Early in life, a baby's brain goes through incredibly rapid development. Every day, they're learning more skills, developing better understanding, and forming pathways that will help them, not just through this critical year of life, but for the rest of their lives. While most babies can be entertained relatively simply, providing the right toys can help stimulate baby's brain and offer them enhanced brain development, which helps form the core of those long-term skills your child will need.
During the first year of life, your child's brain will double in size. He will learn skills like cause and effect, gradually increase self-control, and evaluate the world around him. As your baby learns and grows, you will see her become more comfortable in her environment, developing an increased sense of safety and security. When they feel loved and safe, babies are more likely to learn and grow--and having the right toys can help them better interact with their environments.
It doesn't take long to end up with shelf after shelf of toys that your baby will virtually ignore: toys that fail to fit their overall developmental needs. We'd like to offer you the right toys to help improve your child's brain development and provide them with a better understanding of their world.
The Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile offers bright primary colours and fascinating patterns, with both simple and complex graphics. The reversible cards allow parents to change the patterns their infants see, increasing the complexity as baby grows. The graphics and patterns on the Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile reflects over 40 years of academic research to help visual development in your baby. This mobile is close to my heart, as it's the one I selected for both my children after many hours of research in finding the best one on the market.
The Whoozit shows off its bright primary colours, fascinating shapes, and great textures. Baby can grab, chew, and explore with the Whoozit to her heart's content, learning more about her world as she plays.
The Whoozit Water Mat for Tummy Time is a great way to use baby's tummy time to maximum potential. While he's hanging out on his tummy anyway, baby can squish the fun shapes floating through the water, exploring cause and effect as he discovers what his little hands have the power to move and create.
Sensory rollers are more than just balls, though they can certainly be used in that capacity. Each ball is made of a different texture. They're easy for small hands to grab on to while allowing baby to explore a range of different textures.
Tobbles Neo is a fantastic stacking toy. Each of the pieces is weighted for easier stacking and comes in a series of bright colours that will help with brain development and catch your child's eye. Children will love stacking up the pieces one after another, knocking them down, and then starting all over again.
Dimpl is a great sensory toy for children of all ages. Little ones can push the small "buttons," then pop them back out the other way again. It will keep their attention long-term, allowing them to explore the simple act of pushing that button while enjoying great textures.
This Geometric Rattle Trio allows little ones to build, shake, and explore both texture and sound through the same simple toy. It's a building toy your kids will be sure to fall in love with!
The Take-Along Activity Box is the perfect activity for taking on the go. With gears, mirrors, and plenty of textures and movements to explore, it will be sure to catch baby's eye and intrigue them.
The Snail Pull and Play Sorter offers different types of play as baby learns and grows. Little ones will love exploring the holes and trying to fit each shapes into the proper space. As baby gets older, the snail can be pulled along behind them as they crawl or toddle around the floor.
What toys will you choose to fill your home while your baby is small? With this great selection of toys, you can help improve your child's brain development and assist them as they learn about the world around them and develop the vital skills they need in that first year of life.
We have more wonderful educational toys for your baby that you might want to select from by clicking here.
If you are after baby gifts and not sure what to choose, you might just find the below range ideal for that special gift. Today we are going to review some of our bestselling baby gifts, that we know that special little one will just love. These toys are some of the best on the market not only for fun but also for baby’s development.
The 1st in the lineup is Fat Brain Tobbles Neo. Winner of some of the most prestigious toy awards in the world including the Toy of the Year at the Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair.
Tobbles Neo is a stacking toy with a difference. As you can see, the colours just come alive and baby can stack, gobble, spin, balance and more. Unlike traditional stacking toys, the largest piece does not always need to be the bottom piece. We love this aspect because we feel it teaches baby there are many ways to solve a challenge.
The spheres themselves have tactile textures soft and just right for baby to grab hold of and are made from quality ABS plastic and safety tested. As far as baby gifts go, this one is very popular, as it develops babies fine motor skills, co-ordination and spatial awareness.
The second toy in our baby gifts collection might just surprise you. Wooden magnetic blocks, made by Tegu. These are beautifully crafted mahogany blocks with magnets inside. The blocks easily stack together are the perfect gift for mum and baby.
The Tegu Pocket Pouch Jungle being designed to fit easily in your purse and be taken anywhere, the cafe, holidays, visiting friends, etc. Wonderful for teaching your baby about fine motor skills. Also developing an appreciation for nature, we love these blocks, which are suitable from 0 months up. We also have a very large collection of Tegu, which can be seen here.
What about a walker? I guess one of the earliest things we start to think about as parents, is how long will it take for my little one to star crawling and eventually walking. As new parents ourselves not that long ago at all, we watched as our children found their a way to the feet with a lot of happiness and delight. And as your special little one is learning to walk, it is ideal if possible to have a toy that encourages this development.
As far as walkers go, the Hape Little Red Rider is one of those baby gifts that is sure to delight. The soft rubber gripped handles make it easy to hold on, and the weight of the base make it sturdy enough for baby to lean on. The wonderful aspect about the Hape Little Red Rider is that this is a long term toy, as baby learns to walk, they can then use it as a rider.
Providing you and baby with a wonderful long term and fun toy. A real advantage over most walkers today.
Next on the list of our baby gifts today is the pipSquigz by Fat Brain Toys, and when you say that name to your baby, we are sure you will see a smile. The product sounds like fun and we have not even told you about it yet :). Made by Fat Brain Toys, who have won that many awards for their products, it is honestly hard to keep up. Winning Astra’s Bet Toy Kids Award for 2014, and nominated for the Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year Award 2015 the pipSquiz is a wonderful gift.
PipSquiz is such a versatile toy, easy to take anywhere it is a great suction toy, which baby can also use as a teether. It sticks almost any smooth surface and is BPA free, with fun sounds, and brilliant colours snap shapes. Its tactile design also makes it very easy for baby to hang onto, and is also dishwasher safe.
PipSquiz encourage vision, hearing, and movement skills. As well as exploration and sensory awareness. The perfect toy for strollers, bathtubs, high chairs and traveling.
Now, what would a baby gifts collection be without a Nursery Rhyme Set? And as far as nursery rhymes go this is the classic set, including Row Row Row Your Boat, Pat a Cake, Pat a Cake. With over 96 pages of original Rhymes and Songs, the original illustrations are bound to delight little one.
As far as baby gifts go this is a must have as any new parent would attest the Playnest Gym Farm. Suitable right from birth the multi-sensory soft supporting environment is ideal for baby. This fun farm scene is a delight for baby, and the five toys can all be adjusted above. Just as important is the fact that cover, sky frame cover and soft toys are all machine washable.
This is a beautiful gift for baby.
The perfect accompaniment or stand alone toy is our little friend Wiggly Worm. This gorgeous little worm comes with three hanging toys that are easy to attach to the cot, stroller or car seat. With a crinkle hat, and a mirror ladybird, bee rattle, and crinkle butterfly as friends those ideal baby gifts.
Last in our article, but certainly not last in our full range is the Funny Faces book. As you turn, the pages of this book baby can watch the faces turn from happy to laughing to cheeky. This is a Peek a Book Book :)
We hope you found something delightful in our baby gifts article today? And please see our full range of Baby Gifts here if you are interested in seeing what else is available.
As always any questions, please let us know, and until next time remember learning should be fun!
So do you want to know what the best baby walker is on the market or at least the best walker for your baby? Well, today we are going to review our award-winning baby walker collection.
Starting with the Hape - Little Red Rider. If you are after a baby walker with versatility, longevity, and stunning good looks, then the Hape Little Red Rider might be the one for you. Sure to be the envy of every baby on the block :). This baby walker can transform from a balanced walker to a foot-powered ride on.
It was recently awarded Toy of the Year 2014 in Finland. We just love this baby walker. One of the things we did not realise prior to buying our baby walker was weight is an important factor.
We originally bought a light plastic walker, but when our little one pressed down it would lift up and also slip on our wood floors. This is why we love the Hape Little Red Rider with its rubber tires, solid design, as well as good grip rubber handles it is in our opinion a perfect walker.
The Hape range of Baby walkers has been built with baby in mind. Next in our selection of award winning baby walkers is the:
Hope Wonder Walker - Now this baby walker won the Parent Choice Award. It is beautifully designed with rounded edges that make it safe for baby. The design encourages your little one to pull themselves up and take those first few steps with confidence.
Another great aspect about this baby walker is the interactive features. So when baby needs a rest from all that walking they can play with the abacus needs, tracker shapes or the spinner. This one even has a car key that turns so baby can feel like mum or dad.
Now if your little one loves animals, perhaps this is the baby walker for you?
The Hape Galloping Zebra Cart is also an award winning Walker. This baby walker is crafted from maple and plywood and has colourful wheels and two Zebras. The design is encouraging your little one to push the walker along. The cart has been designed so your little one can place items inside, and also learn about spatial awareness at the same time, as learning to walk.
It is probably why the Hape Galloping Zebra Cart won the 2013 - Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. One of the most prestigious toy awards in the world.
Last on our list of award-winning baby walkers is the Plan Toys baby walker. Winner of Parent Choice USA the unique aspect of the Plan Toys Baby Walker is that the handle can be adjusted to suit baby’s height. This is a rather obvious, but often left out design feature.
Choosing the right baby walker for your child matter, when we were inexperienced parents, we choose incorrectly. We chose plastic and lightweight, and this did not help our little ones with walking at all. This is why we only sell baby walkers that do what they are meant too. Help baby walk.
So if you are after a baby walker, please take a look at our collection of award winning baby walkers and decide which one is right for you and baby. Please click here for the entire range of baby walkers.
Any questions, please let us know, and until next time, remember learning should be fun.
If there is one thing near and dear to our heart, it is baby toys.
When we first started KidzInc one of the key motivators was our first child. We wanted to buy her toys like any parent, but we also wanted to develop her mind at the same time.
We were unsure what baby toys would do this, and even how to begin. It seemed there were not a lot of high-quality baby toys on the market, and they were hard to find.
Starting a toy store certainly solved this issue for us :). But in all seriousness we understand why finding the best baby toys you can for your child is close to your heart.
So today we have put together not just a collection of baby toys, but a collection of baby toys that are high quality. They will support your babies development in all aspects. Including social, spatial, motor skills fine and major, and cognitive development.
The development we saw in our daughter using some of these toys, and now in our son have been amazing.
We know that every single parent want to develop their baby. So without further ado, here is a list of baby toys we feel you should know about.
First off the rank for baby toys is one of our personal favourites, the Tobbles Neo by Fat Brain Toys. Winner of the prestige 2013 Toy of the Year – Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair, and many other awards. The Tobbles Neo is wonderful for building fine motor skills, co-ordination and spatial awareness.
The bright colours and fun stacking options, make this a wonderful toy for baby while developing critical skills at an early age. They build in a variety of ways, meaning the biggest piece does not always need to be at the bottom. A lot like there are many answers to one problem.
The design is unique, and they are very tactile and easy for baby to grab hold and play with. As far as baby toys go, we believe this one is a must-have for any parent.
Included in our must-have baby toys collections is a soft book. Where would a baby be without a book :)?
The Galt Giant Soft Book makes books fun for Baby. It is an 8-page book with crinkle wings, furry body, shiny wings, patterned spots, peep-o leaf, squeaky petal, dotty shell and s sun mirror. Most importantly Machine washable.
As baby toys go, making books fun has all sorts of long-term benefits for baby.
And in terms of long-term benefits how about music? Shown to have a direct linkage to understanding math, the Hape Early Melodies Xylophone is a wonderful instrument for baby.
The Hape Early Melodies Xylophone helps baby develop an appreciation for rhythm and music, hand eye coordination and sensory perception.
All of Hape wooden toy products are masterfully made, and this one has no square edges.
Where would a baby toys collections be without a walker? The Hape Little Rider is one of our favourites. Winner of the toy of the year 2014 in Finland, it has soft rubber handles, rounded edges and even a storage compartment for baby toys.
The other wonderful aspect is that when baby gets tired, baby can ride it. This is a great baby, Walker.
Another classic in our collection of baby toys is the Hape Book Wood at the Zoo. With colourful coloured pages, made with non-toxic paints it is a great option for a baby book.
Helping baby with visual, tactile, and auditory cues. It is also great for Developing Social Skills. The basics of communication, cooperation, and collaboration; encourages trust, friendship, and language development.
If you are planning a vacation soon, then this might be one to add to your collection. The K's Kids- Jumbo Go Go, Winner of Dr Toy Best Vacation Children’s Products Winner. It comes with a teether key set to start the engine, has a real engine sound, followed by music and lights. Just like mum and dad it even includes a place for babies bottle :), a pocket for toys, and a mirror.
A cool toy to add to babies collection, and perhaps give you 5 minutes to yourself.
Let us introduce you to K’s Kids - Popboblocs Chain An Inch Worm. As baby toys go, this one is all fun, with development sneakily included. The inch worm develops babies fine motor skills, as each of the pieces of our little worm link together. This is so baby can build inch worms of different types and configurations. 2D and 3D configurations are possible. Winner of the preferred Choice Award 2013 - Baby and Toddler Toy.
Inch Worm is a happy little worm, and we are sure inch worm will make baby smile while learning.
I know you might be asking where are the baby toys for the bath? Well how about Plan Toys Sea Life Wooden Bath Set. Float them on the water, fill them up and squirt the water out. This set of 4 animals includes a Shell, Starfish, Turtle, and Dolphin. Wonderful for developing coordination, fine motor skills and imagination.
In term of baby toys, we have left one of the best for last. If you are not familiar with Tegu, prepare to be amazed. These beautifully made magnetic wooden blocks, will bring baby hours of fun. That is right we said magnetic! One of our very best sellers for baby, the offer hours of fun, and the pleasure of building structures with wood.
The magnetics lock the pieces in place, making play interesting and versatile for baby. And the winner of Slow Toy Movement Award - 2014. All paints are water-based, non-toxic and the magnets are safely embedded inside each block. Made from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified Honduran tropical hardwood timbers. Tegu blocks are heirloom quality toys and meant to be passed from generation to generation.
Some of the Tegu range suitable from Zero up. This one is a real favourite in our baby toys range.
You can see our full baby toys range, by clicking here, and should you have any questions about this or other toys in our range, please ask.
Happy playing x
Tegu wooden blocks must honestly be the most beautiful wooden magnetic blocks in the market. To see them, first hand is like receiving a gift from Apple.
From the packaging to the product every millimetre has been made with the utmost care. Tegu is clearly a company that creates products with the baby, toddler, preschooler and older child in mind.
The finish is smooth, and the colours are magical, taking nothing away from the fact they are wooden blocks. Everything is very natural.
All the Tegu blocks are magnetic which means your little one will have hours of fun playing with them, and help them learn cause and effect as they go.
They have taken the concept of toy block to another level. Whether you are after wooden baby blocks or wooden blocks for your toddler, or even older child these will not disappoint.
The Tegu magnetic wooden blocks are painted with water based colours leaving that natural wooden block look. These magnetic blocks are a lovely to hold and for baby or toddlers blocks; they are just ideal for little hands.
Tegu have made these blocks as heirloom quality blocks. So you can tell by this statement they have been made to last, and they are actually fun to play with regardless of age. But just perfect as baby blocks.
They come in a range of different options so you can start out small and build from there.
There is the Tegu 24 piece, where your baby or toddler is starting to build some interesting structures.
The Tegu Travel Tote for those trips were you want to bring something fun along for your toddler or baby (blocks sold separately).
The Tegu Pocket Pouch which is perfect for keeping your child entertained when eating out.
Or the Tegu 42 piece if you want your little one to have them all.
New in 2017 is the Tegu Sticky Monster range, with the above Beans and Tum Tum winning the Spielwarenmesse Toy of The Year Award 2017 for the Baby and Infant Category.
And finally, the Classroom Kit for those families with more than one child, or if you want to create amazing and large structures.
There are some other options in between, and this link will take you to the full range. We have the entire range available in Australia for you to chose from.
The Tegu magnetic blocks are great for babies or toddlers to develop fine motor skills. They learn cause and effect, patience and are awarded for the achievement. They can look back and be proud of their magnetic wooden block structures. Even if it is only 2 blocks sticking together.
So you have no doubt how much we love this product; we bought it ourselves. We bought this one for our son, as he loved his sisters Magna Tiles, but he is too young for that toy at the moment. That one will have to be a hand me down.
If we knew when our daughter was born this was such a good product we would have bought her Tegu magnetic blocks. As they have two Tegu colour designs.
One is very natural with earthy colours, whilst the other has pink in the collections, which most would suggest suits females more?
These magnetic blocks are first class, and if you are looking for that beautiful present for your baby, toddler, preschooler and the older child you will be very happy.
Please click here through to the full collection available in Australia of the Tegu magnetic wooden blocks.
If you love the feel and look of well built and beautifully crafted wooden toys. Then you are likely to love Hape Toys, who make all the toys from wood or bamboo.
The craftsmanship in these toys are amazing, and we wanted to share just a few designs with you today.
Our very fist purchase was the Hape Guitar; we bought this for our daughter, and we could not be happier with it. Oh Yes, she likes it too. It comes in either blue or red; we went with red, and it is gorgeous little guitar. Given the quality of this product it is also a great price at $36.99.
We like it so much we bought this Hape Rock and Rhythm band for our son. As you can see below the Rock and Rhythm band by Hape is one of the funkiest little drum, cymbal and rhythm makers around. This one is a Christmas present and as such we have not unpacked it yet. But we have peeped at it as you do, and we think he is going to love it. Dad will probably play with it too.
Now this one we have not seen as yet, but the picture tells the story well. It is Hape Grand Piano, now who didn’t want a piano as a kid? In fact for some reason I still think I can play the piano, and I have never had a lesson. It is a 30 key small but Grand Piano, built just right for those little fingers, but still making big sounds. Hang on perhaps we should not say that :) We are sure they will be beautiful sounds.
It is a great size at a Length: 19.69, Width: 20.47 and Height 23.62 inch’s. So you can have a music recital almost anywhere.
But for the little musician there is also a wonderful Hape Early Melodies Xylophone. It has a beautiful rainbow design and is made with love. It is great for starting the love of music from an early age and wonderful for your little ones early development.
Next in the Hape Musical Range is the Melodies Pound and Tap Bench. Little wooden hammer included! This gorgeous little toy is constructed from wood and metal and is a combination hammer bench and the musical xylophone. When you place the balls over the Xylophone and pound them, they roll onto the Xylophone and music ensues.
What a wonderful way to learn about music and cause and effect at the same time.
We love music, and we are pretty sure everyone does?? The wonderful aspect about teaching music to our kids, is that it develops them in so many ways whilst also being enjoyable.
These musical wooden toys develop dexterity, hand-eye co-ordination, logic, and matching. Also spatial relationships and critical thinking, as well as an understanding of cause and effect.
It is hard to believe something that is so enjoyable can also be so beneficial. Then again maybe it is not?
We have just spoken about the Hape Musical Toys today, but there full range is just a lovely, and you can see it by clicking here.
We feel music is a wonderful gift, and if you are thinking about a Christmas or Birthday present for that special little one. Well, we know you and they will love Hape.