With thousands of toys for parents to choose from, it can be difficult to know what toys are appropriate for children at different developmental stages.
The toys parents choose for their children are important as they contribute to learning and development in a variety of ways that challenge their patterns of movement, cognitive skills, social skills and creativity.
That is why health officials say the majority of learning and development at a young age comes from the availability of appropriate toys that stimulate and challenge areas of physical, cognitive, social/emotional, language and self-help/adaptive skills.
Questions parents should consider when selecting toys for their children include:
Developmental milestones to watch out for in infants from birth to 6 months include:
Developmental Milestones to watch for in babies 7 months to a year include:
Sitting without support and playing with both hands in sitting
Toys that encourage development of these skills include:
For more information or a list of more specific toy recommendations for
birth to 6 months, contact the Children's Rehab Center, 835 South Burlington in Hastings, at 402.463.2077