Age and stage appropriate toys will stimulate your baby’s senses, offer a wealth of learning opportunities, and lead development forwards. Each of the items below can be found in our Baby Sensory Shop
Favourite toys for babies aged 3 to 6 months include objects that can be brought to the mouth, and play gyms that can be biffed and kicked. Black and white objects, and colourful toys and mobiles that make soft, gentle sounds will stimulate the interest of a newborn or very young baby.
From 6 to 9 months, pop-up toys, musical instruments, tea sets, and activity centres with buttons to press will provide an endless source of amusement.
For babies from 9 to 12 months large plastic bricks, wooden puzzles with handles, shape sorters, drums, and push along toys are fun and educational.
Books are some of the best toys for babies and it is never too early to introduce them. Books with textured or sparkly materials, large, brightly coloured pictures and hide-and-seek surprises encourage interaction with a familiar adult, and make great Christmas presents.
Snuggling up close and talking about the pictures is a wonderful way to introduce new words and sounds. For relatives or friends who find it difficult to know what to say to your baby, reading a story makes talking much easier.
Still not sure what to get for your Baby or Toddler? Take a look at our ultimate bundles below.
Baby's Ultimate bundle
This bundle includes a variety of carefully selected items to help stimulate your baby’s senses and move their development forward. From musical instruments, textured materials, soft toys, books and more this is the perfect bundle to keep you and your baby entertained.
The items selected will meet a variety of different developmental benefits for your baby. For instance, building on movement, balance, body awareness and postural skills, enhancing hand-eye coordination, listening skills, and cause and effect, promoting visual tracking, focusing skills and eye-teaming, exploring imaginative play, social skills and the element of surprise through games such as ‘peek-a-boo’, which in turn reinforces the concept of object permanence, and developing whole body and brain development in its entirety.
Toddler’s Ultimate Bundle
The play resources in this bundle have been expertly selected to enhance your child’s overall learning and development and include colourful chiffons and ribbons, musical instruments, music, soft toys, flash cards and more. Everything you need to keep you and your child thoroughly entertained.
The items will nurture and build on all areas of learning and development from imagination to creative thinking, hand-eye coordination, motor skills, music-making, rhythmic movement, sensory perception, spatial awareness, looking and listening, eye teaming, focusing, tracking and catching. Best of all, they will reduce stress and frustration, release excess energy, and help your toddler sleep better at night.
These bundles are a great way to invite purposeful interactions between you and your child and create lasting memories.