In this baby toys guide, you will find information on toys that help babies learn. Expert studies have shown that the first five years of life (from age 0 to 5) have the most significant impact on how the brain develops and on how the child learns and grows. Did you know that 90% of the adult brain is formed by the age of 5?
There are many baby toys that babies enjoy and that help them learn. What skills do baby need to get? Firstly, babies need to develop their five senses, meaning their sense of sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. Secondly, babies need to acquire a sense of balance and learn how to walk. Thirdly, babies need to acquire fine motor-skills along with problem-solving skills. Finally, babies and toddlers need to learn to communicate.
Toys that help babies develop their five senses
Toys for newborns such as baby rattles and baby mobiles
help babies develop their five senses. Rattles help babies focus their eyes and develop their senses. There are many kinds of rattles that you can get including hand rattles, booties rattles or wrist rattles. We recommend the ones made by the award-winning toys manufacturer Sassy
. Baby mobiles such as the Fisher Price Rainforest Musical Mobile
help not only calm a cranky baby at bedtime but also stimulate the baby's five senses with music, motion and lights.
Toys that teach how to walk
This baby toys guide also covers toys that teach babies how to walk. With play mats
and push and pull toys
babies acquire a sense of coordination and balance and learn how to walk. Pushing
a push and pull toy teaches babies how to walk. On the other hand, pulling
the toy, enables them to gain balance. There is a whole range of push and pull toys in the market: from full-size walkers to simple push toys on a stick. We like the Walker Wagon
by the Kaplan Early Learning Company (for ages 1.5-3) because it not only assists toddlers in learning to walk but because it comes with foam blocks and can also be used for hauling toys.
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Storybook Rhymes
Toys that help babies develop their fine motor skills
and stacking toys
help babies and toddlers develop their fine motor skills and even develop problem-solving skills as they put blocks into place. Building blocks come in all shapes and sizes and can be made of plastic, metal or wood. For babies, soft building blocks with no sharp edges are recommended. For toddlers, wooden blocks with numbers and letters are a good choice as they can familiarize them with the letters of the alphabet.
Electronic toys that teach babies skills
There are electronic toys
that teach babies new words. For example, electronic rhyme books
are books that play beautiful nursery rhymes and that help babies and toddlers develop speaking skills and pronounciation as they learn new words and how to pronounce words. These rhyming books are also a great way to introduce babies and toddlers to books. Just like with books, these rhyming books have pages that can be flipped and each page contains buttons that children have to hit in order to play a melody.
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