|

Favorite Baby Toys

In the last half of his first year, your baby will still enjoy many of the toys he enjoyed during the earlier half of the year. The best toys for this age are those that illustrate the principle of cause and effect in fun ways. These toys respond with sound or movement when your baby does something to them. Popular cause-and-effect toys include:

  • Rattles
  • Squeak toys
  • Balls with bells inside
  • Pop-up toys where hidden figures (cartoon characters and so on) pop up when your baby spins a tiny drum, turns a telephone dial, pushes a button, or pulls on a lever
  • Pull toys
  • Pull-string musical toys
  • Toys that allow pouring of water or sand
  • Crib-side activity centers (By about 10 months, your baby should be able to master most if not all of the activities, such as spinning telephone dials, ringing bells, and pushing buttons.)

Even a light switch can entertain your infant for much longer than you'll want to hold him up to the switch.

Cause-and-effect toys help your child develop a sense of his own power. His initial discovery of this power will no doubt surprise him. The first time he turns a rotary telephone dial and makes Mickey Mouse pop out of a busy box or squeezes a rubber puppy and hears it "yelp," for example, it will probably be unintentional.

But after two or three such accidents, your baby realizes that what he does prompts Mickey to pop up or the dog to squeak. From then on, your baby will spin the dial and squeeze the puppy on purpose because he wants to see or hear the same effect again. For the first time, your child will appreciate that he has some control over the world around him.

More on: Babies

|

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Bringing Up Baby © 1997 by Kevin Osborn. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit the Idiot's Guide web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

get ready for school!

We’ve got your
shopping list,
lunch menu,
and more.

GO

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
The AAP advises reading aloud to babies and toddlers because it boosts brain power and has many other benefits. Get some tips for making the most of story time with your tot!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

How to Survive Summer Boredom
When the kids are home all day, every day, summer boredom strikes hard and fast. Learn the best summer boredom busters and tips for surviving until September.

12 Birthday Party Favors that Won't Get Thrown Away
The next time you're planning a birthday, forgo the penny candy and cheap toys. Send your guests home with one of these fun and creative party favor ideas!