Baby Play & Toys
There isn’t a ton of playing going on from ages 0-3 months but there is a little. The first time they deliberately bring a toy to their mouth you’ll think they’re a genius and start their Harvard applications. Here are the toys and books you’ll want to have around to encourage your child’s development and keep them entertained long enough for you to take a shower.
- Baby Gym Around three months the baby may start to reach for things. Ikea makes our favorite play gym, it is wooden, good-looking, and cheap.
- High Contrast Books Newborns love to look at black and white contrast books. There are many to choose from but a favorite is: Art for Babies.
- Story Books It is never too early to get in the habit of reading to your baby.
- Soft Infant Toys A few of these are great for the baby to learn to grab and chew. Sophie the Giraffe is a classic French toy made of natural rubber. Its long neck is perfect for chubby little hands. Manhattan Toy Winkel is really easy for a baby to hang onto.
- Bouncer Not all rooms have convenient places to lay the baby. A bouncer keeps the baby propped upright before they can sit up on their own. Our favorite is the Bloom Coco Stylewood Bouncer. The sleek bent plywood design will blend in with your grown up furniture and isn’t an eyesore like most bouncers.
- Swing Speaking of eyesores, we haven’t met a baby swing that wasn’t one. But when the colorful monstrosity rocked our screaming baby to sleep every night, we promptly became less picky.
- Music The cool new thing is for good bands to put out children’s albums. Luckily, some of them are actually really good. We love The Innocence Mission: Now the Day is Over, Baby Wellness: No More Crying, and Rockabye! Baby Radiohead
- Car Seat Toys If you get out of the house a lot the baby will spend a decent amount of time in the car seat. Another perfect spot to put dangly toys. Jacques the Peacock is a favorite.
If you don’t set boundaries it is easy for your home to get over whelmed with baby gear. Ask a friend to borrow big items like a swing to see if it is something you’ll use before you commit to the purchase.
You can find blank board books to make your very own high contrast book just for your baby. On the pages glue silhouettes of family members, or of your favorite things you want to introduce to your baby.