Top Tips On Baby Toys
  • October 14, 2015
  • Leticia Maciel Co-founder, The Inside Edit

    Baby sitting with teddy bear

    Age appropriate

    Always select toys (and check they are playing with toys) that are designed for their age group. Pay attention to any safety notices that may apply.

    Stimulate the senses

    The more senses they can use when playing with a toy the better. Don’t forget texture along with music – both of which can help sooth and settle your baby.

    ‘Open your mouth’

    Most toys do tend to end up in your babies mouth, so do look for toys that are washable or include non-toxic information on the label.

    Hand to eye coordination

    When babies start to sit up they begin developing their hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills. Anything that can withstand some banging is a good idea and think about toys that encourage your baby to stretch and reach out for things.

    Make a safe environment

    Consider the surroundings and ensure a safe play area is created. Inspect it for any sharp objects and edges, you want them to crawl and explore safely.

    Small and Large

    Mix up the toys to include both small and large ones, the variety is good for them and helps with their development.

    OKAY I'M ANGRY! If this is not a platform to share your opinions then where else right?! So here it goes, you may have seen Mattel are doing a Barbie version of FRIDA KAHLO, the profoundly inspirational Mexican Artist. Well on the surface it sounds positive – celebrating female cultural icons etc, but it’s in fact not at all what it seems. . . Zac and I adore this woman and are huge fans. Frida Kahlo represented not just a fearless and boundless expression of individuality, but she stood firmly on the side of those in society that were forgotten about. In her art she explored questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. She was simply brilliant, and an inspiration to all us mothers raising daughters. . . Salma Hayek portrayed her brilliantly in the 2002 Bipoic (please watch it if you haven’t already!) and said Frida was “one of the forces that gave me the determination to pursue my career”. . . On to what Mattel are doing. Firstly – despite what some bloggers like to shill on social media, the Barbie doll is not something positive for any child in my view. It does not represent uniqueness, and when Frida becomes SLIM and more LIGHT SKINNED with LIGHT EYES, that’s when lines are being crossed. This is not just cultural appropriation for commercial gain, but the very colonial re-shaping of identity she stood against. . . LEAVE FRIDA ALONE. Rant over. . #fridakahlo #mattel #leaveheralone #views #latin #mexicanculture #salmahayeck #womensday #strongwomen #womenofculture #mummyviews #londonblogger #unique #art #ethnic #celebratinguniqueness #inspirationalwomen #thisisbullshit #barbieisnotunique #notobarbie #femalerolemodels #ithastobesaid
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