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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.


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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.

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An active toddler dislikes staying in a place for along time. He likes playing toys, moving around, and doing some other indoor activities. So let’s play!

A. Most of toddlers love balloons as an alternative for toys. I have a nice experience with my toddler catching the balloons for more than an hour. Your toddler might be so excited while you blow up some balloons. He will ask for one again and again so that he can tap it up in the air, catch it, the tap it up again, and so forth and so on. Caution: beware of choking hazard of small pieces of latex.

B. Does your toddler love water? You can put some plastic toys in a big spot with water then let your toddler play inside. You can also use this time to inform about the way the water flows and the water feels; to know some floating or sinking objects; to see what happens when you gently splash the water. Well, it is a great fun! Anyway, you need to keep an eye on him in a “splash safe” area.

C. Some toddlers still like crawling. You can let your toddler crawl under a table to take something you put there, eg. His favourite toys. My toddler loves to feed fish but sometimes the food sheltered on the floor and under the table. He loves to crawl under the table to grab the food. Once again, never leave your toddler unattended.

D. Has your toddler ever had a simple matching game? You can introduce colours, shapes, names of various objects, etc. For example, you can show and match your toddler’s shirt in a photo with the real one. Furthermore, you can say what colour it is, what picture/shape it is (if there is any). Another example is if you have a family photo, ask your toddler point which one is you, he himself, his daddy, etc. Additionally, you can also ask him what you or he wears, what toys he holds in his hand or what colour his toys is.

E. A toddler might have a challenging game to play. In order to do so, you can make a fun obstacle course by letting him walk around a cloth pile, walk around a dining table, crawl under a table, jump over a pillow, go inside a tunnel you made, etc. You can make any creative situation depends on any available things in your house. To make it more exciting, you can put start and finish sign.

Have you read Part 1 of this article? Do you need an info of 10 most wanted toddler toys 2009?

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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


Toddler toys can be used to spend time at home along rainy day. This can avoid your toddler get bored while having indoor activities. Let’s break the time and have a wonderful time at home by doing some indoor activities. Here are some ideas you can conduct easily to make your toddler having fun while learning.


Your toddler has an amazing brain. So, you can start teaching your toddler to count.


A. Use anything in your house as a learning tool. For instance, you can count how many toys he has, how many spoons he eats, how many toes and fingers we all have, etc.


B. There are some famous songs as good means in helping your toddler to remember the numbers, i.e. Ten Little Indian Boys, Five Little Ducks, etc.


C. Coloring books might be one alternative you have for your toddler who loves coloring. You can find out some in a bookstore.


D. Basically, toddlers learn naturally while playing. To encourage this learning unconsciously, you can give your toddler toys, puzzles or blocks with numbers.   


E. You might provide your toddler’s room with any educational poster, including one with numbers on it. Since a toddler learning by imitating, you give an example first by pointing a number and saying what number it is, later ask your toddler to do so after several repetition.


For another best indoor activities, you can continue reading Part 2.


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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.

Have you ever experienced getting an invitation to a birthday party of your beloved 1-year old niece or nephew and get confused about what to give? And when you go into the baby shop, you find yourself in the middle of various awesome toys and presents and you just can’t decide which one to purchase.


If you have, don’t worry. What will you read this moment will be a big help to you in picking up the best toy to give, toys that are fun yet still educational.


You should know that infant toddlers begin to explore their world through their sense. Therefore, you should consider these three factors of popular infant toys: color, shape and sound.  Definitely, infant toddlers like color, shape and sound.

Make certain that you are buying a toy that really is for an infant toddler. Sometimes we may over-estimate them and treat them like bigger children.

So I suggest you to pick up these ones:


Large plastic blocks

Stacking rings

Stuffed toys of different textures

Cloth dolls

Activity centers

Music boxes and keyboard toys and toys that make sounds

Toys to ride, push or pull


Those toys are perfect for developing motor skills and co-ordination. Also, toys that feature keyboards or noise-making buttons can help infant toddlers to associate actions with obtainable and fun sounds. A basic ability for sound recognition is usually developed in this manner.


Always remember, babies of this age often put everything in their mouths, so make certain that any toy you give has no small parts or small pieces that will come off. Many of the toys listed above can be used when the child enters toddler and preschool years as well, making quality and durability even more important.


Finally, you should always be creative. When shopping for the toy, think of something original yet not too weird. Remember that the toy should fit the age of the infant toddler. Just don’t forget to wrap the gift, and don’t give it bare to the toddler!

Every toy has unique characteristic and functions and choosing the right toys for toddlers can be very tricky. It is important for parents to know the functions of a toy for toddlers to play so that the toddles can take the benefit from playing the toy. For instance, traditional toys help in the development of actions and will facilitate the learning experience. Once he gets to nine months old, he will apply the same tactics on all objects in its path. This is a learning curve and toddlers will discover that different actions will produce different results. By one year old the child will have worked out the different between kicking a ball or shaking a rattle. Different age of toddlers will need different toys to play.


Parents must be able to make sure to give the toddler adequate toys to his age and skill level. In this case the toys must be the functional ones, which can develop and stimulate different processes and mental activities, for example to enhance motor skills, to develop cognitive skills and to improve their imagination. The problems is that when parents look through the toy shop or department, they may be struck by how much more expensive toys are today than they remembered.


One thing should be noticed that parents don’t have to expend much money to buy a toy since with toys expense has nothing to do with quality. My experience is that when I bought my toddler the expensive toy, all he wanted to do was playing with the old box and put tiny things into the box. Moreover, a good toy for one child isn’t necessarily a good toy for other toddlers. When parents purchase toys, they need to consider their toddlers age, gender and personal preference.

As you are getting ready to buy a toy for your little one, keep it in mind that the toys you pick need to be age appropriate for your child. Children go through various stages of development at different ages. Toys need to stimulate the child’s mind during play.


Choose interactive and fun toys for infants and toddlers.

Infant Toys and Toddler Toys will stimulate and entertain children from the ages 12 – 24 months or 1 – 2 years. Educational infant toys from famous manufacturers such as Leap Frog, Fisher Price and other infant toy makers are very popular. Infants and Toddlers love toys which make noise, which are colorful and interesting.


Children’s Toys And Preschool Toys From The Ages 3 to 4 Years

Preschoolers love toys that stimulate the imagination, offer a challenge and are basically fun to play with! This year, innovative use of technology has ensured hours of fun for this age group. The top toys of 2007 for preschoolers include a wide range of choices like R/C vehicles, toy pianos, games, bikes and much more.


Kids Toys And Kids Games For Kids Aged 5 to 7 years

Kids between the ages of 5 to 7 years have to be kept busy with suitable kid’s toys and kid’s games. Girls usually love doing some sort of art or craft activity, and boys tend to prefer playing electronic and video games.

Before our eyes it seems that babies turn into toddlers with a whole new demand when it comes to toys. Now you’ll be looking to buy push-pull toys, toys that sing, and toys with buttons to push, as well as numbers and alphabet toys, all of which intrigue and educate the toddler. Here are the top ten toys for toddlers.

1. Frank Baum’s Mega Blocks Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Mega bloks is always fun but with this theme, Wizard of Oz play set it’s even more fun. This 15-piece toy set is made up of building blocks, which are easy to grab. The sounds add an extra element of interest to the set. Toddlers are going to love Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow. Oh and let’s not forget the Wicked Witch.

2. Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Musical Chairs

This is not only a friendly chair it’s also very colorful. It offers a realm of choices for your toddler to learn while they play. The chair is interactive and it teaches toddlers all kinds of skills such as counting. It’s the perfect choice for toddlers that are 1 ½ to 2 years of age.

3. Leap Frog Learning Drum

This is the best cause and effect toy currently on the market. Your toddler will bang the drum and the drum will respond by playing music, counting numbers, or even reciting the alphabet. You choose just by changing the settings so when your toddler gets bored with one set of events you can change it.

4. Fisher Price Corn Popper

This classic toy has been around forever. Toddlers push the toy along and the little balls in the canister roll around going popping. It’s an excellent toy for developing walking skills, and it’s entertaining at the same time.

5. Spin Master Aquadoodle Go ‘N’ Doodle

The perfect traveling companion because it’s convenient and handy. It offers your toddler plenty of possibilities.

6. Leap Frog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

This an excellent interactive set with magnets that are in the shape of the alphabet all of which can be placed on your fridge. It helps to teach your tot phonics and they can sing the alphabet song too. It will keep your toddler entertained for hours.

7. Neurosmith Music Blocks

The musical block with this unit is going to keep your toddler amused for hours. You insert the unit, which then allows the music to play.

8. Discovery Toys 123 Box

This is actually a book series that begins to introduce numbers, counting, and even simple equations that your toddler will quickly learn with recognition.

9. Braincandy My Five Senses

This DVD features all kinds of fun puppets with names like Harry Hand or Ivy Eyes. It’s a very educational video that’s refreshing and fun.

10. Automoblox

This is a set of unique wooden cars with interchangeable body parts and wheels offering all kinds of possibilities for the toddler. It’s a lot of fun.

These top ten toys for toddlers are just the beginning of what’s out there for your growing child that’s no longer content with baby toys. Click here for 10 most wanted toddler toys 2009.