The Best Toy for a 4 Month Old Boy
He clips on to the car seat, pram and cot, can be taken anywhere and provides endless entertainment!
I have a four month old baby boy, and everything he does is unbelievably interesting to me. Whether it's a sneeze, burp or giggle I just love seeing every day how he is developing into a child, and each week he is losing his baby-ish ways, swapping them for life-skills such as reaching and grabbing, smiling, babbling away and putting EVERYTHING in his mouth!
Something that really amuses me is finding new things to make him laugh, and new toys that will fascinate and entertain him. This lens is about his favourite toy, Ollie the octopus, which he seems to never get bored of. Ollie has everything babies love attached to his body including teething rings, a rattle, colourful textures, knotted legs and a big smile.
Learn and Play!
At this young age, babies are learning primarily through touch. As soon as something interesting comes into their sight, you will see your baby fixate his eyes on the object and start to reach out for it. Your baby will take a long time before he is able to reach and grab something effortlessly and at four months, a baby will still feel excited just by the fact that he has touched the object you held before him.
With a huge range of baby toys to choose from, usually parents pick toys that they like, and this isn't a bad thing, but with so many options comes the question; "which toys will my baby really enjoy playing with and also learn from?"
Try to pick a toy that has multiple features that will entertain your baby. Colourful, cuddly toys will keep your baby's interest and attention for a few minutes, but a multiple-coloured toy with teething rings, a mirror, a rattle, different shapes and textured bits that plays music will never cease to delight and entertain your little one. You can help your baby enjoy his toys by showing him all the different parts of the toy and telling him why you like them, for example; "oh look (baby's name), can you see all the bobbles? What do they feel like?" this helps your baby with his speech skills too, and of all the voices in the world, his mothers is still best. He will pay more attention to you when you speak than to anyone else.
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Some more great octopus toys
Each tentacle plays a note - encourage your little Mozart!
Play is the beginning of knowledge, and the work of children— unknown
Educational toys for fun!
As far as your baby is concerned, variety is the spice of life - especially when you have a short attention span and so many skills to develop!
Toys help babies with a whole host of essential life skills such as motor skills, hand-eye coordination, speech development and can even influence things like talking early, sitting up and crawling and meeting milestones sooner.
Colours, shapes, textures and tastes make up your baby's world - and he wants to touch all of it, and explore it as much as possible. To do this, your baby will want to put everything and anything in his mouth. As long as there are no small or loose parts on the toy, and the toy is relatively clean, he can do this and will benefit from it greatly.
We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, of more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are at play— Author: Charles Schaefer
All babies under 6 months need a fair amount of stimulation each day in order to grow and develop well and a lot of this stimulation can be provided through exploring different sounds, textures and sights which toys are designed to allow them to do safely. The Lamaze range in particular stood out to me as a range with fantastic designs, made from quality materials and also entertained my baby boy endlessly (almost!) I would highly recommend these toys to any mother.