Frequently Asked Questions About Baby Sensory Toys
Frequently Asked Questions About the Best Sensory Toys for Babies
When browsing the market for new toys for your little one, it’s likely you will come across sensory toys. These toys come in all shapes and sizes, and they are a brilliant addition to any toy box. Simply put, sensory exploration toys are used during sensory play to stimulate a baby or toddler’s sense of touch with soft fabric, baby's sight with bold patterns, sound, smell and taste. In addition to being lots of fun to play with, sensory toys can help your little one learn more about themselves and the world around them.
If you’ve never played with sensory toy before, understandably you will want to learn more about them before you purchase them for your baby. So, to help any parents or caregivers who are completely new to sensory play, below we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about best sensory toy.
What are the benefits of sensory toys?
As mentioned above, sensory best toys will stimulate and engage all their senses, physical development, hand eye coordination and whilst doing so, they will also help to develop a number of important skills while being a fun game. Playing with sensory toys on a regular basis can help to develop; encouraging problem solving, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cognitive skills, decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, language skills, social skills and self-awareness. All of these skills are crucial to start developing in the first year of life and they will help your baby meet their early years milestones.
At what age can babies start using sensory toys?
You can actually start using sensory toys and props with your little one when they’re still a newborn. Sensory experiences don’t have to be complicated and there are so many simple ways you can stimulate your child's senses. It is really beneficial to use sensory toys when you’re changing nappies, during tummy time and when you’re travelling in the car, for example, and there are lots of ways you can incorporate them into everyday activities.
If you’re ever unsure whether a sensory toy is suitable for your little one to play with, double-check the recommended age for the toy. Just like all other children’s toys, sensory toys will have a ‘suitable for’ age.
Can babies play with sensory toys by themselves?
There are lots of sensory toys that are completely safe for your little one to play with by themselves, such as; sensory teether toy, sensory balls, sensory books, sensory rattles and sensory mirrors. However, you do need to be careful with other sensory props like foil blankets and ribbon rings. You shouldn’t leave your baby unattended when they’re playing with some sensory props as they’re designed to be handled predominantly by an adult. Again, you can find out more information about the safety of a toy before you purchase it.
Why are some sensory toys black and white?
There is a vast selection of monochrome sensory toys on the market and these are also commonly referred to as high-contrast toys. These toys are designed with contrasting patterns, bright colours and shapes, and they feature the brightest shades of white and the darkest shades of black. Black and white sensory toys are intended to be used in the first few months of your little one’s life when they can only see black, white and grey shades. These toys can help to strengthen your baby's vision and they’re also known for improving attention span and encouraging little ones to explore and learn.
What are the best sensory toys for babies?
It is difficult to say which sensory toys are best for all young babies as you may find your little one is really intrigued by a fidget toy that another baby isn’t interested in at all. If you’re completely new to sensory play, it is highly recommended that you purchase a sensory box. These boxes contain a number of different sensory props and toys, and they are a really cost-effective way to try lots of new play ideas. You can use the items in a sensory box in multiple ways too and you won’t struggle to create lots of fun sensory experiences for your little one.
Playing with sensory toys
Hopefully, you will now know a little bit more about sensory toys. If you have never tried sensory play with your little one before, now is the perfect time to purchase a few sensory toys and give it a go. We can assure you that you will have lots of fun together when you start creating different sensory experiences for your baby.
When searching for somewhere to buy sensory toys, explore the My Little Goody Box online store today. On our website, you will find a selection of high-quality handpicked items and we stock a vast range of sensory toys and props. At My Little Goody Box, it is our aim to inspire parents and children alike, and we can provide you with lots of inspiration for play ideas too. Sign up for our newsletter today to receive ideas for new sensory and educational/developmental experiences straight to your inbox.