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Remember these guidelines as you toyshop for your baby:
1. The visual perception of infants is limited, so make sure to buy toys in bright, contrasting colors.
2. Activity centers and crib mobiles fascinate newborns. Some mobiles come with an adjustable height option so that you can make sure mobile is in your babyís visual range.
3. Babies up to six months old have very limited motor skills and love high-pitched sounds. Chimes, rattles, teething rings, colorful pictures and soft blocks will stimulate your baby at this age.
4. For babies between six to nine months old, you can buy building blocks, activity boxes and cubes, stacking ring cones, and bath toys. Try to vary textures of toys.
5. Between age of nine months and a year, babies are old enough to enjoy and learn from toys such as nesting cups, push and pull toys, large crayons, spades, and stacking blocks.
6. It always helps to keep in mind that you do not need fancy and expensive toys to stimulate your infant. You might bring home a very trendy toy for your baby only to find that baby finds packaging far more interesting. Your young child just needs stimulation and a way to express their creativity, and this can be done with homemade toys as well.
Michelle Andrews, wrote "Parentís Guide on How to Raise a Smart Child by Choosing the Right Educational Toys." As a former teacher, he understands how critical it is to choose toys that play a significant role in childrenís development. Visit his Website EducationaltoysGuide.com at http://www.educationaltoysguide.com