I’ve been asked quite a lot recently about Clara’s favourite toys so I wanted to share some of her favourites with you..
From Newborn I loved all the sensory toys. Not only are they great for their development, they are a great way to interact & bond with your baby.
When she was newborn I would play ‘Say Hello To The Sun’ in the background & then learnt all the moves from the classes. Unfortunately we only went to a few before they got canceled because of COVID however I just started doing the ‘class’ at home. ‘Super Simple Songs’ is a great channel with music & nursery rhymes you can sing & dance along too & she particularly loves the Pinocchio song.
Black & White high contrast soft books were amazing when she was little & she still likes them now, I bought these from Teytoy they are an ideal first book, non toxic crinkle soft material.
The texture books with ribbons, felt and crinkles are amazing too. We have one from the White Company & Skip Hop – they are great as you don’t need to hold them & worry about the cardboard book edge going in their eye! The older they get the 3D ones are great if you google or Amazon search: crinkle and 3d toddler books lots should come up.
Wee Gallery do black and white sensory cards (of animals etc) which she loves me showing her.
Sensory textured balls are great, especially when they start to work out what they hands can do & for teething too:
I love this make: Infantino Sensory Balls *
For soft toys things like this are great (link here)* I also got some really good hanging ones from Aldi, they are also good for putting on the pram too.
Soft Rattle & Teether: (Link here)*
Singing Peek a boo Elephant, she’s had this for a while but the last month seems to really like it (link here)*
For the pram she loves these (link here)*
The chair pictured is also from Infantino its their music & light discovery seat & booster 3 in 1. She liked this around 5 months I think when she was able to hold her head up but still needed support: link here *
The activity mat/playtime gyms are great from Newborn age too this is the one we have but there are many out there depends what you like (unfortunately the brighter the better haha)
White & Grey foam flooring, I wish we had of got these sooner: If you have a wooden or hard floor then these are ideal for play areas & to go under activity mats (link here).
This last month Clara has loved music I got her a musical instrument bag (most of which I have to hold onto as too dangerous for her unsupervised but she loves listening to it & watching). The maraca & castanets she can hold & loves these (link here). *
I then got this Xylophone ‘piano’ which she can play & loves (link here) *
Building blocks I got these:
Baby Toys 0-12 Month Baby Stacking Blocks,Educational Soft Squeeze Toys ,Teething Chewing Toys Baby Bath Toys Toddlers 0-3 Years (Link here) *
Stack & build soft blocks (link here) *
I use this ‘tummy time’ elephant to support her *behind her back if she falls back: ( Link here)
Another activity tummy time toy she likes is from The ELC Blossom Farm (link here):
We have a gorgeous personalised toy box (chest which is so handy) from Dreambox (link here)*.
There are some great subscription boxes that have sensory toys in & books; The little sensory box & Zazastorybox which also make lovely gifts too.
I try & rotate the toys & books so she has a few out at the time so she can pick what she wants but doesn’t get overwhelmed & bored quickly.
For bedtime I have a lovely book collection of about 22 books that I can read to her, I can’t find the exact link but there are plenty online.
As with everything – I wouldn’t leave your little one unattended with any toys & anything you feel maybe a chocking hazard or dangerous I wouldn’t use or let them hold.
Hope you find these helpful & your baby enjoys them too 🙂