Toys that 3-6 Month Old Babies Love
Find an Excellent Gift For a 3-6 Month Old Baby -- Fun, Developmentally Appropriate Toys
Now that her eyes can see a bit farther and her hands are starting to have a purposeful grasp, your baby is ready to start playing with toys!
Watching my infant daughter start to grab and investigate with her hands and mouth was a lot of fun. I loved starting to interact with her in new ways as her senses developed. While her dad and I were still the most important 'playthings' in her life, we found there were some excellent toys out there for her to play with and learn from. We found some duds too, like a soft rattle that we'd gotten as a shower gift which started unraveling within a month (yikes!). Through the years of playing with my daughter, nieces, and nephew as well as volunteering in my church's nursery, I've gotten a pretty good handle on what kinds of baby toys tend to work the best.
To give you some ideas, I've compiled a list of my favorite toys in some general developmental areas to focus on for babies 3 to 6 months old. Whether you're searching for a great baby shower gift, looking for a Christmas gift for baby, or wanting a developmentally appropriate toy for your little one, you're bound to find an excellent selection for your 3-6 month old baby on this list. These baby toys have been gummed, grabbed, squeaked, and crinkled to the delight of many little ones who are starting to explore their worlds. In addition, they get high ranks with parents and children, including my own family and circle of friends, as well as in Amazon reviews.
Here's what it takes for a toy to make my favorites list:
- Holds child's interest for an age-appropriate amount of time
- Durable/Quality Construction
- Age and Developmentally Appropriate
FYI: I tend to give higher ratings to toys with songs and sounds that are the least annoying to parents when heard over and over and over. Remember, babies love repetition, so it's important to take this factor into account. You don't want to be driven nuts by your child's favorite toy.
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How a 3 to 6 Month Old Baby is Developing and Playing
Knowing where your child is developmentally can help you choose the most appropriate toys for how they're learning and growing
Around the three month mark, you'll probably notice your baby having a new alertness and interest in the world. She'll have filled out a bit and is slowly getting stronger. By around 4 months or so, she'll amaze you with lifting her head and chest off the floor and supporting herself with her arms. If you're like me, you'll be getting the camera out even more often to capture every new baby 'trick' she does.
Her eyesight is making some improvements. Baby is able to see a bit farther away and her depth perception as well as her improving fine motor skills help her reach for and grasp toys. She'll have a mitten-like grip, using her thumb opposite the rest of her hand. By six months, most babies will be able to transfer a toy from one hand to the other. Nearer to the six-month mark, your baby will probably figure out the joy of dropping things to see what happens. Ah, the 'I drop it, mommy/daddy picks it up' game begins. It can be baby's favorite, but usually not the parent's favorite. ;)
During this time you'll also see your baby trying out her vigorous kicking skills. Putting a suspended object near her feet will delight her as she bops it around with her new foot-power. Most 3-6 month olds love being held and bounced in a standing position in your lap. It won't help your baby walk any quicker, but babies love bouncing and it strengthens their leg muscles. Be sure to not hold your baby's body weight by their hands or arms, though.
Remember, YOU are your baby's favorite 'toy'. He'll enjoy your facial expressions and just watching you, but as his world expands, he'll benefit from interacting with the new textures, colors and sounds that toys can provide as well. Why not play together?
Baby Gyms - The Super Gymini may be on the pricier end, but it's got a lot to mesmerize baby. I really like how versatile it is with a variety of activities. B
Video Review of Gymini Tiny Love Super Deluxe Play Mat
A Top-Notch Take-Along Toy - While Jacques the Peacock is the most popular of the adorable characters in this line, he's got lots of quality company.
Quite a few of my friends' children have also been delighted by Lamaze's take-along moose, who has such silky, touchable fur. In addition, they offer a pirate-y octopus, a robot, a kitty cat, a horse, and the runner-up in popularity, Freddie the Firefly.
Playing with the Gund 'Spunky' dog stuffed animal
Whoozit -- An Excellent All-Purpose Toy - Is Whoozit a teether? On-the-Go Toy? Stuffed animal? Rattle? ....All of the above.
Engrossed in Chewing on Whoozit - My daughter at 3 months loved chewing on her Whoozit's face. It was her favorite activity as she watched me sweep the back pat
Board Book Top Pick - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is easy for babies and parents to love. My daughter adored it.
Musical Toy - This is by far one of my favorite musical toys
Twins Fight Over Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes - While the volume on the toy is off in the video, you can see how much these babies love their caterpillar
Play Mat - You might not think of this as a toy, but this mat also provides activities for baby so he can play cleanly and safely while you're away from home.
More Award-Winning Toys
Here are some more great choices for your baby's first toys.
Further Resources for Finding Great Baby Toys
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Oppenheim has been reviewing toys for years and they give out awards for toys with excellent workmanship, play-ability and developmentally appropriateness. You can search by age and category of toy to find the best fit for your child.