All children are different, but when it comes to keeping them occupied, I think the basics are the same. Here’s a list of my five-month-old son’s favorite toys. Whether you’re searching for a gift or for something to put a smile on your own little one’s face, this list may narrow the hundreds of options down to a select few.
Fisher Price Deluxe Jumperoo – This number one item isn’t exactly a toy, but it fits the category in terms of delighting my son. It’s a free-standing bouncy seat with adjustable height. There’s a removable toy tray with lights and music, and the button is large enough for a little hand to push. My son doesn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the toys, though.
He’s all about the jumping and swinging. He plays for hours in his Jumperoo, and it’s good exercise for strengthening those little leg muscles. I was a little wary at first, but the frame is made of steel and the straps are reinforced, so it’s safe enough for a paranoid mom like me. I recommend this item for anyone with an infant old enough to hold his head up.
Sprites – These companions of Rainbow Brite may be hard to find- the ones my son plays with came from kids’ meals- but I’m sure a similar item would be just as enjoyable to a little one. They’re about the size of a grapefruit, covered with fur, and have crooked little smiles and legs which are the perfect size for an infant to grasp. The two things my son likes about them are the fur and the face.
At around five months, babies love any toy that has a face. The Sprites were the first toys that my baby smiled at. Many times he has fallen asleep with an arm curled around one of these little furballs.
Duckie Rattle – Any type of rattle is a great gift for baby, but this one doesn’t have the traditional stick handle. It’s shaped like a Saf-T-Pop with a curved handle and is completely plush. When I rattle the brightly-colored duckie in front of my fussy baby, he instantly stops crying and reaches for it.
Baby Whoozit – I recently added this toy to my baby’s toy box. It came from Toys ‘R Us and is very reasonably priced. It has a wacky face, a mirror, and lots of dangling parts which make different noises when pulled or rattled. The Velcro strap is ideal for attaching to a stroller or car seat. The bright colors and black-and-white patterns never fail to capture my baby’s attention.
Singing Barney – When I introduced this toy to my son, my husband ran from the room shrieking. Yes, Barney is a bit annoying for adults, but for some reason small children love the big purple galoot. Maybe it’s the color. Maybe it’s the goofy voice and brain-invading songs. Whatever the case, my baby’s face lights up when the plush dinosaur starts singing “I Love You, You Love Me”.
Plush Musical Duckie – This toy is so cute! It’s extremely soft and plays a section of Brahms’s lullaby. The internal button is sensitive enough that my baby can start the music just by playing with it, and the arms and legs are the right size for him to grasp.
Stuffed Building Block – This 6″ soft cube is decorated on each side with an animal or letter. It’s loosely stuffed, so my son can hold the corners. It’s almost like a pillow, and when my baby plays on his tummy, he pulls it to him so that he can lay his head on it.