Plush Toys, Common Problems With Infants3 min read
Plush toys are traditionally a huge hit with both infants and parents. Babies usually enjoy playing with a soft, cuddly, object that is colorful. Parents love giving their new infants something harmless to play with that can occupy their time and, with any luck, help expand their rapidly developing mind. For that reason, many people choose to purchase babies plush toys whenever possible. The only draw back to purchasing plush toys is knowing how to pick the right one.
Since babies are just starting to develop their basic senses it is impossible to know exactly what any given infant will like or prefer. Most parents will not be able to give those interested in buying plush toys advice on what kind of toy to get. You might be thinking, what is the big deal about choosing a plush toy. As long as it’s cute what does it matter?
The problem lies in the fact that it is entirely possible that a plush toy might frighten a baby. Some babies might not like seeing a certain color. Other babies are afraid of certain large animals so having a large stuffed animal jammed into a crib with them. Also it is important to think about parts of the plush toys that might not be kid friendly.
Every once in a while a plush toy will have hard buttons, or hard plastic noses which can be uncomfortable. Worse, these plastic buttons might come lose and serve as a choking hazard. On some occasions the plush toy might come with an accessory or an attachment that is large and made of plastic or some other type of completely non-cuddly material. A baby playing with this toy might accidentally get bruised or hurt by this accessory.
When choosing a plush toy it is important to choose simplicity over aesthetics. Just because a toy looks absolutely adorable does not always guarantee that it is the best choice for a baby. A very simple plush toy can often be a better choice for a baby.
Look for something that has few additional accessories, a plain soft animal is often better than one with bows, clothes, or other little extras.
Do not forget softness when you are looking for a toy for a baby. The softer the toy the more likely the infant will be able to hug and play with it. Perform a sort of squeeze test to decide which stuffed animal is the softest. If you have a child of your own that is old enough to understand that the toy is not for them let them help you test the toys. A small child will usually be able to quickly tell you which plush toy they think is the softest.
Keep your mind on quality as well. There is nothing worse than purchasing a plush toy for an infant only to have it fall part after only a little use. When trying to determine the level of quality in the stuffed plush toy of your choice examine the material. Try to decide whether or not the material will be able to go into the wash without any adverse side affects since most stuffed toys end up getting food and other things on them from time to time. Also examine the stitching. Even if the toy is made out of good material it is entirely possible the plush toy could fall completely apart after a washing if the stitching is not done correctly.