"Babies and toddlers develop individually – some faster, some slower. During the first 18 months, your child will experience many important development stages from the first smile to the first steps. At this age, children want to grasp everything and put it into their mouths. For this reason, toys should be chosen carefully.
A strict daily routine provides security for the little ones. Babies communicate with their surrounding world through babbling sounds. Towards the end of the nursing stage – around 12 months – a few words might be used. You should try to encourage the „touching“ stage by putting different objects and material into their open hands. Suitable toys are, amongst others: rubber duck, music boxes, wooden puzzles . . . "
Most of the important development stages are experienced during the first two years. During this time a child learns to walk, to laugh and to speak. The toddlers now begin to develop their own personality and start to interact with us by smiling, crying and moving. At this age, children acquire first experiences with their surroundings by exploring different objects. Reading to them and playing with them stimulates their creativity during this stage of development. In addition, a child begins to discover itself and how it presents itself to the world around it. Simple games, which stimulate the appreciation of colours, shapes and noises, are helpful at this stage. Suitable toys are, amongst others: sand shovel, scooter
Your child explores the world around it by itself and begins to develop certain self-consciousness. The ability to walk is almost completed – many children at this age have fun moving around and love to dance. Exploration also triggers first questions and demands answers. Explain to your child with simple and direct answers what it would like to know.
The toddlers begin to have a feeling for time. Toys, which stimulate motor skills, are now just as good as toys, which are used outdoors. Suitable toys are, amongst others: vehicles, sand toys, wooden stacking toys, 3D puzzles. . .
They observe keenly and adapt their behaviour to others. Different situations influence their moods and their conduct. Children start imagining fantasy worlds. Games, which stimulate creativity and fantasy, support their development during this age. Suitable toys are, amongst others: creativity sets like knitting and embroidering sets, outdoor toys and road racing sets.
A youngster looks for fun and attempts to solve problems independently, in all circumstances. At this stage, children compare themselves with others of the same age and begin to understand that different people may have different opinions. In order to bolster up their understanding of past experiences, they often re-enact them. Playing with others becomes important for both girls and boys, at this stage. Ball games outdoors, swimming, cycling but also games of fantasy are popular and stimulate the development at this age. Suitable toys are, amongst others: handicrafts, jewellery sets and outdoor games like Frisbee or ball games.