Yay! Your baby is 3 months old now! Now, your baby has discovered how much fun his own hands can be now that they’re no longer clenched in a fist. He can grasp a toy placed in his hands or reach for one that interests him.
Soon he’ll be able to pass a toy back and forth between his hands and rotate his wrist to inspect it from all sides, usually before popping it into his mouth. Are you thinking of getting him a toy? Here are some suggestions for toys that are sure to be a hit with your baby at this age:
Crib mobiles: Babies enjoy brightly colored objects – especially if they also move or make music. A crib mobile can make life more interesting for your baby, but use one only if your baby is still not able to sit up on his own. (Babies who have trouble falling asleep may do better without one.)
Lightweight rattles: Babies love making noise. Give your baby a rattle and watch her shake it up. Put on music with a strong beat – babies this age generally love music and are just learning to appreciate rhythm. Look for rattles made from sturdy materials (not thin, brittle plastic) and without small parts that your baby could swallow.
Activity bars: These are bars fitted with plush or plastic toys that fit across an infant seat, car seat, or stroller. This means that on long car trips or stroller rides, your baby can occupy himself by exploring all the interesting, noisy objects in front of him.
Soft stuffed animals and dolls: At this age, many children form an attachment to a doll or plush animal. Key criteria include soft and cuddly. You don’t want anything with wire in the ears or tail – it could poke through the fabric and hurt your child.
Squeaky rubber toys: Anything a baby can grip and squeak is usually popular with this age group. These toys are perfect for the tub.
Colorful teething rings: When your baby has sore gums, there’s nothing like gnawing on a firm rubber ring. Store teethers in the refrigerator to provide cold relief when your baby needs it, but never put them in the freezer. Such cold temperatures could hurt your baby’s delicate gums and lips.
Toys to manipulate: Once your baby can pick things up and move (or toss) them around, she’ll love blocks, baby-safe puzzles, and shape sorters. Large, soft balls she can roll around or pat are other popular choices – especially if they make noise or music when they roll. Your baby will also be fascinated by toys with levers she can pull and large plastic hinges that open and close.
What toys did you buy for your babies when they were this age? Tell us in the comment section below!