When and which toys to give your baby to play with
Are you a new mom? Or just an elder sibling waiting for the time your baby sister or brother will be old enough to play? The very few months are spent just staring, giggling or crying but there comes a time when a baby starts interacting with those around him and exploring new toys to please him inquisitive mind. Let’s look at the different stages in a child’s growth and the toys they would enjoy, and are capable of playing with, at these ages.
- Up to three months of age
Children start to play at a very young age. In the very initial stages children have a vision of only 8-10 inches in front of them, and they tend to hold on to things with all the force they can muster. This vice-like grip is called ‘Palmers Grasp’ and at this age children will enjoy toys like rings or rattles which they will only grip or shake. Hand eye coordination, then, develops at this time of the development which makes their arm and leg movement more controlled. Toys that make noise or are bright and attractive are what babies of this age enjoy playing with so these are the appropriate toys for this time. Rattles, soft blocks or squishy toys; anything colorful and attractive, is likely to keep them pleased.
- Four to six months
It is now that your child will start playing with the given toys on their own and selecting toys that interest them. They now also begin to taste and feel and so are likely to put their toys in their mouth. This means that the toys you choose for them should be big enough that they cannot be swallowed, not edgy or sharp and toxic substances.
- Six to twelve months
By now your baby will want to play with toys that keep them curious and busy. Rattles or squishy toys will not keep them occupied for long and now need more complicated toys. Toys like Fine Motor Toys, Pop-up Toys and Musical Toys are appropriate for this age.
- One to two years
Children at this age develop an interest in cause-and-affect toys. Their inquisitive minds now require high-tech toys to keep their minds active. Cause-and-affect toys include tasks like hitting a ball with a hammer or pressing buttons to do things like playing music. Simple puzzles will also appeal to them.
- Two to three years
The child’s motor skills and brain at this stage have developed to a greater extent and they can engage in complicated play like solving puzzles and playing with blocks. High-tech toys like talking dolls or mobile toys are also toys that they can play with.
With age, children start developing coordination of their muscles and their brain develops. It can therefore be seen that children start playing with toys at a very young age but their brain growth over the years make certain toys –of varying difficult levels –appropriate for them.