The best toys for 4 to 7-month-old babies
What are the best toys for 4 to 7-month-old babies?
Children now actively engage with their environments and have learned to recognize you and familiar caregivers. They can track moving objects with smooth, efficient eye movements. Bright colors, high contrasts, and complex patterns continue to be appealing.
They have mastered the ability to grasp and manipulate a dangling object by 6 months, and begin to engage in more active play by reaching, grasping, tugging, pushing, patting, shaking, and squeezing objects.
At 6 to 7 months, children are sitting independently, which provides them with greater visual capacities for grasping objects or bringing objects to mid-line for exploration.
They also will learn how to use their voice and start to make babbling sounds like “ba ba ba,” “da da da,” or “ma ma ma”. You should talk to them and respond to the sounds they make. This way they will learn the social aspects of language and conversation.
Soft, lightweight, rounded, and textured toys that make gentle sounds are appropriate. Hand-held objects, like simple musical toys, should be sized so these children can easily grasp and manipulate them. Mirror is also appealing to them at this age.
Book: Now it’s the time
It is time to introduce books now. When you read to your kid, say the colors of the objects, the name of people and animals as you point to them. You can even make the sounds of the animals in the book. You should chose books that won’t rip and can withstand a little drooling and chewing
What to Avoid:
- By 5 months of age, children can roll onto their backs and push up onto their hands and knees, so mobiles and suspended crib gyms are no longer appropriate at this age.
- It’s important to make sure that any objects that could be choking hazards or dangerous to your baby in other ways – are out of reach, or even better, out of sight!