Lamaze International believes in the importance of parents and the bond they have with their children. They have developed toys to encourage early learning and parental interaction. The toys are designed in collaboration with child development specialists, pediatricians, child psychologists, and teachers. They believe that infants and older children thrive when they have regular close interactions with their parents. Lamaze toys are grouped according to the stages of infant development.
The first stage is for babies that are newborn and young infants. This early discovery stage is when a small baby starts to discover the world. The Lamaze Bend and Squeak Penguin was designed for this stage. It has highly contrasting colors to help develop baby's vision. The Lamaze Play and Grow Flutterbug also has highly contrasting patterns. The toy has different textures, rings, and a flower that flutters when the rings are pulled and let go. All Lamaze Play and Go toys have a Lamaze link for attaching to strollers, baby carriers, baby gyms, play mats, or car seats.
The second stage is the curious explorers stage for babies around 6 months and up. At this stage the toys are geared for little ones who are exploring the world with their hands and mouth. These toys feature different shapes, textures, and sounds. The Lamaze Soft Stacking Ball was designed for this age. It has soft fabric rings made from bright colors and different textures. Crinkle and jingle sounds will delight your baby. Stacking the rings will help your child develop hand-eye coordination. A Lamaze link allows you to attach this to your baby's stroller or baby carrier for on the go fun. When stacked you or your child can roll the ball and encourage early crawling.
The creative inventor stage is for little ones around the age of 9 months and up. These toys are for little ones who are moving around their world and getting into things. At this age they enjoy things like stacking, sorting, and arranging things in place. The Lamaze Soft Sorter is a good choice for your little creative inventor. The soft shapes fit into the soft sorter and then your child can dump them out and begin again. The square, oval, circle, and triangle soft shapes fit into the corresponding spot on the shape sorter. Your child can practice matching colors too since the color of the shape matches the color on the correct side of the shape sorter.
Take a look at all the different Lamaze toys here at Thanks Mama. Find a toy appropriate for your child's development and have fun playing with your little one.