I’m a big fan of toys that have more than one setting or action to allow for growth with your child. With a 10 month old who was fast to grow up (standing at 4, crawling at 6.5 and walking at 9 months) I’m so glad I filled my baby shower registry with a well-rounded collection of toys to entertain her at each milestone.
Below is what I consider must have types of toys for your growing baby based on our experience:
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- Activity mat. Look for activity mats with lots of hanging toys, a removable mirror and items with adjustable settings. Let baby lay and reach for toys above but also flip that baby onto their belly and look at the removable mirror during tummy time! We loved our Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano Gym which included a musical piano element she could kick when on her back but it rotated so she could use it when practicing sitting up.
- Things that nest together or connect. Watch your child go through mini milestones, like picking up an object with one hand, passing objects between two hands, and clapping objects together. Toys like plastic nesting cups help practice these mini milestones and as bonus, can be stacked on top of one another for another fun building game! We were also big fans of colorful plastic rings with little sensory details. These were (and still are) things that always sit in her car seat ready for playing on the go.
- Walker with wheel locks. We LOVE our Vtech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker. First my daughter used the removable front panel of her walker during tummy time. Once she practiced standing, we’d put the wheel locks on and lean it against the couch for her. When she was on the move, we unlocked the wheels and watched her go!
- Board books with interactive parts. Luckily Brielle received lots of fun books at my shower but it’s the books with moveable or tactile parts that she loves most. Look for hidden “lift the flap” interactive books or ones with assorted touch panels for fun sensory play.
- Toys made to chew. For a baby, everything becomes something to chew. But my daughter always gets excited to see her specific teethers come out of the fridge and happily gums on them while they're cold.
- Toys with lights and sound. There are plenty of toys out there with buttons, pieces you slide along a pole, shake to play a tune or simply flash a light. Tip #1: look for toys with different volume levels. Tip #2: Mix and match brands. You’d be surprised how a manufacturer uses the same song throughout an assortment of toys for the same aged child!
- Balls and toys that roll. A ball is the ultimate item that is constantly on the move and out of reach which encourages movement on baby’s part. Look for balls that aren’t smooth but include textures to help little hands get a grip on them. We ones for indoors and different ones for outside play!
What else do you consider a baby toy must have?
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