When is a Toy Too Loud?

Some toys are so loud they can cause hearing damage. All toys have to undergo acoustic testing and meet requirements (set by the American Society of Testing and Materials, or ASTM). But, the way that kids play with toys (especially how close a toy is to their ears) doesn’t always match how adults test these toys. Children under the age … Read more

Hearing protection for children

Hearing protection for children of all ages is important because hearing damage from loud sounds is permanent. Children under the age of 5 are more susceptible to hearing damage so it’s especially crucial to protect their ears. What to look for in hearing protection Style The two styles of hearing protection are earplugs and earmuffs. When worn correctly, both earmuffs and … Read more

What are environmental sounds and how can they help toddlers learn to talk?

Environmental sounds are everywhere – they’re everything from a refrigerator humming to a bird chirping outside to a heart beating or a voice. For babies and toddlers, environmental sounds can be a way to introduce language or encourage language development. Research shows children need to hear 21,000 words in a day. Environmental sounds are a great way to find something new … Read more

Teaching Loud and Quiet to Toddlers

Loud and quiet are basic sound concepts that can be taught to toddlers. Even though we tend to teach it in games, as a parent, I’ve found it to be a pretty useful tool (like trying to get a toddler to speak quietly when they’re being too loud in public). Here’s the approach I used to teach loud and quiet … Read more

Why Babies & Toddlers Need A Quiet Background to Learn

Babies and toddlers listen differently to the world and too much sound can affect their ability to learn. For most adults, it doesn’t take effort to filter out sounds we don’t want to pay attention to and focusing on the ones we do (like someone speaking when there’s light/moderate background music playing). It’s something our brains have learned to do over … Read more

Stomping Game for Toddlers

Find things to stomp on! This is a toddler sensory activity that is also good to encourage language development. When we talk about sound games for young kids, we tend to think of their hands. What can they touch, shake, or rattle to create sounds? Toddlers love to walk, kick, stomp, run and jump, too – all of which make … Read more