Raising a baby has a huge number of amazing moments, but it can also be a tough job. One of the hardest challenges for me has been to make sure my baby is getting in her activities so that her development is on schedule.
There’s no shortage of DIY projects on Pinterest, but sometimes you just want to be able to buy a product that helps you get the job done. Here are four things you can buy or add to your baby registry that will help along your baby’s development.
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Tummy Time Playmats
Babies spend most of their time on their backs, but it’s important to mix in some “tummy time.” This is necessary to aid the development of muscles, which in turn will help your baby with sitting, crawling and eventually walking! If at first your baby doesn’t like tummy time, don’t give up. Eventually, he will like it more. In the beginning, shoot for a few minutes a few times a day and build from there.
If at first your baby doesn’t like tummy time, don’t give up. Eventually, he will like it more. In the beginning, shoot for a few minutes a few times a day and build from there.
High Contrast Baby Toys
Until about six months of age, babies can’t distinguish colors beyond high contrasts, such as black and white, and the occasional bold color, like red. Fortunately, you can buy toys which are made in high contrast, meaning they’ll still visually stimulate your baby.
There are also videos on YouTube that are especially for babies that feature high-contrast images. It’s exciting to watch them become more engaged with their surroundings over time as their vision develops!
Baby gyms are perhaps the most versatile product you can buy for your baby. Invest in a high-quality gym, and you’ll have access to a range of activities that will stimulate your child and help their development.
Try placing your baby on her back or stomach, then put out some toys within grabbing distance, but not too close. Watch as she tries to reach in that general direction and build hand-eye coordination!
Exersaucers are basically a new and improved version of the baby walker. A crucial difference is that exersaucers don’t move, making them far safer. They’re a great place to pop your baby for a few moments if you need to leave them unattended for any reason.
Many pediatricians don’t recommend walkers, as they are unsafe and can inhibit baby’s development. For example, while my pediatrician isn’t so much worried about the development aspect, she’s pretty stern that walkers are not a safe choice.
While a baby needs little more than a parent’s love and care in the beginning, it’s also nice to have some of these extras if it’s within your budget. While nothing can replace actually interacting with your little one, think of these products as mommy’s little helpers. They really do come in handy in a pinch!
What’s your favorite development activity to do with baby?
S. B. Castañeda is a proud, new mom with a 9-to-5 and a side hustle. When she’s not stealing snuggles and playtime, she enjoys blogging about productivity and mom life on Baby Brain, her mom blog. Check out her recent buyers guide on double jogging strollers.