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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.


Here are cute toys from our store for your little ones


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Is Your Toddler Ready for Responsibilities?

When is your child ready to take on any responsibility? When is she old enough to have a particular task?

Responsibility is a good virtue to pass onto our children. It is something that they could learn not just in theory but also in practice. We cannot always just speak with them about do’s and don’ts without letting them do what they are supposed to do and avoid what they should not be doing.

But why should you teach them responsibility?

1. Responsibility is a virtue.

As a virtue, responsibility will give your child a foundation for dealing with other people and her environment. It will allow her to understand that the world does not revolve around her but that she must contribute something to make the world, or even just your house, a better place.

2. Responsibility secures their future.

If you are deeply concerned about the career path of your child in the future, then better instill responsibility early on. Although responsibility in itself won’t directly offer a response to what your child should be taking as a college course or what job to pursue, it will give her a definite advantage to secure a bright and wonderful future.

Once your child learns about responsibility, there is no need to nag her about finishing her homework. Once she understands that the world does not revolve around her, she will be more considerate of other people in the workplace. Once she becomes responsible, she can stand independently and traverse the road to success.

3. Responsibility corrects unwanted behavior.

Learning about responsibility in theory and practice can cause a fascinating transformation in the attitude of your child.

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I know how tempting it is to give her all the comfort in life and to shield her from all harm. But at some point in child’s life, difficulties and challenges will be inevitable. A well-grounded child could have a better chance for survival than a spoiled child in the real world.

How do you know if your child is ready for responsibilities?

There is no definite timetable for teaching responsibilities. Even babies can make a sense out of this world simply by observing.

If you want to teach your toddler about responsibility, then show her what it means. It is by seeing your daily behavior that she can learn most.

Here are some of the daily household chores that your toddler can do according to her age:

  • Putting Toys Away

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Scattered toys are almost always a problem for most parents. Why don’t you solve this problem by making it as a fun activity?

Have a nursery rhyme for packing away the toys. Replace the lyrics with words that mean what you want to happen. You will be surprised how organized your house can be once your toddler learns about this skill.

  • Putting Clothes in the Hamper

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Folding clothes and dropping them in a hanger can also take up much of your time. Instead of whining over your pile of clothes, get the help from your toddler by asking her to put some of the clothes in the hanger. She would surely love this task!

 

  • Wiping Dirt from Her Face

The responsibility to oneself is a critical value that a person must learn. Hygiene can easily be taught once your child reaches the toddler stage.

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One simple task that you can give your toddler is wiping her face during meal times. Let her know that dirt must not stay on her face.

  • Piling Up Books

Do you love reading to your child? Then give your toddler the responsibility to keep the books orderly. It could also develop her motor skills, actually!

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Teaching responsibility to your toddler is super fun. Just be creative in your ways and you are surely on your way to having a truly responsible child with a great chance for success in the future!


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FUN YET SIMPLE ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS 18-24 MONTHS

Once your child goes beyond a year old, she will be exploring so many things in her surroundings. It is the time when she would try to sneak into your kitchen and open the cupboards herself. It is the dangerous period when she would climb up the staircases and leave you breathless.

So how can you keep your baby busy on safer and more meaningful things? What are the best activities that you could give her during this stage?

To help you get through this time successfully, I have listed five of the best ways to make your 18-24 month old baby happy and busy:

1. Ignite interest with picture books.

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Picture books are a real gift to the learning journey of our children. Most of the picture books that you will find in the bookstores and markets are of various themes and ideas. You can pick a book about shapes where different items that resemble certain shapes are shown so that your child can be familiar with them.

The toddler stage is the perfect time for your kids to embrace the fun in learning. It is ideal to introduce her to new words and concepts through the use of picture books.

2. Develop curiosity with wooden toys.

The use of wooden toys is promoted by the Montessori education. Contrary to plastics, wooden toys are safe for your kids. Just make sure that the wood has been painted with non-toxic materials.

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There are different kinds of wooden toys out there. The best wooden toys for children below two years old are those that can introduce geometric concepts and patterns. It is also nice to give her a wooden xylophone because music can intensify the cognitive development of children.

3. Stimulate creativity with art.

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You might be surprised that your toddler can already create wonderful art even at her young age! Just allow her to hold a non-toxic and washable crayon with a piece of paper. See what she can randomly create! Do not forget to capture her creations through a photograph. There are also jewelry makers who can transform your toddler’s first doodles into a pendant for you to keep forever.

Other art ideas include tracing her hands using colorful and washable markers on a piece of paper, painting her toy box, making a DIY paint using a yogurt, or putting some stickers on a surface. Remember to be forgiving during this stage. There is no point in being so strict about cleanliness. Let her be messy to explore all areas of creativity.

4. Promote fine motor skills with play.

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You should not wait until her preschool years before you even attempt to consider the development of your child’ fine motor skills. You can check out the internet for some cool ideas about fine motor activities. One sample activity is the insert pipe game. Just get a used cardboard box, empty its contents, and create even round holes on the box. Then cut small pipe cleaners which your child could insert into the holes.

There is no need to spend so much on the toys of your baby. You can make do of whatever there is at your home. Be resourceful enough and enjoy the process.

5. Explore sensory capabilities with experiments.

Aren’t experiments fun? You don’t need to be a scientist just to let your child feel awesome about them! One experiment that you can do is the bubble fun experiment. Just get an empty bottle, fill it with water, pour some shampoo into it, add some food dye, and shake. Prepare three different colors to make things a lot more exciting. Your child will surely be amazed by the resulting bubbles!

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Another experiment that you can do is the simple pancake experiment. Create a pancake and add interesting toppings like mallows, nuts, syrup, and more. Let her get one topping at each time and ask her what she feels. Explain the idea of color, texture, taste, and flavor.

Enjoy every step of your journey to parenting. The toddler stage can be exhausting but it can also be extremely fun and meaningful for as long as you delight in little joys.


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