Buying The Right Toy for Your Toddler

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Toddlers explore their surroundings and discover new things at their own pace. Thus, it is not advisable to force your child to play a structured activity. Also, when you give your child a new toy, you should let your toddler take his/her time in getting to know the item before teaching him/her a new game or activity. Also, keep in mind that while your child requires very close supervision when playing, you should also let him/her play alone, so she could discover more and figure things out for himself/herself.

Your child may play near other children, but that doesn’t mean he/she will play cooperatively. Toddlers have a tendency to be self-absorbed. This is perhaps because they are still engrossed in self-discovery and exploring. If your child is playing with other kids, provide plenty of toys so cooperation will not be a problem. Also, your toddler may become attached to one toy and bring it with him/her anywhere he/she goes, just like his/her ‘blanky’.

Since toddlers are very much engrossed in exploring, they naturally want to find out how toys are made and what happens when you do things to it, for instance throwing. Thus, toys for this particular age group should be sturdy enough to withstand robust playing.

Toy safety checklist

The toy should:

  • be sanitary and washable.
  • not be too heavy for your child’s strength.
  • be well-made – no parts come off. The toy itself does not break easily, and thus prevent harmful things like wires from being exposed.
  • not have pointed or sharp edges that can cut or scratch.
  • not have tiny parts or decorations that can come-off and be put in any of your child’s orifices.
  • not be so small that your child can put it into his/her mouth or other orifices.
  • not have holes, slots or opening that can pinch your child.
  • (for plastic toys)not break easily and leave a sharp edge that can cut.
  • be non-poisonous.
  • (for the inside) not be filled with potentially harmful objects such as pellets.

Also, 

  • do not repaint old baby toys and furniture with lead-based paint.
  • the toy should not have pointed parts or the toy itself should not be pointed that your child can fall on.
  • no part of the toys should be attached with a pin or staple.
  • the toy’s moving parts should be firmly attached.
  • the toy should have not string or chord that is long enough to form a noose.
  • a broken toy should be thrown away.
  • the windup key in mechanical toys should be enclose to avoid catching skin, hair and clothes.
  • keep indoor toys indoors so they do not rust.
  • toys should not be stored in a plastic bag.
  • riding toys should be well-made and well-balanced.
  • the wheels of all riding toys should be large, sturdy and spaced far-apart.
  • toys with cloth carry the following labels: "flame resistant", "flame retardant", or "nonflammable".

Ideal Playing Materials

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Large nesting blocks Large and small coloured blocks Cuddly animals Large, soft balls Washable, unbreakable doll Push-pull toys with rounded handles Simple musical instruments Sand box and sand toys Water toys Glove puppets Simple 2- to 3-piece puzzles Transportation toys Objects to imitate adults: plastic garden tools, toy telephone, toy dishes, pots and pans Books: nonsense verse and nursery rhyme, sturdy and colourful picture books