New mama, if you are like me, you’ve probably spent hours scouring the web looking for the best toys for your baby, and it can get VERY overwhelming. I didn’t know how much I would love and appreciate the Montessori approach. In later blogs, I will explain to you why it was love at first sight with the toy subscription service Lovevery and why I also ended up trying MontiKids.
Within the first month of a baby’s life they go through a lot of sensations- experiencing the world outside the womb, and all that’s going on inside their body and visual development- seeing and experiencing different patterns in the world around them. Babies at this age are easily overly stimulated but are also fascinated by contrasts. So, I decided to get a few toys that would be perfectly appropriate for the development at this age.
Today, let me share with you our baby boy’s top 4 favorite and best toys at 1 month old.
- Spiral Mobile (Lovevery)
- Black & White Cards (Lovevery)
- The Rattle from the Links (Lovevery)
- Teytoy Fabric Crinkle Black & White Books (Amazon)
I had heard a lot of good things about this mobile. Lovevery reviews also show how much other people’s babies loved this. But WOW, have we witnessed this ourselves. We chose to hang this mobile from Lovevery’s The Looker Play Kit above his Keekaroo changing pad. Baby bear has had way more smiles and laughter on the changing pad than tears! Our baby can stare at this for hours if we let him. He talks to it and laughs at and seems to have conversations with it. We’ve already named him: Spirals. Need I say more. Even at 9 weeks, our boy still loves his Spirals.
The black and white cards from Lovevery’s The Looker Play Kit was the very first toy that we introduced to our Baby Bear at four days old (photo in the center). I find it super important for us to have toys that are developmentally appropriate for our baby. It was so cool to see how his vision got clearer just by how he interacted with these cards. In the first two weeks, the cards needed to be really close to his eyes and tracking the card wasn’t that easy or smooth for him. But as he grew, these cards became so attractive to him, and they are so convenient for mama to use.
Another reason I LOVE Lovevery’s Toy Kits is that they have a guide book that suggests ways to use the toys and what specifically it develops. Although each kit has a recommended age range, the toys can be used even when baby grows older!
These links from Lovevery’s The Looker Play Kit are intended to hang on baby’s carseat or play gym. Each link has a specific sound, and Baby Bear loves the rattle. Believe it or not, since Week 3, I started having “classes” with our baby. In the morning right before lunch, we have Music class and after lunch we have Filipino or Cebuano class. In Music class, I play songs from my Spotify playlist or this CD and use this rattle to follow the beat while gently tapping baby’s hand, foot or belly. Music class is one of his favorite times (based on all his giggles and smiles). He loves looking at the rattle while his body mimics the beat as well. Also, because of that silicon gripper on the side of the rattle link, we also get to practice his grip.
This really affordable set of six (I’m missing one in my photo… woops) soft black & white crinkly books is a bargain! Not only is this very entertaining because of all the shapes and patterns, it is convenient to have at least one in every room we use. We like to talk and introduce the things in the book to Baby Bear. As it is filled with a lot of patterns, it is also a great toy to practice tracking. Since it is soft, small enough and has that crinkle sound in the covers, it is great too encourage reaching and gripping. I also like to hold the book one way then start slowly spinning it one direction to add even more to the patterns our baby sees!
This truly sums up what our baby has been playing with during his first month of life! So new mama, if you were like me expecting that my baby would know how to play on day 1, thinking he needed all the toys in the world, slow down. Do your research on Lovevery (and MontiKids), they will save you all the stress and hassle of going through the millions of baby toys all the companies have to offer. Go straight to what your baby needs, the right amount of toys to have at home and the convenience of well-researched stage-based toys directly shipped to your home.
Get your new Lovevery Play Kit through this link and receive $20 OFF!
You can also get $60 OFF your first Monti Kids Program subscription here!
DISCLAIMERS. This blog is solely an expression and documentation of MY journey as a new mom.
Cliché as it may be: our baby is different from your baby— all babies are different. My journey as a woman, wife & mother is different from yours— we are all different. My partnership with my baby looks different from your partnership— because surprise surprise, things are just different. I do not claim to be an expert in motherhood or being a wife. These are all my opinions, my own research and my own journey.
It is my hope that this blog helps you navigate yours a little bit easier.
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