There’s no question about it, being outside is all the sensory play a baby needs but when the heavens open & it’s a bit too chilly for our little poppet, we have decided to bring our outdoor garden play indoors. Instead of a blanket or […]
Category: Baby Play
Wherever we go, be it baby classes, clinic, to friend’s houses there’s one thing everyone seems to be talking about and that’s tummy time! I’ll admit, to begin with I hardly ever placed Florence on her tummy, she wasn’t keen and I was nervous around […]
So it seems Florence has well and truly mastered the whole grasping thing. Just in time for the oh so glamorous Post Partum Hair Loss to kick in she’s become quite taken to grabbing handfuls of my hair! Over the last 3-4 weeks we’ve been exploring ways to strengthen her finger muscles and improving her coordination through lots of grasping practice and I thought I’d share a few top tips and the things we’ve been using to incorporate this new skill into our play.
Top Tips & Must Haves:
Choose light weight items which can be grasped from any angle. At the moment everything is all a bit trial and error and she won’t have mastered how to move her hands and fingers to grasp objects from certain angles yet.
Remember your baby’s hands are only little and so introduce her to items which will be easy to get her fingers around. Teething rings and rattles are good examples, but I’ll share a few more below too.
These are great for keeping your baby occupied during tummy time! I fill a disposable oven tray with easy to grab objects and encourage Florence to reach out for them. Small baby safe cuddly toys with long arms, legs, tails & ears, scrunchy sponges, toothbrushes, make up brushes & tea spoons are all ideal items which are easy for your baby to get a hold of.
We often also use our sensory scarves & ribbon strips too!
I made these Ribbon Rings to add to our sensory play and gave them out as favors to the babies at Florence’s Christening. They are really easy for little hands to clutch and perfect for popping in the changing bag for play on the go!
Believe it or not, Florence has already begun to cut her first tooth and so the teething rings & toys are out in full force! They’re designed with to be easy for little one’s to grasp and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes as well as soothing those pesky gums.
Literally anything that makes noise when touched makes a fab toy for grasping practice! Silver foil (we use an ambulance blanket cut into strips), activity cubes, rattles, rolling balls & shakers are all good examples.
Ribbon Boxes & Hanging Toys
Perfect for laying down or seated play (see below), babies love to reach out for objects in their reach. Ribbons, play gym toys & such are a firm favourite. Within our recent light play, we hung glow sticks above Florence and she loved grabbing them & batting them around.
Supported seated play
At three months old, Florence isn’t yet sitting up unsupported for more than just a few seconds, but she does enjoy sitting between my legs or surrounded by a nursing pillow. She likes to lean forward and grab toys to play with.
Safety Precaution: Supervise your little one at all times during grasping practice, small items are fab for clutching and grabbing but if they’re anything like Florence they’re more than likely putting everything they can in their mouth too!
We’ve been practicing grasping with Florence recently and I’ve made some rainbow ribbon rings to incorporate into our play. They’re great for little hands and offer plenty of opportunities for clasping! Baby can grab the wooden ring itself or one of the ribbons. It really […]
Following on from last weeks light play, we’ve turned to a week of rainbow play exploring all things bright and colourful! First things first, I gathered together a couple of our rainbow coloured blankets to lay on the floor. We chose our rainbow spot Snugglebundl, […]
It’s safe to say Florence absolutely ADORES bath time! It is a key part of our daily routine and BOY do we pay for it if for whatever reason we skip it. Like me, a warm bubbly bath seems to completely relax her and get her ready to wind down for bedtime. Of course. no bath time would be complete without some gentle play and I always have at least two or three toys to hand, including our Hot Air Balloon mobile which hangs above her, when it comes to bath time. We’ve recently introduced a new set of squirty toys to bath time and so far they’re a definite hit with Florence!
The Teddy & Friends Squirter set from Hape has four friendly characters – two teddy bears complete with rubber rings, a blue whale & a rubber duck along with a white cloud setting the scene for a day at the beach.
They are bright and colourful making them eye catching for baby enhancing the sensory experience of bath play. We especially love the bright blue whale!
Each toy has a little squirty hole which you can suck water in with and squirt water out of. Florence likes to watch water fall so we hold them up high and squeeze it out for her to see. I also use them to wash the bubbles off of her tummy which she finds very funny!
Seemingly made from a stronger plastic than other bath toys we own, they are quite difficult to squeeze, especially for little hands, something that may get easier with use.
These little characters will also come in handy for other types of play as well as bath time fun. I am looking forward to using them in our Sensory play sessions in weeks to come & we’ve already used the cloud in our rainbow play – Florence loves it when I squeeze it and the cold air blows out onto her toes!
This set would make a really lovely gift for a new baby or a first birthday and is available at Amazon for £9.99.
We have been going to a baby sensory play class now for a few weeks and Florence absolutely loves it. Not only does it give her a chance to interact with other babies (all the goo-ing and gah-ing a girl could ask for) it also […]
I mentioned in Florence’s last baby update that she is becoming more and more interested in toys and we incorporate play time into every single day – have done since she was just a couple of weeks old really. We’ve been taking some baby play […]