• Heather Pawelkiewicz

How to Choose the Best Toys for Your Baby

baby toys
So many to choose from!

With so many options to choose from, it certainly has become more difficult choosing developmentally appropriate toys for your baby and toddler. Go into any retail store, and you are inundated with aisles and shelves full of the latest toys. And more often than not, the directions on the box do not instruct you on how to efficiently and effectively use the toy to engage in meaningful playtime with your baby.

This is where the Our First Year team comes in. There are certain criteria a toy must meet before it is OFY approved. 1) No screens and no batteries. Toys that contain screens and batteries usually mean passive playtime; that is to say that it entertains the child without the caregiver being involved. In order to maximize your child's developmental potential, toys need to be active and promote engagement. 2) Another thing the OFY looks at is color. Contrasting colors are very important especially in the first few weeks of life. Remember, newborns can only see contrasting colors such as white, black, and red. Natural colors, such as gray and pastels, are beautiful, but save them for items in your living room, not the baby's toys. 3)Toys that have a purpose. The OFY team loves toys that create cause and effect (instruments, lids that open and shut, buttons, etc.); these types of toys are most stimulating.

Over the next few weeks, the OFY team will be showcasing some of our favorite toys from a variety of companies. We will discuss why we like the toy and how you can use it to create meaningful playtime with your baby. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to find out more.

Our First Year, we give you the building blocks you need to maximize your baby's developmental potential.

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