Clutch toys for babies and toddlers in many variants
A grasping toy is a toy for babies that, as the name suggests, is intended to encourage grasping. They are often found in cradles, playpens or beds when they are not in the child's hand or mouth. You can recognize grasping toys by the fact that they often have a special device or a handle to make it easier for the baby to grasp. In addition to gripping, there are often other functions that a grasping toy can perform. It can squeak, rattle, make funny noises or ride on wheels and thus activates all the senses of the baby.
In this category you will mainly find grasping vehicles. If you're looking for rattles, just click here.to go to the category.
How do grasping toys help my child's development?
When your child grabs, shakes or presses the toy, it promotes their motor skills, i.e. the ability to move muscles in a targeted manner. We all had to practice gripping, pressing and pressing before we could do it properly. It's the same with your child, of course. So when it grabs its rattle or pushes its vehicle, it exercises its fine motor skills. This means that the muscles and tendons in the hands are strained and thus become stronger. To grab an object, the baby must coordinate his hands and eyes. This is the only way it can achieve what it sees. This strengthens its cognitive skills, such as hand-eye coordination. When it shakes a rattle or squeezes a squeaky animal, the baby first experiences the connection between cause and effect. It finds out which points it has to press in order to generate and influence noises. For babies who are just getting teeth, soft plastic grip toys are a great aid. You can chew on it to relieve pressure on the gums.
What do I have to consider when buying grasping toys?
As with all other baby toys, there are high safety requirements for gripping toys for the European market. It must not contain any small parts, chemicals or pollutants that can be swallowed. You can therefore assume that toys approved in the EU do not pose any danger to your child. As long as the products are certified and carry the appropriate test seals, for example from the TÜV, they are completely harmless to your child. However, it does not necessarily mean good. Of course there are quality differences. The market for baby toys is huge. It is no wonder that manufacturers lure with cheap products that often do not last long or have other quality defects. If parts come off after a while, it is very annoying, even if the parts are safe for the child. Therefore, you should always make sure that the workmanship and quality are right. Wooden grasping toys, for example, often last much longer than their plastic counterparts, but are also more expensive.