The best toys infants and toddlers can enjoy safely
There are so many toys out there on the market, both online and in the physical shops. Do you sometimes worry
about the materials used of the toys, you give to your children? I do, especially since I learned about standards of toy safety which are quite limited really. What are the best toys infants and toddlers can enjoy safely?
This question I asked myself, especially having a baby walking around chewing on most objects laying around.
After learning more about the risks of materials used in certain toys, I am planning a cleanout of our current toys and ideally upgrading our selection with safer and more sustainable options. Play is essential for children’s development, but I do worry about some of the items we have in our household and would like to have peace of mind.
Why is play so important?
‘Play is talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is the work of childhood’.
– Mr Rogers
I came across this beautiful quote recently on the website of a sustainable clothing brand I wrote a review for; their clothes designs are created out of the perspective of children, I love the philosophy this brand represents. I thought it was quite inspiring.
When children are young learning is joyful and playful, learning is fun. Soon when children grow older, they get pressurised to learn from quite a young age, and their natural interest of learning disappears to the background, such a shame.
Children want to play, it is the way they learn, and I believe it is beneficial to offer education through play for young children.
Cognitive development is how children think, explore and find solutions. Through play, children have the opportunity to solve problems and find answers and help understand the world around them. As a parent, we can support our children in their development from a very young age.
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing imagination, cognitive, physical and emotional strengths.
It is through play that children learn to engage and interact with their environment, and this process starts from a very early age. Play is essential for healthy brain development.
Toys are one of the tools which can be used in children’s play to stimulate development. You may wonder what toys can be used as a positive tool, and what toys can be avoided if possible?
What toys to avoid?
When buying toys, it is essential to look at age-appropriate toys but also uses your judgment of toys seems safe for your child. Recently I learned that toy testing is a quite basic principal, and your discretion is advisable to ensure safety.
There are many mass-produced toys, and as with many products on the market where the main goal is profit, quality could be compensated. I am not saying that all mass-produced toys are dangerous or harmful, but I think your judgement on toy safety is a must.
You would like to think that everything made for babies and kids is safe, and most likely, the intention has been excellent and well willing. The rules may have been sharpened for toy safety, but previous accidents with toys are not an exception.
At all times, avoid potentially toxic materials like BPA, phthalates, lead, formaldehyde, flame retardant, chemicals and PVC. Just make sure to read labels when you are not sure of items which may contain such materials.
How can I support my child’s cognitive development?
Play is the way your child discovers the world around them. It is essential to play with your child and build strong relationships. The parent is the most important person for a child and playing together with your little people is beneficial for bonding and development.
You can do this by talking and reading and singing for your baby. Also, let baby move and explore age-appropriate toys. When your baby grows a bit older, you can offer puzzles and books and craft. When your toddler has an interest in a specific topic, you can use that to expand activity on this topic.
It is beneficial to give your child space to find solutions without prompting, so they have the opportunity to learn to understand a new toy or task.
What are good quality toys safe to offer our Babies’ and children?
Safe toys for children, what are eco toys?
We are lucky that more Brands are offering safe toys which are environmentally friendly as well. Eco-friendly toys are environmentally safe because the materials used to create the toys are biodegradable and recyclable.
Eco toys are a natural choice as these toys use water-based paints which is a safer option for children and reduce chemical waste. Wood will recycle and in time, break down what makes eco toys a more sustainable and more reliable choice than mass-produced toys.
You are setting up your children for success in life.
Play for children is essential for healthy development and can contribute to positive outcomes for the baby later in life.
The first five years of a child’s life are the foundation that shapes the health, development, and learning achievements of your child.
The first five years are significant in your child’s life, especially the first three years of your child life is the most critical where the shaping of the brain architecture takes place. The brains organisational development are shaped in those early years, and the way it develops and function will affect baby throughout life.
The role of a parent is significant, and the way we are interacting with our child will affect the way babies brain develop. We are babies environment, and we create the babies’ environment.
Playing, reading, singing and interacting with baby from a young age is very important to bond with baby and create a bond with your baby and it helps baby to gain an understanding between sounds and meaning.
Baby will start to build an understanding of words. You may have noticed how much your baby can understand the meaning of words before the baby can speak? It is quite amazing the speed these little people develop.
Toys are another opportunity to allow the baby to learn and progress in development. There are many different development toys available.
It can be quite overwhelming to pick toys for your child, as there are so many out there. The best toys infants and toddlers can enjoy safely are non-toxic eco toys like in this article. Or organic baby toys you can like these. It gives peace of mind to let the baby carefully put toys in the mouth and not have to stress about this.
Choosing for non-toxic toys is excellent for mental health as it makes you feel good to know you provide a safe environment for your baby. Also making sustainable choices makes you feel great. Organic toys or eco toys are not only a safe choice for baby and your family but also for the environment we live in as eco toys are recyclable and free from chemicals.
The best gift for your child is playing with them; they thoroughly enjoy interacting with the parent through play. Play is the work children do in their childhood to develop into happy human beings. It may take a whole village to raise a child. Still, the parent or carer is the primary influencer who have the opportunity to offer tools to create children’s primary environment to benefit from for the rest of their lives.
I hope you enjoyed this article about safe toys for babies’ and toddlers to enjoy safely and please leave us any feedback in the section below you like to share with us; we love to hear your insights and experience on non-toxic toys.