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Best Toys for 4 Month Old Baby
What Are Age Appropriate Toys for a 4 Month Old Baby?
My baby is now 4 1/2 months and has taken a stronger interest in toys over the past three or four weeks. This article gives ideas of the best toys for 4 month old babies based on those that are popular with my own son.
At 4 months, the toys he loves best and which are appropriate developmentally, are toys which stimulate the senses. So, toys which are visually appealing with bright and contrasting colors are good. Toys such as rattles with pieces in them that move are also visually appealing for babies. Toys which make sounds such as rattles, squeakers and bells are good too. My baby also loves to put everything in his mouth so teethers and toys which he can jump on are good too.
Ideas include jumperoos, toys by lamaze, beach balls and bubbles. There are also some ideas on how to play with different toys too. Many have great educational value, aid development and have a fun factor for your baby.
Read on for the best toys for 4 month old babies
Jumper / Jumperoo for 4 Month Old
Perhaps the most used toy for this month so far has to be my little boys Fisher Price Jumperoo. He loves this toy. There are lots of activities to play with on the top and he has loved to bounce up and down. It has been great exercise for him and I think it's really strengthened his legs too. He has enjoyed his jumperoo so much that on a couple of occasions he has even fallen asleep in it. It gives me time to do a bit of housework while he is enjoying himself. If you want to get some more advice on the best jumperoo to buy, check out the article below
Perhaps the most used toy for this month so far has to be my little boys Fisher Price Jumperoo. He loves this toy. There are lots of activities to play with on the top and he has loved to bounce up and down. It has been great exercise for him and I think it's really strengthened his legs too. He has enjoyed his jumperoo so much that on a couple of occasions he has even fallen asleep in it. It gives me time to do a bit of housework while he is enjoying himself. If you want to get some more advice on the best jumperoo to buy, check out the article below.
Jumperoos /Jumpers are expensive but you can resell them on ebay and recuperate a lot of the cost. My own baby has really enjoyed his jumperoo so far and I am hoping to get quite a few months use out of it too.
Advice on Jumperoos
- Best Baby Jumperoo
Advice on how to choose the best jumperoo based on my own experiences.
Bright Starts Click and Slide Activity Ball
At 4 months old babies love to experiment and explore different objects. During this month they will start appreciating the full spectrum of colors as their sight develops. They also enjoy hearing a wide variety of sounds. Toys such as the click clack toy opposite are bright, colorful, make sounds and have lots to explore and touch. This makes them a great toy for this age.
There are lots of fun activities and sounds on this ball to entertain and engage baby.
It's easy for them to grip so four month olds will enjoy handling it and mouthing it. Great for knawing on for those sore gums.
Four month olds will enjoy looking at bead chaser, spinning frog character, colorful rattle ball and mirror.
There is a squeaker and clacking rings to enertain them and to learn about cause and effect.
As they get older they will enjoy playing with the different features, seeing how things spin and move and sound.
Great reviews over on amazon for this toy.
A baby tunnel is a great toy as there are lots of different ways baby can play with the toy as they grow.
If you don't have a baby gym, this makes a good choice. It's a great gym for the present and is great for tummy time
But it also great for your baby as he or she gets older. It turns into a crawl and discover tunnel.
It also has a multi-featured learning activity wall for toddlers and there's 11 activities in total.
Bright Starts Activity Blocks
4 month old babies will enjoy handling and playing with these soft blocks. And they will probably try and eat them too.
Some of the blocks make a different sound (crinkle, jingle etc). They have tags which babies will enjoy handling.
They are also great for building and knocking down first towers. It doesn't matter if they are thrown as they are soft too.
Lamaze Toys for 4 Month Olds
Lamaze make a great range of toys that are perfect for babies of this age. The toys below all have various features which stimulate babies senses. They include mirrors, squeakers, different textures to feel and explore, teethers, rattles and more. You can hang them onto car seats and strollers so are great toys to entertain babies when you're out and about.
Freddie the Firefly is perhaps the most popular Lamaze toy for very young babies.
Like the other lamaze toys there are plenty of textures to explore. Clinking rings, tethered ladybug teether, and knotted antennae perfect for chewing. It also includes a peek-a-boo mirror and squeaker.
Another great Vtech toy that a 4 month old will love.
This is a cute little cow which has buttons 4 month olds will love to press and that then light up. There's over 30 songs, melodies and phrases. It includes 2 volume settings (great for parents!)
There's 2 buttons to press and a spinner to bat in the middle. As you press the different buttons there are songs to teach about shapes, colors, numbers and letters.
The cow itself is about 6 inches tall and has different textures for baby to feels as well as different colors and patterns. It's great for developing fine motor skills and tactile awareness. It's also great fun and entertainment value.
There's an off switch but the toy also has an automatic shut off which comes on after 45 seconds and will help conserve the battery life. It's a great toy to play with in the crib. It's also perfect to throw in the diaper bag so you always have something to entertain baby on the go.
We go to a music group once a week and my son loves some of the musical toys there. His favourites include a rattle with bells. He loves watching these jingle, holding them and eating them too. It's great fun for me to jingle them along to the beat of the music.
This is a mini orchestra set with 4 different shakers.
Great for encouraging hand and eye co-ordination and to learn.
The shakers include shakers, bells, and jingles.
A great way to introduce music through play.
As any mother of a 4 month old baby knows, they love putting things in their mouth to knaw on and relieve the pressure from teething. We do have a variety of teething toys. There are many teething toys available. Look for ones which are easy for baby to grab, hold onto and put in their mouths. Toys with extra sensory or play value make excellent choices, like the Winkel below.
This toy is perfect for 4 month old babies. Baby can easily grab it, feel it and they will love to chomp on it too. The colors are bright to attract attention and there's is a rattle inside to engage babies as well.
Lamaze Cloth Book
They say it's never too early to introduce babies to book and cloth books are great first books for 4 month old babies.
4 month olds will enjoy the crinkly sounds the books makes when they touch them.
The bright colors are designed to attract babies attention.
As babies get older they will love lifting the flaps to see what's underneath too.
Sassy Developmental Wonder Wheel Suction Toy
Many 4 month olds get their first taste of real food depending on when you wean them. If they are sitting in the highchair this makes a great toy to keep them amused when you are preparing food or washing up.
4 month old babies will enjoy watching this being spun around. It features bright colors and cascading beads which will capture their attention.
The large wheel spins easily when babies bat at it which most 4 month olds should be able to do.
It is a suction toy so is great to entertain babies in the highchair.
There's spinners in the centre which babies can learn to turn as they get older. On one side of the spinners are patterns and the other side are mirrors.
Baby Einstein Octoplush
This is a lovely plush toy which babies can hug and babies can explore the textures.
Each foot have a different color on the foot and babies can squeeze each leg to hear color names in English, Spanish and French.
Fisher Price Rainforest Baby Gym
I actually bought this for our baby when he was 2 months old but at 4 months old he plays with it more than any other toy.
It's great for tummy time, he can reach the crinkly leave in the corner. There are lots of toys for him to bat and he is still enthralled by the lights and the music. There is a mirror to look into and other rattle and spin toys. It is easily folded away when not in use too.
Update : My son played with this toy lots until he was crawling at 8 months (which is early compared to other babies). Even after this, I still got it out for him quite a lot - until 10 or 11 months. It really was a good buy.
Top Tip you can buy these second hand on ebay for less than half the price and then when you've finished you can resell them and get your money back as long as you've kept it in good condition.
Another Fab Baby Gym!
Another great baby gym is the piano gym opposite.
We actually tried this toy out at a soft play area near us and my son loved it. I'd already bought the baby gym above so didn't need another one but this one is a great buy for 4 month olds.
Babies can kick the keys at the piano at the bottom and will be rewarded with music. As they get older, the piano can be turned around and they can sit and hit the keys too. There are toys for them to bat and vivid pictures on the mat to encourage them to turn over. The mat is soft and comfy to lie on.
Cloud b Sleep Sheep Four Soothing Sounds From Nature
Many babies love teddies. It's often good to get them a toy that helps soothe them to sleep as you can use it when you are having trouble getting them off to sleep as a sleep aid.
This cuddly sheep is designed to soothe babies to sleep.
It plays six songs to relax baby to sleep.
There's also a cry activated mode where it will come on if baby starts to cry
It hooks easily onto the side of baby's crib.
It has an automatic time out after 20 minutes.
You can also take out the electronic part of the toy so you can wash the plush.
Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Station
This activity station has a seat that you can put younger babies in so they can play with the activities.
As they get older they will be able to walk around the activity station in the seat so they can get to the toys that they want to play with.
Then when they are walking unaided the seat can be detached and then you have a free standing activity station
What I like about this toy is that it grows with your baby until they are in the toddler years.
Its recommend from age 4 months and up - although if you have a smaller baby it may be worth waiting a month or two. Some reviewers with 4 month old babies have placed a towel underneath their babies feet in the seat so their feet can touch the floor.
We have a bumbo seat for my little boy which is really useful for sitting him in. My sister in law weaned her baby in her bumbo and we plan to do the same before we get a highchair. But this superseat looks way better than a bumbo in my opinion. It comes with an activity tray and cool toys which aren't shown in the photo. It can also be attached to a chair and children can sit in it until they are 33 pounds so can last through the toddlers years too.
This is a cool little seat that could be perfect if you're weaning your baby at 4 months.
There's 3 stages with the seat so it grows with your child, the soft foam support, then the activity seat and finally the boost seat with straps.
The fun bit is the 360° rotating tray with loads of activities to keep baby engaged
It features 4 playful toys and 2 cup holders
Beach balls make great toys for 4 month old babies.
You can hold them on the top and give them lots of tummy time on top of the ball. Move your baby around on top of the beach ball for a fun game.
You can also roll the beach ball in front of them, encourage them to pat it and feel it too.
As they get older in the next few months, they will enjoy rolling the ball to and fro with you too.
Homemade Toys for 4 Month Old Babies
Babies don't need lots of money spent on toys. There are some really simple ways you can use household objects to make great toys for 4 month old babies.
Homemade rattle - You can easily make a homemade rattle. Fill a plastic container with dried pasta or rice for a rattle. Make sure that the lid is secure - you don't want babies choking on dried pasta. My son loves his homemade rattle. He is fascinated by the bits of pasta and rice that he can see and hear inside.
Toothbrush - A baby toothbrush can make a great teether and it will get babies used to a toothbrush so it may make it easier to brush their teeth a little later.
Sock puppets - If you get a colorful sock it makes a great puppet for babies to look at. A fluffy sock puppet are great for babies to touch too.
Bubbles - My son is enthralled with bubbles. If you blow them he loves looking at them. I place him on his tummy and he will try to pat the bubbles when they touch the ground too. It's fascinating for me to watch him watching the bubbles too. You can make homemade bubble solutions from products which you may have lying around the house. Google homemade bubble solutions for some bubble recipes. I do actually buy my bubble solution as it doesn't cost very much.
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