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How to Choose the Best Toys for Children: 18 to 24 Months

As soon as your child reaches her toddler years, you will be surprised by how much she can create beautiful imaginations in her mind that display creativity and ingenuity. To choose the best toys for children between 18 and 24 months, make sure that they are designed to promote resourcefulness, independence, creativity, and focus.

Here are some of the best toys that you can give your children from 18 to 24 months:

1. Miniature Kitchen to Encourage Imagination and Independence 

Maybe some of you would argue that kitchen toys are not appropriate for boys. But do we only have female chefs? Remember that most of the activities and professions in this time and age are no longer limited by gender. We must be careful in stopping our children from developing their imagination just because of gender stereotypes that extend to our options for their toys.

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Having a miniature kitchen set up in your child’s playroom or right in your kitchen area will help your child put into practice what she gets to observe. This would not only promote imagination and creativity but also provide a good foundation for your child’s understanding of the world’s realities – that soon, she would also have to do things by herself to survive.

2. Tiny Broom and Cleaning Equipment for Promoting Responsibility through Pretend Play 

Wouldn’t it be so cute to see your child sweeping the floor or dusting the surfaces? Well, these activities are not only cute for children but they are also developmentally wonderful for their character. There are a lot of children who abhor household chores. They think of responsibilities as punishments.

As parents, we need to let our children understand that household chores are part of our lives. By involving them in the process of cleaning the house, we normalize the act of cleaning and we essentially include it as part of their routine. There is no need to expect our toddlers to perfectly sweep the floor. Never prevent them from doing household chores just because they might worsen our house’s situation. Let them learn by constantly doing.

 

3. Puzzles for Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

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Aren’t puzzles too early for your toddler? Well, it all depends on the complexity of the puzzle that you will choose! For your toddler, you can start with a cute and colorful 4-piece puzzle. Give her a couple of these puzzles before jumping into more pieces. This will help develop her ability to solve problems and think strategically.

4. Large Paper and Washable Paint

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The artistic prowess of your child will only be unleashed with the right guidance and encouragement from you. Allow her to get dirty. Let her imagination run wild and free. Let her express herself through different hand strokes and colors.

5. A Small and Soft Ball for Hand and Eye Coordination

What do you think about when you see a ball? Play? Though balls are primarily for playing, they also have a developmental role in the lives of our children. To be able to throw and catch a ball is indeed a milestone when it comes to hand and eye coordination of children!

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How to Choose the Best Toys for Children: 12 to 18 Months

How do you call your child by the time that she reaches the age of 1? An infant or a toddler? Infancy is from birth to first year while toddler years cover from 12 to 36 months of age. Actually, your one-year-old can simply be called as a baby and that wouldn’t cause much of a problem. However, you will notice that most toys in the market only provide labels for newborns, infants, or toddlers. So how do you choose which toys among those for infants and toddlers are best for babies 12 to 18 months? Let this be a guide to your toy shopping!

 Large Non-Toxic Crayons to Promote Creativity and Introduce Art

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We neither expect our 1-year-old babies to be able to draw clear figures nor be able to color within the lines. But why would we want to give them crayons?

Giving them large and non-toxic crayons at the age of one isn’t about fulfilling our expectations of aesthetic perfection. Instead, it is merely to promote a sense of creativity on our children and also to introduce the concept of art to them. Letting them randomly use these crayons will allow them to develop an understanding of the differences in colors and hues, movements and lines, and so much more. Just be sure that you pick large and non-toxic crayons from the bookstore because little crayons may be choking hazards.

Watering Cans for Sharing Environmental Awareness and Teaching Responsibility

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There are a lot of watering cans in the market but we’d like to get our babies the small and colorful ones. Bring your baby to the backyard, let her observe how you take care of the plants, and offer her a watering can to hold. As she pours water onto the greens in your garden, verbally express your happiness for her love of the environment and acknowledge her effort to lend a helping hand.

 

Wooden Shape Puzzle for Cognitive Development

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Wooden shape puzzles and sorters are great for the promotion of cognitive development among babies. Remember to choose a puzzle that is made of wood and which consists of only four different shapes. This can help your baby develop her motor skills, allow her to identify shapes, and even differentiate between colors for an effective cognitive boost.

Age-Appropriate Children’s Furniture for Study and Play

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Investing in good quality and aesthetically designed kiddie table and chair will not only provide maximum returns to your child’s development but also to your total experience as a parent as well. Having a beautifully crafted pint-sized table and chair for your baby will allow her to focus on her artwork, teach her independence, and also encourage her to learn about numbers, alphabets, colors, and more. There are a lot of good designs for kiddie furniture out there, and you simply have to choose which ones would go well with your interiors. Having a set of beautiful kiddie furniture will surely free you from annoying clutter.

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How to Choose the Best Toys for Children: Six Months to One Year

In the previous blog post, we discussed some of the best toys that you can give your baby from newborn to six months. For this article, we will jump to the next important yet very exciting stage: your child’s sixth month to first year and the most recommended toys to buy for them.

1.Stacking Cups

Stacking-Fun-Cups2Once your baby turns six months old, she will be much more indulged into the exploration of her motor skills. What’s so beautiful with stacking cups is that they are not merely for the development of your baby’s motor skills but also for the stimulation of her brain function, creativity, visual perception, and cognitive skills.

If you are wondering whether or not the stacking cups can be handled by the little fingers of your precious baby, worry not because you can still use the stacking cups for your bonding activity. During playtime, place the stacking cups on the mat and let her observe how you do it yourself. Seeing you stack the colorful cups will surely make her more curious about the color and strategic method of putting them up together. You might just be surprised one day that she can already work on the stacks herself!

2. Bath Time Floaters and Rubber Duckies

Don’t babies just love bath time? But in case you are having difficulty bathing your baby, then these can help you ease the process.

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Although bath time may seem to be just a simple routine of your daily life, know that it can actually provide developmental benefits to your child’s emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing. Since bathing requires much physical contact, it helps build trust and confidence between the child and parent (or caretaker). Bath times also offer an opportunity for infants to learn about their body parts. As you clean each part of her body, make sure that you verbalize what you are doing to help her make more sense of the activity and her own body.

Use the rubber duckies and other floating toys to pacify a child who is not comfortable with bath times. You can also use the toys to make her happier and more comfortable with water. Demonstrate how these toys interact with water through floating and squirting and how they make cool sounds.

3. Sit to Stand Learning Walker (Push Walker)

Initially, your 6-month old baby would be spending more time crawling. However, as she moves further to her first year, she will also start to learn how to sit by herself. According to experts, babies can start sitting as early as four months and as late as nine months. Giving her a sit-to-stand learning walker is a good chance to introduce her to the concept of standing.

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Even though we are not in a rush to make our little babies stand, these kinds of toys are very interactive for children because most of them have been designed to stimulate the learning capacities of babies through musical buttons, colorful shapes, and so much more.

It is ideal to put the sit-to-stand learning walker on a carpet or a play mat so that your baby could easily push it around. Most babies would start attempting to pull themselves up for standing at 10 months. Having this toy can help them learn the skill faster through a safe and fun manner.

4. Sensory Books

HTB16mV9OCzqK1RjSZFpq6ykSXXah.jpg_q50What are sensory books? These books are of different topics and interests but what makes them interesting is the availability of different sensorial aspects on a single book such as colorful and appealing graphics for visual development, audio buttons for cool musical playing, and textured surfaces for the discovery of the sense of touch. There are a lot of sensory books in the market and it would be best to examine the book so you may fully gauge the benefits that your child can potentially get from them.


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5 Best Toys For Your Child’s Rapid Development: Newborn to Six Months

I realized it could be so easy for parents to get so overwhelmed with the variety of toys at the shops and even online. Do we even have the right perception about these toys? Do we know which ones to pick up for our children and which ones we should wait for another time?

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Because of this dilemma, I decided to make a series of blogs that would talk about the right kinds of toys that we should consider for our children depending on their age. For this post, we will look into some of the best toys for newborn babies until they reach six months.

1. Baby’s Music Player for Soothing Emotions, Stimulating Hearing Senses and Developing Intellect 

Untitled-1Ever heard of the Mozart Effect? This is the popular belief that listening to classical music most especially those by Mozart can make your babies a lot more intelligent. Actually, a study by Rauscher has found out that college students who got to listen to Mozart music before their test were able to increase their IQ scores.

But apart from the potential intellectual benefit for our children, buying them music players that we can place at the side table of their room can help them stimulate hearing senses. It is worth noting that hearing is actually among the first senses to ever be fully developed in humans.

It has also been proven that infants respond emotionally to the pitch of the music. So when you get a music player for your newborn, make sure that it has built-in classical music or it is something where you can choose to play parent-approved music that can soothe your baby’s emotions most especially when she is crying. Remember, not all kinds of music are great for newborns. Be wise in choosing and playing only classical and soft-pitched music to your precious baby.

2. Activity Mat with Arching Toys Overhead also called as Activity Gym for Tummy Time & Visual Stimulation 

Activity mats are great to stimulate the visual senses of your infant. You can buy an activity gym even before you give birth, but it is recommended that the arching overhead toys be removed on the first few weeks of your child’s life because these can be quite overwhelming to them. On the first couple of weeks, the colorful mat itself can suffice as a good place for your child’s exciting tummy time.

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You have to know that your baby also needs to be given opportunities for exploring his body’s capability to stretch out, move, and turn. Give her an exciting space for movement to strengthen her body. Also, place her on the comfortable and colorful mat for happier tummy time.

Once your infant turns a month old, you can now put back the clip-on overhead toys to ignite her visual curiosity. Remember to spread out the toys across the arches to encourage frequent head movements.

3. Crinkle Toys and Ring Toys for Improved Grasping 

Do you notice that babies can really hold your baby ring toys, newborn wooden ring toysfingers so tight? Well, that’s one of their early powers! But kidding aside, giving them crinkle toys and ring toys as early as two months old can make their ability for grasping objects a lot more developed. Crinkle toys are basically soft but make sure that they are of the right size to prevent suffocating in case the toy drops to your child’s face. When choosing ring toys, I would suggest that you go for colorful and light ones for visual stimulation and safety in case it drops right to your infant’s head.

 

4. Rattles for Sound Alertness and Visual Curiosity 

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Rattles can be exciting for babies four to six months. They ignite a child’s curiosity as the rattle creates cool sounds for every movement of the arm.

5. Soft Teething Toys to Comfort Your Baby’s Pain 

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Teething is among the most difficult phases that your infant would ever go through. Lighten her pain by buying teething toys that you can put on the fridge for a cooling sensation and which are really soft for easy gnawing.


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Surprising Facts About Tooth Cavities

“Cavities? Cavities have no place in our household! No, our children will surely not suffer from tooth cavities!”

Ever heard yourself saying those lines before your baby reached her toddler years? Or maybe you heard those lines from another mom?

child tooth cavities, caries, dental care, cute baby, teethingWell, there is nothing wrong in claiming these words. Who wouldn’t want her children to have perfect tooth health, anyway?

But do you know where the problem lies? It is in the unfortunate fact that our kids can still suffer from tooth cavities because of many reasons that we may be unaware of.

Moms and dads, I urge you not to freak out nor even be disappointed upon the discovery of tooth cavities in your children. Or if your baby hasn’t developed her milk teeth yet, then I also encourage you to stop unnecessary worrying about future possibilities.

It would be important to have the right knowledge when it comes to tooth cavities so you can address problems correctly or prevent them from ever attacking your children.

Here are some unpopular facts you need to know:

1.A lot of children suffer from tooth decay.

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Do you know that The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has found out that 42% of children between the ages of 2 and 11 have tooth decay? That’s a big number! Just imagine how many kids would have to cry at night and have difficulty sleeping just because of toothache. Isn’t that heartbreaking?

2. Tooth decay is a disease that is called dental caries.

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Yup, tooth decay is not merely because of sugary foods. Tooth cavities are caused by bacteria and germs that feed on sugary foods which usually stay in our baby’s mouth when they are not brushed properly. When these bacteria penetrate our baby’s mouth, they would usually leave acids on their teeth that will cause the erosion of the tooth structure.

3. Tooth Decay can be passed from mom to baby, dad to baby, or sibling to baby.

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Do you share spoon when eating? Does your child play with your toothbrush? According to research, most of the tooth cavities happen because of any of these scenarios. Since babies do not inherently have such bacteria in their mouth during birth, then they can only get these bacteria through other people.

4. Tooth cavities can be prevented.

As I said, cavities were not present when your children were born. So it is definitely possible to prevent them! Here are some of the proven ways to prevent tooth cavities:

  • During pregnancy, make sure that you have good nutrition. This can help your baby to form strong teeth enamel and structure.
  • All members of the household should also have regular dental checkups. Don’t let one member cause the early onset of tooth decay on the baby.

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  • During infancy, clean your baby’s teeth and tongue using a wet washcloth.
  • After six months, you can use an age-appropriate toothbrush and natural food-grade toothpaste that is safe to be swallowed.
  • As soon as your child reaches her first year, then you can already bring her to the dentist for the needed cavity prevention measures.
  • Upon reaching the age of two and when your toddler can already spit, you can start using a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Let your child drink plenty of water.
  • Prevent her from consuming too much sugary and starchy food.
  • As soon as you discover staining on your child’s tooth, schedule a visit to the dentist so she can make the necessary measures to remedy the dental problem.

Cavities may be a normal thing in all stages of our life, but they surely could be prevented and managed with the right steps.


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