Our baby boy is four months old next week, and is growing up so quickly. Worlds apart from the tiny new-born he once was, he is his own person with likes and dislikes. No longer content to just sit and cuddle, he wants to be playing and exploring the world around him.
As first-time parents, we’re rapidly learning that as our baby grows up, his toys should too. What captivated his attention last week, is old news today. While his play-mat remains a firm favourite, and a great way to distract him while I get some jobs done, he of course loves it when he has our undivided attention.
Sometimes stuck for ideas, I’ve found the following three ideas perfect for his age.
Think balloons, bubbles, music and lights and you won’t go far wrong. Disco lights are a sure way to keep your baby entranced, and can be bought cheaply on Amazon or eBay.
I pop a duvet on the floor, close the curtains, switch the disco lights on and lie down next to Harry. He’ll be entranced by the lights, but at the same time finds being on the same level as me just as intriguing. The perfect way to pass the time in-between a nap and feed, sensory play is a great distraction if you have a grumpy baby.
Brick by brick
We find bricks are a great way to encourage Harry to touch and grasp. Showing him different shapes and colours really captures his attention, and he’s happy to watch us building a tower or bridge.
The Hape Fantasia Blocks Castle set is bright and bold, and while it’s advertised for eighteen months plus, Harry is really enjoying it now at a younger age.
Investing in toys your baby can grow into is a great way to stretch the money you spend, with the way they play developing as time goes by. I can’t wait to see our baby building with these blocks for himself, but for now we’re really enjoying playing with him.
Puppet show time
Nursery rhymes and stories are the perfect way to play with a baby of any age, using props to keep their focus and hold their interest.
Different textures are the perfect way to make the game more tactile, and I’ve found the Wizard of OZ Itty Bitty’s from Hallmark are ideal for story time. The perfect size for Harry to hold himself, he loves the shine of the tin man and the mane of the lion.
Just like puppets, we can use them to tell him stories, using the plot of a childhood classic for inspiration.
If you’re a fan of the Wizard of Oz and want to share one of your favourite films with your baby, you can win a pair of Itty Bittys, choosing two characters from the collection. To win enter via the Gleam widget below…
(Terms and conditions below, competition closes 21/09/2017)
Which two would you choose? And what are your top tips for playtime?
Win two Wizard of Oz itty bittys
Terms and Conditions
– This competition allows multiple entries, and there will be only 1 winner per competition.
– Entry is open to UK residents only, and the entrant must be 18 years of age and over.
– The competition winner will be selected at random via Gleam.
– The prize amount cannot be exchanged for cash value.
– The competition winner will be contacted by Hallmark itty bittys, who will arrange the delivery of their prize. If the competition winner does not respond to contact within 7 days, another entrant will be randomly selected.
– The winner will be able to choose two of six itty bitty’s from the Wizard of Oz collection. Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Wicked Witch of the West or Glinda