Playtime with your baby is every bit as crucial to their development process as with nap-time and bath-time. As early as a few weeks old you can play with your baby. Yes, at just a few weeks old there may be minimal movements but building a bond with her baby really do help grow with their sensory development.
This leads to my personal list of educational baby toys that don’t require much movement and is great for the 0-36 months age group.
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There are many forms in which a baby book is presented and can be used for educational purposes than actual reading. You have musical books, puzzle books or even cloth books which are great for sensory stimulation.
Reading Books- Read simple fun stories or nursery rhymes to your baby as early as possible teaches communication and how to interact with the world around them.
Puzzle Books- Up your game with a little puzzle book, challenge your baby with problem-solving activities. As simple as some may seem this is where learning also takes place.
Musical Books- Musical books are not only glorious to the ears but it’s a great learning tool that helps your baby to recall a lot of information through repetition.
Cloth Books- Cloth books are books made from different materials which will help to Stimulate the touch/feeling sensory organ. Through touching, babies learn to be aware of their surrounding on what may be good or bad for them.
Sensory play is one of the number 1 factor involved in brain development, as a parent you will want to include sensory toys a part of your baby checklist, It can be a bit tricky with babies, from personal experience with my niece they will sometimes prefer to play with a simple sponge than an actual toy. So it makes sense not to focus too much of your time on purchasing toys that can be pricey. Create your own sensory toys for your baby today.
How? It is as simple as filling a zip lock bag with liquid substance. A little sparkle, balls, anything to add your personal touch to it and duck tape to prevent leakage.
Types Of Sensory Toys
- Sensory Bag- Get a sensory bag that stimulates their senses of touching, feeling or even taste. At this point, their mouth is also used as a tool to understand the outer world.
- Baby Water Mat- With great online reviews I have come to appreciate Water Mat as a great toy for baby development. It helps with training your baby’s back, arms and legs not to mention the colorful aspect that draw babies’ attention to it.
- Sensory Balls- Get your baby a set of sensory balls of different colors and shapes for very little in price. With the sensory balls, it helps with auditory and visual stimulation with its amazing colors and squeaky sounds when bounce or roll.
- Finger Painting- Have your baby explore the different colors through finger painting. Be sure to purchase the washable finger paint kit, this will make life a whole lot easier and pleasurable for you and your baby.
- Teething Toys- Teething experience for a baby can be as very big troublesome for parents as it is for babies. Comfort your baby and help yourself by getting one many Teething toys available.
Activity Play Center
An activity play center is for babies usually around the age 3-12 months age group. By this time your little one is actively crawling, taking a few steps or ready to take off.
Create a circle where your baby can have it by including all aspects of the toys listed above and more. The perfect example for me is the:
- Baby Gym
- Sit-To-Stand Learning Walker
- Activity Cube
- Shape Sorter
I am sure there are many more awesome educational baby toys available, all of which I would love to hear about. Please feel free to comment on toys that could be added to the list and your personal experiences, I would love to hear all about it.