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|Rating: 4.5 - 5 stars: Excellent; 4.0 - 4.5 stars: Very Good; 3.0 - 4.0 stars: Good; 2.0 - 3.0 stars: Fair; 0 - 2.0 stars: Poor|
|1||4.80 starsExcellent||Sassy Ring O' Links Rattle Developmental Toy features a bright and bold spectrum of colors in the form of links on a Black and White ring. This inexpensive yet great toy inspires touch with a textural variety that fosters exploration which enhances brain activity among young infants. The Sassy Ring O’ Links is dishwasher safe.See More|
|2||4.80 starsExcellent||Lamaze Play & Grow Take Along Toy comes in variety of designs with bright vibrant colors, multiple textures and sounds that are sure to stimulate and delight baby. These are all-in-one plush toys with lots of features like rattle, squeaker, teether, crinkles and a peek-a-boo mirror. It is a visually interesting toy on both the sides.See More|
|3||4.70 starsExcellent||Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is a smart portable entertainment toy that allows baby to toggle 7 baby-friendly classical melodies that promote auditory development and music appreciation. The colorful and easy to grasp caterpillar play toy lets the baby enjoy the colorful lights when the music plays baby-friendly versions of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin and Rossini. Take Along Tunes toy makes a wonderful companion for doctor visits, fun outdoor times or simply to enjoy at home. This baby's version of an MP3 player has colorful lights that dance across the screen to enhance each entertaining melody. It has two different volume settings which is a plus for parents who can get tired of noisy toys that blare without any volume control.See More|
|4||4.70 starsExcellent||Fisher-Price Discover 'n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym is an entertaining activity gym that enhances eye-hand coordination as baby bats and grasps the moveable toys overhead. Additionally, this play mat helps the baby strengthen motor skills and provides good exercise while the baby stretches and kicks. The arch can be moved down for tummy play time and is a great way for infants to be entertained while laying down and kicking at the piano keys that light up as a reward.See More|
|5||4.60 starsExcellent||Tiny Love Super Deluxe Lights and Music Gymini Activity Gym is designed to entertain and provide developmental benefits to your baby during 3 separate stages: from newborn to 10 months. It features a stimulating lights and music touch pad, with flowers that light up and flash on the mat when music is playing and has 2 music choices: Mozart classical or nursery rhymes. Baby can also enjoy tummy time with colors, pictures and 6 delightful activities and textures on the mat.See More|
|6||4.60 starsExcellent||The Bright Starts Grab and Stack Blocks is a set of four soft and squishy blocks that feature different patterns and characters on each block. This infant play toy focuses on three of the five main senses - touch, hearing and sight, appealing to a baby's natural curiosity. A couple of blocks rustle, while a couple come with a bell inside them and jingle when babies shake them.See More|
|7||4.50 starsExcellent||The Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Crib 'N Go Projector Soother is a creative take-along development toy that helps you to set your baby's sleep routine and stick with it. There is a base component that attaches to the crib to hold the projector soother. The base has a giraffe, alligator and baby elephant on it.See More|
|8||4.40 starsVery Good||The Baby Einstein Bendy Ball is an easy to hold and grip small ball toy for your little babies. It features bright primary colors and the recognizable Caterpillar character on center band. It is made from soft and flexible plastic and is easy to bend, squeeze, grasp and roll. The multi-colored rolling rattle ball inside adds additional sounds and visual stimulation to this toy.See More|
|9||4.40 starsVery Good||Manhattan Toy Winkel is a mesmerizing maze of safe, soft, continuous tubes and is perfect for a teething baby to chew on. Its bright and bold colorful loops made from soft, pliable plastic are easy to grasp, hold and pass from hand to hand. This toy keeps babies engaged and amused with a responsive rattle in the middle.See More|
|10||4.30 starsVery Good||Sassy Bathtime Pals is a great set of 5 Squirt and Float character toys in a variety of bright colors and textures. They are soft and are perfectly sized for little hands to grasp and squirt. These bath time pals add lot of fun to water play and bath time when babies try to catch these floating toys.See More|
It is important to select age-appropriate toys for your child. A good toy should challenge child's level of development. Buying a toy that is too advanced for the child, especially newborn, can lead to a frustrated child and could be a possible safety hazard. Many baby toys are specifically designed to help babies develop, using motor skills, visual comprehension, and language.
Newborn Toys (0-6 months): A newborn experiences everything for the first time. While they have not yet developed visual focus or muscular control, newborns sense the new world around them. Newborn toys should facilitate a baby's learning and stimulate their senses. Babies enjoy looking at the world around them like lights, shapes, patterns, and colors. They gravitate toward bright or high-contrast colors with simple designs and changes in sound. This is the best time for a crib mobile that the baby cannot reach. By about 8 weeks, the baby is ready for rattles and teethers, cloth toys, soft squeeze balls, and musical and chime toys.
Before making your purchase, read the safety guidelines and instructions. The major safety concern during this period is choking and suffocation. Make sure stuffed toys are nonflammable, non-toxic, and washable.
Baby Toys (6-12 months): At this age the babies start to sit and crawl. They can reach for and grasp objects, exert control over objects, move them from one hand to the other, and play with their feet. Hand-eye coordination begins to improve, and the baby may start babbling that sounds more like real conversation. Suggested toys for babies of this age include stuffed animals, lightweight balls, push toys, activity toys, blocks, toys with wheels and baby books.
Again, before making your purchase, read the safety guidelines and instructions. The major safety concern during this period is choking and suffocation. Make sure stuffed toys are nonflammable, non-toxic, and washable.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) closely monitors and regulates toys. Any toys made in, or imported into the United States after 1995 must comply with CPSC standards.
Always choose age-appropriate toys for your baby. Do not get toys that are very loud, have small parts, loose buttons or eyes, or long strings for your baby. Read and heed the warning labels on the toys. They are there for a reason and are often prompted by an accidents. The major safety concern for children less than 3 years old is choking and suffocation.
Do not buy toys with magnets. If the toy breaks and magnets come off, they can be accidentally swallowed, causing organ damage. Toys with long strings or cords can get caught around a new baby’s neck, and cause strangulation. Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they've been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
It is important to select age-appropriate toys for your child. A good toy should challenge child's level of development. Children enjoy toys that they can master and that are right for their particular stage of development. If the toy is too sophisticated, it frustrates the child; if it is too simple, it bores the child. Age grading relates to the safety of the toy as well as its play value.
The same toy can carry through many different development stages. For example, blocks can help infants in muscle development and coordination. As child grows, blocks help in many other skills like imagination, creativity, planning, construction principles, etc. WebMD recommends not to rush to replace old toys with new ones.
WebMD also suggests different types of toys that kids benefit from most as they go through different ages. Infants are fascinated with movement, sounds, and simple black and white visuals. Age-appropriate toys for babies include: mobiles, rattles, busy boxes, and anything they can begin to grasp, swipe at, pull, kick, squeeze, or shake.
Different types of toys are beneficial in developing certain skills in the child at different ages. For example, in case of infants, toys like rattles, play mats, and activity bars improve gross motor skills. Toys like soft blocks and activity blankets help develop fine motor skills. Toys like mobiles and soft books help develop Eye Tracking skills in infants. Ebay Buying Guide maps skill development to toys for different ages.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC protects consumers from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC works to ensure the safety of consumer products—such as toys, cribs, power tools, etc. In recent years, the CPSC has recalled numerous toys for various reasons.
SaferProducts.gov is the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Through SaferProducts.gov, consumers can submit reports of harm involving consumer products. Completed Reports and manufacturer comments are published online at www.SaferProducts.gov for anyone to search.