Why Choose Natural Toys for Baby?
There is something special about simple, natural toys that have been enjoyed for generations, and choosing appropriate toys that are also safe for your baby is an important consideration for new parents. For the first three years of the life of your little one, the growth and development of your baby is rapid. An infant is growing and learning physically, mentally, and emotionally every single day. With every stimulus she is learning about her body, her family, and her world around her.
Understanding how a baby learns is important when selecting an appropriate natural toy. One of an infant’s earliest learning exercises is to learn how to grasp and manipulate objects. Part of this learning process is tactile, and a baby will learn by using both its hands and mouth. As just about everything she touches will be put in her mouth, the safety of these objects of the utmost importance.
As parents, it is our responsibility to keep our little ones safe, protecting them from harm as well as toxic elements in the environment. An infant’s immune system is delicate and is only beginning to take on the incredible task of protecting their body from bacteria, poisons and other toxic materials. An all-natural wooden toy is a safe item for your baby to teethe, suck and chew on.
Wooden toys offer a natural, classic teething medium for a baby that is plastic-free. Choosing plastic-free baby toys is a growing trend, and rightly so. Europe and certain US cites have banned phthalates from PVC, however this is not the case with many imported baby toys found in stores today. Phthalate is a softening agent added to PVC baby toys (plastic baby toys), which can be harmful to infants and children. It’s also been found to emit harmful gasses, known as off-gassing. Choosing plastic-free toys such as teething toys made from natural materials, or wooden baby rattles help to reduce the exposure to toxic elements in our baby’s worlds.
Lots of parents ask us about “stimulation” from noise, motion, and lights found in many battery-operated toys today, which claim to help improve brainpower and activity. Natural wooden toys can do all this, without the negatives effects of OVER-stimulation, which we are seeing more and more in today’s generation of children. Natural wooden toys promote sensory development with satisfying, gentle sounds, eye-catching colours, and a natural and warm feel. Early motor skills and independent play is encouraged with the natural interactive motion of wooden toys – a feature that does not require an endless supply of batteries or the wearing of nearby listeners ears. When an infant is engaged in play with classic toys, their senses and imagination are stimulated as much, or as little, as they require.
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