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What are the best toys for preemies?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Interactive: Preemies, like full term babies, like toys with different textures and colors. When they are young stark contrasting colors such as black and white help brain development. As they get older toys of different shapes, colors and textures are interesting. As they gain more control of their hands toys you can stack or pour in and out of are fun and help their motor development and control.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Challenge: Like all babies ( and children ) it is their sensory system that responds to the environment. They hear, see, smell, have muscular kinesthethic interaction, etc. These mature differently in all children, but toys should ultimately stimulate the senses. Thus sounds such as talking or soft music and textures to feel are good. Expense is unnecessary, just use common sense.
Dr. H. William Sepp
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Anything Newborn: Finding toys to engage the interest and stimulate your premature infant should not be too hard. Look for textures that they can feel. Bright colors may not be helpful at first as color vision is still developing but will be fun for them as the weeks go by. Be sure that they are safe (no small pieces, etc.) toys that make soft noises, such as rattles, squeakers, crinkly cloth are fun as well.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Dr. Tanya Russo commented
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Well said Dr. Sepp! Since visual development is stimulated by contrast, black and white pictures and bright multicolored toys are usually very interesting to very young infants, term and premature.
Dec 29, 2014
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Their Parents!: Toys are fine and dandy, but there's nothing that can stimulate healthy cognitive, emotional, and physical development quite like interacting with a parent. However much money you spend on a toy, use it together with your child and your dollars will have been well spent!

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