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We usually give presents to our toddlers on their birthdays. Other perfect time to give a gift is during the holiday. Games and toys are often being chosen to purchase.

Below are some tips in selecting safe toys for toddlers: 

Find a qualified toy which is appropriate with your toddler’s age (follow recommendation on the label), interest and ability. 


Ensure that the toys are played in a secure environment.




To avoid a choking hazard to babies and toddler under age 3, you may put a small tester into your consideration to find out whether small toys are harmful. It can be acquired at baby or toy specialty stores.





Avoid several toys with the following conditions:

toys with sharp edges or points

toys with cords, straps or strings longer than 6 inches toys that generate loud noises

toys with bullets

toys with latex ballons (mylar balloons can be used instead) 


After buying some toys, we need to check toys regularly since a part of them maybe broken. It could be harmful for your toddler. If necessary, you may discard that toy out of his reach or repair it immediately. Besides, it would be better for you to supervise your toddler while playing or join with him playing. Then after playing, you can show your toddler to put the toys in a proper place to keep your house tidy.


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About the author:
Francisca Cahyaningsih is a mother of one toddler and owner of a weblog which covers various topics such as toddler toys, games, tips and gift ideas for babies and toddlers.


By Francisca Cahyaningsih


You can develop your toddlers’ skills in language by reading aloud. It helps your toddlers in building their vocabularies with words they listen, read, understand and try to use. Books give fun and they provide valuable playful materials. Based on my experience, my toddler loves turning on the pages, feels the texture of some books we have (pop up one or fabric one-Taggies book please check them out in, looks at the colours, pictures and texts. Most of all, reading with your toddler is fun. Enjoy this special time together.


Below some tips in choosing some books to read with your toddler:


Pick simple picture books, with the name of the object written there, to help them out understand concepts such as size, colour, shape and time.


Find picture books with simple sentence, a small number of words on each page, and simple plot.


Look for pop up books and textures to feel.


Select some books you and your toddlers will always enjoy to read again and again.


Pick some books with rhymes so your toddlers can remember them easily.


The benefits that your toddler can acquire from reading a book are your toddler could enrich their vocabulary, he learns language passively before he can talk and he builds reading habit which might help him a lot in the future. You can start to read one book and repeat it several times. This activity will help your toddler to get used to hear them and keep the same vocabulary in his mind.


In general, by reading a simple book, he might be thirsty of reading more and more to fulfill his curiosity to know some other things. Later when your toddler is a bit older, around three years if I may say, you can start giving him nursery rhymes.


Now it’s your turn to pick up a book and read it with your toddler. 


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About the author:
Francisca Cahyaningsih is a mother of one toddler and owner of a weblog which covers various topics such as toddler toys, games, tips and gift ideas for babies and toddlers.

By Francisca Cahyaningsih


During infant, a bath time is very relaxed and soothed for both parents and babies. He has not made a strong movement. Only his eyes look around and there is almost no blink at all. As the time goes by, he grows stronger to make some simple movement like splashing and playing around in his bath. When your toddler becomes bigger and older, he may get bored of only playing the water. Toys can help you to make your toddler enjoy his bath time though some toddlers are scared of getting their face wet and / or having their hair washed. The most important thing is that pleasant bath time can make your toddler enjoys bathing. Though not all parents are lucky to have their toddlers that don’t mind bathing, do not worry since you may have a try on some bath time games below:


1. Provide your toddler with a basket filled with bath toys, e.g. rubber ducks, plastic animals, plastic toys of his favourite characters like Mickey Mouse, Spongebob, etc.   


2. Bring one or two small bath toys that already frozen in a plastic cup of water and see the melting ice. If you mind to freeze the toys, you can just take some cube ice and do the same thing.


3. Put in some drops of food coloring to the water to have a colorful and fun bath. Later on he can choose and negotiate the colour he likes each bath time.  


4. Get a shower pump for the bath. As your toddler pushes the pump, bath water is sucked up and pumped out of the shower head.


5. Soft sponge can be used to teach your toddler part of his body as you wash that part of his body. Besides, by using sponge, you can show it floating. That must give your toddler some more fun. As an alternative, you can use a small washer to name each part as you do.


6. Almost all infants and toddlers are afraid of having water splashed on their faces. You may try to take your toddler in the shower with you occasionally to make him get used to with water. It will make washing his hair and swimming easier later in his life. However, if your toddler is still afraid of doing it, you may let him wear goggles to avoid shampoo getting in his eyes.


7. Put a number of small bath toys in the water and give your child a net to catch them with.


8. Pouring water out of a plastic cup or bowl from a height can keep your toddler fun during bath time till end.


9. Blowing bubbles in the water using a straw can be one of fun activity your toddler might really enjoy. Otherwise, you can provide him with soapy water and blow it through some round hollow things to make some different bubbles.


10. In the last part of the bath give your baby to a cup and teach him to fill a bucket with water. After he finished bath and wear his cloth, ask him to go outside and water the garden with the bucket of water. It is a good example of reusing the water which might set in your toddler’s mind. 


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About the author:
Francisca Cahyaningsih is a mother of one toddler and owner of a weblog which covers various topics such as toddler toys, games, tips and gift ideas for babies and toddlers.

by Francisca Cahyaningsih

Like another toddler, my thirteenth-month little boy is full of curiosity. He wants to touch anything new and tries to grab it. Even the pattern of the floor makes him nuts as he failed to take it. He has enough toys to play, but daily activities get more portions to imitate. Here are some of my toddler’s daily activities I might share with:

Drive his own “car”

My toddler moves his car using his feet. Once he rides his car faster than usual, then oops… he fell down. So I keep an eye one him to make sure his condition. What about you?


Play any wheel or something round

Before he started to walk, my toddler likes to make the wheel of his car moving. He couldn’t ride it, so he just played with the wheel. Now the wheel of his knocked-down stroller becomes his favourite besides a ball of course. Sometimes he tries to make the ring moving like I and his daddy do.


Make his own “music”

My toddler looks happy to hold an empty plastic bottle. It is so because he can hear sound after he squeezes it. Besides, he likes to knock it to any other thing around him to produce another sound. As soon as he knocks it, he laughs happily. He repeats it more and more.


Feel the texture of a wall / carpet

Most toddlers enjoy feeling the texture and touch a surface of some things like clothes, wall, floor, carpets, etc. My toddler has his favourite carpet in his bedroom and outside wall to touch since it has a bit rough surface. So whenever he is his bedroom, he always touches and feels the texture of the carpet like he does when he sits on a bench.  


Knock down puzzles

My toddler and his three-year cousin are great in knocking down the puzzles. They do it willingly and leave them sheltered for me to reconstruct. 


Pick up and throwing away his toys

In this world all toddlers enjoy throwing away a thing they hold I guess. Once I read in an article, it is apart of developing stage. It happens to my toddler as well, he likes to take and then throw away his toys, balls, plastic bottles I put in his playing yard box.  


Pretend to call or receive a call

He often takes his toy or sometimes just touches his ear as if listening to the phone. When I got a phone call, he will respond it quickly by trying to take it and listen to the speaker.   


Push his tricycle

Sometimes my toddler gets bored of sitting in his tricycle and he prefers to push his tricycle. I cannot let him do it by himself since he has just started to walk.


Have a nice moment with your great toddler…!


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About the author:
Francisca Cahyaningsih is a mother of one toddler and owner of a weblog which covers various topics such as toddler toys, games, tips and gift ideas for babies and toddlers.