Three things you need to know about baby toys
15th August 2020
I am Nick, the daddy of Little Sport Star and here are three things I recommend you look for when choosing a new baby toy.
The idea for Little Sport Star was a baby shower idea. My wife and I thought it was a great idea so spoke to the best independent toy designers to create a unique sport themed toy.
So, here are three things we recommend you look for in baby toys:
1. Baby Safety
The safety of your baby must always come first. You have to feel comfortable with the toy but you can start by checking that it meets safety standards. There are various safety standards for baby toys. In the US, toys are tested for USTI standards and in Europe, we test for EN71. We test for both.
2. Age appropriate toys
Try to find toys that are age appropriate. There is a big difference between a newborn baby toy and what a 6 month old will be interested in.
Babies love black and white, which all feature in our soccer ball. Babies can evolve with the toys, they start off hugging them and then learn to play with them. We find that as babies start to get older, they actually start to play ball.
I hate to admit it, but your baby will only be a baby for a short time. Consequently, it seems that some babies will love a toy for a very short period only, and then discard it. When they are so small, even playing for a toy for a couple of weeks seems like a long time and a toy may seem like a good purchase.
We spent a lot of time developing age-appropriate toys only to find that babies treated our toys in ways we never expected. Instead of swinging the baby tennis racket, we realised that a lot of babies just wanted to hug it, like a security blanket. Our baby tennis racket is one of the most loved toys that we make amongst all babies, not just tennis fans. It is loved by babies until they are toddlers and has proven to stand the test of time, over and over again. Babies just find different ways of playing with it as they grow up.