Play is an integral part of optimum child development. It is through playtime activities that young children aged 18 months to 3 years old are able to expand on their growth and development during infancy. And where playtime activities are concerned, toys will never be far behind. The toys we have listed here are the result of an understanding of the unique developmental needs of toddlers. We made sure that every toy in our list is able to help enhance toddlers’ gross and fine motor skills, develop their language and communication abilities, and improve their cognitive abilities particularly in terms of simple problem solving.
A: As a general rule, we would advise going with silicone, although there are other FDA-approved thermo polymers that can be made perfectly safe. The benefit to silicone is that it’s extremely durable and flexible at the same time. It’s also freezer-friendly and chills quickly. The safest, highest grade of silicone is medical-grade, like Bebe By Me’s cookie teethers. However, 100 percent food-grade silicone has been approved by the FDA as being safe, especially when it’s free from contaminants like BPA, phthalates, and PVC.
This may be a bit on the religious side, but you know your friends. And if the gift is for your baby, you know you! The wooden figurines will allow baby to identify animals and, if you work with her, animal sounds, too. And there are so many nursery themes of Noah’s Ark that you may find this is the perfect gift to accompany nursery rhyme time. We just couldn’t miss putting this on our list.
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It’s best not to underestimate your baby’s strength, even at just a few months old. Early teethers may have fragile gums, but they can still gnaw through weak, poorly made toys. We want to assure you that we’ve chosen teethers with proven durability, thanks to innovative construction methods and durable materials. Solid constructions can come from numerous processes, such as individual knotting for beads, one-piece construction for loops and beads, or the usage of premium-grade silicone.
All the kids will be screaming for ice cream this holiday thanks to this sweet play cart. Toddlers can use the magic scooper to create tasty sundaes, all the while learning the names of colors, flavors and toppings, and how to count to 10. The cart even has wheels, so kids can take their burgeoning ice cream business on the go (and work their gross motor skills as they push). Hooray for educational Christmas toys!

This has all the hallmarks of a great education and socialization toy, along with its practicality!  The key ring not only keeps all of the teethers in one place and graspable, the fact that they are aligned on a ring aids in developing functions in counting, causal relationship, and the subtle manipulation of objects through the selection of one teething key over another.  In addition, the varying colors of the keys provide visual stimulation, adding to the soothing quality of relief from sore gums.
Every day is a new adventure for babies and toddlers. For this age range, choose items that stimulate their minds, bodies and all five senses. These toys encourage experimentation with colors, shapes, sounds and textures. By offering opportunities for hand-eye coordination, motor skills, language recognition and nurturing, parents are providing little ones with the early development skills they need as they grow up. View the skill key.
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