EB picks: Toys for your 0-6 month old

The 0-6 month period is exciting as babies develop from newborns barely able to keep their eyes open to an alert, sitting and vocal infant.

Babies learn about the world and develop vital skills through interaction and play. You want to choose toys that are going to stimulate them mentally, physically, emotionally and socially.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

I spy..
At first, babies can only focus on objects 30cm away and see have trouble seeing detail. Mobiles over the change table or cot, especially with high-contrast black and white shapes, will provide more than enough entertainment for a newborn.   Electronic mobiles with repetitive lights and sounds can be soothing and help remind baby that it's time to rest.

By 3 months, some babies can reach and bat hanging objects on a bouncer.

Shake, rattle & roll
Touch is one of the main ways babies and young children learn about the world around them. Babies enjoy feeling different textures so will enjoy fabric tag blankets and soft toys with ribbons, corduroy and other contrasting textures.  Help your baby learn how to reach and grasp objects by leaving rattles and other easy-to-hold items nearby on a playmat.
A play-arch with hanging toys to spin and grasp is perfect for pre-crawlers.

Photo Gallery of some great toys for 0-6 month old babies

Tummy time
There is a reason your early childhood nurse may be reminding you of your baby’s need for tummy time. It is essential for motor development, head control and upper body strength. Many newborns dislike tummy time so let baby lie on your chest while you are reclining at a 45 degree angle.

Once baby is 2-3 months old, she may enjoy lying on her tummy on a firm surface with a rolled-up towel under her arms. Keep her amused with a child-safe mirror to face.

Fun with sound
Musical toys are especially good for teaching cause and effect. Your baby will learn that if he plays with a toy a certain way, it responds with a sound... tempting him to play again and again. Musical toys include instruments such as maracas and drums, or electronic push-button toys.