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It isn’t easy to choose appropriate toys for babies that are under one year old. A lot of the times we end up stocking many toys, but very few of those attract the baby for a long time.
I hope my experience helps you to choose the right toy for your baby. I am sharing a list of toys that my baby played with till she turned a year old. Also, I have included some precautions that need to be taken while giving any toy to the baby.
- Rattles- These were my baby’s best friend from birth until she was five months old. I brought BPA free and kid-safe rattles because sometimes babies bring a toy to their mouth and try to bite. I always avoided toys with small parts as those small parts may cause choking.
- Playmat- It was the most beneficial thing as my baby learnt how to crawl on the playmat. I bought it for good tummy time sessions when she was of 3 or 4 months old. I bought it for approximately Rs. 500, and it is very colourful and has different characters on it. She still loves to play on it.
- Stacks- These are still in the list of her favourites. The first time when my baby started sitting independently at six months, we introduced a ring stacker to her (it’s very common and was worth around Rs. 150). The tings of different colours attracted my baby a lot.
- Activity Table- This one was gifted to my baby by some relative when she was nine months old. I feel that my baby loves it, and I found her enjoying playing with it. The activity table we have has a small book of 3 pages. My baby learned turning pages on it and also learnt the alphabet by the time she was ten months old. I feel like it can be introduced a bit early, maybe by the time the baby turns six months old and starts sitting.
- Toddler Converter Tricycle- This was also gifted to us by a friend. The moment I introduced this to my baby of 7 months, she crawled to hold the butterfly that the toddler has on its front panel. My baby learnt how to stand with this toy, and later on, she learnt how to walk with its help. When she started walking, we converted it into a tricycle.
There were other toys too that my baby played with till she turned one year old. However, these toys helped in the development of her brain and motor skills. There are some things we need to take care of while giving toys to babies. First, we should always keep the baby under supervision while given any toy. Secondly, toys should not have very small parts or broken parts, as they may cause a choking hazard. Also, we should immediately take away a toy if it has sharp edges or is broken, as it may hurt the baby.
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