And Baby Makes Five

Competition: Playtime ideas for four-month olds

August 22, 2017

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.

Sensory play

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

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  • Rachel Bustin

    We love baby sensory play, bubbles, shiny things, black and white, different textures and sounds.

  • Sparkly Mummy

    I have always enjoyed sensory play, going back to my days of EY training and its something i have continued to do with my own children too.

  • ashleigh allan

    Sensory is always fun and play at a time they’re not too tired

  • Solange

    Reaching for and touching things, and learning how to hold them provides wonderful stimulation. Good playthings include, cloths or transparent scarves that can be used for peek-a-boo, an unbreakable mirror placed so that baby can see himself, a set of plastic measuring spoons, pieces of brightly coloured cloth with different textures, wooden or plastic bracelets that don’t have loose parts and anything with a face on it – dolls, pictures, stuffed animals.

  • Tracy K Nixon

    Surprise your baby by showing her reflection in a mirror. That first time, she may not even realize that she’s looking at herself but as she gets older, she will laugh and smile just gazing at her reflection.

  • Emma Fox

    Playing with items that make different noises 🙂

  • maci234

    sensory play

  • Rach Mccadden

    Sensory is always fun

  • Annabel Greaves

    Lots of bright colours and soft sounds

  • laura stewart

    i used lights with my daughter x

  • Jessica Woods

    We did a lot of sensory/messy play with gloop/slime, beans, custard etc!

  • Helen Stratton

    Remember the age limits on products are important! Lots of bright colours and noises – not electric, things like rattles and crinkly sounds.

  • Lauren Fox

    We did lots of messy play with foods 🙂 lots of singing nursery rhymes and doing the actions to
    Thanks for the Chance
    xx

  • suey1969

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

  • lorraine kirk

    I am a big fan of singing; lots of music and songs are great for speech development and understanding.

  • Sarah Carter

    Toys and activities with lots of interaction like noises and bright colours

  • Ailsa Sheldon

    Empty kitchen cupboards. They don’t need toys!

  • Rebecca Nisbet

    interactive toys, nothing that takes to long as they can get bored.

  • sallycollingwood

    Lots os smiles and giggles, peek a boo is a firm favourite

  • Leila Benhamida

    Singing and dancing.

  • kim neville

    Colourful toys that make sounds. My kids liked banking a small saucepan with a spoon

  • Joo Dee

    lots of interaction and laughing

  • Laura Pritchard

    Let an older sibling play with them – they learn so much watching them play!

  • Jodie A Green

    lots of colours and noise. children learn through play so let them go wild with the paints, it can be cleaned up afterall 🙂

  • Ali Johnson

    Lots of textures for them to touch & feel. My son was always fascinaed by thelabels on all his toys as they were silky to touch.

  • Ruth Harwood

    tummy tickles from my daughter’s toy giraffe!

  • jo liddement

    Touchy feely toys and also things for them to listen to.

  • maria blythin

    something that grabs their attention bright colours and sounds are usually the best x

  • Anneka Avery

    Give them sensory experiences – taste – smell – touch – sight etc. Let them learn 😊

  • Dawn Andrews

    Colourful toys that makes sounds.

  • Claire GriffithssoontobeAldrid

    anything touchy feely and colourful

  • laura banks

    lots of colourful toys

  • Stevie

    At the moment, my nephew, likes his soft cuddly banana.

  • amy bondoc

    anything soft and bright coloured

  • Rebecca

    The more noisy, the better!

  • Clo Li Ava

    Amazing!

  • Sidrah

    Lots of sensory toys and toys which provide light and sounds

  • Sanam

    Finger puppets and toys which can make noise

  • Katie Skeoch

    Singing & storytelling work great with my 18 week boy x

  • Lindsey Smith

    A few different sensory toys such as lights and sounds and different texture items, as well as some good old fashioned singing together 🙂

  • Keep play times short and sweet, then increase them as they become more aware

  • Nick Hubbard

    Bright colours

  • leanne williams

    Noisy ones that drive me mad!

  • Claire Glace

    Pat – a – cake is our fave x

  • Mama Syder

    Singing and dancing always grabs their attention

  • Bright colours.

  • Jo Carroll

    I’ve always found they have an uncanny attraction to percussion instruments…using wooden spoons 😉

  • Adeinne Tonner

    For me i’ve always noticed they love things that make noise and colourful stuff too.

  • Dannii

    Quick happy tunes and brightly coloured.

  • Nicola Marshall

    Ones which light up & make plenty of noise.

  • Alex Telford

    When my son was that age he was engrossed with the “that’s not my books” he would try to reach the pages and loved the bright colours.

  • Terri Stammers

    just a bright sensory play mat great for tummy time x

  • Rebecca Taylor

    Bright and sparkly toys, a selection left in a safe place for the baby to choose and play with at their own pace

  • Mum’s Misbehaving!

    Always noisy toys 🙂

  • Rachel Butterworth

    Music and dancing and bubbles.

  • Kell

    Bright coloured toys that make a noise

  • Rachel

    The lion 🦁

  • GCforever

    Movement and sound are attractive to little ones and so are toys with mirrors.

  • Victoria Prince

    It doesn’t have to involve objects! Things like interactive nursery rhymes (five little piggies, round and round the garden..etc) are really valuable and fun 🙂

  • Edward Guerreiro

    I don’t think it qualifies as a tip, but buy soft toys that have elements which make a ‘crunchy’ noise, like crisp packets. They were much loved in my house.

  • MrRichTea

    Make learning fun 🙂

  • Donna Large

    noisy toys

  • Kelly E Hirst

    They love singing games – always lots of fun

  • Nick Quirk

    Noise and bright colours

  • Marie

    Young babies love bright colours

  • Allan Fullarton

    Noisy toys.

  • charbarcrazy

    Keep play sessions short, they don’t engage over 15 minutes

  • Donna Caldwell

    A little music

  • Adrian Bold

    Young babies love bright colours and sounds!

  • Pauline Black

    baby gyms, we had 2 different ones for Jacob that were bright colours with hanging toys and music. He loved them!

  • MARK HOPKINS

    Something noisy usually does the trick.

  • Paula

    Music and instruments were always a hit in our house x

  • Lynn Neal

    Anything that make a noise and is bright coloured!

  • Jamie Millard (JayJay1874)

    noise and texture works best.

  • Paula Cheadle

    something that makes a noise, is always great fun in our house

  • Teresa Sheldon

    ava has a bright yellow teddy that when pressed makes a snoring noise which she finds really amusing

  • Amanda Baggott

    Bright colours and music

  • Sally Ann Willcock

    What a lovely interesting article. Disco light is a great idea

  • Stuart A Osborne

    The toys are fantastic – think we’d probably like all of them.

  • leannedempsey

    Lots of bright colours and noises

  • Samantha Atherton

    musical instruments, songs & rhymes

  • Lara Davis

    Love simple bits like sensory baskets

  • Jo McPherson

    Lots of interaction

  • Sophie Williams

    Music! I make up ridiculous songs about everything we’re doing, baby loves it but my older kids think I’m quite mad!

  • Carrie Henson

    My little girl loves it when I make the same noises back to her. Her favourite at the moment is mama

  • Cassandra Mayers

    Sensory toys are great for babies. Perfect for play and learning

  • Rebecca Powell

    Both of my children loved looking at books since they were tiny babies, especially ones with touch and sound elements

  • Serena Harding

    All 3 of mine have loved books, noises the better

  • curtis linda

    oh i love this so cute ,
    mine liked anything coulorful and musical if it shone and sung they loved it ,

  • Leanne Perrett

    bright colours different textures and soft sounds

  • Sam Megansmummy Parkes

    Sensory play and bright colours. Toys they can explore with there hands and mouth

  • Gem Cook

    Lots of brightly coloured toys and fun music!

  • Amy Dickson

    Definitely lots of sensory objects, different textures and feels and noises!

  • Jennifer Baker

    Sensory toys for my baby, she loves to explore with her hands x x

  • alice lightning

    light and noise gadgets

  • Ding Rankine

    This is fab please count me in.

  • Caroline James

    For a creative child do lots of painting, sand and water play, make homemade play doh to keep them entertained.

  • Samantha Fell

    I have had 5 children and when they are babies I found simple things to be the best there are so many things you can spend a fortune on when all they need is you and something to look at or examine and put in their mouths.

  • Rebecca Mercer

    Lots of toys with bright colours and sounds x

  • CLAIRE

    toys should be textured and coloured to help with exploration

  • Jeanette Leighton

    My baby loves to dance and loves noisy things

  • Emma Louise Elliott

    My baby absolutely loved music, still does now xxx

  • Natasha Mairs

    anything that makes a noise is great. I also liked giving my loads of board books

  • Karl Borowy

    routine planning and love

  • kayleigh robinson

    Noisy things always keep a baby occupied!

  • Joanne Hutchings

    They love looking at themselves in mirrors.

  • Tamsyn beale

    omg these are amazing! my daughter loves dancing x

  • Eva Trelfa

    play copying games, peek a boo and clapping games x

  • Kate

    Lots of sensory toys, things that rattle, rustle, mirrors to look in.

  • Sarah fielding

    Put music on so they can have a boogie!

  • Tammy Neal

    Music so they can have a boogie

  • DanielleGraves

    We actually have the light you have in your picture above and when my baby niece came to visit today I turned it on and she loved it. Anything with fun textures and bold patterns is a sure fire hit!

  • Natalie Crossan

    The washing machine is a baby’s favourite programme!

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