Choosing Toys - Mobile Devices VS Physical Toys

Published : 27/06/2018 14:52:11
Categories : Newborn Ideas

Why shouldn’t you let your baby/toddler play with mobile phone

Electromagnetic fields emitting from mobile devices have been associated with cancer, development disorders.

Here is some important advice for parents:

The closer the proximity between the baby and the phone, the higher the exposure.

Mobile device uses 3G, 4G and WIFI communicate via electromagnetic. As such there has been public concern with regards to possible effects of these exposure, such as cancer, neurological effects, development disability effect on babies, whose skulls are thin and incomplete, and whose brains are still developing. Moreover, babies body structure contains more water, making them better at absorbing radio waves as compared to adults. When above 3 years old, their built is not much materially different from that of adults.

What’s the best course of action, given what’s known about Electromagnetic Fields?
Parent should limit their baby’s exposure...

The single most effective thing for parents to do is to avoid letting their child make phone calls or play with the phone.
Parents should consider physical toys instead because not does it not affect the child through electromagnetic fields, it gives the child a great opportunity to develop and practice new skills at their own pace, shaping development in important ways.

Here are some tips for choosing the right toys for your child:

Choose toys that can be used in a variety of ways.

Select toys that are “open-ended” in a sense that the child can play with in many different games as toddlers love to take apart, put back, pull out, put in, add, and build up.
Toys like this helps to ignite your child’s imagination and creativity, teaching him problem solving and logical thinking skills.
Such toys can include wooden blocks, chunky plastic interlocking blocks used to build into different objects. (Note not to give small toys as this can become a choking hazard)

Select toys that encourage exploration and problem-solving.

Playing is a platform for children to practice new skills over and over again. Toys which give children a chance to figure something out on their own helps to nurture their logical thinking skills and aid in them to transform into persistent problem-solver. It also helps to develop spatial relation skills (How things fit together), hand eye coordination and fine motor skills like using smaller muscles in hands and fingers.

Examples: Puzzles, shape-sorters, blocks, nesting blocks or cups, art materials like clay, paint, crayons or play-dough

Throw in “getting ready to read” toys.

Magnetic alphabet letters, books, markers, crayons help to develop early writing and reading skills. Props resembling “real-life” items such as menus, catalog, magazine are fun for you toddler to look at and play with, helping them grow familiar with letters, texts and prints.

Seek out toys that encourage your child to be active.

Toddlers loves doing all kind of physical tricks as they become stronger and confident with their bodies.
Parents job is to become an appreciative audience for the little one’s newest playground achievements.
Search for toys that help your child practice current physical abilities and also aid in developing new ones.

Example: Balls of different shapes & sizes, tricycles/3-wheeled scooters (with protective gear). Plastic bowling set, small children basketball hoop.

Look for toys that nurture cross-generational play.

Although most toys can be played together with your child. There are some toys designed for adult participation. Such toys help to nurture language and relationship building skills as child learns to communicate more often to achieve their goals. Another benefit is that it will teach children to be gracious winners and how to cope with losing.

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