What Are the Best Baby Toys for Sensory Stimulation?
Sensory play is important during a baby’s early development phase and buying the age-appropriate toys can maximise your child’s sensory development.
Sensory play is a fun activity that involves sensory stimulation through a wide variety of ways like exploration using the hands. It helps baby’s learn about the world around them. In fact, babies learn so much about the world through their senses, such as their sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.
Sensory toys are designed for learning and discovery. More than just toys, these are developmental tools that are simple by design, tactile, brightly-coloured and often make pleasant sounds for visual and auditory stimulation. They do not have detachable parts that are considered choking hazards.
Importance of sensory play
Much like adults, babies discover and learn about the world around them through their senses. Everything that stimulates a baby's senses is new to her. Additionally, a baby’s learning capabilities are boosted by sensory play because it develops and builds neural pathways in the brain. It has also been shown that sensory play improves fine motor and gross motor skills, language and communication skills and helps calm a child.
Sensory play has other benefits that might not be immediately obvious. For example, a fussy child who doesn’t like the texture of certain foods would eventually like them if she gets used to the different textures especially in a non-threatening messy play environment.
Top sensory toys just for babies
First on the list is a simple rattle. There are actually plenty of rattles to choose from. We particularly love the ones from Moulin Roty. Their rattles are made with gorgeous designs and even include so many textures and materials. Grimms make amazing rattles. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a traditional wooden rattle plus any single toy can be used as a rattle so as a comforter and teether make for great gifts for new babies.
Another fantastic sensory toy is play silks. Babies will follow them visually when they are moved through the air or when you create a breeze or gently stroking them across the skin, you can stimulate their sense of touch. They are great investments too as they make great toys not just for toddlers but for older children as well.
You can never go wrong with Tender Leaf Toys alongside with their sensory trays. We love them as they are perfect for little ones to play with and learn. The sensory trays come with three trays: audio, visual and touch. Each of these trays also acts as a shape sorter.
The next is the mirror. Although it may not sound like something you would want to give your baby but babies can look at their face or your face. There are also toys that have mirrors on them. We can recommend the Plan Toys’ sensory tumbling balls and Moulin Roty’s activity rattles.
However, if you want something unusual, go for the Just B Wheeee-Ls. Just B Wheeee-Ls are colorful cars that babies and toddlers will love. These cars produce different noises which are great for auditory stimulation.
Small Foot Little Explorers Building Blocks are perfect if the budget is a little tight. These are toys essential for stacking, counting and learning colors. They also have plenty of sensory features such as a mirror, a rattle, a pretend telescope and a prism.
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