What Toys Can Help Improve a Baby's Motor Skills?

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I want to give my 11-month-old son toys that will help his motor skills. Do you have any suggestions?
- Rebecca

Babies this age may be crawling, "cruising," walking, and grasping things all around them. To encourage exploration and fine motor skills, try giving him toys that have a cause and effect — for example, a toy with buttons that trigger different noises. Stacking rings, simple puzzles, blocks, and rolling balls are all toys he may enjoy, too. To encourage large-muscle movement, try push toys or putting favorite toys just out of reach.

Remember to always check the recommended ages for each toy and inspect them for sharp parts and other potential hazards, such as small pieces a child could choke on.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: July 2013

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OrganizationU.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) This federal agency collects information about consumer goods and issues recalls on unsafe or dangerous products.
OrganizationAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.
Web SiteTOYSAFETY.net This site, which is a project of the National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) provides toy safety information for consumers.

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