Best Age-Appropriate Toys For…. Three-Month-Olds

by , under 3 Months Old, Age-Appropriate Toys, Product Reviews

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 picks for three-month-olds!

Remember, baby may still like playing with toys that are appropriate for two-month-olds.

Winkel by Manhattan Toy

Winkel by Manhattan Toy
$13 at Amazon.com

My Son’s Reaction:

When you first brought your baby home and even into his  first and second month, you’ve probably wondered if baby will ever learn to reach out and grab objects as you hand toy after toy to baby, but baby just looks away.

By the third month, baby will start “awaken” and behave more like a one-year-old than his former newborn self.  Baby’s eyes will light up, he’ll start looking around and observing his environment, and he’ll start really reaching for (and possibly grabbing if he’s advanced) toys.

This is the toy (along with the link toys I talk about below) that “woke” him up and engaged him.  He loves to get his hands in the rings and shake the ball around.  Also, because the material is soft and flexible, it’s safe for him to shove in his mouth, which he love to do!

Toy Description:

Made of a very soft, flexible plastic material this toy is safe for baby.  If your baby is like mine and tends to hit himself in the head with toys, then have no fear.  This toy is light and soft enough not to hurt.  The material is also great for baby to nibble on.

How It Helps With Baby’s Development:

This toy will help develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Pet’s Tails by Jellycat

Pet Tails by Jellycat
$14.95 at www.fezziwigs.us

Pet’s Tails by Jellycat
$14.95 at www.fezziwigs.us

My Son’s Reaction:

My little boy loves to sit in the crook of my lap as I sit indian-style and pull at the tails of the colorful pets in this plush and crinkly book.

Toy Description:

The book is fabric and features crinkly (that crinkly plastic stuff in a lot of baby toys) first and last pages.  Each page features a pet with a tail that sticks out the side.  The book is very well made and durable.  My only negative comment is the sentences are not grammatically correct.  That’s a little annoying.

How It Helps With Baby’s Development:

This toy helps with fine motor skills and hand-eye-coordination as baby reaches out to touch the tails.  Reading the book to baby can also help with his language development.  As you read, if you point out each animal, say the animal’s name, then point to the name on the page you will help with sight words and object recognition (putting names to objects).

LeapFrog My Puppy Pal

LeapFrog My Puppy Pal – Scout
$25 at ToysRUs.com

My Son’s Reaction:

My son absolutely loves this puppy!  He loves when it says his name and sings songs.  He’s only three-months old, but he shows great affection for the puppy and will reach out, grab him, pull him close, and try to kiss him!

Toy Description:

When you get the puppy, you plug the USB into your computer and will be prompted to download a very, very simple program that allows you to personalize the puppy.  You pick your child’s name, favorite food, animal, and color, 5 sing-along songs, 5 other songs, and 5 lullabies.  The puppy will sing and talk using your child’s name and personal preferences.

The puppy comes in two colors: a purple puppy named Violet and a green puppy named Scout.

LeapFrog My Pal Violet
$25 at ToysRUS.com

There is a cheaper version ($20) of this puppy at Target.com, but it’s not as good quality as the Toys R Us version. The Target puppy has cheap plastic pads on its paws instead of the durable embroidery that the Toys R Us version has.  I have the Toys R Us version, and I recommend you purchase it instead of the cheap Target one.

How It Helps With Baby’s Development:

This toy helps baby socialize as he can talk back to and sing along with the puppy.  Baby will also learn nursery rhymes, children’s songs, and colors.  The question-answer format programmed into the right paw will help baby learning question and response.  Pinching the paw will help develop fine motor skills whereas hugging the puppy–to activate the tummy activity–will help develop gross motor skills.  Additionally, this toy will help with language development.

Bright Starts Lots of Links- Solid Colors

Bright Starts Lots of Links- Solid Colors
$9 at Amazon.com

$1 at Dollar Tree

Baby Einstein Links

My Son’s Reaction:

We do not own the Bright Starts links, but they are very similar to the old links we have (second picture) from Baby Einstein (they are not available anymore since mine are from 2005).  My son enjoys when I dangle the links in front of him.  He’ll reach out, grab them, and shove them in his mouth.  Be careful that baby doesn’t put them in long-ways like my son did!

Toy Description:

Because they are a hard, inflexible plastic, baby can hurt himself if he hits himself in the head with them (like my son is apt to do).  For this reason, I recommend only giving two links at a time (the way the second picture shows) to baby.

The links are difficult for a baby this age to snap and unsnap.  You will have to do that, but it’s okay!  When baby gets old he will be able to do it himself, thus building his fine motor skills.  In the meantime, baby will enjoy grabbing and shaking them.

How It Helps With Baby’s Development:

This toy will help develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

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