Babies are always a welcome addition to the family. If you are a proud aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, godmother or godfather to a new baby, or older child, you need to know how to choose baby gifts that will be fun educational and safe.
Whether you are giving a gift for a new baby, a birthday, a christening or you just want to spoil the new baby in the family, here are some great tips on how you can buy the perfect baby toy for that lovable child:
1. When looking for a baby toy, consider the age of the child that you are giving it to.
You can buy almost any gift for a newborn baby because he or she will outgrow the pink and blue ribbon phase and will eventually appreciate the baby toy that you give.
If you want to buy something that a child will be able to use and appreciate for a long time, stay away from teethers, rattles and other toys applicable for young babies because these will only last a couple of months.
However, parents do need to buy safe, colorful and useful toys that newborns and one-month old babies will enjoy. The maximum time that a kid will enjoy baby toys such as rattles and teethers is up to one year, and after that they will outgrow these kinds of baby toys.
2. Stuffed toys make great gifts for kids.
Even an adult can appreciate the joy of a soft, cuddly teddy bear when it is given as a gift.
The usual age range that you can see on the labels of stuffed animals is anywhere between zero to three years of age. If you think that an older kid will enjoy a stuffed toy, go ahead and buy it!
Cute, colorful and cuddly animals make for a great baby toy. Cartoon or movie characters such as Winnie the Pooh or Mickey Mouse are also available as stuffed toys.
There are stuffed toys which have light, motion or sound-producing features.
When considering stuffed toys as a gift, look for the brightest colors and softest material to make sure that the babies will love it.
3. Kids can learn and have fun at the same time.
Do you remember the joy and accomplishment that you felt as a child when you first solved a jigsaw puzzle? Share this joy with your beloved little ones by giving them activity toys, puzzles and educational games.
Be it as basic as a wooden puzzle or as technologically advanced as a computer-based learning set, children will be able to learn and play at the same time.
Childhood is the time that children are most curious and they get to explore and learn a lot of things. Contribute to their development by giving them safe and fun activity toys and puzzles.
You can develop in the child a love of music by buying a sing-along toy which can be attached to the crib. Or why not buy a detachable playhouse? Give it to them as a kit and then you can build the playhouse together.
See their building talents grow. The look of joy and wonder on their little faces will be worth it once you have finished the "construction" of the whole thing.
Older babies will enjoy audio stories and develop their sense of sound and speech at the same time.
These are just some ideas on how you can buy the perfect baby toy for that cute and cuddly kid. Visit a toystore or check out the web sites online and get your kids a safe, colorful, educational and fun baby toy that they will surely enjoy while they are young.