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It is overwhelming for any parent -- what toys to get your children.
To begin, toys could be costly. Then there's the matter of what children say they want vs. what parents feel the kids should have. There's also the digital query: In our digital era, to what extent should parents give in?
But the major issue: How do parents select toys that not only are enjoyable, but also help a child learn?
To help, the American Academy of Pediatrics has published a new report titled"Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era."
The report states:"Play is essential to optimal child development because it leads to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of youth and children. Additionally, it offers an ideal and important chance for parents and other caregivers to engage fully with kids using toys as an instrument of play and interaction. The growth of social perceptions of toys out of children's playthings to critical facilitators of early brain and child development has challenged caregivers in determining which toys are most appropriate for their children."
10 Tips to Select Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era

The report provides advice for parents and caregivers: 10 tips on How to Select Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era
Realize that one of the most important functions of drama toys throughout youth, and particularly in infancy, isn't educational at all but rather to facilitate warm, supportive interactions and relationships.
Scientific research encouraging a developmental role for toys mostly come from research of actions in which kids play with caregivers rather than alone. The most educational toy is one which promotes interactions between professionals and children in supporting, play.


Provide children with safe, affordable toys that are developmentally appropriate. Include toys which encourage growth and learning in every area of development. Choose toys that are not overstimulating and invite kids to use their imaginations. Social-emotional and cognitive skills are developed and enhanced as children use play to solve real-life issues (see Zero to Three: Tips to Choosing Toys for Toddlers in Resources).
Make a thoughtful choice of toys and keep in mind a good toy doesn't need to be expensive or trendy. Indeed, sometimes the easiest toys may be the very best, because they provide opportunities for children to use their imagination to create the toy use, not the other way round. Choose mr immortal that can grow with the child, foster interactions with health professionals, promote exploration and problem-solving, and spark the child's imagination.
Use children's novels to build ideas for pretending together while playing with toysuse of the library should be routine for all parents regardless of socioeconomic status. A list of community library locations to the workplace ought to be considered.
Remember that toys are not a replacement for warm, loving, reliable relationships. Use toys to enhance interactions between the child and caregiver instead of to direct children's playwith.
Look for the pediatric healthcare provider's information in differentiating between safe and unsafe toys (see Resources).
Be aware of the potential for toys to promote race- or gender-based stereotypes.
Restrict video game and pc game use. Total screen time, including television and computer usage, should be less than 1 hour per day for children 2 years or older and averted in children 18 to 24 months of age. Children younger than 5 years should play computer or video games just if they're developmentally appropriate, and they should be accompanied by the parent or caregiver. The usage of media jointly with health care interaction is necessary to reducing negative media effects on the young mind.
Seek out toys that encourage the kid to be both mentally and physically active.