How to Choose the Best Toys for Your Child’s Age

When choosing a toy for your child, it’s not only about the toy’s ability to engage, entertain and educate your child, but it’s also a matter of safety. If you’ve recently been to toy stores, you know how overwhelmingly difficult is to choose the right toy, especially with such a variety we have today. Not only do you want for the toy to be completely safe and age-appropriate, but you want it to help your child develop to their full potential. So, in order to help you, here are some tips for buying the right toys for kids depending on their age.

Kids Under Six Months

Additionally, you can find mirrors which are designed for the youngest and in that way safe for them to play with in order to explore their faces. Not to forget the good old rattlers and teethers that introduce textures in your baby’s world, and even books — since reading to them will help them with beginning the language development.

Six to Twelve Months

Look for toys that can encourage different types of play for children’s development, including toys that make sounds and teach about music. Also, there are fun baby gyms and activity courses that will stimulate crawling, bouncers for physical activity, telephones for developing social skills and teaching about communication and so on. However, don’t forget about soft dolls and stuffed animals that your child can love and cuddle.

Twelve to Eighteen Months

Look for swing sets you can set up at home to encourage physical activity. Also, building blocks are essential here for hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills. Additionally, you can keep up reading storybooks or picture books to encourage language and vocabulary development, and don’t forget to always play some music or videos so your baby can enjoy.

Eighteen to Twenty-Four Months

You can get your child cute little costumes and dress-ups to stimulate their imagination. Also, focus on push and pull toys that will encourage them to walk, and puzzles with a smaller number of pieces will encourage their problem-solving skills. Additionally, you can invest in playhouses and other scaled-down objects that will give them insight into the world around them and the opportunity to mimic it. And for some physical activity, you can rely on good old swing sets.

Twenty-Four to Thirty-Six Months

Focus on simpler board games and puzzles in order to further develop their hand-eye coordination as well as memory. Also, invest in some outdoor equipment including riding vehicles, tricycles and swing sets to build their physical skills and let them play outside. If they love music, you can even get them beginner musical instruments, such as guitars, drums and flutes for kids.

Also, don’t forget about playhouses, dolls and train sets to help them engage in pretend-play with their friends and siblings. At this age, you can also start focusing more on arts and crafts and get them kid-friendly painting sets and plenty of paper. This will also be a great activity for them and their friends, as well as reading books and building vocabulary.

As you probably already know, not every toy is suitable for every child — especially when it comes to their age and safety. So, next time you’re browsing toy stores, make sure to keep these tips in mind and to carefully read the recommended age by the manufacturer.

Originally published at Trending Us.

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