FIVE DEVELOPMENTAL STOCKING STUFFERS FOR BABIES
This holiday season, choose simple toys that invite motor skill development. Sometimes the most simple objects require the most use of baby’s body parts which facilitates the development of motor skills. That is the real DIY! Skip the expensive and space-consuming jumper and exersaucers and choose to “keep it simple and developmental.”
1. BABY RATTLES
2. BABY’S FIRST BALL
An excellent toy for the motor skill development of cruising. At under $10, the O-Ball is our favorite first ball for baby. It is lightweight and the small bars are easy for baby’s tiny fingers to grip. Available at many baby toy retailers.
3. BABY’S FIRST DOLL
A Waldorf blanket doll. $22. Part doll and part “blankie,” this is a perfect first doll for baby. Approximately 11 inches long, it has a face and hands that are made of non-toxic materials safe for teething. The “blankie” makes it easy for an infant to carry and manipulate. (Most dolls are not easily managed by baby until she is a toddler.) From bellalunatoys.com
4. LOLLACUP: BEST SIPPY CUP
Lollacup, which retails for about $16, is a new and improved sippy cup. This is the newest and smartest sippy cup on the market. It is made of BPA free materials and has a weighted straw so parents can teach baby to drink through a straw. This skill is an important one in the development of a baby…and made in the USA! Available from amazon.com or directly from lollaland.com
5. JINGLE BELLS
Bells, bells, bells. Babies can not get enough of them. They come inside a baby rattle, on a stick, or in a box. You can find them in a music store in the toddler section, in baby toy selections, or make one yourself with a small box and a few individual bells. At every stage of development you can find a baby toy with bells that she will enjoy ringing.
Enjoy baby’s first Christmas!
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