When you buy toys for your toddler, that’s when your inner child is overwhelmed with joy. The whole experience revives the memories of your childhood.
While you are shopping for your little bundle of joy, it is extremely important that you buy only the best toys. And all the toys in the world do not qualify as the “best” if they are not safe.
I stand behind you when you look up all the items on the toy safety checklist. I’ve written the best toy buying tips to make the experience fun and easy!
Remember when you get confused looking at so many toys in front of you, keep calm and use my advice!
1) Safety comes first
You can pay attention to other tasks only when you know your child is safe. It is very important to buy toys that do not have sharp edges and do not cause choking. In addition to these two things, you should keep the following points in mind:
a) Always buy toys that label the use of non-toxic materials.
b) High volume toys have been found to cause hearing loss in children. Therefore, parents should avoid buying children’s toys that are too noisy.
c) Also, do not prefer toys with strings and rubber bands, as they can cause strangulation.
2) age-appropriate toys
It is very important to buy toys that are appropriate for the age and gender of your children. For example, buying a Barbie for your baby will not make much sense, while giving the same to your baby will make her happier.
The interesting thing is that what catches your child’s attention when he is two years old will be different from when he is eight years old. This is because children’s learning abilities vary from age to age. So, try to find toys for your little ones that can really intrigue and motivate them.
Each toy comes with an age reference, so when buying them; just consider your child’s age and ability to understand things.
3) Meaningful lifelong learning
Toys give your youngsters the opportunity to learn without being restricted or in a structured environment. Although children are constantly learning from birth, the age between one and two is crucial and significant for development. This is the time for them to learn about their environment and improve their skills. So moms and dads make sure to add a toy in their cart that promotes learning, for example games in which children have to answer questions using cognitive skills.
4) Let your motor skills flourish
For children, fine motor skills begin to develop only in infancy, and by the time they are about to complete two years these skills can be clearly seen. These skills continue to flourish until children reach adulthood. Therefore, it is very important to buy those toys for your children that promote the use of their hands and fingers.
There are many toys available in the market to motivate your child’s motor skills. For example, legos, coloring, board games, arts and crafts, etc. These toys are attractive, and as little ones engage their fingers and hands they are sure to improve their skills, which will later come in handy in their school calligraphy, arts and crafts competitions, and more.
5) Let your imagination run wild
Toys give children a space where they can act silly, mindless, and can be whatever they want to be. Toys not only give children a way to explore their imaginations, but also help them let their imaginations run wild. Toys give them their space and the opportunity to act crazy. When a child turns two, it is the beginning of the evolution of a great mind and, the following year, this evolution goes into full effect. During this important phase of mental development, give your child the toy that will help spark his imagination and bring his ideas to life. Ways to encourage creativity in your children are drawing, painting, puzzles, board games, etc. In addition to these, there are some pretend toys available in the market that help children to become another person, for example, a superhero, a teacher, a doctor, or anything of their choice.
This article aims to make toy shopping fun for parents and fruitful for your children.
Happy toy shopping to keep your little one busy, out of your hair, and getting him to learn some lessons while having fun!