Top 10 Tips: Baby Toys & Apparatus

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Here are our top 10 baby toys and apparatus:

1.Jumperoo

Hours of fun, a jumperoo or any kind of bouncer is the perfect way to entertain your baby whilst also developing their gross motor skills.Jumping, balancing on those tiny toes, and reaching for all the toys and activities help get your baby's gross motor skills going and growing!

2.Ball pool

When sitting in a pool of balls, babies can pick up and handle the balls to hone in on their fine motor skills which won’t yet be developed. Even catching the balls in the ball pit for toddler will be an effective test of their fine motor skills at work. Then, when they toss the balls up or to a partner, they’re using gross motor skills as well.

3.Teething Mitten

The teething mitten is worn like a mitt by your baby and enables them to self soothe when ever they need relief for their sore gums, and prevents them from making the skin on their hands sore as well as preventing them from scratching themselves, giving you back a happy baby and time to get those important tasks completed.

4.Play Mat

Play mats or baby gyms are amazing tools to stimulate your baby's senses, entertain them during playtime and develop those all-important cognitive functions like logic, coordination, and self-awareness.Activity mats can help your baby from when they are first born. At around six weeks, they will help your baby start to develop 'cause and effect' as they realise if they push the toys on the hanging mobile, they will move. 

5.Soft Toys

Although they may not seem like much, the benefits of soft toys for toddlers are invaluable. The warmth of a cuddly toy offers comfort and security that children desire when tired or facing a new change or situation. A toddler's favourite teddy can also help with separation anxiety and the move from cot to toddler beds.

6.Baby rattle

Again this may seem like an obvious choice, but rattles provide a source of stimulation. Babies like the sounds they produce and follow the path of the rattle with their eyes, as well as giving them a sense of discovery as they try to grab and hold the rattle. Many rattles have a dual function, doubling as teethers as babies grow.

7.Soft Books

Soft books are best for babies under a year as they are easier for them to handle and can be washed more easily!You might be surprised to learn that it’s almost never too early to start sharing books with your baby! From when they’re about three months old you can start to flick through simple books whilst they sit on your lap.

8.Musical Instruments

Music helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.

9.Imaginative Play Toys

Through imaginative play, children easily ascribe feelings and ideas to these 'people' and 'animals' and often use them to express, explore and work out their own ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

10.Stacking and sorting toys

They may seem old fashioned, but sorting and stacking toys are one of the best toys for children. Building and stacking boost both fine and gross motor skills as well as eye-hand coordination. Plus, these activities help a baby learn about spatial relationships — "under," "on," and "around" — and shapes (and cause and effect when he knocks his structures down!).

Enjoy!


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