Archive for September 22nd, 2010

Toddler Toys – Simple Guidelines to Follow While Buying Them

Buying toddler toys can be a fairly simple task – that is of course if you are not a first time parent. First time parents might find this task a bit more challenging. Although most toddler toys available in the market are made exclusively for toddlers and you can pick them of the shelf without worrying too much, here are some pointers that you should keep in mind while shopping for your little bundle of joy:

The simpler the better

Simple, large and durable toddler toys are a sure shot thing. Exploring is part of what a toddler does and that includes tasting their toys and therefore care must be taken to ensure that the toys do not have sharp edges and are made of materials that are non toxic. One must also keep in mind that toddlers are also developing their physical skills at this stage and therefore there will be a tendency to throw their toys around quite a bit so make sure the toys that you pick up score high on durability.

Keep the toddler in charge

At this stage in their lives toddler are busy experimenting and figuring out how to do things their way. It is because of this that it is important to make sure their toddler toys let them feel like they are in charge. Choose playthings that do not function by themselves like stacking cups, blocks, push and pull toys. These toys let the toddler decide what he or she wants to do with it.

Buy toddler toys that grow with your child

It is important that a toddler has a few toys in his or her collection that serve a different purpose as they grow up. A simple example of this could be a push toy large enough to serve as a walker and then perhaps a couple of years later it could be used as wagon with a dumper for blocks etc.

Don’t be gender bias

Toddler toys are more or less unisex. Do not try and get into buying toys based on the gender of your child. It is important to remember that at this age the likes of both girls and boys hardly differ from each other.

Variety

Since a toddler’s toys are the most important learning agents in their lives it is very important to ensure that the playpen has a large variety of toys that help a toddlers growth in areas like physical, mental, language and social skills. It is also important to maintain a balance between all these ensuring that your toddler has equal exposure to toys that help him or her develop in all the above areas.

Read the labels and research the toys

While most toddler toys are fairly straight forward purchases it is a wise habit to read the label before picking up the toy. The things that you would need to check for are the age group that the toy is made for and what material it is made of. Reading the label on toys before buying them ensure your child’s safety. It might also be a good idea to consult with you paediatrician – he or she will be able to give you a list of toys suitable for your baby. This way you can create the ideal play environment for your toddler.

More Toddlers Articles

High-Tech, Baby!

With all of the technological advances we’ve seen with computers, cellphones, vehicles, etc. it’s not surprising that the baby market is being influenced as well. Cool baby gifts today include high tech features to keep baby safe, comfortable, and engaged, or to utilize new technology to make parenting simpler.

The Why Cry Baby Crying Analyzer boasts being able to decipher baby’s crying to find out what the cause is. The Answers to the crying questions are displayed on the easy-to-read LED monitor.

The ItzBeen Baby Care Timer is a cool baby gift that helps sleep-deprived over over-stressed parents keep track of their child’s important activities. There’s even a reminder notification for nursing moms!

The Aquatopia Deluxe Safety Bath Thermometer Alarm checks water temperature and doubles as a colorful tutrle for for bath-time play.

The 4Moms Cleanwater Infant Tub solves the basic problem of how to keep water clean for baby during bath time. A hole in the tub side drains dirty water while clean water flows in. It’s techie feature is a built-in digital thermometer that indicates by color when water is too cold (blue), too hot (red) or just right (green).

4Moms also offers the Good Night Sleep Trainer that’s supposed to help baby’s sleep be longer and more peacefully. Featuring a progessive timer to teach children to soothe themselves, schedules interactions to support healthy development, options for parents to track sleep patterns, get tips and compare their child’s sleep data online.

The Twilight Ladybug and Twilight Turtle Constellation NIght Light helps create a relaxing bedtime atmosphere.The night lights project constellations in three different colored light settings and includes a guide for identifying the stars.

The Flip Video Mino HD is great because it’s slim enough to slip into a diaper bag pocket and simple enough so even the most sleep-deprived, baby bogged parent can operate it.

Braun Multiquick Handheld Blender is great for making your own organic baby food with baby in arm!

Lorex LCD Wireless Surveillance System features an LCD screen that provides a crisp and clear picture of your child while you’re out of the room. Thankfully, the same technology that made phones clearer and screens smaller has influeced the design of today’s monitors. No more cluncky, static-emitting monstrosities!

Finally, the Snotsucker! Made by Nosefrida, the Snotsucker is a doctor-recommended nasal aspirator to help keep baby’s nasal passages clear. It comes with disposable filters to help avoid the spread of infection and is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

The key to picking the right high-tech baby gadget is to ask yourself two questions:

1) Does it solve a common problem?

2) Does it help add to the quality of life of baby’s early years?

Related Baby Articles

Find the Best Home Security Companies

Many security providers on the market and if you have begun looking for home alarm you have no doubt run across quite a few. It can be difficult to determine which provider is the best, or would work the best for you. Just as difficult is determining where or how to find out.

A lot of number of different resources you can use to find the best home security companies in your area.

The internet is full of websites on, about, by and from home alarm companies. You can find the most information online about providers, security packages, alarm systems, etc. You can easily bookmark equipment or package pages and jump between different providers. The internet is also the ideal place to look up customer reviews, concerns or even complaints. But keep in mind that many security websites will not give you any specific details until you call their sales staff. You should always read the disclaimers, usually in small print at the bottom of the page, as the numbers quoted in ads can often be manipulated. The online environment tends to favor the larger corporations as well as their affiliate resellers.

The best home security companies also rely on good word of mouth advertising. Look around your neighborhood and see which homes are equipped with home security systems. Alarm system packages usually include some form of yard sign or window sticker, so the equipped homes shouldn’t be hard to locate. Talk to your neighbors and get their honest opinion on the service, the equipment and their overall satisfaction with their home security provider.

These are only three ways for you to find the best home security companies that are local to you. As you consider an alarm system or security monitoring you might want to consider all three as the more information you have the better informed your final decision will be.