these are A few of our favourite things...
3. Stuffed toys - make sure they don't have beads that can be chewed off (choking hazards). Taggies are lovely stuffed toys with labels stitched on for baby to chew and play with. Lamaze have a great selection too.
From 3 months
1. Things to hold - soft blocks, balls etc. Grow and Play (available at Sainsburys) have a great selection.
2. Toy bar for the bouncy chair - we love the babybjorn wooden toy bar.
3. Rattles - we like these wooden double ended maracas (stops your baby from sticking it down their throat!)
From 4 months
1. A seat to help baby sit upright - the Bumbo Baby Seat is a good one.
2. A doorway bouncer so that baby can start putting weight on his/her feet - for example the Jolly Jumper with bounce mat.
3. Inflatable play ring - you can fill these with toys and baby can sit in there safely (although K's husband calls this the 'ring of neglect').
From 5 months
From 6 months
1. Baby Walker - we like the Chicco Baby Walker and the V-Tech gets good reviews too. These are good little activity centres for when baby is sitting and double up as a walker to help them take those first steps.
2. Toy remote control - your baby will probably want to grab your TV remote at every opportunity, the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Remote lights up and plays sounds and music - much more fun than the boring old Sky controller...
3. Toy phone - similarly to the remote, your baby will probably be reaching for your mobile whenever its in sight. Give them their very own version - the Fisher Price Smart Phone.
4. Inflatable Roller - designed to help your baby crawl, but they love playing with these as they are often clear with balls or jangly things inside. (At 8 months, R's baby still chases his around the room giggling!) We like The Carousel Inflatable Activity Roll.
5. Ball pit - once your baby can sit, this is a great toy - and the pit/pool/pond/whatever you want to call it can be collapsed and the balls have a storage bag so your house doesn't have to look like a soft play centre. We like this pop-up sensory ball pit with holes in the side, and textured, squeaky bean bags. Buy here. (You need to buy the balls separately, buy here)
Approaching 1 year
2. Activity table - when your baby is learning to stand by themselves they will love playing standing up too. The Early Learning Centre's Light and Sound Activity Table is great.
Note: Please check the age recommendations and safety instructions that accompany the toys, the above is just a guide!
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