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Toys that will calm and relax your child

A child, like every human being, has its bad days and a bad mood. Stress accompanies toddlers as well as adults, so it is worth making sure that your child is surrounded by things that will relax and calm them down. What toys fulfil this function? Below you will find our suggestions that always work.

Cot carousels − is it worth it?

Cot carousels are one of the most popular calming toys that help many parents in times of crisis. They not only calm down, but also put children to sleep. You can choose from many types, so you will surely find one that your child will like. If your child reacts lively, e.g. to airplanes and likes to look at the sky, choose the Planes cot carousel with a music box. The sounds coming from the toy are also important. They must attract the child and calm them down. Sometimes children do not like certain melodies of a carousel and then the toy has the opposite effect than expected. Therefore, it is worth carefully checking the child’s reaction not only to the hung elements, but also to sounds.

Timeless cuddly toys

Cuddly toys, of course, are a proven way to calm your baby down. It is worth giving your child a few teddy bears, rag dolls or other stuffed animals to choose their favourite one. It often happens that a child chooses the most inconspicuous proposal that parents do not understand. However, the opinion of the caregivers does not matter, because the child is to create a certain relationship with the cuddly toy and treat it as the best friend. Most children have such a soft toy and take it everywhere with them. Interestingly, repeatedly showing a beloved teddy bear turns out to be one of the few ways to soothe a child in a moment of agitation. In the case of cuddly toys, you can also choose modernity − a good example is the Hugo projector cuddly toy. The multifunctional toy can also be used as a bedside lamp or a music box with melodies. The pleasant appearance and the applied solutions will make Hugo your child’s best friend!

Every parent’s mobile friend − a toy with vibration

The last option are vibration toys which are a combination of a soft toy, an interactive hanging toy and a carousel. These types of proposals are a great solution because they are mobile. Thanks to this, you can take them with you everywhere − for a walk, to your family, to a party, and even to the shop or bus. They also usually have a clip that can be attached to a stroller or cot. Their phenomenon is that their appearance resembles typical stuffed animals, e.g. SOFIA THE OWL vibrating toy has the form of an owl, but it has something more up its sleeve. For some reason, children are very fond of all vibrating objects, and being able to cause vibration on their own gives them a lot of fun. Therefore, if you need something that will catch your child’s attention or you are looking for a gift idea, this product will surely hit the spot.

Don’t forget about your child’s needs. Provide your child with toys that will not only develop their skills, but also calm them down.

Pram/stroller toys − perfect for walks

Another proposition are hanging toys which are attached to the pram or stroller bumper bar. Their function is very similar to that of carousels, i.e. they are to entertain the child when sitting in the stroller. The difference is that the carousel melody and its steady movement are supposed to put the baby to sleep. In the case of pram/stroller toys, parents are more interested in capturing attention. So we should choose a toy that will activate the child and keep them interested longer. The SKINNY MATES stroller and child seat hanging toy is one of the options. It is a cute spiral with a cow and a fox that tangles around the bumper bar and surprises the baby with various gadgets. These include rustling elements, teethers, rattles, squeaker, as well as colourful ribbons. Distracting your child from what is making them upset is often the only effective way. Therefore, having such a hanging toy is very useful.

LEARNING TO SIT UP CORRECTLY: CARPET + MAT

Babies usually learn to sit up between 6 and 11 months of age. Before they can do this, they have to work hard and fail many times. It’s a natural process, but some parents can’t stand it calmly. They run immediately up, support them, cover them with pillows, do they help or harm the child in this way?

You have to give your child a chance to start sitting up naturally. Freedom of action.

WHAT STARTING POSITION SHOULD THE BABY HAVE WHEN SITTING UP?

We should let the child to achieve the position on their own. The starting position for sitting up is all fours − by rotating they will turn to sitting.

CARPET + MAT − preparing the right place is conducive to progress in learning to sit up, it is important not to disturb the proper distribution of muscle tone.

Your child can do this − stimulate to independent activity

Children, just like adults, want the right to make their own decisions and operations. They want to experience, live and feel. Often, however, the caregivers forget about it and through their care and love, they do everything for their child, and thus take away the opportunity to explore the world fully. Contrary to appearances, such overprotection does not help, but on the contrary, it makes the life of a child much more difficult. How to develop a child’s independence, despite concerns about their safety?

Child independence can be divided into three types. The first is practical, which manifests itself in coping with certain activities, e.g. eating or cleaning. Another, or social one, is the one that allows you to make friends, approach cooperation and maintain contacts. The last type is mental independence that consists in making your own decisions. Each of these areas is important and each should be developed from an early age, as it provides the child with resourcefulness and faster learning of new skills.

What can the parent do to develop their child’s independence?

How to develop a child’s practical independence? For the youngest children, these are certainly activities such as eating, cleaning training, dressing up, putting on shoes, etc. Older children should be encouraged to help with cleaning, do small shopping for grandparents or take the pet out.

When it comes to social independence, it is a bad idea to choose your child’s friends without consulting them. Of course, if you see that an acquaintance has a bad influence on your child, it is worth explaining what you think is not right and then trying to limit contacts if necessary. However, if your child tells you that there are people they don’t want to play with, even if they are your friends’ children, it’s worth listening to them and letting them choose whether to spend time with them or not.

On the other hand, when it comes to independence in making decisions, it is good to start with mundane things, e.g. what to eat or what to wear, and then move on to more serious aspects, such as the time of performing the child’s duties or the type of gift chosen for a friend’s birthday. Older children should also be taught how to manage money by allocating an appropriate amount of pocket money for a given period. It is a procedure that teaches economy, shows how to manage finances and makes a child realise what the art of choice is. Each of these small gestures gives the child a sense of agency and allows them to develop. It is very important that the parent is not the only person making the decision, and that certain matters are placed in the hands of the child. It can be very difficult for caregivers at times, but it is worth going through it to give your toddler a strong foundation for the future.

Gadgets supporting independence in children

What gadgets can help build your child’s independence? Certainly suitable eating utensils, as well as water bottles. Especially the latter suggestion is very helpful because it allows the child to drink when they need it, and at the same time protects against spilling. A similar support, although not as practical as water bottles, are educational toys, which very often help to develop logical thinking, concentration and focus, and also require taking certain actions, decisions and using experiences. These can be various types of proposals − from classic ones, such as puzzles or wooden towers, to much more advanced educational toys, such as sensory books.

However, remember never to leave your child alone with their problems or doubts. You must be sure that the child is convinced that they can come to you with any issue and will get help from you. This will give the child a sense of security and encourage them to try new things, take up challenges and attempts that will not necessarily be successful, but will allow them to acquire the necessary experience.