When it comes to toys for toddlers, any parent knows how much they love getting about; and that includes climbing. However it’s important to know that these are safe in terms of stability as accidents can easily happen if toddlers (or children of any kind) have the opportunity to fall. That being said, it’s important to understand how height issues differ from toddlers and older children. Of course we want toddlers to have fun, learn and become mobile and start to use their bodies as they grow, but and broken limbs or bangs to the head can be avoided.
Climbing toys, more commonly known as “Climbers”, can be suitable for children of all ages. Much larger climbing frames are usually made of robust materials such as aluminium and scale a lot further from the ground. These will be dangerous for toddlers to be around without constant and direct supervision. For toddlers in particular there are climbers that are more customised for their needs.
Many toddler climbing toys are made of plastic and come in many different shapes, forms and colours. These very often have a theme to them which include miniature climbers that come as castles, vehicles, caterpillars and bridges. These offer a range for the toddlers to play with and stimulate their imagination.
More standard climbers tend to be colourful with some large steps that lead up to a slide. The important thing with all of the above climbers is that they are relatively low to the ground. The plastic can be attached to the ground but it won’t hurt if the child was to run into this. In any case the steps are fat and large and the slides don’t go too steep. This reduces the risk of any unwanted accidents or injuries.
Some themed climbers don’t even have steps as the climbers run right along the floor and come in various animal shapes that can be climbed over or rolled on. It all depends what choice you want to make for your child and how advanced they are physically. More adventurous toddlers may want to try out one of the mini climbing domes which are portable and include various climbing bars for stepping and swinging. These can be constructed at home and kept in a play area.
Many climbers for toddlers will adapt to indoor or outdoor use as they can be wiped clean and the plastic is resistant to water. They are a nice feature when kept indoors as they feature trees and plants, plus many other educational shapes that help your child to learn as they grow.
All climbers can be purchased in larger toy outlet stores as standard but the range currently online is huge. Many reviews for these say that they are worth the investment as they bring hours of fun and entertainment. Details for each particular climber will indicate whether or not the child will need supervision during use.