They’re awake, changed, and fed…now what? Well, now you just need to find ways keep your baby entertained. Sounds easy enough, but as a new parent it can be tough to know which toys and activities are right for your baby during all those early ages and stages. Luckily, there are some playtime essentials that are proven performers at keeping babies busy (and happy) throughout their first year. And while these toys might look like they’re all fun and games, they’re also designed with your baby’s development in mind so you can feel good knowing they’re getting the most out of playtime.
There’s a lot to see, say, and do (and get into) these days. Get ready, because hands-on play is where the big discoveries happen.
Deluxe Kick & Play™Piano Gym
This gym is full of fun for years to come, with four ways to play that will keep your baby engaged as they grow. Start with lay & play and tummy time on the mat to help kick start your baby’s development. As your little one starts to sit up on their own, move the toy arch to encourage sit-at play. Then, remove the piano keys to take playtime with you.
Early on, your baby will connect the act of kicking with the sounds the piano makes when hit or kicked. This helps introduce cause-and-effect (and they discover that making noise is just plain fun).
As they stretch and kick the piano keys, they’re also strengthening gross motor skills and getting those little muscles ready for big things.
Toys that hang overhead (including a mirror for self-discovery) and bright colors help stimulate your baby’s visual senses, while music strikes a chord with their auditory skills.
Smart Stages® learning levels allow you to switch up the music, songs, and learning content to keep the fun going as your little one grows. Start with engaging your baby’s senses with lights and music at level one. Switch to level two to introduce learning about animals, and then unlock even more learning at level three with songs and phrases about colors, shapes, and numbers.
Your baby (now technically a toddler) is becoming more and morecurious about the world around them. Little People® figures, vehicles and playsets help bring that world down to their size so they can explore it with their own two hands.
It might start with just throwing the figures in theBig Yellow School Busand rolling it across the floor. But, as they grow (and their imagination grows), so will theirstorytelling skills.
MOOO! When children play with a playset like the Caring for Animals Farm and animal figures, they get to discover the sounds the animals make, where the animals live, and what they eat, just by playing.