. To stimulate crawling and walking, you can go crawling with your baby or give two fingers to stand and take a few steps.

Toddler (12 to 24 months)

A toddler can already play in a focused way. He can think of what he wants and then carry it out. Also multiple actions in a row or toys that require a certain action can provide a lot of learning and playing pleasure. The vocabulary grows very strongly during this period, you can also respond to this.

  • Walking chairs ; There are walkers that are combined with an activity center, these days your child the best and deliver the most fun. When purchasing a walking chair, pay attention to the fact that you do not start too early in order to not overburden the hips and back too much. A wooden rocking horse can be very challenging.
  • Pull toy ; In this phase children like to pull something for themselves, especially if they can walk once they can walk a lot of rounds to, for example, pull a duck with quack paws.
  • Stacking toys ; For example, they challenge blocks or stack towers to build towers. The best thing is of course when they fall over.
  • Open end toys; Toys where children can come up with a game themselves. Among other things, the toys of Grimm’s is very popular, such as the wooden rainbow .
  • Duplo ; The forerunner of Lego is fun for children from 1.5 years. Especially for this age there are some larger toys with few blocks. For example, a zoo or garage.
  • Large cars ; For outside cars where the toddlers themselves can sit in are very challenging; in the backyard they travel around the world for their famous world; from supermarket to the nursery. Also walking bikes for indoor fall into this category.
  • Puzzles ; Large puzzles with their own pocket (so not together) fit well with this age. A puzzle does not necessarily have to be big to be appreciated.
  • Bubble blower ; Blowing bubbles yourself is not always successful, but when mom blows, the toddler can already destroy them. This is a handy recipe for making your own bubble bladder .
  • Bath toys ; Small bath animals, but also larger machines where a bucket of water lures actions, children like it very much and they can enjoy themselves for a long time.
  • Musical instruments ; Especially percussion such as drums or instruments with which you can shake as samba balls fit well with this age.
  • Cuddles ; Probably the child already has a favorite hug, but a whole collection can be a precursor to fantasy play.
  • Motor toys; great toys where children can climb, climb, walk, slide and much more. Popular are the Wobbel and the wooden indoor slide . With a combination of this toy you can also set up an obstacle course very well .
  • Books ; Picture books with little text and many ‘search images’ can provide a lot of fun, after reading them the child can be asked to look for things or to name them. Reading books with short stories where the child can easily keep his attention and a nice picture they often like. Just like cardboard booklets that they can read themselves. Nowadays there are also booklets with all buttons that make sound.
  • Roller toys ; Simple toys such as a telephone, kitchen, vacuum cleaner etc. with which a child can play his dad or mommy can be very appreciated.
  • Clay or shaving cream ; Simple materials such as clay or shaving foam with which a child can knead or draw figures can stimulate the creative baby.
  • Pencils and finger paint ; For creative children, especially pencils are good for practicing fine motor skills (markers do the opposite) and finger paints that require less control can provide a lot of fun.
  • Music ; Toddlers will sing songs or come up with their own, a CD with well-known children’s songs can be a support for the parent. Also CDs with music known for children like K3 or Ernst Bobbie and the Rest are popular.

Toddlers can already play independently and indicate when they need help. Especially if there are peers in the neighborhood this may be the case. Toy sharing is still very difficult at this age. Also at this age you can pretend as a parent which action belongs to a toy. A lot of talking with the child is good for the language development and bond with your child.

Toddler (24 to 36 months)

Toddlers like to play around the world. Game material that can help with this is therefore a favorite. The eye-hand coordination is now so good that it can already put a doll in bed, with putting on clothes it may still need help. At this age they will play together side by side for the first time; children can play with the same toys but in their own game.

  • Dolls ; Not only girls, also boys like to play with dolls. They really like it when they also have a kitchen, bed, doctor’s set or other accessories. With this they can re-enact daily situations and thus understand better. Baby Annabell interactive doll is a popular doll.
  • Cars ; For this, not only boys but also girls like this. In addition to a collection of cars, they like to play in a garage with all kinds of parts such as a lift, pump or hoist.
  • Train set ; A wooden train track with separate trains can provide long fun. Extra parts such as trees, houses etc. are not essential for this fun.
  • Booklets ; Toddlers want to be big and like to read for themselves. Some children can also read paper booklets.
  • Construction angle ; With a work table with holes and various (fabric) toy tools they can make everything; the carpentry game is often the best.
  • Puzzles ; Not only wooden puzzles but also puzzles of foam that can be made on the floor are fun.
  • Cloths and cushions ; With a few rugs, ropes and clothespins you can create a boat from bed, or a hut under the table. They can snuggle away in a pile of pillows.
  • Macaroon bun ; In the winter, you can turn the sandbox into a macaroon tray; This can also be a solution for children with a dust allergy. Bucket and scoops can also be used here.
  • Bicycles and motorbikes ; Outdoor toys such as metal bicycles or a motor are often used when playing outside.
  • Swing ; They want to be pushed on a swing and they can not be high enough.
  • Simple games ; Simple games such as catching fish or memory are very suitable for this age.
  • Pencils and chalks ; In addition to pencils, children like to color with chalks. The tearing or cutting of paper and then pasting it up presents a lot of challenge.

For parents it is fun to watch the game and occasionally ask open questions such as “What have you signed?” To be involved in the game. If the child threatens to lose his interest in the game, a simple question such as “Where does the train go” will trigger a new game or lead the child’s attention to the toy again. You often see that toddlers play a familiar role in their role-play and also take over corresponding statements. After the game they are very capable to clean up their toys themselves. If children do not go to a nursery, this is the age to get used to a playgroup.

Toys for Toddlers (36 to 48 months)

This is the last phase before they are real toddlers and they go to school. By means of toys they can be prepared for this and, for example, learn colors or count up to 10. Independent clothing and toilet training is also useful for self-reliance.

  • Music / DVDs / dances ; Children can completely break free of music, there is good running or looking at themselves in the mirror. DVDs have to last a quarter of an hour or half an hour to get full attention.
  • Costumes ; To stimulate the imagination you can give them costumes. Old shoes, big chains, masks and cloths are good as accessories.
  • Puzzles ; At this age, toddlers are ready for some more complicated puzzles. If a puzzle is too difficult, you can offer it again later in life.
  • Booklets ; Reading booklets remains fun. If they are read aloud they can hear the same story after a few times.
  • Construction material ; With blocks or Duplo high towers can be built or baked cakes that you can eat as a parent.
  • Pillows ; In an angle with larger cushions, old mattresses and blankets can be nicely used or used as a slide and obstacle course.
  • Coloring pages ; In girls, the development is slightly faster than in boys, which means that they are generally slightly more likely to color within lines. They will also make a drawing sooner where you can discover something yourself.
  • Table and chairs ; Children often like it when they have a table at their own height with matching chairs or couch in which toys can be stored.
  • Kitchen ; Not only a toy kitchen such as the Ikea Duktig kitchen , but also the real kitchen in which cookies are baked, decorated cakes or fruit salad are very fascinating.
  • Marble tracks ; Material with which a ball track can be made and other challenging games will be highly appreciated after a few times.

As a parent you can try to prepare your toddler for the kindergarten class . This can be done by regularly counting whether they learn the shapes and colors . At this age children can play fairly well independently , parents can support this by indicating the limits.

What is the favorite toy of your children?

 

Best Toys and Gift ideas for boys aged 4 years

For babies you often get toys from the maternity visit or perhaps you have already bought something during pregnancy. Such as a music mobile, a play mat, some hugs, a ball, etc. That changes into the toddler age for which it is also quite clear what the offer is. Or safe, like toys without small parts. However, as soon as they have reached the age of three, that becomes a bit more of a challenge. They ‘may’ now have more toys but often need guidance there. They are really between two phases; too big for the baby / dreumesspul and too young for the toddler toys. 

In addition to age, sex often plays a role. Even if you do not emphasize and offer your children both dolls and cars, you notice that they still have a specific preference at a given moment. For girls’ toys, pink, dolls and barbies or role-playing toys such as a kitchen are very popular.But for boys … yes cars. But beyond? Ideal for the wish list as toys and gift ideas for boys of 4 years.

That’s why I went looking for the best toys for toddler boys. There is a lot of toys for sale; in the toy store you look your eyes out. You quickly lose the overview. That is why I always like to see, from other parents or when I was still working in childcare, what was really popular and did not break down quickly or something.

Lego Duplo

Duplo is always good; the large pieces are also suitable for toddlers and they will continue to play for a long time. Experimenting and discovering a little bit in the beginning. At the age of three they will also make real buildings or start to play a kind of role play. So my son suddenly sat on a Duplo toilet, because he had to ‘pee’.

If you want to score points with your child, you buy a Duplot train. Then he has one Duplo and one train. That always provides hours of fun! When they are older they can continue with Lego.

Magformers (or smartmax)

Toy with magnets also scores extremely well. This too is a form of construction toy that allows them to entertain themselves for hours. From laying flat figures on the ground, up to and including complete structures and turrets. Since he has discovered this, I have come across the squares of the magformers everywhere. The basic set consists of squares and triangles in bright colors. But can be expanded with various other sets and parts such as wheels, pictures etc. You can even make your own robot! The smartmax with rods and balls are recommended if they are just a bit younger.

You can find the various sets of magformers  and smartmax from online stores .

Balance bike

A balance bike is good for the development of your child. It stimulates balance because you ride on two wheels (no tricycle) and often it moves easily. Important when selecting a balance bike is that it is not too high. Often they do not dare anymore because they want to have that feeling of control. Pedal bikes are available in all shapes and sizes, from plastic fake scooters to wood or metal walking bikes from famous children’s bicycle brands.

Cardboard boxes

This should certainly not be missing in this overview. Actually this is an alltime favorite; children of all ages (and both boys and girls) love a cardboard box. To hide stuff, to crawl in, to use as a boat or plane, or even to try as a slide.

Wooden train track

This is by far the biggest favorite. A wooden train track; there are many brands that sell this and fortunately almost everything fits together. Very handy. With that you can endlessly expand your collection. Also with bridges, hills, car tracks or even garages and police stations.

Totum Construxions

The material of Construxions is meant to be built. The nice and fun of this kit is that it consists of all kinds of different materials: wooden blocks with holes in various sizes, plastic rods that fit in the holes, wheels (round blocks with holes), strips with holes and plastic foil with holes in different shapes, plus a hammer. The materials can be combined almost endlessly into all kinds of “objects”. Nominated for toys of the year 2016.

Clics

This was the toy that scored very high at the daycare center for toddlers; a mega-container full of clics. With that, several children could play together at the same time. We now also have a bin with clics. However, this one is behind the tray with magformers so they do not see it and therefore not very popular. But I am sure that if I would prepare it once on the table, they would completely let go. And otherwise I do, because secretly I think this is also very nice toys.

In addition to Clics, they now have a new variant nowadays; that is called plus plus and is for sale in two sizes and also really great toys.

(Foam) clay

Just play a bit with clay; a color is more than enough. Try experimenting with a knife or skewer or try to make molds out of it. Sometimes it also seems when he indicates what it should represent.

Play sand

In addition to clay, play sand also scores very well. Outside in the sandbox, but also indoor play sand that sticks together and has more of clay. And everything in between like kinetic sand. The structure of the sand alone continues to amaze.

Playmobil

Besides Duplo, Playmobil is also highly recommended. For example, you have Playmobil 1, 2, 3 that is suitable for younger children and does not contain too small parts. From this he now has a small collection because it was in his Advent calendar. Santa and angel are attending, but the farm is still fun to play with. From grandmother he got a huge zoo with an extensive collection of animals for his birthday. The small parts such as cash registers, flowers etc. we have put separately. Besides trains he loves animals and every time he sees his grandmother he asks for the zoo. They also play with it for hours.

Jigsaw puzzles

We have not made a puzzle box for his room for nothing. He loves to make puzzles. He thought it was terrible for a long time. And suddenly he made puzzles that I had something like what this is. He can even make puzzles with 56 pieces. That is why he is really super concentrated and will keep on trying.

Games

If they are three years old and the concentration arc increases, you can also play games with them. For example, the memorial, but also the musical chairs of Miffy or Woezel and Pip hide and seek are very popular.

Outdoor toys

Of course they must also be able to lose their energy and outdoor toys are very suitable for this. Think for example of one;

  • slide
  • swing (even if they do not dare to sit)
  • ball
  • trampoline
  • bake with earth

An experience!

Finally, I recently came across a blog from someone who wrote about how she would like to give presentations as a gift. That is of course also super, for example a ticket / subscription for an (indoor) play paradise , amusement park , the theater , a baby swim card or zoo. Totally super that last year we received an invitation for a second birthday in which they asked not to give toys, but money for the piggy bank or for example a big cardboard box. I have a weakness for homemade things, whether it is a blanket, plaything or poncho. My in-laws will give them a small gift and money for her savings account, which will be released when she is 18. If she goes to study by then she can use the money hard enough. What I prefer not to put on her wish list is clothing, even if she grows slightly less quickly, this is very time-bound.

Tips for packing presents

We have mainly given the guests that it is not about the gift itself. At this age they are quickly overwhelmed by what they get. But especially to pay attention to how, so easy tear packing with lots of loose ribbons etc. Another three tips for the first birthday.

  1. Put symbolic items for the birthday party on the table. For example a book as a symbol of knowledge, a basketball for sportsmanship or a brush for creativity. The object that takes the child first would be predictive of his future.
  2. Ask all guests to bring something that has to do with the past year. Put everything in a time capsule and give it to the child when it becomes 16, 18 or 21.
  3. Have all guests write their name and a birthday wish or memory on a white tablecloth with water-resistant ink and keep it for later.

 

 

Best baby toys for 8 months

 

I have been asked the question below and I have reviewed best baby toys and games for a baby of 8 months.

If you also have nice tips for an 8 month old baby for learning to play, I like to hear that. I think that toys are sometimes expensive. Making something yourself or cheap is of course ideal. Sometimes I get the best out of ideas.

This made me very happy, this is exactly why I started blogging. Great that you all read the trouble to read my blog. And even ask me for tips. So here are some suggestions for games and toys for a baby of 8 to 12 months. This way you can stimulate your child and continue to challenge them to discover the world around them.

Review best baby toys and games for 8 months

Learn while playing

When it comes to playing learning, I very much agree with this quote; “By playing children learn about themselves and others, about how things work and about the world around them. And every playing experience is a good preparation for school. “- Carol Nagode.

For babies, all the game is still learning, whether it is motor, itself or socially emotional; every game is a learning experience. This takes place on the basis of a trial and error basis; in other words, by doing, making mistakes and learning again. This process alone is a learning experience in itself! It is important to give your baby the chance to make ‘mistakes’.

With cubes you can do more than just stack, let your baby discover for yourself and try to respond to it. Without being ‘corrected’ right away.

Development 8 months

The development of each child is different. So you can not draw a level here. At this age the last months of baby break. Just before you know it you have to run behind your toddler, really!

  • From a motor point of view, your baby can probably sit on his own, and roll, maybe even crawl or stand with help. You can stimulate this with toys that move. A hard surface such as a rug on the floor can also help.
  • Your baby begins to recognize and point out things. Respond to this by naming it.
  • Maybe your baby can already play a bit independently, or start with that. However, limit the amount of toys that you offer, because then your baby will lose the overview. Guided play where you follow the baby in his game is also important.
  • At this age your baby starts to make connections (so-called leap of relationships). Games or material that provoke a reaction will therefore be popular.
  • The first words can already be a fact and it will begin to understand ‘no’. However, try to vary with no, before you know it your child will use this against you.
  • Depression anxiety can also play a role at the moment, here too you can play a game to learn that something or someone can come back again.
  • The senses are also practiced, and the mouth is one of the senses on which your child learns a lot. So a lot of toys can end up in the mouth. Make sure that there are no sharp points, or small pieces.

So much for the pedagogue in me. Now I convert the cap from mommy and ‘experience expert’. Below are a few tips, I have mainly tried not to use the most obvious games or toys, such as a walking cart to stimulate walking, because that is probably already known.

Games baby 8 months

  1. Peek a boo; Peekaboo can be played in different ways. Of course the classic hands in front of your face and then calling peek-a-boo, but also with materials under a cloth, a (transparent) cloth that they can put on their heads and pull off or a pinch hug behind a cloth that you can conjure up.
  2. Make music; Everything that produces sound is appreciated. A plastic cup with spoon with which you slosh. With a stick on an empty bucket. An old school bell that you have lying somewhere.
  3. Cycling / walking and naming everything; Just go outside, out into the wide world. Both on the way there is plenty to see (and of course appoint), so you do not necessarily have to have a destination. Be surprised by the environment, for example mushrooms you see somewhere, ducklings in the pond etc.
  4. Imitate; Babies absolutely love mirrors. Especially when you are there and start pulling crazy faces. After a few times your baby will try to imitate this. The same also applies to sounds and movements. Of course you can also turn the roles around! Another baby can of course also be imitated. Immediately very cozy for you!
  5. Light and sound; Many toys nowadays all have lights and music. Here you can also use home, garden and kitchen items. For example, consider the light button in the toilet, the elevator button at Grandma, your flashlight, a remote control that is no longer used or just the doorbell.

Toy baby 8 months

  1. Ball ; A big or small ball, (of course not so small that they can be put in the mouth), lots of balls or just a few that does not matter. Babies are very fascinated by this. With a ball you can play more games than rolling back and forth. For example, consider the peek-a-boo game. With a large ball let your baby sit on it and then roll gently. The size of balls baths in bath etc. Balls can stimulate crawling and gross motor skills, but also the action / reaction feeling. You also have a kind of baby roll where your child can roll up.
  2. Discovery bottles ; You can easily make this toy yourself, just collect a few empty bottles and fill them with different materials. Think of rice with satépicks, oil and water, water and figurines made of foam, glitter, mini balls and bubbles. You can not think of it so crazy. In addition to being fascinated by staring, they can also roll with it. As they get older, they only find it more fun.
  3. Duplo primo ; I have written about this before. Unfortunately it is no longer sold in the store so you will have to look for a thrift store or market place. Especially things that move like the caterpillar and cars, blocks that can rattle and the ball are interesting for young babies. As they grow older they can also start stacking. And they really like the dolls.
  4. Booklets ; This was the favorite toy of baby girl, it did not matter what kind of booklet (especially knisper and bath books) but they were not to be dragged. Cozy with a rug on the floor (in the winter there would be an extra rug underneath, because there is a lot of cold coming into the house through the floor) and lying there with your child. You do not have to read right away, just letting it look is sufficient. You do not have to stock, as a baby you get a free annual subscription and the bookstart case.
  5. Activity board; This is for example from Woezel and Pip or Miffy, but a handy dad or mama can also make this yourself. As a basis you need a wooden plate (of course splinter-free), on this you can stick different materials, eg smooth leather, a piece of rubber, a kind of rough sandpaper, silver foil etc. Or various ‘games’ like a thread with beads, buttons, a fabric flower, etc. You can also make an activity-rug of course.
  6. molded oven ; maybe a little too early now. But your child can already get acquainted with this.
  7. Material ; empty trays, boxes, toilet rolls, does not matter. For your baby, fantasy is still the limit. For example, create his own treasure chest by filling a box with all kinds of materials that your baby can use to amuse himself. Think of a handkerchief, ladle, toothbrush etc.

Hope you can find best toys for your baby. 

 

Best baby toys for 0 to 3 months old

Find out best baby toys and game ideas for your babies. Babies like to play. Not only because of the game itself, but also because of the contact with the parent. Playing is a way for them to discover and understand the world around them. That is why you will often see that certain rhythms can be repeated endlessly. Until it is their own, and they look up a new pattern.

Learn which best baby toys your kids will enjoy most
Find best baby toys at age of 3 months.

General tips:

  • If you want to play, take the time for this. Babies do a lot of feeling and have it immediately if you are in a hurry.
  • Try to follow instead of directing / steering; offers something and see how your baby picks up that game.
  • Every baby develops at its own pace, your neighbor’s child that is a month younger can do things that your own baby can not yet. Have patience. It will come naturally.
  • Try to “read” your baby. Spoken language is barely present, but with his mimicry, arms and feet your baby can make quite clear.
  • Provide a quiet environment so that your baby can have all the attention for the game, toys and you.

Recommended best baby toys for your kids

Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys
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Skills developed: Motor skills

Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys are well-designed for assisting in the eruption of the middle, front, and back teeth.

1. The teether is made perfect with the multi-surface teething.
Little hands can easily grip the teether that helps with coordination.

2. The BPA-free toy offers exercise for the little hands, teeth, and gums.

3. The Nuby teether has areas filled with pûrICE. The cool resilient surface is designed to soothe and stimulate sore gums safely. It can stay colder, longer than water filled teether!
VTech Baby Talk and Go Farm Rattle
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Skills developed: cognitive skills, sensory development

VTech Baby Talk and Go Farm Rattle is a perfect interactive toy that introduces animals and colors to the baby through a funny peek-a-boo game.

The motion sensor in the toy activates melodies and sound effects.

The flashing lights of the car seat toy attract baby’s attention and encourage interaction.

1. Three farm buttons play animal sounds and short tunes, while three dangling pieces introduce animal names as well as colors.

2. The baby can enjoy more than 40 sing-along songs, fun phrases, and melodies. The take-along fun toy has easy grab handle.

3. By flipping the three dangling animal pieces, the baby develops motor skills.

4. Auditory stimulation helps develop and stimulate the little one’s senses, discriminate sounds, fun sound effects, sing-along songs, relaxing or exciting voices.
VTech Baby Happy Lights Bear Play
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Skills developed: Auditory stimulation, cognitive skills

The Happy Lights Bear engages your little one and adds fun to the baby’s play time.

1. The safe and soft fabric are great for babies, and the electronic soothing toy promotes auditory stimulation for babies.

2. The toy offers more than 35 sing-along songs, sound effects, melodies, and fun phrases.

3. Chunky light up buttons flash along with the music. The toy introduces early emotions and 123’s.

4. It makes a great diaper bag toy, which can even be attached to a stroller or the crib.

Playing with senses

In the first three months, babies discover a lot with their senses. This is their link with the world around them. They discover what they see, hear, smell and feel. Tasting will follow later. As a newborn baby, vision is limited to 20 cm, the distance from chest to head of the mother. Toys with a high contrast; black / white with bright primary colors is therefore preferable. On the basis of the smell, babies recognize their parents, and they feel familiar.

The audience also develops, they will be frightened by loud unexpected sounds and a monotonous sound like a sea or vacuum cleaner can be very relaxing. Ideal if your baby is difficult to fall asleep. Feeling babies with their whole body. They like to be picked up and cuddled. On this contact is baby massage based. In the beginning, life will mainly focus on being fed and sleeping, if they go in the three months, they can build a relationship with people who see them a lot and respond to them.

10 Game ideas

Nice to know how a baby develops, but what can you actually do with a baby? Except cuddling them or leaving them in the box?

  1. Water fun ; babies find it very nice to lie in the water. From three months they can go baby swimming. For this they often find it nice to go along in the shower or in the bath. It reminds them of the time they spent in the womb. Before you take a bath, it is best to preheat the bathroom and bedroom and prepare everything. This is how your baby catches the cold the least quickly.
  2. Gossip ; your baby likes it when you try to contact him. They will soon try to flip your face. If you sit down with your legs in 90 degrees on the floor, and put your baby on your legs, you can build up a good eye contact. Try different pitches to see what your baby responds to. Or imitate his cries and sounds. Or do a crazy pelvic contest, draw different grimaces that your baby will then flip.
  3. Mobile ; everything that moves is interesting. Especially lights and sound. Try to limit this so that your baby does not get too many stimuli. There are special music mobiles with short cheerful day music and some slower longer night songs. Often based on classical music. Also with built-in light projector.
  4. Baby massage ; If you put the baby in bed on a towel, and you sit down in a cross-legged pose, you can massage it easily (on the changing table also works). Carefully pass his body parts and massage it one by one, quietly with one or a few fingers. When your baby gets older you can exercise a little more pressure. Now it is mainly about touching. Consider, for example, a kind of circular movement on his stomach, or caressing the feet and ‘popping’ the fingers. There are special Shantala baby massage courses that bring you the first tricks in three mornings.
  5. Tummy time ; nothing but time spent on the belly. Good to exercise the muscles in the neck and to prevent a preferred posture. For example, place your baby on a table and sit at eye level. Try to make contact with your baby so that he will lift his head to see you. This does not have to be ten minutes, but it builds up, for example, ten times a day for a minute.
  6. Mirror ; babies like to look in a mirror. For example, hold him in front of the mirror in the bedroom. Or buy a child-proof mirror at Ikea that you can hang in the box.
  7. Playing independently ; babies can do more than you think. Encourage your baby to spend time in the box yourself. If only with looking around and listening. This will save you a lot of energy later on.
  8. Jitter games ; Who knows the rhyme “Is a mouse running, so in … neck crawled” is not it? If you repeat this a number of times, most babies will break out of laughter.
  9. Sound and music ; music and sounds, which they have already heard in the womb, like the tune of your favorite TV program, they will calmly tune. Or how about ocean sounds; that mimic the sounds of the uterus. Youtube is full of it.
  10. Wear ; previously I wrote that I am a long carrier. From the moment they are babies I love to carry them so close to me when we go out. And on restless days indoors. Cozy close together.

In short, also for very young babies it is possible to build a bond with your baby through play. Try to build this in a safe and secure way. Many of the games are based on hearing, seeing, feeling and smelling the senses. That which is repeated will quickly feel as familiar and thus be recognized.

We would like to hear your stories what are the favorite games and best toys for your kids ?

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