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13 Best Toys to Boost Your Baby's Brain and Physical Development
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  • With all the sales and bazaars happening around the metro, how do you narrow down your choices when it comes to toys for your baby’s development?

    “Play is important because it impacts a child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development,” says Dr. Maria Isabel Osabel-Quilendrino, a developmental pediatrician at the Philippine General Hospital. “Toys that are appropriate for small children are those that appeal to the senses and allow them significant interaction or manipulation given their limited motor capabilities.”

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    Best brain stimulating toys for babies

     We’ve already emphasized that your baby’s first year is crucial to his development — he starts to explore, grow more active and responsive to you and his surroundings. Toys can introduce him to learning, so it’s important to choose ones that are both stimulating and educational. Here are a few that we think should be on your list:

    1. Nuby Safari Loop Teether Ring

    Teethers help transition your baby from nursing to chewing and provide comfort and relief as their teeth grows. This toy from Nuby is easy to hold, with a multi-textured surface that massages the gums and bright colors to stimulate baby’s senses. P499.75, Robinsons Department Stores


    2. Bright Starts Flexi Ball

    Balls are a great way to develop gross motor skills — as he grows older, teach him how to roll, bounce, and throw the ball. This one is easy for babies to grasp, and the rattle makes a fun sound to grow his curiosity. P299.75, Richprime

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    3. Little Tikes Garden Mirror

    Make tummy time more fun with a mirror, which helps develop your baby’s social and emotional skills — he’ll learn to smile and talk to himself! Get one that “grows” with your baby — the horizontal position is great for crawling babies while the vertical position is for toddlers. Use the piano buttons to develop baby’s natural curiosity for new sounds! P2,699.75, Baby Company

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    4. Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack

    Shape and size sorters are the classic toys that are must-buys for babies. It helps promote eye-hand coordination and he’ll learn how to distinguish the differences between objects. It’s also a great way to develop his problem-solving skills! P599.75, Toys "R" Us

    5. Bright Starts Safari Tales Activity Gym

    At around two months, start exposing your baby to hanging toys. He’ll be motivated to reach out and touch the different toys and discover different textures and sounds. This activity gym provides a safe and clean space for play, with various toys like an elephant plushie that sounds out four melodies when you pull it, mirror, ring rattle, tiger-shaped teether, a monkey bead chaser, and additional links to hang his other favorite toys! P2,699.75, Toys "R" Us


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    6. Chicco Spring Cot Mobile

    A toy mobile stimulates your baby’s hearing and visual perceptions and can help soothe your baby to sleep while inside the crib. The adjustable support make it a great addition to the changing table, too! P1,799.75, Richprime

    7. Lamaze Octivity Time

    Plush toys are soft and are safe for your baby to handle, plus the bright colors attract his sight. This toy has 10 different “modes” on each leg, like clinky rings, a squeaky head, and a spinning starfish that will help develop your child’s motor skills and engage him in different ways. P1,799.75, Baby Company


    8. Playgro Twisting Barbell Rattle

    Your baby is born with a grasping reflex, so rattles are great for a first toy. It will test how long he can sustain his grasp and make him learn cause-and-effect through the rattle’s sounds. P179.75, Baby Company

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    9. Fisher-Price Float Bath Friend

    Even bath time can be a chance for play. As your baby grows, he can develop motor skills and learn cause and effect by batting at the hippo and lion on either end to see them flip and hear the toy rattle. P649.75, KidsCompany


    10. LeapFrog Count & Crawl Number Kitty

    As your baby learns to crawl, get him a toy that will inspire him to get moving! Pressing the keys on this kitty will help familiarize him with numbers, and as he pushes the toy along, he can be stimulated with the different sounds and songs. The counting rhymes will also engage his verbal skills! P1,499.75, Toy Kingdom at Lazada

    11. Playskool Chase n’ Go Ball Popper

    Another toy that will get your baby moving is this ball popper! He’ll get to practice his motor skills, eye tracking, and he’ll make predictions as to where the balls will end up. He’ll also learn cause and effect by pressing the different buttons, and strengthen his grasp once he fetches the balls. P2,299.75, Toy Kingdom at Lazada

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    12. Baby Einstein Animal Homes

    It’s never too early to introduce books to your baby. While cloth books are tactile and will stimulate him visually, board books will also engage him as he grows older and will enable him to learn more about his environment. P249.75, Ogalala

    13. Fisher Price Giggles ‘N Growls Monster

    This fuzzy friend will stimulate your baby’s senses in various ways—squeeze his belly and he’ll make sounds and short tunes, pull his arms to develop his motor skills, and put your hand inside his mouth to feel a variety of textures! Hug him and your baby will feel secure! P1,499.75, Richprime

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