Developing mat: how to choose
This article will tell you about a very popular toy called "developing mat". You will learn how to properly pick up such a rug, what it is interesting for the child.
How to choose the right one?
When a child turns a month, he begins to react to everything that surrounds him. At this time, parents are thinking about buying toys. At the same time, they want the toys to be not only interesting, but also useful for the development of the baby.
A developing mat is one such extremely useful toy. He encourages the crumb to strive for new skills and discoveries. Nevertheless, not every parent, being in the store, will immediately be able to understand the variety of children's rugs and understand what kind of baby will suit.
Most often it looks like a colorful rug, made of dense material. Has a warmed inner layer for playing the child lying on the tummy or on the back, as well as for the crawling baby.
The developing mat can be very simple - a small size with a simple image or without it, or a similar entertainment center - with music-playing panels, hanging toys, arcs, additional elements. Kids like to spend time on such a rug, it can carry them away for a long time. Any developing mat is convenient to use on the floor and on the couch. But a child who has learned to crawl and turn over, it is safer to put on the floor.
Pay attention to the quality of the rug. It should be made of hypoallergenic and non-toxic materials, as evidenced by the availability of a special passport. The rug should not have a sharp unpleasant odor. Materials should be resistant to washing, elements and parts - strong, safe for the child of the construction, with reliable fasteners. In addition, the toy must have the recommended age for the child.
Now you can find rugs of all sizes and shapes - from small to huge, occupying the entire room, from rectangular to oval. Choosing the shape and size, focus on the dimensions of the children's room. Of course, the kid will enjoy exploring the big rug, but if he takes up all the free space in the room, then this is not the best option.
It is desirable that the game mat for children compactly folded. So, in a period when the kid does not play with him, he will occupy a little space in the apartment. In addition, it can be taken for rest and travel - it will take up little space in the car.
The rug drawing should be clear, clear and bright. At the same time, colors and shades should not be too aggressive, "acidic", as they can negatively affect the emotional-mental state and the sight of crumbs.
In addition to arches and pendant toys, almost every developing rug contains additional elements. These include laces, ringlets, rustles, ropes, elements from the fabric of different textures and species. The child will be interested in getting acquainted with new materials: fingering them, trying to tooth - this is important for the development of tactile sensations, fine motor skills, imaginative thinking.
Be sure to get a similar mat for your child, it will be very useful for him.