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Give a kid a new toy -- almost any toy -- and odds are, you have got a happy child. Young children generally are not fussy when it comes to baby toys and children toys, but parents should be.
Toys are more than just playthings, however, and while they need to be enjoyable, they should also be age-appropriate, stimulating, and secure. is indeed important from the social, psychological, physical, and emotional development of children," says Vicki Panaccione, PhD, a child psychologist and creator of the Better Parenting Institute. "Toys must be thought of as developmental learning tools."
When choosing age-appropriate baby toys or children toys for a child, keep these tips in mind:
Toys which do too much do not allow a child to use her own imagination. Dolls and stuffed animals that sing or talk or direct children to press certain buttons basically take responsibility for the play situation once the child should be the one directing the activity. "If a toy is too special, it is restricting and it simplifies the child the ability to use her creativity," says Panaccione. "The best toys are often the simplest ones -- like blocks -- because they enable children to be creative and spontaneous."
Set limits on electronic toys and video games.
We live in an electronic age, and any parent who thinks she could keep her kid -- even a toddler -- from computers and the like forever is kidding herself. But for young kids, especially, it's vital to set limits. Studies have suggested that digital toys pose several potential dangers for children's health and growth, such as hearing loss (from loud toys), weight gain (from becoming inactive while enjoying ), and developmental and language delays. One recent study at Temple University showed that toys that don't take a child to do anything but observe promote a passive learning style, which can interfere with learning how to think independently.

Electronics also can affect a child's attention span, says Linda Crowe, PhD, a professor at the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at Kansas State University. "Toys that have flashing lights and constant modifications and motion don't call for a child to pay attention to any one thing for very long. Children using these toys often can find it challenging to focus on something like a publication or non-moving toy"
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under age 2 shouldn't watch TV or play video games whatsoever; kids over 2 ought to have their"screen time" restricted to 1-2 hours every day.