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Repost: Toys for 6- to 9- month-olds

Family, MOMents By December 2, 2009 No Comments

Of course, this is a continuation of previous entry. Some of you may be looking for a present for my little Lia *wink wink wink* so here are a few tips from BabyCenter. Still, some of you may not be looking for a present for my Lia but may be looking for presents for other babies of your friends and relatives, so this may be useful still.

If your little gift-receiver is not in this age bracket, there are links for other age brackets at the end of this post. Have fun and happy shopping!! Hope all our little ones have bright smiles on their beautiful adorable faces this Christmas!

Your baby’s play is becoming much more vigorous. When she picks up a spoon now she bangs it against pots and pans, and she furiously rattles the bunch of keys she finds. She can now grab two toys at once and slam them together. But her movements are also becoming more precise; thanks to her growing dexterity, she can pick a raisin off the floor.

She is becoming aware that objects still exist even when she can no longer see or feel them. This means she’ll miss a favorite stuffed animal if she can’t see it, and try to search for it. It also means you can begin playing hide-and-seek games with objects. Hide her teddy bear while she’s looking, and she’ll find it right away — and be very proud she did.

This is the age at which most babies go mobile. From sitting, it’s a short developmental step to scooting around on her stomach, to rocking back and forth on her hands and knees, and then to crawling. By the time she’s 8 months old she may be pulling herself up to a standing position and climbing your stairs. The following toys can help her explore her quickly developing senses.

Busy board: Many babies adore these activity boards that can be attached to a crib rail. They come with parts that move and spin, giving your baby a place to practice coordinating her hands with sensory experiences. She’s also getting the idea that you can make things happen to objects — so poking, twisting, squeezing, shaking, dropping, and opening things will fascinate her.

Soft dolls or stuffed animals: Babies this age often develop an attachment to a “lovey,” or favorite toy or blanket. And pediatricians encourage this connection, saying a familiar object can ease transitions later on. Still, some dolls and stuffed animals make more suitable loveys than others. Avoid ones with ribbons, plastic eyes, yarn, or anything that can be pulled off and put into your child’s mouth. And don’t get dolls so big they’re hard for your baby to pick up and explore.

Balls: Balls are fun for just about any age. Lightweight fabric balls suit this particular crowd well. Roll one back and forth between the two of you on the floor, or when she’s older, toss it across the room so can can crawl after it.

Household items: Look no farther than your kitchen cabinet for some of your baby’s favorite items. A plastic bowl, some measuring cups, and wooden spoons will entertain your baby for a long time. Open the cupboard while you’re preparing a meal and your baby will pull out a few utensils of her own and whip up something alongside you.

Wood or soft blocks: Show your baby how to stack a few blocks, and then knock them down. Pile them into containers for her — and dump them out. She’ll get the idea. Stacking blocks and filling and dumping games are wildly popular in this age group.

Moving toys: As your baby begins to crawl and move around, she’ll be more interested in toys that do the same. Find some sturdy cars she can push around the rug. Or toys that pop up when your baby pushes just the right spot.

Books: This is the age at which reading becomes more interactive and fun for both of you. (Find out more about reading to your child.) Cloth or board books work well now. After you read the book, you can pass it to her so she can take a turn flipping the pages and “reading” to you. For more ideas, see our recommended books for babies.

For tips on toy safety, click here.



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Repost: Tips for Toy Safety

Family, MOMents By December 2, 2009 No Comments

Things to keep in mind when shopping for presents for your little loved ones this Christmas season.

Toys are the treasures of childhood, as long as they’re chosen with care. But are toys really hazardous?

Consider the year 2004: In that year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 210,300 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Of those, 35 percent (72,800) involved kids under 5.

You may want to observe these guidelines when choosing toys, and share them with anyone who may be buying gifts for your children.

Is it suited to your child’s developmental level? Most toys bear a “recommended age” sticker, which should be taken as a starting point in the selection process. Be realistic about your child’s abilities and level of maturity when choosing an age-appropriate toy. Toys that have projectiles, for example, are never suitable for a child under age 4 — and even some 6-year-olds aren’t mature enough to handle them. Likewise, if your 3-year old still puts everything into his mouth, continue to steer clear of toys and games with small parts and pieces.

Think big. Until your child turns 3, toy parts should be bigger than his mouth to avoid the possibility of choking. To determine whether a toy poses a choking risk, try fitting it through a toilet paper roll. If a toy or part of a toy can fit inside the cylinder, it’s not safe.

Is the toy too heavy? Could your baby be harmed if it fell on him? If so, pass.

Look for toys that are well put together. Make sure tails are securely sewn, seams of stuffed animals are reinforced, and paint is not peeling. Stuffed animals should also be free of buttons, yarn, ribbons, and anything else your child could yank off and put in his mouth.

Is your child physically ready for this toy? For example, parents of older kids may buy a bike one size too big so as not to have to buy a new bike the next year. This tactic can lead to serious injury if a child doesn’t have the physical skills to control the bigger bike.

Is the toy in good condition? Used toys passed down from older relatives or siblings or bought at yard sales can be worn or frayed, which can be sometimes pose a danger. Examine all new or used toys for buttons, batteries, ribbons, eyes, beads, and plastic appendages that could easily be chewed or snapped off.

Does the toy have a string or cord longer than 12 inches? A cord can too easily be wrapped around a young child’s neck, causing strangulation. Once your child can climb up on his hands and knees, remove crib gyms and hanging mobiles from his crib. Be particularly vigilant about older toys. For example, an older model of a popular play kitchen may have a phone attached with a potentially deadly cord, while the latest model of the same kitchen has the more current and safer cordless phone.

Does the toy use small magnets? In 2007, the CPSC named magnets the #1 hidden home hazard. Small, powerful magnets are often used in toys, and may fall out of the toy and be swallowed by a child. Two or more swallowed magnets (or a magnet and a metal object) can be attracted to each other through intestinal walls, causing twisting and pinching of the intestines, holes, blockages, infection, and worse if not discovered and treated promptly. As of August 2007, one death and 86 injuries from magnets had been reported to the CPSC, and 8 million magnetic toys had been recalled. The agency recommends keeping toys with magnets away from kids under 6 years old.


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Cubao Expo: Random Photos

Cubao X, Photography By December 1, 2009 Tags: , No Comments

A quiet walk in the empty streets of Cubao Expo in broad daylight…

Cubao Expo's The Reading Room

….makes for good introspection…

Cubao Expo: February 2009 - red, black and green

..of everything and nothing in particular..

Cubao Expo: February 2009

…all at once.

Bellini's Santa

Where will I be some years from now?

Home made tin can lamps

Will I be the same? Think the same.. feel the same.. react to things the same..

The birds dont fly

..Will I be stationary as the birds held captive by strings.. always with the same view, flying the same skies.. the same birds…

Bellini's - unassuming through the years

The same facade…

The Beadlady's Display Window

… but perhaps offering other things, unusual things… shiny and shimmery…

Cubao Expo corridor

Would I still crave for quiet cups of coffee and conversation with a friend or two?

Cubao Expo - on sale forever

Will I be showy… but cheap?

Cubao Expo - almost holiday spirit

As seasons come and go…

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Random shots from February and December.

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