We have made it to the 6 month mark! This is a really exciting time in baby’s development. They are beginning to do soo much more and they are trying to become independent. Here are a few toys that we love playing and learning with a the 6 month mark.
1-Infantino Grow-with-me Activity Gym and Ball Pit-
I love this mat. It began as a tummy time and play time mat. It is easy to clean and it can with 4 toys that baby could reach for in visually stimulating colors. Now that Baby Jack can sit up we use it as a ball pit. He loves reaching for the brightly colored balls and he is trying to throw them. When I put him in the ball pit I always supervise him. I do not put all the balls in the pit and leave some in the turtle head that is attached to the mat for easy storage of the plastic balls. Baby Jack sometimes will sit back on the turtle’s head like it a pillow when he gets tired. The ring that encloses the ball pit is not sturdy enough to hold baby in, but it does keep the balls from going everywhere.
2- Bright Starts Having A Ball Explore & Roar Activity Jumper-
I really like that the music plays in English, French and Spanish. I also has lots of things for him to spin and bite on, he is starting to teeth! The activity jumper is adjustable to different heights. Some of the interactive toys come off the jumper so that you can add or take away what you want baby to have.
3- Lakeshore Soft and Safe Alphabet Blocks-
We use the blocks to build with and to introduce beginning letters. I only pull out a few of the blocks at a time. I always have the block out with his first initial for him to play with and look at. The blocks are soft cloth on two sides and a soft plastic on the other sides. He usually just throws the blocks and tries to chew them but they are a great way to begin to introduce beginning sounds, colors, and letter recognition. Each block has the uppercase letter, lowercase letter, and 2 pictures that begin with that letter on different sides of the block. I know that they are expensive, but they are an investment in his long term learning, so I think they are well worth the cost.
4- Chirp and Count Birdies-
These colorful birdies chirp the number of times displayed on their tummy. They are red, green, blue, yellow, and orange. They are a great way to introduce counting and colors. The birds chirps is clear and easy to distinguish while counting along. We started by introducing just one birdie and letting him explore them and practice squeezing them.
5- Baby Interactive Learning Mat-
This mat is very big 78.7 inches x 70.8 inches. The mat is also double sided, one side has numbers and the other side has the alphabet. The mat is easy to clean and just needs a wipe down with a wet cloth or baby safe cleaning products. I like using the mat because I do not have to worry about my baby’s face on the dirty rug. We have a 5 year and although we have replaced the rug it is still not okay for baby’s face. The mat also comes in a bag so after playing I can fold it up and put it away easily.
I love to read and my oldest son loves to read also. He can read on a 1st grade level in Pre-K!! SOOO Proud!! I want to instill a love of reading into Baby Jack so everyday a few times a day we read. For my baby shower I had a book themed shower (more info to come soon) and we received a lot of board books. I also read him cloth books and teething books so that he can play with the books when finished. We also have an ABC book that my guest help make at the shower that we have begun to show him.
7-Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Learning Basketball Activity Center-
He just started playing with this. It sings songs and is interactive. It also helps with his hand eye coordination and fine motor strength.
The 6 month old benchmark is an awesome time in baby’s development. At this age they are laughing, and playing more. They can sit up and have begun to grasp and hold objects. They are trying to build the muscles they need to begin crawling, so tummy time is still very important. Make sure that your child plays on their tummy and give them fun activities to do while they are doing tummy time. Have them reach for things that are slightly out of reach. Continue to introduce age appropriate activities and games into their busy schedules. Give your child the opportunity to feed themselves independently and try introducing a sippy cup. Enjoy this time with them, because it goes by so fast!