We have mentioned that toys have both pros and cons. If you choose wisely, then it can be a source of great learning and development. Hence we would like you to keep the following in mind when you buy toys for your child:
- Quantity and quality:
Don’t buy many toys just because you have the money to. Buy it according to the need of the moment considering how it would help your child. You should also keep in mind that good quality toys are important. Children usually put toys in their mouth or play with it with a lot of energy. If the quality of the product is not good, then you should think twice. Cheap quality products can emit chemicals harmful for your child. It can also cause allergic reactions in some children.
It is always good to keep the safety of your child in mind when you choose toys for your child. Do check and go through what the toy is made of. Go over the components while thinking about your child. For example, if your child is a baby then your baby will definitely put the toy in his or her mouth. So, will the toy be harmful? Can your baby swallow the toy? Generally, toys from big companies will put a disclaimer that certain toys are appropriate for certain age. Hence you can check that and see if it will be safe for your child. Another significant thing to be noted is done whatever is written on the cover. If there is something to be careful about, companies usually give warnings on the label.
Another thing to keep in mind when you buy toys is how appropriate it is for your child. You should consider your child’s age and see how your child would use the toy. If you buy a very complicated toy for a young child, then he or she probably won’t even use it. For example, in an attempt to let your young child of about four years old learn about problem-solving, you might give the Rubik’s cube. It is not appropriate because your child won’t be able to solve even one side. You can give it 2 or 3 years later.
Before you buy a toy, do ask yourself ‘why are you buying the toy?’ Many parents these days use toys as an excuse for their time not spent with them or as a source of bribe to get their child do something. In these cases buying toys is something we would highly NOT recommend you to do. This is because your child will get used to the habit and keep expecting it in future. The pattern can move on to even teenage and adulthood which will make it very difficult to deal with your child. Toys cannot be a replacement for you and your time. Buy toys which will increase your child’s cognitive, creative, social and physical skills.