Best Toys for 0-6 month old babies

BEST Toy for 0-6 month old

Hello my dear friends! Today I am excited about this post because I am going to make your life a lot easier (you are welcome 😉 ). As a first time mom I spent hours researching about the best toys for a baby and I am here to tell you all about it. I asked my mom who has 12 children of which 2 are still babies and I asked other moms I personally know and also looked it up online and went to toy stores… So here is the ultimate selection of baby toys that I recommend. Enjoy!

There is a whole lot of things babies learn to do in their first 3 months. Depending on what your child is able to do and how advanced he is, he will like some toys more than others. I separated the toys in 2 groups: from 0-3 months and from 3-6 months.

Best Toys for 0-6 Months old babies

Development

(0-3 months)

  • follows objects
  • lifts head and holds it up
  • responds to sound
  • stares at faces
  • looks at black & white patterns
  • cooing
  • Laughs and smiles
  • Recognizes faces

(3-6 months)

  • Holds head steady
  • Bears weigh on legs
  • Grasps a toy
  • Responds to your voice
  • Might start teething
  • Distinguish bold colors
  • Rolls over
  • Plays with hands and feet
  • Turns to sounds & imitates them
  • Sits

Toys

1.Activity Gym

*I started to use this toy for my baby when she was 2 1/2 months old.

One of the best toys and definitely the number one in my list is an activity gym. Why? Because it is simple and super useful. Apart from being very colorful, they serve as playmat for your baby’s tummy time. The different textures of the linkable toys is an advantage too because when your baby is on his back, he will try to reach the toys and touch those different textures while listening to music (didn’t I mention? Most activity gyms have musical toys too!) An activity gym is just what it sounds: A place where your baby will be active and play. In my experience, Catalina loves her activity gym and every time I have to do something I can just take out the gym and voila! She is distracted playing (in fact, she is on it right now). The activity gym I use is the Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Musical Activity Gym.

If you want a more-complete but also a bit more-expensive one I recommend the Bright Starts Sunny Safari Baby’s Play Place Activity Gym which you can find in Wal-Mart and Target.

2.Stuffed animals

*Starting at 2 months

I used stuffed animals for when I started putting Catalina on her tummy. It worked really well to stimulate her as she would keep her head up for longer periods of time trying to figure out what the stuffed animal was. It is also useful for the touch, as they have different textures. Some stuffed animals are interactive and sing songs, move…etc.

3.Bouncer

Having a bouncer is super convenient. It works as a toy and at the same time you can use it to feed your baby, or to put your baby next to you while you work, or to put you baby to watch a show (Baby Einstein for example…). The smaller your baby is, the better he/she will stay in the bouncer. Catalina has reached a point that she just wants to be all over the place so I just sit her at the bouncer occasionally, but the bouncer worked wonders when she was between 1-4 months old. The bouncer I use is the Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer but I also recommend the Geo Meadow which is the one my sister in-law has.

Another good option is the Rock ‘N Play Sleeper .

4. Baby Sock Toys

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These Socks Toys Wrist Rattles and Foot Finders (apart from being super cute) are perfect for when your baby discovers his/her feet. I put them in this list because I always think simple toys are the best and this is very simple toy that allows the baby to find his/her feet and arms.

5. Baby Einstein Discover & Play gift set

The Baby Einstein Discover and Play Gift Set is one of my favorite toys for 0-6 months old babies. It is the perfect combination of toys because it includes a musical toy, a teether, discovery cards in different languages and a rattle toy. I recently bought them and my baby enjoys them a lot. Many times she is not interested in the other toys she has but she can be playing for hours with these 4.

6.Stroller Toys

Always good for when you go for a walk or take the baby with the stroller somewhere. It keeps them stimulated and entertained. I bought this one in amazon and so far so good!

7. Soft Books

I’m always surprised with the Lamaze brand. I think it is a good brand overall, and my favorite Lamaze toys are the soft books. Your baby can touch and play with the toys while your read the book to her. I want my baby to get used to books from a very young age so the best thing is to introduce her to soft books first. Try it out!

8.Babylian Educational Grasping Rattles

If you are fond of old-fashioned toys you will love the Babylian Educational Grasping Rattles . These are for babies of more than 3 months. They are usually very curious and see the colors, the shapes, the sounds each toy makes…

9. Floor Seat

I was introduced to the Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat by my mother. “Give it a try” she said. I wasn’t sure because it didn’t look like something Catalina would like but my mother was right! (she always is…) I happen to have a very active and curious baby as I’m sure many of you have too and this is the perfect distraction. It is a nice floor seat where curious babies can see everything they want and at the same time play.


If you liked this post check out 7 ways to play with your 3-6 month old baby for more tips!

Sincerely, Josie

24 Obvious signs that you are a mom

Signs that you are a mom

Congratulations! You are a mother!

And yes, whether we want to admit it or not, there is obvious signs that show to the world that we are in this amazing journey.

Here is a list of some of them:

1.The screen of your phone is mysteriously sticky.

2. Now when you go to the store you stop in every children’s clothing section.

3. Your phone’s memory is always full (due to the excessive amount of pictures you have taken).

4. You are no longer the protagonist of your profile picture.

5. You never say “I’m bored”.

6. Now you understand your mother.

7. A 10 min shower equals a 3hr spa.

8. If someone gives a gift to your baby you enjoy it more than if it was a gift for you.

9. Noise does not distract you anymore. In fact, if there is silence you start to worry.

10.Coffee is now your best friend. (and maybe now you even understand your husband’s addiction to red bull)

11.”Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is the biggest ‘hit’ in your house.

12.  Now your list of favorite shows include “Pocoyo” and “Baby Einstein”.

13.You understand the phrase “Time is Precious”.

14.You love your baby so much that you want more babies.

15.Your livingroom looks like 6 flags.

16.To put Makeup on takes you about 2 minutes now. Max.

17. You have something to talk about with any mother.

18. No one has better-looking children.

19. Your new name is “mom”.

20. You could be a doctor, a teacher, a P.I, a cook, a psychologist & a clown. All at the same time.

21. Some of your new conversations are about poop.

22. You cherish every second you are alone with your husband.

23. finger food is your new favorite food.

24.You are surprised of the many things you can get done in a day.

Sincerely, Josie

7 AMAZING ways to play with your 3-6 month old baby

7 ways to play with your baby

How to play with your baby:

Catalina just turned 3 months old two weeks ago and she is super awake already. Since I haven’t had time for anything (because time flies when you are breast feeding, taking care of your baby, fixing the house, staying awake all night…etc. Anyway, all things befitting a first-time mom), I did not buy her any toys! I am probably justifying myself, but I honestly didn’t think she would play with anything until she was at least 6 months old. I know, I should have known they play with things way earlier… But even if I spent my life surrounded by kids (I am the oldest kid of 12), it is NEVER the same thing when it’s your own child. And you have to learn everything from 0.

So the ONLY toys she has are a few stuffed toys we got when she was born.

I don’t know if the same thing happened to you or not, but I’ve had to figure out a way to entertain her and play with her, and the outcome of this has been great, because it has helped her a lot to achieve her milestones!

Therefore, I will leave some of the ideas I had in here. In case they are useful for you to stimulate and play with your own child and having as much fun as I have had with my little one. 🙂

Baby and teddy bear

 

1.Floor Time

Put your baby belly down on the floor. Place a few things around her (make sure those things are safe for her to put in her mouth and touch) and if you are up to it, lay on the floor next to him/her where she can see you and talk. You can read her a baby book if you want-or have one. Try to make your baby move towards you without your help. Catalina loves this exercise, she even started to move backwards on her own! Now, whenever I leave her on the floor, after 3 minutes she has moved from where left her. She is only 3 months!

 2.Airplane

Father playing with babyLay on your back and grab your little one between your hands and stretch your arms until you can see your baby face to face. Now, this one is important because you will be able to talk to your baby and get his/her full attention. I usually prefer to make different noises instead of just talking to her. This strengthens their muscles in the neck, abdomen, legs and arms.

3.Mirror

Sit with your baby in front of a mirror and let him discover himself. He will not know that he is looking at himself yet, but maybe will be able to recognize you and smile at your reflection. Catalina always tries to touch her hands in the mirror.

4.Faces

Lay your baby on her back (I usually do it on my bed in the morning), and then you get on your fours and have face to face time. You should let her touch your face, get close to you, sing a song to her, touch her legs and arms and cuddle with her. You can change positions and lay on your side too. This is GREAT for babies. I guess this is a natural thing to do with your baby, I don’t think you need me to tell you to do this, but in case you have not done it enough I can honestly tell you that this is the BEST exercise I do with my baby because she gets my FULL attention during this activity, and she knows it.Mother holding baby and kissing

5.Dog Time (If you have a dog)

I will talk more extensively about this one in another post, but if you have a dog it is super important to establish some baby-dog time! They will both enjoy it and it is super helpful for your baby to learn how to interact with your dog from early on.

The way I do it is this:

Make your dog lay down, on his side. Then carefully place the baby on her belly on top of the dog’s belly while you talk to your dog and tell him to be gentle, stay down. Of course, for this I have already introduced my baby to the dog since the baby came home, you cannot do this if the dog is not used to the baby already. Also, you need to do this for short periods of time and be there making sure everything is fine. This helps the baby also because it is a sensory exercise, she will be able to touch the fur of the dog and feel the gentle rhythm of the dog’s breathing.

*Also, I don’t think I would try it with other pets, but that is up to you and how much you trust you pet. Never risk the safety of your baby.

6.Daddy Time!

This is important! One of the mother’s most important jobs in the life of the baby is to make sure she knows who her daddy is! Now,this might sound obvious to you, but some people underestimate how important it is for the child to be introduced to the father. As the mom, the child recognizes you instantly and will instinctively lean on you for everything. But it is important that you leave some things up to the father, and you make sure they have some one-on-one time! My husband has a beard so it is helpful to stimulate the baby too when he talks to her, cuddles with her, etc. You can also join in the fun and spend some time as a family making the baby laugh, talk to her, talk about her.

7.Hanging blanket/ strings

Hang a blanket and place your baby directly underneath, she will entertain herself looking and touching it with her hands and will probably place it on her mouth.

Mommy kissing daughter

 

Now, all of this things will help your baby’s motor skills. Why do I say this things are so helpful for the development of the baby? First of all, time with the parents is ESSENTIAL at this time. I read once an article stating that if you gave a child 5 minutes of your full attention (no while looking at your phone or cooking dinner, or talking to someone else while helping your child do something, no. full attention) your child feels loved. And that, my friends, is in my opinion the best thing to help babies develop mentally and physically! The mind is totally related to the body, therefore psychology is related to physical activity.

Apart from that, each one of this activities stimulates a different part of the baby. All of the senses except taste (sight, hearing, smell and touch), muscles, and social skills.

This games/activities/exercises or however you want to call them are great and I will continue to do them as mush as I can! But also….I think is time for mommy to buy Catalina some nice toys too!

Sincerely, Josie

 

P.s: Two things!

  1. Please let me know if you liked the post and which one is your favorite activity. Do you agree or disagree with anything?
  2. (If you have toys for your baby) Please let me know which ones your baby likes the best, I would like to know about the toys your kids prefer!