August 4, 2006, Newsletter Issue #27: Top Summer Toys for Infants One to Six Months

Tip of the Week

Very young babies truly require only minimal toys for playtime. In the summer, an infant toy can be as simple as taking them outside to watch the birds and clouds. A young baby needs only a dry safe place to observe the world around him. Invest in an outdoor play mat that is specifically designed for outdoor use. Any easy to clean, water-resistant blanket is ideal to allow your infant baby to enjoy the summer weather. Once your baby can lie comfortably on the tummy, another great play mat toy is the water-filled version, which offers a young baby safe water play without getting wet. This style of baby toy is a plastic play mat filled with water and moveable plastic characters. A baby can pat and press on the mat to create the sound of water waves and cause the colorful toys inside to move about.

Other ideal summer play toys for younger babies are plastic teethers. The ones shaped like common household objects, like keys, are always a hit. Sturdy durable plastic, safe for strong chewers, and easy to clean in a dishwasher are perfect for outside play. Always check for choking hazards by utilizing a toilet paper tube trick. Any item that can easily pass through a toilet paper cardboard tube is a potential chocking hazard. With all baby toys it is always best to double check their safety rating with websites like www.consumerreports.org.



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