It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and there’s no better way to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas than with some delightful and developmentally beneficial toys. Whether your little one is just beginning to explore the world or is already a curious crawler, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 best toys that will not only bring joy to their faces but also aid in their growth and learning. Let the Christmas magic begin!
1. Soft and Snuggly Plush Friends
For the tiniest tots, soft plush toys are a perfect choice. Look for ones with different textures and colours to stimulate their senses. A cuddly plush friend can also become a comforting companion during naps and bedtime. Opt for animals, characters, or even plush toys that make gentle crinkling sounds to engage your baby’s auditory senses. Crinkle books, clip-on pram soft books and plush toys, and bright contrasting colours feature in the toys and books present in the newborn Grow with Me sensory boxes.
2. Sensory Balls for Tactile Exploration
Sensory balls are fantastic for engaging your baby’s tactile senses. Choose ones with various textures – smooth, bumpy, or rubbery – to encourage exploration. These balls are not only great for little hands to grasp but also provide opportunities for rolling and crawling, promoting gross motor skills. They’re simple yet effective in promoting sensory development. When you think ‘sensory’ don’t think just balls that feel funny! You can get all kinds of sensory stimulation balls in Grow with Me boxes – including reflective, tactile, lacing beads, flashing lights – all at the right stage for them to grow and develop!
3. Interactive Play Gyms
An interactive play gym is a versatile gift that can be enjoyed during tummy time, a crucial activity for strengthening neck and shoulder muscles. Look for play gyms that come with hanging toys, mirrors, and textures to keep your baby engaged. Some even come equipped with soft music or lights, adding an extra layer of sensory stimulation.
4. Colourful Stacking Cups
Stacking (or nesting) cups are classic toys that provide endless entertainment and learning opportunities. Babies can explore sizes, colours, and shapes while developing hand-eye coordination. As your little one grows, these cups can be used for pouring water during bath time or even taken to the beach for sandcastle building. They’re a simple yet effective addition to your baby’s toy collection and provide vital development benefits.
5. Baby-safe Musical Instruments
Introduce the joy of music early on with baby-safe musical instruments. Soft shakers, colourful maracas, or mini xylophones can captivate your baby’s attention while enhancing their auditory development. These instruments can also be a delightful addition to your family’s Christmas sing-alongs. Choose ones made from safe, non-toxic materials suitable for tiny hands. At around 7-10 months is where your baby can truly benefit from making their own music, which is why these boxes from Grow with Me feature plenty of baby-safe musical instruments!
A Few Tips for Choosing the Right Toys:
- Safety First: Ensure that the toys are free from small parts that could be a choking hazard and are made from non-toxic materials.
- Age-Appropriate: Select toys that align with your baby’s developmental stage. Toys that encourage reaching, grasping, and exploring with their mouths are great for infants.
- Multi-Sensory: Opt for toys that engage multiple senses – sight, touch, sound. This helps in holistic development.
- Easy to Clean: Babies are known for their messy adventures. Choose toys that are easy to clean and maintain.
This Christmas, as you celebrate the joy of the season with your little one, these carefully selected toys can add an extra layer of magic and wonder to the festivities. Watching your baby explore, play, and learn is a gift that keeps on giving. Merry Christmas to you and your bundle of joy!
Want to Stay Ahead of The Curve?
Rather than worrying about your little one’s developmental progress after they’re born, leave that to us. Take a look at our Grow with Me development toy boxes. We provide a monthly, research-based, sensory box of educational and useful goodies – all with the aim of developing cognitive & motor skills through play, in 0-24 month olds. This leaves you to focus on spending quality time with your little one!