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Infant Toys - Birth to Six Months

Infant Toys - Birth to Six Months

Learn what toys best suit an infant.

By the American Toy Institute

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Experts agree that even babies benefit from toys. Infants use their senses to learn about their world.

For the first few months of life, babies are unable to grasp objects with their hands, but enjoy exploring with their ears and eyes. Therefore, toys that make noise or feature high-contrast, black-and-white or brightly colored images are especially appealing to newborns and young infants.

Once infants can reach for objects, they enjoy toys that are textured and safe for mouthing. Remember, to avoid dangerous entanglement, toys never should be hung or attached to a crib, playpen, stroller, infant seat or around a child's neck with elastic, string or ribbon.

*Excerpted from their Booklet entitled, "Fun Play, Safe Play". Free copy available through calling 1-800-851-9955.

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