- What is it made of? Find out if it is free of harmful chemicals.
- What is my child interested in right now? “Young toddlers developing their motor skills may want blocks to build or equipment to climb on,” Adilova says.
- Does my child really need this? “If so, then we like to donate toys or books before receiving anything new,” she says.
- Is it durable and will it last? Adilova says to think about whether something can be passed down to siblings or on to friends.
- How does it support my child’s development? Adilova asks: “Does it aid fine or gross motor skills? Will it engage my child’s senses, creativity, and curiosity?”
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