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Baby Toys And Activities

Just Give Me A List

“Do you like the espresso diaper bag with the tangerine piping or the black bag with the copper trim? And what do you think of the inflatable breastfeeding pillow compared with the foam one?” During my pregnancy, I got emails like this every day—from my husband, Paul. In charge of our baby registry, he spent hours online researching the merits of audio versus video baby monitors. I found the world of baby paraphernalia daunting, but Paul transferred his passion for sports gear to an obsession with baby stuff.

Hidden Hazards

Parents everywhere took notice when reports surfaced earlier this year about the accidental strangulations of seven babies (and three close calls) by nursery monitor cords since 2002. The monitors were recalled (see box, below) and given a new label warning that the unit should be placed farther than three feet from the crib so babies can’t reach it.

The Container Game

One of the most fascinating things you’ll witness as your baby grows older is his gradual realization that he can explore and control his world without having to rely on someone else to do it for him. “Babies begin to develop an understanding of cause-and-effect, which is a big point in their development,” says Jennifer Butcher, Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. “If they shake a rattle, it makes a sound. If they let go of an object, it falls.”

Engaging Activities for You and Your Infant

 

These activities require little to no preparation or materials; but don't let their simplicity fool you!  They build on one another, promote developmental skills, provide a solid foundation for learning and, at the same time, promote lasting parent-child relationships. 

New Mom Must-Haves

In the weeks before your due date, you’ll want to gather the necessities, such as bodysuits and diapers. Pack an organic cotton bodysuit or sleep sack in your hospital bag for baby’s going-home outfit; they’re cozy and allow you easy access for diaper changes. Stock up on newborn-sized diapers; your baby will use eight to 12 of them a day.

Your Baby Registry

Limit your list. Use constraint so gift givers aren’t burdened with exhaustive printouts, and be sure to list both expensive and inexpensive items. Find out what you really need, too: “Study baby-product books and get honest feedback from experienced parents first,” advises Kate Ward, editor of TheBump.com.

Read the fine print. Determine each store’s privacy and gift-return policies. Web purchases may have to be returned by mail.

Playtime With Your Baby

How do babies learn? From play, experts say--interacting with their father, mother and siblings; feeling the texture of a simple piece of fabric; watching shadows on the wall. A baby doesn't necessarily need a lot of toys to activate his mind, but he does need to be engaged with his family members to reach his potential.

New-Mom Essentials

Tiny Love Developlay Activity Center $30 Babies 3 to 9 months old will enjoy activities such as gazing in the mirror and pressing the happy face on one side; those 10 months and older can push and pull levers and make music on the opposite side. 800-843-6292, www.tinylove.com.

6 Secrets to Hosting a Happy First-Birthday Party

Although your baby is not likely to remember anything about her first birthday, it’s still a milestone that adults like to commemorate, usually with a party. Follow these tips to keep the celebration simple so you don’t overwhelm your little one.

Keep the time in mind Schedule festivities to begin soon after your baby wakes from her morning or afternoon nap, and limit the party to one-and-a-half to two hours.

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