Babies are growing fast between 3 months and 6 months. You’ll notice big changes in your baby’s development at this time. They’ll respond more to your voice, face and even your emotions. They’ll also start to recognize and identify objects.
The world is becoming a more understood place to babies at this age. Let’s look at the types of toys that are best for their development now.
Baby Toys 3 Months – 4 Months
In their fourth month, most babies will make big improvements in their hand-eye co-ordination. It seems like they begin to understand they can have an impact on their world and objects are not just there to be looked at. They’ll start to reach for things they see, especially brightly colored things, and can grasp them.
Good toys for this age include things that feel good and are easy to hold in their little hands, but of course, not so small they they could put them in their mouth. Examples are small plush toys, soft rings and teething toys.
Baby Toys 5 Months
Coming up for 5 months, eyesight is still developing and babies can now see things much more clearly than before. They’ll be intrigued by different shapes, textures and sizes of things, as well as by faces, of course. They’ll grasp more objects and take them to their mouth, either to explore taste or identify the object or to massage their sore gums.
Babies will appreciate an activity mat with different textured and colored areas at this age. You can increase tummy time to develop their core muscles, and sit them up as long as they are supported by you or in a baby chair. They’ll also love anything with lights, sounds and mirrors, like the pictured Fisher-Price baby piano gym.
Baby Toys 6 Months
At 6 months, babies may begin sitting up by themselves, or at least trying to. Muscle strength is developing fast and so is the baby’s desire for adventure, movement and discovery.
Interactive toys like the Laugh and Learn Puppy from FisherPrice are great at this age, as they begin to understand cause and effect: the fact that what they do can make things happen. They may play happily with certain toys for a longer time as their nap time reduces. They’ll begin to appreciate bigger toys too.
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Published May 18th, 2013