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Dra. Aliza touches on a topic that I have wondered about many times. I’ve even been told that toy companies make the age requirement a year older than what is actually required but that you should judge by your child’s developments. Here is what she has to say on Are Toy Labels Accurate?
Birth to 12 months: Pick toys that stimulate your baby’s senses of sight, sound and touch. Think of toys of different colors that make noises, and are textured. Consider toys such as rattlers, blocks, and soft interactive toys. Above all, be sure to match the toy to your baby’s personality. For example, some babies respond to texture over color and sound and vice versa. A simple toy is really all an infant needs since he does not require all the bells and whistles that a toddler does.
Toddlers: When it comes to toys, this is the age where the fun really begins. Your little one is a bundle of energy and will want to get into anything and everything. You will notice as your baby grows, he or she will become more physical and will have a tendency to tug, push and pull. This is the stage where your toddler’s curiosity is at its peak and he will want to touch and taste and grasp onto anything in his sight. The best bet for toys at the toddler stage are those such as sing-along toys or toys with music, building blocks, or toys with buttons that your little one can push or pull. And, because your toddler’s curiosity is at it’s highest, definitely look for those toys that both entertain and educate, as each day is a new day to learn, discover, explore, and absorb.
For the health and safety of your baby, it is important to pay close attention to the age recommendations made by toy manufacturers. In general, the younger your baby is, the more wary you should be of toys with small, detachable parts as these can cause choking – the leading cause of toy-related deaths. If the toy requires more of a ‘hands-on’ interaction – such as pulling or pushing – it may be too advanced for younger babies and, potentially, be disappointing for them. Also, be cautious with any toys that require a type of physical agility that your baby or toddler hasn’t yet quite mastered.
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