Audrey’s 4th month with us has flown by! I still can’t believe we have a baby in the house again. You forget how much happiness and warmth they bring to your home! And she kinda has me wanting *just one more baby* eeeek!
Anyway, today I’m sharing some of our baby play ideas for 4 month old babies! As always, I want to start by saying that YOU are your baby’s most important play thing. Your baby wants nothing more than to chat away with you and be in your presence!
This month, we got a brand new baby play gym from my beautiful friend Marti at Nester and Cub. Our old play gym wasn’t very stable and the bigger kids kept knocking it over onto Audrey. So I am so excited to have a beautiful new baby play gym which meets Australian Safety Standards too!
One of Audrey’s favourite things to do is to lay outside and watch the leaves blow in the breeze. She is absolutely mesmerised! BUT it’s the middle of Summer here in Australia and it is SO INCREDIBLY HOT outside. So we decided to bring nature indoors!
We collected some big maple leaves from my Mum’s house and used them on our play gym. Ahhh, to say Audrey loved it is an understatement! It was so sweet watching her reaching for the leaves!
This month Audrey has been grasping and picking up toys! So I decided to extend this by making some little sensory jars for her. These jars are a wonderful way to build on hand-eye coordination and are such a simple yet exciting sensory play idea for babies!
Normally I make sensory bottles, but they’re a bit big for a 4 month old to grasp so these jars were perfect. I found them for $2 each at our local dollar shop and filled them with some light sensory materials – pom poms, split peas, chickpeas and pot pourri. I have a feeling these will become a favourite item in Audrey’s play area as she grows!
Babies love to explore with their mouths. In fact, it’s the way they learn about the world around them! Their fine motor skills aren’t quite strong enough just yet so they will often explore using their mouth instead.
I decided to put together a little discovery basket full of items with all different textures! Audrey isn’t quite old enough to explore this on her own yet, but it was a wonderful way to encourage her to explore different objects together.
I added things like a knitted beanie, wooden toys, a plastic cup, one of her favourite bath sponges – all items that were safe to mouth while being supervised! When I first presented the basket to her, she was more interested in trying to explore the basket with her mouth!
Finally, I wanted to share how we used our Grapat Rings* on our Nester and Cub baby gym! This was just another way to add interest to our baby gym and encourage hand-eye coordination, develop an understanding of cause and effect and develop grasping and pulling movements.
Audrey loved reaching for the rings and pulling them across the ribbon! Next time, I might try hanging each individual ring on some stretchy elastic so she can reach, grab and pull them down to her mouth! Of course, this would have to be very closely supervised as with all baby play.
We had so much fun this month! Audrey is becoming more mobile now that she can roll from her back to her tummy. Though she isn’t often rolling from tummy to back so this month we might try some activities to encourage that rolling!
If you try any of these baby play ideas with your baby, I’d love for you to use the #LittleLifelongLearners hashtag and tag me in your stories on Instagram so I can see what you get up to!
Please remember that all baby play should be supervised. Use your best judgement and only attempt play activities that YOU consider safe for your little learners.