For anyone who hasn't been around babies very much, it can be easy to misjudge what an infant or toddler can do at a certain age. Sometimes I'll ask brand new trainees when they think a child begins to walk or learn the alphabet. Sometimes, the answers I get are way off.
It's understandable. If you haven't had the opportunity to raise a child, there's really no reason to know that babies start standing and walking as early as nine months, and really don't get into letters until three-and-a-half at the earliest. It can be overwhelming to pick out a gift for a young child when you don't even know if she can use or even understand it.
That's why we give all of our team members a crash course in child development. They learn, for instance, that a six-month-old has a long way to go before his ABCs. At this age, a baby is just learning to sit up and to reach out for objects. Everything is still brand new, so even just looking at bright colours and hearing new noises is extremely stimulating.
Here are just four of the great products for babies aged 0-6 months.
1. The classic Skwish is a fantastic grasping toy: it’s a rattle, teether, and muscle builder all in one.
2. Wimmer Ferguson Mind Shapes stimulate babies’ senses of sight, hearing, and touch, and help to develop hand-eye coordination, tactility, and so on.
3. Yokidoo’s Gymotion Activity Playland is an activity gym for babies to play while lying down, during tummy time, or sitting up, and encourages eye-tracking skills as well as reaching and grabbing. This one sets up and folds away instantly—fabulous for travelling or even for a trip to the park.
4. Finally, Charley the Chameleon is a cuddly bed toy and sleep aid that plays soothing melodies and shines soft coloured lights in the dark.
During Baby Week At Hobby and Toy Central, July 13- 19, 2015, our staff will be overflowing with knowledge of all the new and favourite baby products we carry. Whether you are looking for a friend, relative or would like some guidance on the perfect item for your infant, we are so excited to help you find that perfect something.