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  1. Purchase products to grow with your child. Every toy has a recommended age listed right on the packaging.  The problem is, the majority of toys are for a shortened age range. For example, baby toys are typically made to be used  over a 3 – 6 month time period. To me that just seems like a waste. Instead, purchase products that are meant to grow with your child  so as they get older, the toy will still be useful and played with.
  2. Invest in the good stuff.  With so many toy manufacturers out there (including many off-brand ones), you want to get the most out of your money. You can do that by purchasing products from brands you know and trust.  In the end your child will have a more durable  toy and your money will be well spent.
  3. Consider  learning toys. Toys can be fun and informative.  These days, there are tons of toys that can help teach your child how to spell, read, solve problems, etc. They truly are a win-win for the children and parents. Often times children don’t even know they are learning as they play which makes it that much more fun.
  4. Make safety a priority.  You have to really keep in mind the safety aspect of toys.  Sometimes recommended ages isn’t enough so make sure you do your research to ensure the toy you are buying is perfect for your child and home. Considering your child’s age, maturity level, and even any learning disabilities factor into this too.
  5. Check toy recalls. This sort of goes along with doing your research and ensuring safety but it is important enough to express on it’s own. Safety recalls can help you pinpoint if that brand or product is a good choice. It can also help prevent accidents later on down the road.

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