As much as parents pride themselves on the precocity of their child, a large part of safety is taking an infant’s skill level in stride. Any toxic paints, or small parts of a toy that can be broken off and accidentally swallowed, would be unsuitable for an infant. Even mobiles, popular toys to hang over an infant’s cot, are much safer left hanging from the ceiling, within sight but out of reach so as to avoid strangulation. Soft stuffed animals, or squeaky rubber toys, allow an infant to become familiar with the textures and sounds that the world has to offer. Even more practical is to create an “activity bar” or toys that fit around the bar in front of a baby carrier or baby car seat. When the baby begins to cut their teeth for the first time, water-filled teething rings can help soothe the irritated gums, and also come in a variety of colors. It is ill-advised to freeze them, because this would make the teething ring both too cold for the infant, and the ice crystals might damage the material. One toy that comes highly recommended is a quilty, security blanket, or playmat… something to lay out, that the baby can then play on. It’s like finding a familiar piece of home wherever they go.
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