Why Push Toys Pay Off

When push comes to shove, push toys are a wonderfully worthy purchase. Here’s why.

There’s no doubt about it – little kids love push toys. That’s why pint-size grocery carts, lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners and strollers are still best sellers today. But push toys provide your child with a lot more than fun…

They’re great for gross motor skills. Push toys provide support for babies who aren’t quite ready to stand or walk on their own. Teetering behind a push toy helps build strength, balance and confidence – three essential ingredients to becoming a champion walker. Like push toys, pull toys and ride-ons also boost balance and coordination. Plus, most ride-ons have a handle or bar in the back, which makes toddling behind them even easier. If your baby is new to this type of toy, help him get the hang of it by placing his hands on the bar and assisting him as he stands up. Practice every day and it won’t be long before he’s standing (and moving!) on his own.

They stimulate the imagination. Playing with push toys that resemble real-life items encourages babies to enter the magical world of fantasy play. Plus, these toys help boost self-esteem as your little ones helps you cut the grass, clean the carpet, or shop for groceries.

They can pull double-duty. Many push toys have other toys built right in. For example, some come with blocks, shape sorters, or a complete activity center. Plus, they tend to last a pretty long time, both in terms of play value and sturdiness. The bottom line: push toys are wonderfully worthy purchase.

Source: What To Expect

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