Midweek Playdate - 5 Toys For Babies

August 06, 2014

Midweek Playdate - 5 Toys For Babies

Play is vital to your child's development from the moment they're born. In today's Midweek Playdate we're focussing on toys for babies from newborn to 12 months. Understanding the way your little one develops can inspire new ways to keep them entertained, so here are a few things to bear in mind as your child grows.

In the first few months

Your baby will get the most benefit from things they can look at or listen to. Their vision will be fuzzy at first, fixing on things that are about 8 to 15 inches from their eyes, though in the first month they'll only be able to see clearly to about 12 inches. High-contrast patterns and bright colours will captivate because they're the easiest to see. Objects that produce a gentle sound or soft music will also entertain.

Between 3-6 months

 A baby discovers how much fun their own hands can be now they're no longer clenched in a fist. Fingers can be sucked and used to grasp. Baby will probably begin to reach for toys too. They'll soon learn to pass objects back and forth between their hands, rotating the wrist to inspect it from all sides, usually before popping it into their mouth!

Between 7-8 months

As your baby nears 9 months of age, their play will become more vigorous. Movements will also be more precise as their brain develops the ability to master new fine motor skills. They'll soon become aware that objects still exist even when they can no longer be seen or felt, which means you can begin playing hide-and-seek games with their toys.

9 months and older

By the time your baby is 9 or 10 months old, they'll probably be able make their way around the room in some fashion, whether it's creeping, crawling or cruising {walking while holding on to the furniture}. By 12 months, they may be able to stand and even walk.

Midweek Playdate - 5 Toys For Babies

Here are 5 toys for babies that we think you'll love as much as they will...

1. Forest Walk Pram Toy

Our Forest Walk Pram Toy includes a variety of sounds, textures, and shapes to discover. Fixing it to a car seat will keep the characters within baby's line of sight and while they won't be able to hold toys at first, they'll demonstrate preferences by batting at the ones they like.

Midweek Playdate - 5 Toys For Babies

2. Baby Play Bracelet

This colourful bracelet features sounds, biting ring, cheerful shapes, sweet pictures and a photo space for diversion. The safe baby proof clasp allows it to be attached to a playpen, bed or car seat too.

Midweek Playdate - 5 Toys For Babies

3. Blue Play Necklace

Also available in pink and primary colours this wonderful toy captures inquisitive minds with its fun, interactive design. Featuring interesting sounds and a small mirror, this clever piece is ideal for occupying baby during feeding, changing, dressing, car journeys, or in any situation where they need entertaining.

Midweek Playdate - 5 Toys For Babies

4. Toadstool Squeeze Toy

We love this vibrant Toadstool Squeeze Toy. The soft cap rustles while its squishy form is perfect for grabbing tightly. When baby squeezes the green and white stalk it lets out a satisfying squeak that is sure to make them smile!

Midweek Playdate - 5 Toys For Babies

5. Pink Baby Play Ring

Our wonderful Play Ring, also available in blue, is a soft ring with three keys and two fabric hangers. The variety of shapes and soft textures, combined with a pleasant rustling sound makes this a great staple to teach baby dexterity while they remain cheerfully occupied.

Midweek Playdate - 5 Toys For Babies

You'll find plenty more inspiration for play via our expertly curated collection of Baby Toys. In the meantime, we'd love to hear about your baby's favourite toy in the comments below...





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