A few weeks ago I was reading about what toys were appropriate for three to four month olds. It seems like so many toys are marked 6 mo+ and so few are either 0 mo+ or 3 mo+. This makes sense of course. Little babies can’t do all that much. Still, I wanted to see what I might be missing out on. Bubbles and balls it seemed. I’ll get to the bubbles later, but my meticulous research revealed that little hands like grasping balls.
So on a trip to a Beverly Hills toy store, I picked up two balls by IQ Baby. First, the Clutch Ball. Little hands may like grasping, but they’re not so good at holding. This ball has seen virtually no use in our house. I’m not saying it won’t come in handy when Archie’s a little older–maybe when he can sit and play with toys on his own. However, it was marked 0 mo+, but there’s really nothing Archie can do with it.
The Tiny Teether has been a bit more successful, as it has little projectiles for grabbing. Archie will hold onto this one and try to get it into his mouth. Still, it pretty quickly falls from his grasp. Again, I’ll give it more of a try when he’s older.
So, after having shelved the idea of balls for a while, Archie was gifted with the Oball by his visiting grandparents. And it turns out that this is the kind of ball that Archie can get into. He can hold onto it really well. He loves holding it over his head and staring at/through it, and it really does keep him occupied for a long time.