Shopping for baby toys can be a fun, yet challenging venture. The toy market is filled with new inventions for infants that aim to improve young children’s learning experiences. Finding the perfect, safe toys that not only provide an educational play experience but also foster infants’ imaginations may be more difficult than it seems. Here are some of the best new inventions for babies that stimulate the senses, foster balance and coordination, and encourage social interaction.
The newly released Lamaze Stretch Giraffe is an educational and engaging baby toy that allows infants to discover their senses by exploring various sounds, textures, and colors. Curious infants can improve hand-eye coordination and build fine motor skills by pulling, squeezing, grabbing, and biting the different parts of the giraffe. Exploratory touches are rewarded with various fun sounds that enhance interactive play. The toy giraffe comes complete with different textured materials, including ribbons, soft velvet, and plastic teething rings for baby’s teething needs.
The Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza is one of Fisher-Price’s new inventions for babies and toddlers. Perfect for tiny hands, this play set features bright, captivating colors, complex winding ramps, and an assortment of colorful balls for sorting, rolling, or dropping. The fun, upbeat music and flashing lights reward children for dropping the colorful balls on the ramps and encourage them to move and dance. Older infants are able to crawl through the attached gate and arch or to insert the balls while standing up. The Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza is great for babies of any age and features modifiable play options for infants who sit, cruise, crawl, walk, or stand that introduce young children to problem solving, object permanency, and sorting skills.
Vtech’s latest invention is the Alphabet Activity Cube that takes babies’ learning experiences to the next level. Five sides of engaging, child-friendly activities encourage babies to stack and insert alphabet blocks, explore musical features, learn about numbers and shapes, and manipulate sliders, gears, and pegs. Infants are able to experiment with mechanical elements or interact with the electronic piano keys and keypad for fun, surprising sounds and lights. The cube is perfect for infants who have begun sitting up or crawling and are able to access all sides freely by themselves. Bright colors, flashing lights, and baby friendly pictures help infants learn about letters, numbers, shape recognition, problem solving, sorting, object permanency, and object manipulation.
Dubbed one of the best toys of the year, the Baby Genius Sing-Along School Bus is a great interactive and educational toy for babies older than 12 months. Designed to educate and entertain young children, the Baby Genius Sing-Along School Bus features many different songs, sound effects, and character voices for interactive play. Young children are able to problem solve by figuring out ways to load and unload the three friendly characters included. Babies will also enjoy learning the words to new songs as their character friends are off to school. The school bus includes a free Baby Genius CD and is a great way to get young children excited about learning and going to school.
A more traditional, less interactive choice for babies is the Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo comprised of wooden ABC house blocks that provide endless possibilities for creative play. Designed for babies over 12 months of age, this wooden block set fosters fine motor skills, problem solving, building and sorting skills, letter awareness, and creativity. Young children are able to manipulate the blocks by stacking to create houses, towers, large buildings, or entire cities. Intriguing colors, shapes, pictures, and patterns will spark young children’s imagination, help them learn about animals and the alphabet, and encourage them to arrange the wooden blocks in new ways each time.
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