So, it turns out an 8-month-baby is an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ENTITY than, say, a newborn. In many ways they are a vast improvement on their squashed, red-faced little counterparts, but unlike a newborn, an 8-month-old does not sleep all day. Nor can you plop an 8-month-old on their back, dash out of the room to use the bathroom, and be confident they’ll be in the same spot when you get back. Which, um, I may have learned the hard way recently. What? He was fine, just a little tangled up in some chair legs.
Also, they want stimulation. My god, always with the “learning” and “developing” and all. My son Dylan is in constant movement: grabbing at this, pounding on that, eyeballing all the many, many items he plans to shove in his mouth. He gets frustrated and squawks if he’s left in one place too long, because the world is quickly revealing itself to him in its many sights, sounds, and flavors, and he’s got stuff to DO.
Much as I might want to, I can’t always spend every minute of the day engaging him in Baby Einstein calculus flash cards and immersive Latin lessons, so right now I’m pretty interested in various baby-appropriate distractions. What, OH WHAT, can I give my baby to occupy his time for five or six minutes in a row? Here are my current top picks:
Skwish from Manhattan Toy.
This is the neatest squishable, grab-able toy, with colorful wooden beads that a baby can slide around.
Tucker the Turtle from Lamaze.
My older boy played with this for months when he was a baby, and now his brother loves it with equal slobbery zeal.
Graco Jumpster Doorway Jumper.
I’ll tell you, I thought this thing seemed more than a little sketchy at first — like it was going to fall from the doorjam, or let the baby bang into the sides of the doorway, but Riley loved it, and now Dylan does. It’s a true sanity-saver, and lets a non-mobile baby really go to town with their kicky little legs.
Fisher-Price Go Baby Go! Musical Ball.
This ball toy can’t be tipped over — it just rolls around, issuing forth little bursts of music and giggles. Dylan can bat at this thing for entire minutes at a time, and scootches around after it as best he can. (Happily, there IS an off switch.)
Kaloo Musical Teddy Bear Cone.
I got this as a baby shower present before Riley was born and it was MONTHS before I finally realized how it works — you pull the bear out from inside the cone, and it slowly retracts back in while playing a happy little tune. Very, very sweet toy, and both my boys enjoy it.
Chef’n SleekStor Collapsible Measuring Cups.
You’re thinking, measuring cups? Is this filed in the wrong post? No! ALL babies love measuring cups! I mean, according to my highly scientific study of two (2) babies. They can be played with, gnawed on, and this particular brand can be collapsed and expanded.
What about you — do you have any suggestions for good baby toys? (OH GOD PLEASE HELP ME.)