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A chair designed to hold a baby. Most will have a rocking or bouncing function which generally soothes babies and some will have additional features such as toys, music and vibration. It is important to check the suitability of the bouncer you buy for newborns as some give more support than others - always check the product guidelines.
Play mats are simple floor mats usually made of fabric designed to create a safe and clean place for a small baby to play. Generally, the mats provide cushioning, and have a pattern or design that is likely to engage the attention of the baby. Some mats have arches to hang small soft toys much like a baby mobile.
Soft safe toys for young babies to chew / play with. Always check the age guidelines before giving a young baby a toy as some can have small pieces that could cause choking.
These are books designed to stimulate babies' senses through colour, repetition of objects they can look for and tactile pages to touch.
These toys are normally aimed at babies starting to sit by themselves. They help coordination and have sounds to stimulate and keep the baby's interest.
These foam squares fit together like a simple jigsaw creating a soft surface for babies to play on. They're great for babies trying to sit up or walk, as they prevent any damage caused by falling over.
Our mums say:
"Great for tumbles when crawling, sitting up and starting to walk. They also wipe clean which is great for babies who vomit profusely - saves scrubbing the carpets!"
An activity station is designed so a baby can sit in a supported seat with lots of activities to look at around them which will stimulate and encourage learning. Most activity stations include sounds, bright lights and tactile objects. Ideal from the time when when the baby is beginning to sit up right until they are walking.
Our mums say:
"I could not have lived without one of these. They take up quite a bit of space, but they are SO useful. They keep the baby entertained giving you a chance to get on with a few household chores. Both my babies used these until they were crawling, and even then they enjoyed crawling over to it and pulling themselves up to play, so I found it encouraged standing and walking too".
The bumbo is designed to let your baby sit up independently from 4 months enabling it to play more and see more. These can be expensive and generally aren't used for that long, so worth looking at second hand ones and testing one as not all babies like them - you can get bumbos with tables now which will extend their use as they can be used to feed a baby too - if babies are weaned early they may be too small for a high chair and not get enough support, in which case a bumbo is great.
Our mums say:
"These are very useful, but only for a short period of time if you have an active baby. I used one at 4 months for about a month until my son was confidently sitting on his own. Initially I also used it instead of a highchair."
Designed to hang in a doorway, this is an elasticated strap with a baby harness attached. It allows the baby freedom to exercise in an upright position.
These toys will continue to encourage coordination and development of your child. It's worth remembering that babies at this age love a saucepan and wooden spoon just as much as their own toys. A cheap and easy way to keep them entertained!
Audio books are great for the car, helping get your little one to sleep. Babies and toddlers love music and there are lots of CD's of nursery rhymes and children's songs to choose from.