As a parent it is natural to want the best for your children. You want them to grow up to be well rounded happy adults. Educational development is something that all parents are concerned about from the moment their child is born. This article focuses on educational toys for babies 0-6 months old and why they are important for your child’s development.
When a baby is born their vision is limited, they will be able to differentiate between light and dark but they will not see all colours. At about 3-4 months old babies start to distinguish between colour hues as their full colour vision develops. Newborns are able to see things directly in front of them but struggle to focus on anything further than about 12 inches away. Using finger puppets can help to develop your baby’s vision.
To perform this exercise position your baby either lying down or in a reclining seat so that they can see your face. Put a finger puppet on each index finger and slowly move them into your baby’s line of sight. Wait until they have focused their eyes on the finger puppets before carrying out a conversation between the puppets and your baby. Pause after each question as if your baby was responding. These educational toys not only improve your baby’s vision but also help their interactivity skills as they are included in the conversation.
Naturally babies are inquisitive and they want to experience the things they can see by touching them. Try rubbing different textures on your baby’s skin as this will help their touch sensitivity. Activity gyms are brilliant educational toys for babies aged 0-6 months. They can improve the hand eye co-ordination of your baby as the hanging parts will move as they are touched. Reaching for something and making contact will give your baby confidence.
Newborns don’t respond positively to loud noises but as they grow they begin to appreciate surprise sounds. To help develop your baby’s hearing you can encourage them to play with toys that are musical. This not only improves hearing skills but is educational; their sense of cause and effect is developed when your baby makes connections between hearing a sound and seeing what made it happen.
It is easy to transform household objects into educational toys for your baby. A simple hiding game can help your baby understand “object permanence”; knowing that something is still there even if you can’t see it anymore. In front of your baby put a favourite toy in a number of containers just like Russian dolls, and then ask your baby where their toy is. As you take off a layer repeat your question until you reach the toy.
Babies develop motor skills and their understanding of language much quicker than their ability to verbally speak. Baby signing toys are a great way of communicating with your child. Some parents are worried that baby signing will slow speech development but in actual fact it can improve language and vocabulary.