Safe Baby Toys : Choose Responsibly

If you come into a toy store or look for safe baby toys online the hardest thing to do might be to pick the right one because nowadays there are so many toys to choose from! It can be especially hard for first-time parents or someone who’s planning to visit a new human being and who has no knowledge of baby toys at all. Well, while baby toys are supposed to be cute and entertaining they, first of all, should be safe for babies (meaning no small or sharp parts), age-appropriate and strengthening babies’ development, too. Since our job is to make baby friendly toys we would like to share some tips with you about how to pick the best and safest baby toys.

Baby Toys for 0-6 Months Old

For approximately half of the first year babies cannot hold objects with their hands, however they thoroughly enjoy exploring the world with their ears and eyes. Therefore, the most appealing baby toys are the ones that have high-contrast colours or those that make noise. After newborns grow up a little and start to reach for objects around them, they start to enjoy those baby toys that have some texture. And have in mind: sooner or later the toys will most definitely end up in the baby’s mouth!

 For example: rattles, teethers, mobiles, cloth dolls.

safe baby toy

the most appealing baby toys are the ones that have high-contrast colours

 

Baby toys for 6 – 12 months old

Later on, between the first 6 and 12 months, babies develop some new motor skills, therefore they start to play with toys in new and exciting ways. After babies learn how to sit up they start to enjoy toys they can interact with – to stack up, to bang, to drop, to open and shut, to put in and take out and so on. Soon after they learn to crawl or take their first steps babies enjoy toys that move together with them, like push and pull toys.

For example: rattles, balls, simple shape sorters, push toys, pull toys, nesting and stacking toys.

safe baby rattle

Soon after they learn to crawl babies enjoy toys that move together with them

 

Some tips on choosing safe baby toys:

  • Make sure the toy is made from materials suitable for baby toys and is free of toxins that would harm the baby once the toy is chewed on:
    • a plastic toy should be made by a well know, trustworthy brand, should be scent-free and have CE marking.
    • a wooden toy should be painted and impregnated with safe materials. The best are the natural ones, however, one should make sure the baby is not allergic to them.
  • Make sure there are no sharp angles and edges the baby could harm himself/herself with.
  • Baby toys cannot have any long and pointy parts that a baby might gag on.
  • Baby toys cannot have any small parts that could come loose in case of a minor mechanical damage or after contact with water (drooling).

 

Trip Planner : Travelling with kids

Wow, it’s August already! Have you been on any holiday trips yet? If you are just planning one we have some useful tips for you so travelling with small children wouldn’t turn from vacation pleasure into tiring work! This trip planner will let both you and your kiddos enjoy your holiday trips, and if you have any trusted tips of your own please share them with us, too!

  • Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running packing list of things to bring, or set out items on the table as you think of them.
  • Never forget hats, sunglasses and sun protection creams! Choose the highest SPF you can find and apply it more than once a day, especially after the kids swim in the water.
  • When possible, load kids’ bags with the stuff that you might need, such as diapers, bottles and wipes. This will save you space in your bags meanwhile children will feel like “big” boys or girls.
  • Pack mess-free snacks for children (and yourself!).
  • However, just in case, bring A LOT OF wet wipes and tissues
  • Load a tablet or a smart phone with cartoons and game apps, and bring it on the plane. Even if you limit screen time at home, a tablet can save your and your fellow passengers’ nerves
a toy airplane

While waiting for the day of the departure, you can give your kid a toy airplane to play with

  • Leading up to the day of the departure, prepare your kid and build positive anticipation for the trip by pointing out planes flying by or giving them a toy airplane to play with.
  • If you arrive to the airport early and there’s a lot of spare time till the flight make a scavenger hunt list for the children, it will keep them busy for sure. For example, a big airplane, a woman travelling alone, an empty water bottle, a blue suitcase, a mom holding a baby, a man speaking a foreign language, a girl wearing a dress, an airport shuttle, a pilot, an airplane landing. Similar lists can be done for long car rides, too, try it!
  • At the airport, let your kid burn as much energy as possible before you board – there will be plenty of time to sit still once the plane takes off.
  • Once you’re up in the air, explain to your kids what is going on in each step of the journey, it will reduce their anxiety.
Finally, Vacation

Finally, Vacation!

  • To get your children excited and prepared for the trip you can start a few holiday-related projects with them. Explore maps, the history, animal and plant life of your destination together.
  • Don’t forget to designate a meeting point in each new place in case anyone gets separated from the group. You can also stick a label with your phone number to your kids’ clothing in case they get lost.
  • Always have spare clean clothes for yourself and the child for unexpected “accidents”
  • Encourage your children to keep a travel journal where they could draw and list things they see and eat, collect ticket stubs and labels to stick in, write down new words of the foreign language they learn while travelling. Oh, it sounds so cool even adults will want to join them!