When I had a daughter, I began to spend more and more time in children’s stores. The choice of toys today is amazing! I wanted to buy absolutely everything. But I soon realized that not every toy is useful and, most importantly, safe.
Now I have a number of criteria that guide me when choosing toys for my child.
Toy selection criteria
The most important thing for me is safety. Unfortunately, today there are a lot of low-quality toys that are made of harmful materials. Once we were given an interesting toy, but of very dubious quality. The material was clearly chemical. In addition, absolutely all the dust and dirt stuck to it – and every mommy knows how the kids are pulling her mouth first. So we parted with this toy. Today, first of all, I look at the material from which the toy is made.
The quality of the toy is also very important. Sometimes it is simply amazing how small pieces of plastic are broken off from them or small balls can spill out of rattles. It seems that both the material is good and the toy is useful, but these details are simply terrifying.
I am also very scared when toys have small parts. The child can simply choke while playing. Therefore, I do not buy toys that contain small items. For all those presenting us this is also a taboo. And the presence of sharp corners cannot lead to anything good – one can get hurt badly during the game.
We also do not buy soft toys – this is a collection of dust. Of course, kids love beautiful teddy bears and dogs, but I don’t feel like feeding them with dust. You can often wash these toys, but the dust on them appears very, very quickly. Today, all the soft toys are in our box and waiting in the wings.
And, of course, we do not take toys that do not correspond to our age. The child is not interested with them and he puts them aside for a long time. Therefore, I always pay attention to the age category for which the toy is designed. Why waste such money now. Moreover, the prices of many toys are very high. And for children the price is not important at all – the main interest and benefit.
I will not say that my daughter is madly in love with the remote, the telephone and various cords. Each mommy probably knows that the child will often choose the last one between the expensive toy and the banal package. But it does not develop and does not bring any benefit.
When we were very small, we really liked the rattles. Then we got our teeth and went into the course of toys with a special coolant, which can still be scratching the gums.
Now we are a year old, and we really like cubes, dolls, pyramids. They allow you to develop the child’s motility and stimulate various conscious actions. Even now we buy musical toys – the daughter herself constantly turns them on and dances.
But as I noticed, any toy quickly annoys the baby. Therefore, for some time they need to be removed from the field of view, and then again given to the child. And again you will see joy and interest in his eyes.
What kind of toys do you buy for your children?