I love this beautiful set of Montessori inspired toys for babies. It has materials that baby will play with from a few months old right up until toddler-hood and most can be adapted for play beyond that. The natural wood is so lovely and safe for mouthing children. Each toy will engage a baby and help to develop many skills from gross motor to fine motor to object permanence. I wish I had something like this when my son was a baby but now it’s available for your little pumpkin or makes a wonderful baby shower gift.
This beautiful set of my favourite toys is now available.
This baby set includes a cage rolling rattle made with cherry spindles and colored balls inside. It makes a lovely clicking sound when rolled and encourages baby to creep after it. The ball and jar is so much fun for baby to explore object permanence and open and close. The ring stacker is a huge hit with babies, staring with putting the large rings, which double as wood teething rings, over the peg and as fine motor skills increase, baby begins to put the small rings on.
Very excited about this new addition to my store. This lovely rattle rolls across the floor making a clicking sound from the wooden balls inside the cage. It encourages little ones to creep forward after it and as they get more mobile eventually to push it and crawl in pursuit.
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Pumpkin 2 was very intrigued by the balls in it. He LOVES balls. Yea, my kids aren’t those model looking children you see in some photos for toys. Pumpkin 2 has a bandaid, his first ever, from a cut he got and he got into the yellow dye I used to color the wood toys. It’s food grade though so no worries. I love how you can see him so closely inspecting the rattle.
For a baby you want to provide simple, safe toys that the baby has to manipulate to get a reaction from. Avoid battery operated toys, though it’s okay to have a couple. A baby doesn’t need a ton of toys or expensive toys. The best toys are often home-made. You want the toys to be safe for the baby to mouth because that is one of the ways a baby explores an object. Once the baby is a little mobile, put the toys on a low shelf or in a little basket so that the baby can get them himself. Provide a safe area for your baby to roll around and explore (not a playpen, bigger than that). Don’t fill it with too many things. Have you ever noticed how when you put a pile of toys in front of your baby he rolls away to play with a tag on a basket? Too many choices can be overwhelming for a baby. Here are our family’s favourite baby toys (links in the pictures):
Small tin cups from the dollar store. They make a great noise when banged together and are nice and shiny.
Hair curlers from the dollar store. They have an interesting texture and are different sizes and colours.
Canning jar top and juice can lids. Cheap, safe and great baby toys.
Water bottle with objects inside. You can put so many different things, beads, pipe cleaners, sparkles, toys that are too small for baby to play with. Just remember to glue the top on.
Knobby ball. Balls are great for mobile babies and the knobby ball feels so cool, all the kids like to touch it.
Oball. This one is easy for a baby to pick up and hold or catch.
Object permanence box. Baby drops ball in and it comes back out.
A ball drop is a toy your baby will use over and over. Good for eye/hand coordination.
Sophie the Giraffe. Yes, it’s over-priced, but it’s the best teething toy we’ve had. It’s all natural and the legs are perfect for getting to those back molars.
Oball Stacker. It can be stacked all different ways.
DIY baby toys. Pull, push, dump, great fun.
Black and white baby gym. These are good for small babies that can’t move yet.
Baby hair brush makes a great toy. It has different textures and the handle fits in the mouth. If it has a grippy handle it’s even better.
A low mirror for baby to see in.
Small cloths or handkerchiefs. These can be squished, chewed on, shaken and are always changing shape.