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Infant child care in Crystal Lake: Learn more about sensory toys for your child

Posted on 06-20-2014

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During the first year of your infant’s life, play is all about exploring through touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight. Toys that appeal to different senses help your child to get to know the world, and responding to different stimulation is key to reaching early developmental milestones.

Sight: From about the time that your child is one week old, you will notice that they are attracted to bright and contrasting colors and patterns and to slowly moving objects. A mobile, placed about ten inches above your infant, will grab his attention, help exercise visual perception, and provide ongoing entertainment. It is not recommended that mobiles be installed on infant’s cribs due to safety precautions.

Sound: Infants have fairly well-developed hearing and start to learn to track different sounds fairly quickly. Parents are the best source of this stimulation, since talking to your infant in positive tones and with a constant stream of communication is key to your child’s development. Playing soothing music and giving your baby a rattle or soft squeaking toy are good supplementary sources of stimulation.

Taste: Although your infants dietary needs are fairly simple at this stage, they will still try putting everything they see in their mouth! This is actually another positive source of stimulation for your infant, so be sure to have clean, safe, infant-friendly toys that do not pose a choking hazard on hand for this stage of your child’s life.

Touch: Exploring using this sense teaches your infant to distinguish between soft and hard, and light and heavy. At first, they will prefer soft textures, like plush toys and blankets. Later, your infant will explore many textures and will want to pick up everything. Having infant-friendly teddy bears, plastic toys, rubber ducks and storybooks on hand will give your infant plenty to explore.

Smell: While there are not many smell-oriented toys for infants, the world around them does more than enough to activate this sense. Your infant will learn to recognize your smell from being close to your skin. Exploring the outdoors will give them even more stimulation. A great idea is to incorporate smell into your infant’s bedtime routine, with distinctive, gentle and natural baby soap or even nighttime massage cream. All-natural scents such as lavender are well-known to be soothing to infants and parents alike. This will not just help your infant get used to new smells, it will help them to associate the smell with settling down for the night.

If you are looking for a store that can supply different kinds of high quality infant toys, try Buy Buy Baby. All products are available online for convenience and they stock everything from bedding and nursery décor to toys and bath time accessories, ensuring that your infant gets all the right stimulation.

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Crystal Lake, we offer an exclusive infant learning program for children as young as six weeks old. Here, we emphasize sensory play that targets each part of your child’s brain as they develop which helps your child to meet developmental milestones through fun, hugs and plenty of love. Unlike traditional daycares, we go the extra mile to ensure that your child experiences the best start in life in an exciting, safe, and state-of-the-art facility. For more information, please contact us today.

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