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We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

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Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

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  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
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  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
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Development toys for babies during the first 6 months


The first six months of a baby’s life are remarkable. From the moment a child is born, their little minds are curious, and they have an innate hunger for discovering and learning. Your role as parents is to help them feed this hunger through play, song, stories and love, but there are other things you can do to supplement the learning process. Toys can be valuable tools when raising happy children, and the toys you choose in the early development years are crucial in the development of language skills, motor skills, cognitive thinking, sense of safety and social skills. But, you are probably wondering what the best toys might be to give to your infant to help with their development in the first year of life. With so many new products on the market, it is hard to determine what to buy. Before buying any toy simply because it looks cute or is trendy, take a few moments to consider the impact it will have on your child’s development.

Things to ask yourself include:

  • Does this toy offer words or sounds that will help develop language skills?
  • Will this toy help develop both gross and fine motor skills such as grasping and reaching?
  • Does this toy offer the wonder of cause and effect such as ‘if I shake this it will make noise’?
  • Does this toy boost my child’s emotional wellbeing?
  • Does this toy foster socialisation?
  • Does this toy encourage independence?
  • Does this toy give me opportunity to interact on a deeper level?

1: What developmental skills are important in the first 12 months?

There are a number of developmental skills that your baby will learn in the first 12 months. Whilst your baby learns and grows you may consider using some toys that may aide or support your baby’s development, particularly in the first 6 months. Whilst it is important to remember that all babies develop at different rates, below outlined is a list of common developmental traits that you may observe in the first 6 months.

AgeSkill or Developmental Changes
1-2 monthsLift head for short periods
Respond to sounds and stare at faces
Smiles
3-4 monthsLaughs, squeals, gurgles
Roll over
Holds head steady without extensive support
May bring hands together and may bat at toys, reaches for objects, grasps toys
Can bear weight on legs
Commencement of teething
Reacts to sounds
5-6 monthsRoll over in both directions
Turn to new sounds
Recognises own name
Can hold own head and neck – commencement of solids
May sit without support
Plays with hands and feet
Lunge forward and start crawling
Teething
Babbling conversations
Can reach and grasp objects

2: What are good toys to include for play time?

Below is a list of possible toys that you could introduce in the first 6 months to assist in your baby’s development. Your baby does not need to have a room full of toys, and it might also be a good idea to alternate toys to promote different skills.

Type of toy Examples

Skill and Developmental support

Activity MatsPopular activity matsActivity mats are great for floor play, and there are several options. If laying your baby on their back, a playmat should feature an overhead bar with dangling toys they can bat, pull, spin and rattle. Look for mats that make sounds and/or lights up when touched, and mats that offer a variety of textures. If it’s tummy time you’re hoping to promote, look for a mat that offers a few attached toys they can reach out and grasp.
Lightweight rattlesPopular rattlesBabies love making noise and giving your baby a rattle is helping them to understand cause and effect. As your baby is learning to appreciate rhythm, consider playing some music to accompany the sound.
Board booksBoard Book RangeReading is important from day one of a child’s life, and introducing books early helps instil a love of stories. Board books are great because they can withstand mouthing, drooling and most other forms of baby love, and because they encourage special bonding moments that tell your child they are living in a safe environment.
Teething ringsPopular teething ringsWhen your little teeth are trying to pop through, there’s nothing better than a soft plastic or rubber teething ring to chew. Certain types can be stored in the fridge for extra comfort on the gums.
Soft animals4Baby Bunny ComforterBabies love to touch the surfaces of stuffed animals, feeling their briskly whiskers, soft fur and hard eyes. Just be sure that there are no removeable parts that could be swallowed and avoid toys stuffed with small beads.
Attachable toysPopular attachable toysToys that can be attached to a cot or pram will bring hours of delight, with baby able to tug, pull, bat and cuddle without fear of losing it.
Stacking blocksPopular stacking blocksAs your baby nears the six-month mark and becomes more comfortable sitting up, stacking blocks can help develop fine motor skills. Building a tower with your little one is a guaranteed way to keep your baby entertained and while they may not be able to help you stack at first, they will be great at the knocking down part.

3: Does tummy time assist development?

What is tummy time?

Tummy time happens when your baby lies on their tummy with weight on the forearms. The benefits of tummy time include:

  • Builds head, neck and upper body strength as they grow
  • Helps prevent irregular head shape (flat head) which is often the result of a baby lying too frequently on their back
  • Helps promote motor skills such as crawling and balancing
  • Helps tire a baby and may assist with sleep and overall routine

When do you start tummy time?

It is recommended to start tummy time soon after birth. Tummy time should usually form part of the daily routine between eating, pooping and sleeping. Most health professionals recommend around 30 minutes of tummy time a day, but this should be done gradually. As a guide, start with 3-5 minutes of tummy time 3-5 times a day, and build up as your baby gets stronger. By four to five months, your baby should be strong enough to enjoy ten to fifteen minutes of tummy time each go.

It’s important to make sure your baby isn’t hungry, full or tired when placing them down for tummy time. In other words, try to place your baby down when they are at their happiest. If they start to cry, try to make them as comfortable as you can to stretch out their tummy time for at least a few minutes. This can be done by:

  • Keeping your baby company: Tummy time should always be supervised, but instead of just watching them, get down on the ground with your baby and interact with them. Encourage them, talk with them, shake their rattle, pull funny faces, play peekaboo – basically do anything to distract them from being on their tummy, and make tummy time as fun as possible.
  • Providing entertainment: Prop a board book open in front of your baby, or place a favourite toy within reach. Better yet, consider purchasing a specially designed tummy time mat, which features lights, mirrors, music, squeaky toys, bells and rattles.
  • Using your lap: A tummy time option that doesn’t include lying your baby on the ground uses your lap as the floor. Lay baby face down on your legs while you are seated and help support the arms and head. Alternatively, you can lie down on a sofa or bed and place baby on her stomach with their head facing yours. In this position, your baby will try hard to lift their head to see you, especially if you talk and sing to them.

Summary

The first six months of a baby’s life are remarkable. From the moment a child is born, their little minds are curious, and they have an innate hunger for discovering and learning. In the first 6 months, there are a number of developmental milestones that are achieved. There are a number of toys and equipment that assist this journey. The most important thing is that your baby has the opportunity for play time each day, which will help not only to grow their strength, but will also help develop their motor skills and attention.

Disclaimer: The content of this document is solely for educational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice. You are solely responsible for forming your own opinions and conclusions on such matters and for making your own independent assessment of the information. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about your baby’s health.

About the author

Marisa Nastasi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for Bellamy’s Organic. She specialises in children's nutrition and has recently completed further studies in paediatric dietetics. She has worked in the industry for 8 years and has developed a strong working knowledge on how good quality diets can benefit the health of children so that they can develop to their full potential.

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  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
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