Baby’s Play and Learn Pack, by Miriam Stoppard
This pack is expensive, but extremely broad in its
content, and detailed in its advice. There’s a press-out glittery mobile, a wall frieze
showing black-and-white geometric patterns on one side and animals on the other, a
cassette tape of classical music, a card mirror, three fabric shape toys, a lovely
dongle-dangle musical rattle with a good gripping handle, and a set of activity cards.
The activity cards feature games like copycat faces, appropriate for newborns, right up
to sandpit play ideas for one-year-olds. An activity is given a tick if it is designed to
stimulate the baby’s mind, talking, moving, hands, or friendliness.
As well as all this, there’s a paperback book for parents called Baby’s Skill with
features such as Golden Hour how to spend a fulfilling hour with your baby for each
month of her life up to 12 months. Overall, this is a comprehensive and accessible
resource pack, and worth every penny.
Mum of a five-week-old comments: “It’s a stimulating one-stop-shop, with things
for baby as well as for me. The Golden Hour ideas provide a really good focus for what can
seem like a long day.”
Published by Dorling Kindersley, £19.99.
Buzzy Little Bee, by Ellen Weiss, illustrations by S.I. International
A less expensive title that is designed to encourage baby’s manipulation
skills, this board book has a sturdy plastic bee sitting inside a cut-out track. Babies
can push the clicking bee along the track (they may need a little help), allowing it to
whizz around the skies, into the hive, and visit some flowers. It has a simple rhyming
text printed on wipe-clean board.
Published by Reader’s Digest, £3.99.
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