Unless you’ve shopped for the little ones before, toy shopping for children can be a tad intimidating. And when it comes to infants and toddlers, it only gets more confusing. After all, it has to be a gift that doesn’t hurt them, and it has to something that their parents would approve. And, it has to be something the little one would have fun with…hence the confusion.
If you’ve ever found yourself standing in the middle of a toy store, surrounded by options, and completely lost about what to get a tiny human who can’t even walk and talk properly, don’t worry. Trust us, you’re not alone. Here’s what you need to look out for when buying toys for a kid.
• Those sharp edges.
Babies have really sensitive and tender skin, so sharp edges can be a disaster—especially if they drop it on themselves as they play with it. Look for a toy that doesn’t have too many sharp edges.
• Not too heavy.
Most toddlers can’t grasp toys too well, so they end up dropping them while playing with it. If the toy you select is too heavy, they might not be able to drag it around. It’s also possible they’ll hurt themselves when they drop it.
• Something colorful and bright; yet not harmful to the eyes.
The toy shop you’re in is possibly filled with colorful and blinking toys, so you won’t have a problem finding one. Just make sure it’s not too bright, as it may hurt their eyes in the long run.
• Nothing with tiny parts.
If you’ve been around toddlers you’d know they put everything they find into their mouth. It’s like a puzzle blocks for toddlers only they enjoy. If your gift has tiny parts that can be removed, it might prove to be dangerous. Trust us, they choke on the strangest things!
• Toys for development.
As this is the age they learn to walk and talk, a toy that helps them out with this will be a welcomed gift. Apart from walking and talking, this also is the age for learning in general, so intelligent toys and games that encourage them to learn and explore should make a thoughtful gift as well.
• Their latest obsession.
You’d be surprised, but toddlers have them too! If they particularly like watching a specific cartoon, then a gift that involves said cartoon character will send them into barrels of happiness. Even if it’s a simple soft toy that doesn’t do much. Do they like animals? Focus on that. Do they like water? A mini inflatable swimming pool would make a perfect gift. Are they the messy kind? Then nontoxic paints and colors can give them hours of fun!