Toys play an important role in a baby’s development; however you do not really have to flood your baby nursery will all kinds of toys.
Too many toys will only overwhelm the baby, and will increase your efforts while keeping things tidy.
While planning your baby’s nursery, you need to choose the right furniture, you need to consider ho you want to paint the walls, you need to take safety into consideration, and of course, you need a few toys as well.
Here we have listed just a few simple toys that will maximize your infant’s physical and cognitive development.
Toys for Baby Nursery
Though the toys will not be used by your baby until they grow bigger, the ambiance of the baby nursery is really not going to be complete without toys.
Stuffed cuddly animal toys (bears, dogs, cats), rocking elephant, musical crib toys, a play gym are few toys that will go well in the nursery and will provide that playful feel. Make sure you have only a few that are placed here and there, not avoid buying too many toys yet as the space will then seem cluttered.
Moving on the floor is important for a a baby’s physical and cognitive development, and to encourage this activity, you can just place a blanket on the floor and have some toys such as rattles. However, the Baby Gym is a great toy to engage your little one when the baby is flipped over, lying on the back.
These toys are designed in the form of a simple arch and come with a few hanging toys. You get mobile baby gyms as well that can be attached to a changing table or crib.
Rattle is a very common and yet popular toy for babies. These are very portable and great for engaging the senses of your little one.
Nesting Cups or Boxes
Simple yet versatile, nesting cups or boxes provide baby’s with a sense of shapes and colors. these can be used as building blocks and also as part of imaginative play.
Babies love cuddly toys such as bear, dog, or cat. In fact, soft toy animals or dolls are best suited for this age group. Avoid cuddly toys that use of small parts.
Baby’s love playing with toys that move from one place to another. You should choose smaller wheeled toys considering the age of the child, and also choose toys with simpler design for safety reasons.
Kids love playing with balls. Infants like reaching out to these during floor play, and slightly grown up babies like throwing balls and chasing them.
Basic colorful blocks are more versatile and can actually be used even when baby grows up. Babies can use these for arranging and stacking, and when they grow up these can also be used to learn about colors, letters, and numbers.
Babies are energetic as well as curious. Right from the moment they are born, they try to develop control over their muscles and try finding out about the world around them. And the best way to channelize their excessive energy is to make them indulge in physical activities.
Baby Gyms not only provide some fun time your infants but also help them get some exercise.
- A baby gym has a wooden or plastic arch (single or criss-crossed) with small toys suspended from it
- The arch is generally be made of material, plastic or wood.
- These come with a play mat, allowing the baby to lie down.
- Baby gyms have different colours, textures and sounds to stimulate your baby.
As your baby grows older s/he will start exploring the gym with his/her hands and feet, trying to reach and grasp. Once your baby can sit up and crawl, he’ll move on to toys and activities for older babies.
How will a baby gym help my baby’s development?
- His hand-eye coordination develops faster as s/he sees and grasps things
- S/he will soon become better at following moving objects.
- Reaching out and touching things gives your baby a sense of control over his body.
- A variety of objects that do different things when your baby swings them will keep your little one entertained.
There are lots of choices when it comes to baby gyms, although they share the same basic features. Once your little one’s moving around, you could invest in a swing or bouncer to keep her entertained.
Planning a Baby Nursery
While planning a baby nursery, the theme of the nursery usually sets the tone for the whole room.
You could choose to go with something gender specific, a girl themed room for a girl and a boy themed room for a boy, or you may want to consider choosing a gender neutral theme if you plan to have more children.
This will save you the trouble of possibly having to remodel the nursery when the next baby comes along. A pink princess themed nursery won’t work so well if your next child is a boy. Likewise, a girl will seem out of place in a nursery decorated with cars.
If you want to plan a nursery that will stimulate your baby as they grow, consider bright primary colors and geometric shapes and patterns. Red, blue, and yellow have been found to be the colors that help stimulate young infants.
Bedding and wall decor with geometric shapes and patterns will also do this especially if the shapes and patterns are large. This will make it easier for the baby to see since it takes many months for an infant’s vision to completely develop.
Whatever theme you decide on for your nursery, be prepared to live with it for a few years. Most babies are not ready for a toddler room until they are two to three years old.
If you want to save money, choose a theme that will grow with them into their toddler room.
Since toddler beds take the same size mattress and bedding as a crib, you could continue to use the theme and bedding you choose in a toddler room if you wanted to.
No matter what theme you decide on, remember to have fun while taking on the whole nursery planning process.
This is a joyous time in your life that you will always be able to look back on fondly.