movement and music: toys for your two-month-old
Many babies start to smile and gurgle around now. Encourage your baby’s sense of fun by introducing a few new toys. Wrist rattles are fabulous for attaching to those waving little arms. Young babies aren’t very coordinated, and tend to hit themselves in the face with whatever they’re holding, so soft rattles are the best.
If your baby is starting to get a bit grumbly in their cot or basket, try a cot mobile. Your little one will love watching the moving figures and listening to the music. (Just try to choose a tune you don’t mind hearing a hundred times a day.)
wriggling and reading: toys for your four-month-old
Now that your growing little one is starting to roll around, a large, soft playmat is a great investment. Set it up with a variety of eye-catching toys around your baby so they can practise moving and stretching to reach them.
It’s also a good time to share some stories with your baby. Snuggling up with your little bookworm on the sofa or bed with a book is a lovely habit to get into, and one that you’ll be able to do together for years to come. There are some wonderful soft fabric books available, complete with lots of fascinating textures and colours.
peepo! toys for your six-month-old
As your baby’s emotional development continues, you can start introducing games such as peepo with soft toys and puppets. This will encourage your baby’s sense of fun and mischief, appeal to their love of faces, and help them start to understand that things don’t simply vanish. Similarly, your baby may now like books with lots of fascinating flaps to lift. Try acting out stories with them, adding in plenty of funny voices and sound effects.
If you have a water baby, it’s great fun to introduce a few simple toys to the bath. More reluctant bathers may also be happier if bathtime becomes playtime.
play it safe
It’s important to keep playtime safe as well as fun. Choose toys suitable for your newborn by checking that they contain the CE mark which shows they meet toy safety standards. Always snip off any packaging before allowing your enthusiastic little playmate to grab their exciting new plaything. However tempting, little newborns shouldn’t sleep with toys, even snuggly ones – and always remember that babies can have a surprisingly long reach to grab toys and mobiles that appear out of the way.