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Are there any toys that can help my baby with their decision-making skills?

Hello everyone,

I am a new parent and I am looking for toys that can help my baby develop their decision-making skills. As my little one grows older, I want to encourage independence and critical thinking in them. I believe that toys can play a great role in achieving this goal.

I want to avoid electronic toys and focus on simple, age-appropriate toys that can help my baby make decisions and solve problems. Any suggestions for toys or activities that can help develop decision-making skills in a 6-month-old baby?

Thank you in advance for your input!

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Hey there,

As a parent with a 10-month-old baby, I can recommend a few toys that have helped with my baby's decision-making skills. A shape sorter toy is an excellent idea as it encourages them to identify the different shapes and find the corresponding hole to put them into. I also found that playing with magnetic tiles was useful in my baby's development, where they get to make decisions on what they want to build and figure out how they need to connect the tiles.

In addition, you can try getting your baby some stacking cups or board games that require them to make decisions to win the game. I personally love playing "peek-a-boo" with my baby using sensory fabrics (like silk or velvet) to wrap objects and asking her to guess what's inside. This helps them develop their problem-solving skills and improve their decision-making.

Lastly, I suggest exposing your baby to books with different outcomes and choices that lead to different endings. This can help them learn cause and effect while also improving their decision-making skills.

Hope you find these suggestions helpful!



I am a parent of a 1-year-old and I would recommend trying out puzzles to improve your baby's decision-making skills. Puzzles with different shapes, sizes, and textures can help them learn to categorize and sort based on similarities and differences. I personally found that wooden puzzles with animal shapes were engaging for my child.

Another toy that has been useful in my experience is a simple shape-sorting ball that you roll around. The baby can figure out which shape hole they need to put the corresponding shape in and also be encouraged to follow the ball and retrieve it.

Open-ended toys like play dough, foam blocks or sensory boards that encourage creativity, imagination, and experimentation can also enhance your baby's decision-making skills.

Lastly, I recommend introducing them to games like "I spy", where they can use their critical thinking skills to identify objects around them. It's a fun and interactive way to engage your baby while boosting their decision-making abilities.

I hope these suggestions prove helpful to you in fostering your baby's development.


Hello there,

As a parent of a 2-year-old, I found that playing with building blocks or Legos was extremely beneficial to building my child's decision-making skills. Legos, specifically, came in a variety of shapes and colors which allowed my child to experiment, analyze, and make decisions on what kind of structures they wanted to build. It also encouraged problem-solving since they had to strategize and figure out how they could assemble each piece.

Another toy that has helped us was a set of wooden lacing activity cards. The cards had different patterns that my child could follow while lacing, and this helped him to work on his fine motor skills, make strategic decisions and visualize what should come next.

Finally, I recommend playing "pretend play" with your little one. Pretend play helps children to develop their sense of imagination, decision-making, social skills, and lets them observe different characters and settings. For instance, you can set up a grocery store or doctor's office in your playroom with different props and items, and your child can decide what they want to do and who they want to act as for the game.

I hope these suggestions work well for you and your little one!


Hello, as a parent of two kids, I would suggest that you encourage your baby to play with open-ended toys that allow them to make decisions and use their imagination. One example of such toys is blocks that have different shapes and sizes. My kids loved building towers and bridges with these. I would also suggest getting a box of sensory items like sand, rice, or beans, where your baby can explore different textures and decide how they want to play with them.

I also found that games like "bead threading" or "button sorting" game were helpful in my kid's decision-making skills where they get to choose which color and shape they want to work with first, practice fine motor skills and learn sorting.

Lastly, you could try something like a simple memory game or scavenger hunt game with easy-to-find objects to engage your baby in problem-solving and planning. As they grow older, you can modify these games to make them more challenging.

Hope these suggestions help you with your baby's development!


Hi there!

As a fellow parent, I would suggest building and shape-sorting blocks for your baby to help with their decision-making skills. They can learn to choose which shapes fit into which holes and analyze where they need to place the blocks to build a certain structure.

Another great idea is to have them play with stackable toys like cups or rings that require them to figure out the correct order to stack them in. It's a simple game, but it definitely helps with their decision-making skills.

Lastly, I would also recommend getting a puzzle board with different shapes and colors that your baby can sort and match. This can help them identify different shapes and colors while also making decisions on where each piece fits on the board.

Hope this helps!

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