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What are the best toys for preemies?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
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Dr. H. William Sepp
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. H. William Sepp
Dr. H. William Sepp
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Dr. Tanya Russo
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.
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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