Everyone loves to buy gifts for a new baby. Based on my experience though (and don’t take this as me not being appreciative, because I am), sometimes gift givers don’t purchase age-appropriate gifts. I know I have baskets of toys and clothes I’ve been given that my son won’t be ready for until he’s at least a year old. Unfortunately, those toys will just sit there.
My pick for one-month-olds!
Remember, baby may still like playing with toys appropriate for a newborn.
Babies at this stage mostly want to sleep and don’t have the dexterity to hold objects. Any toys they would be interested in have to be held by an adult or some support system (like how a mobile hangs from the crib on a support bar). That’s why play gyms are so awesome because they are completely hands-free!
As fate would have it, my son got two play gyms on the same day from two different people! At first I was going to give one away (no receipt, as you will find most people don’t give you), but decided to keep one upstairs and one downstairs. I highly recommend doing this as you will find these are a pain-in-the-arse to tote up and down the stairs. But they make great toys for one-month-olds and up! These are the play gyms I have:
Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym allows baby to make music with his feet. My son is a big kicker, so he loves it! However, a word of caution: the bar causes the toys to hang much lower that the images on Amazon suggest. They are only and inch from his face. So, do not leave baby alone with this gym for any period of time.
Fisher-Price Rainforest 1-2-3 Musical Gym has a musical ball that dangles from a white tiger. The ball is difficult for a one-month-old to turn, so you will have to do this to provide sound for baby. This toy is much more plush and much safer to leave baby alone with.
My Son’s Reaction:
He loves both of them, but he seems to prefer the plushness of the second gym (Rainforest 1-2-3 Musical) to the hardness of the first one.
How They Help With Baby’s Development:
Reaching for the animals will help baby with fine motor skills. When baby kicks the keys on the piano or swipes at the musical ball this helps him establish cause-and-effect relationships. The mirror of the first gym helps baby learn to identify his own image.