Week 8 – Bag of Tricks Swatting Flies Away!

During months 2 to 4 babies are learning to swat by raising their arms and making contact with an object.  We feel that it’s always great to change up the object every few minutes to keep you child motivated.  Just bring it close enough to them so that they are able to swat. It’s a great way to work on hand-eye coordination!  Just make sure you use objects that your baby will not choke on. Here are some ideas…        

DIY – Grab any type of string whether it is thread, yarn, fishing line, or dental floss and start beading.  You can use Cheerios, macaroni, etc.  And just simply dangle it right above your child.  You can even put a ball of tin foil at the end that they can swat.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Keychains – You of course don’t want your child to get a hold of your keys, but we came across an amazing toy (one that I will certainly get as a newborn gift from now on!) called Kleynimals – they are a set of keys for babies!  They’re perfect because they can be used to swat, but also to mouth later when they begin exploring.  Plastic measuring spoons also work great for this activity.  

Mobiles/Rattles/Stroller toys – Some of our favorites include Battat’s rattle that changes colors (it has saved our lives many times!).                                                                                                                                                        

Lamaze Freddie the Firefly that has various textures as well as a squeaky toy and mirror, and the colorful Sassy Links which we had included in a previous week’s post (this is the alphabet version).                                                                                                                                                               

We especially love our Boon changing table because there is a hook where you can hang objects – great way to keep infants occupied during changing time!


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