BIRTH TO 24 MONTHS
When a child is first-born, children respond to the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch and hearing). Toys that allow a child to stimulate any of these senses strengthen the experience and skill. Toys that feature movement, color, sounds and different textures develop these senses. Toys should expose a baby to a variety of experiences: sight, sound, touch (shape, size, texture), and taste (because many times, toys go into the mouth). Bright colors, lightweight toys such as rattles, and squishy toys encourage early grasping, holding, and exploring. Once a child is able to sit up, introduce blocks, nesting cups, stacking rings, and toys that require reaching. For crawlers and early walkers, choose large balls and push-pull toys.
Types of toys to consider:
- Squeeze Toys
- Rattles (be sure the rattle does not have any long stems or small pieces a child can break off or choke on.)
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