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Lara Shriftman: Since "babies don't come with instructions," I rely on the expertise of the Seedlings Group to help me through my stressful mommy moments.

Most new parents suffer a low-grade level of anxiety over whether they're providing their babies with enough stimulation. (Does she have enough toys? The right ones? Are we teaching him the right skills for his age?) The Seedlings Group, which consists of a team of psychologists and child development experts, can help you and your baby through every step of your baby's major developmental transitions.

My friends over at the Seedlings Group shared their expertise on some learning-through-play guidelines, along with a list of their favorite toys for every age and stage. Now I would like to share it with you!

Learning-Through-Play Guidelines

• Go for quality over quantity. Buy a few high-quality toys rather than lots of junky plastic ones. Your baby will get more out of them and your home will look less cluttered.
• Keep it simple. If it needs batteries, it probably requires less creativity on your child's part.
• Let them lead. If your child doesn't want to engage in a game you initiate, let him lead you in the play direction he prefers. A simple game of peek-a-boo is one of the biggest brain-boosters out there.
Set them up for success. Parents tend to get toys that are too advanced, which won't make them smarter -- just frustrated. Instead, offer toys that are slightly challenging but doable.
• When in doubt, buy blocks. Wooden unit blocks are recommended, above all other toys, for nurturing social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development -- beginning as early as 6 months and lasting throughout the preschool years.

Toys for Every Age and Stage

3 months old

By 3 months, introduce a rattle, some grasping toys, and other objects that your baby can enjoy holding and looking at.

Recommended Toys

Haba Clutching Toy
Skwish Toy by Manhattan Toy
Tiny Loves' Gymini Total Playground
Haba Discovery Ball with Rattle

Courtesy of the Seedlings Group

Seedlings Group does their best to choose safe, well-crafted toys, but cannot be held responsible for product recalls. Additionally, they encourage parents to always be mindful of choking hazards.

6 months old

By 6 months, introduce a ball your baby can roll, along with wooden blocks (your baby won't be stacking them for months, but will enjoy mouthing and holding them).

Recommended Toys

Edushape Foam Blocks
First Building Blocks by Tag Toys
Boon Bath Toys

Courtesy of the Seedlings Group

Seedlings Group does their best to choose safe, well-crafted toys, but cannot be held responsible for product recalls. Additionally, they encourage parents to always be mindful of choking hazards.

9 months old

By 9 months, your baby will start to enjoy anything that stacks or nests; puppets are great for learning animals.

Recommended Toys

Spiel & Holz Stacking and Nesting Toys
Manhattan Toy Finger Puppets

Courtesy of the Seedlings Group

Seedlings Group does their best to choose safe, well-crafted toys, but cannot be held responsible for product recalls. Additionally, they encourage parents to always be mindful of choking hazards.

12 months old

By 12 months old, consider a push toy, an egg shaker, some finger puppets, and a doll.

Recommended Toys

Personalized Dolls from BabyBox
Maclaren Doll Stroller
Plan Toys Maracas
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Knob Puzzles
Fun Abacus by Plan Toys

Courtesy of the Seedlings Group

Seedlings Group does their best to choose safe, well-crafted toys, but cannot be held responsible for product recalls. Additionally, they encourage parents to always be mindful of choking hazards.

18 months old

By 18 months, you will find your 18- to 24-month-old beginning to engage in pretend play.Provide props that allow for imitating real life, such as kitchens, dress-up costumes, phones, and baby dolls.

Recommended Toys

Hasbro's Mr. Potato Head
Haba Jumbo Pegboard
Broom & Mop Stand by Michael Olaf
Plan Toys Pull Toy
Stockmar Beeswax Crayons

Courtesy of the Seedlings Group

Seedlings Group does their best to choose safe, well-crafted toys, but cannot be held responsible for product recalls. Additionally, they encourage parents to always be mindful of choking hazards.

24 months old

By 24 months, shapes that were introduced much earlier will come together, and block play will finally be about building and not knocking down. (Be sure to get old-fashioned blocks, rather than magnetic ones, which allow your child to figure out how to balance and build.) A 2-year-old's fine motor skills are getting fine-tuned and are very important for later writing. Beading, Play Doh, lacing, and Lego's are great for exercising those pre-writing fingers.

Recommended Toys

Schleich Animal Figurines
Giggle's Multi-Use Easel
Tag Toys Magnetic Color Sorter
Haba Threading Beads
Green Toys Tea Set
Tag Toys Lock Box Memory Game
Bajo Lacing Shoe
Feeleez Empathy Game

Courtesy of the Seedlings Group

Seedlings Group does their best to choose safe, well-crafted toys, but cannot be held responsible for product recalls. Additionally, they encourage parents to always be mindful of choking hazards.

Resource Guide

Seedlings Group
Haba
Manhattan Toy
Tiny Love
Edushape
Tag Toys
Boon Inc.
Spiel & Holz
BabyBox
MacLaren Baby
Plan Toys
Melissa & Doug
Hasbro
Michael Olaf Montessori
Stockmar
Schleich
Giggle
Green Toys
Bajo Toys
Feeleez




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