Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What makes the best baby toys

The marketplace is saturated with toys and products for infants and toddlers—with so many to choose from, how can you know which are the best baby toys

While many parents consider play as just a form of entertainment, many others strive to choose toys that promote learning and boost development. Research shows that the first few years of life are when children develop a huge part of their intelligence. Their brains are growing fast and in need of stimulation.

Over the past few decades, research has shown that baby music toys are one the few types of playthings that significantly enhance a child’s intelligence, emotional well-being, social skills and physical development. Those that include children’s songs help them learn to read, develop their language skills and increase their vocabulary.

When a baby’s senses are stimulated, their neural pathways multiply, which ultimately increases their intelligence and boosts their learning capabilities. The more senses that are stimulated, the faster they progress. While it seems like baby music toys would be just for entertainment, the opposite is the case—they stimulate most of their senses and offers social, mental, emotional and physical benefits. For example, when you let them watch baby music DVDs, their sight is stimulated by the visuals, they’re inclined to move to the music, they develop rhythm and expand their vocabulary through the repetition of rhyme.

The early stimulation that music and children’s songs offer will accelerate your baby's development. It can be as easy as popping in a CD or DVD, singing to them, or simply playing music to stimulate their hearing and learning. As they get older and start to dance and sing along, music will help them with language development, learning to read, coordination and fine motor skills.

The best baby toys help your child develop faster—cognitively, physically and creatively. When your child’s arsenal of toys includes music, you can be sure they will reap many benefits.

image source: the-parenting-magazine.com

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