Never in our lives are our brains developing as fast as in those first months of life, when trillions of new synapses form connections in the brain every day. Infants’
development is incredibly escalated as their bodies and brains are both on super-drive. Sensory exploration is the beginning developmental focus as infants begin to understand their world and use their newly formed senses of sight, touch, sound, taste and smell.
Time spent on the tummy helps babies strengthen their arms, legs and necks to roll over, scoot, crawl and ultimately walk. Sensory input constantly guides, stimulates, and rewards babies’ actions.
We carry baby toys from SmartNoggin, Vancouver’s own Turtle Monkey Bug and Nanny Nappies, Douglas, Jellycat, Rain Baby Gear out of Portland, Manhattan, Pebble, Early Years, Cloud B, Mirari, Haba, Plan, Munch Mitt, Rubbabu, Oball, WubbaNub, Rich Frog, Workman and more.
Physical skills: Reaching, grasping, pulling, scooting, crawling.
Sensory skills: Seeing, smelling, tasting, touching, hearing.
Cognitive skills: Object permanence, memory & recall, cause & effect.
With thanks to “Make Way for Play: Brilliant Benefits of Toys” from the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association and Lekotek.
Fill ‘n’ Fun Water Mat is great for tummy time explorations. $19.99
Schlumpie from Douglas is one of a collection of infant plush to soothe baby’s senses. $22.99
NogginStik lights up for baby’s visual tracking. Texture, contrast a mirror and face make this baby’s favorite toy. Ideas for parents included. $24.99
Hand crocheted toys from Pebble employ women in Bangladesh with fair wages.
Munch Mitt, invented by moms, fits over baby’s hand with textured silicone chewiness. $19.99
Haba wooden teethers and grasp toys are classics for baby. Made in Germany. Kringelring is $12.99