A newborn baby’s brain is about 25% of the size of an average adult brain. Amazingly— during the first year alone—it doubles and keeps growing to reach about 80% by three years old and 90% by the time the child is 5 years of age.
During these formative periods, it is crucial to let your child play to stimulate creative learning and develop motor skills. Every child has the right to play as recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. And as parents, you need to choose baby toys that will help enhance your child’s brain and motor functions. Wooden baby toys are among the best options available these days.
While there are plenty of fancy high-tech toys available, wooden baby toys are classic choices that will never go out of style. When properly cared for, wooden toys can even be passed on to the next generation. They also look chic, almost like “stylish clutter” even when strewn around the room. Some even become highly collectible over time.
More importantly, wooden baby toys are safer for babies because they don’t have any harsh components that may harm a child’s health—unlike plastic toys that often contain toxic chemicals such as BPA (Bisphenol A) or PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). Of course, you have to make sure that you are buying wooden toys made of either pine, beech, maple, birch, or other natural materials, with a non-toxic finish.
There is a wide variety of wooden children’s toys designed to stimulate a baby’s mental and physical development. You can’t go wrong with Montessori toys such as stacking wooden gems and spatial cubes made of pinewood. There are also wooden tracing boards, wooden puzzles, and counting boards, among many others.
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