The media, books, friends, etc… have put a lot of pressure on parents to buy the latest and greatest. If hey don't buy the extremely expensive toys, their babies will fall behind and never succeed in life!
I am here to tell you about all the toys your baby doesn't need. I will also save you some money along the way. Read below for my top "Don't Buy List."
You can safely skip all DVD's designed for babies. First, babies should not be watching TV...ever. Some studies even show that screen time caused ADHD in rats! Second, a baby cannot learn to read or speak from a DVD. A baby CANNOT learn to read, period!
Toys that light up and play music such as a mobile may be stimulating for a child. That is okay. However, you don't need to overload your toy closet with the expensive, battery operated baby toys! Instead look for toys made of out of a variety of fabrics and that make noise when your baby manipulates it. When your baby is in charge, he is an active player, not passive. The best are the little hanging toys that "crinkle" when your little one touches it.
What are baby containers? Baby containers are contraptions where you can put your baby down and "walk away" such as swings, infants seats, bouncers, activity centers, jumping seats, walkers, etc... These are more baby stuff that you don't need! Don't get me wrong, I owned or borrowed a few of these so I could shower, eat, or take a 5-minute break.
But, be careful...these EXPENSIVE baby containers, while handy, can be harmful to your child. Babies are meant to be held, to explore, and to move!
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that these seats can be dangerous as well. For more information click here: American Academy of Pediatrics.
Baby classes are not necessarily a bad thing either. They can be a social outing for parents and an instant support group. However, if you need to save money, your baby DOES NOT need to attend a baby class. He will not be behind if you opt not to enroll. You can sing and read to your child at home. If you want to attend a class but need to save money, your local public library may have free classes.
Not needing to buy baby apps for your phone is very similiar to not needing baby DVDs. Your baby should not be sitting in front of any screen. Babies learn best from playing and interacting with their natural environment. It makes them active players and develops their speech, language, and cognitive skills.
How you talk and interact with your child is by far the most important "toy." I know this can seem like a lot of pressure for new, busy parents but it doesn't have to be.
There are easy ways to build language learning into your day. Learn more at Baby Talk eBook.
That's it....you are done. That is all you need!