Baby Toys Buying Guide: How to Choose by Age

It's important to select age-appropriate toys for your child. Buying an item that is too advanced for a newborn can lead to a frustrated baby and could be a possible safety hazard. Alternatively, picking a toy that is aimed at infants and giving it to a toddler will be a waste of money and result in a bored child.  When making a toy purchase, consider the particular skills you want to enhance and the toy's construction (i.e. wooden toys vs. battery-operated toys). Before making your purchase, read the safety guidelines and instructions.  Finally, have a little fun. Look for attractive colors and textures that will be sure to capture a child's attention. Plus, you might want to grab a toy chest before collecting items, otherwise you might end up with a disaster zone for a nursery!

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Quick Picks


Here are some quick picks to get started right away on your search for the perfect toy. These cute toys are great for babies. Uncomplicated and soft, they are perfect for delicate hands. Additionally, by choosing toys without small and detachable parts, you decrease the chances your baby will pull it off and put it in his or her mouth. These can be very dangerous and harmful to your fragile infant. Toys can get more complex as your baby gets older to match his or her expanding mind. Toddlers need toys that involve more activity and exploration in order to satisfy their curiosity.

Stage One: Baby's First Toys


Stage Two: Little Explorers


Stage Three: Baby on the Run


Stage Four: Preschool Preparation


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