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How To Choose Toys For Your Baby

Watch more Baby Gear videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to choose toys for your baby that are fun, educational, and -- most important -- safe. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Toy recalls are on the rise. To find out about specific toys, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website at Step 1: Visit toy stores. Even if you plan to use mail order or buy online, it's a good idea to check out a toy in person. Tip The best toys for kids 18 months and under include mobiles, soft books, rattles and other noisemakers, busy boxes, activity tables, stacking toys, and push- and pull-toys. Step 2: As you browse, ask yourself two questions about any toy that catches your eye—does it look like something my baby will enjoy, and is it safe? Step 3: Consider size and weight. Your baby will have the most fun with a toy that he can get a grip on, one that's not too heavy or large for him to manipulate. Step 4: Look for a toy that offers different textures, especially for very young babies. Step 5: Choose toys that your baby can interact with. He should be a participant in making it jingle or roll—not a passive observer. Tip Basic or old-fashioned toys like blocks or stacking cups can be very educational, whether or not they're labeled as such. Step 6: Pick toys in bright, cheery hues. Even infants love different colors. Step 7: Do a safety check. Don't buy any toy that your baby could choke on, that has small pieces that could break off, or that has a string or cord that's shorter than six inches. Tip If a toy is small enough to fit inside an empty toilet paper roll, it's small enough to choke a baby. Step 8: Finally, rate its annoyance factor. Who cares what the baby likes—is the sound the toy makes going to drive _you_ nuts? Did You Know? Dolls are the oldest known toys.
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