Buy gifts for children is not always easy: between noisy high-tech news and talking teddy bears, often one wonders if these sound toys promote the awakening of children and whether they are suitable for their hearing.
The race for toys has begun, and we are all trying to fill with gifts children. Here are some tips to be calm when you choose a toy of last generation.
The baby can hear everything
While still in the womb, the fetus reacts to sounds, and in particular to the voices of parents and those of the brothers and sisters: it is thanks to these external stimuli that fetal stage hearing develops. On the other hand, “at birth your hearing is the most important sense, more mature,” explains Emmanuel Devouche, Professor at the Institute of psychology of the Université René Descartes. Starting from the first moments of life, the child begins to discover the sounds that surround him, so often we see it produce noises beating a toy against each other.”Each stimulus is important to making sound experience,” says Emmanuel Devouche, specifying, however, that if the sounds are necessary for the development of the child, do not confuse “sound” with “noise”.
The sound is an acoustic vibration perceived by the ear, and when sounds become annoying to the ear you talk about noise. Your hearing can be damaged due to various factors, including the noise. Each year, manufacturers offer more innovative toys and “noisy”, and that is why it is important to adapt the safety standards to new sound toys.
A development aid?
In conclusion, whereas the sounds are essential for the development of the child and that the safety rules on toys are strengthened, we can buy without fear of sound toys to our children? The answer is no, because it is important to remain vigilant, and carefully read the instructions on the package. Some rules are difficult to enforce, as those who recommend avoiding that the child did not approach the toy ears. Since your child forgets quickly these recommendations you should guard it while using these kinds of toys. If you are using by following the precautions, sound toys may contribute to the development of the child, but it should not be forgotten that sound stimulants can also come from other sources in addition to toys: in the past, in fact, children’s hearing was being urged by environmental sounds familiar. “Artificial entries do not replace natural voices, which have very different qualities,” says Emmanuel Devouche. It would therefore be unfortunate that the new generation of toys to the detriment of communication within the family.