Parent Sensory Play Guide
3-6 Month Box

Welcome to your My Sensory Journey Play Guide for the 3-6 month box. We're thrilled about the adventure awaiting you. Whether you've already received a box of resources or are just beginning this journey, we're here to provide you with detailed information about the resources in your box. You'll discover what your baby can learn through exploring and interacting with the toys, as well as how you, as a parent, can support your baby's learning journey using these resources. Additionally, we offer a plethora of valuable information on baby development, along with links to useful websites for further reading on these topics.

In your box, you'll find a variety of information covering up to 6-8 toys, along with 6 resources to explore.

*Before delving into the resources with your baby, please take a moment to review the safety information section located at the bottom of the page. It's important to always follow these guidelines to ensure your baby's well-being*

We'd love it if you could tag us in your baby's pictures and stories as they explore the resources on social media. Please use the hashtag #sensoryboxsurprise. Your participation helps us build a community of shared experiences and joy!

Please note that every child is unique and may not reach learning goals and milestones at the same pace. If you ever have concerns about your baby's development or health, we encourage you to reach out to your baby's GP or Health Visitor for professional advice and support.

What is sensory play?

Sensory play is an enriching experience that engages a baby's senses in various ways. It involves stimulating their touch, using their sense of smell, exploring tastes with their mouth, focusing and observing with their vision, and perceiving sounds with their hearing while actively listening to their surroundings. Additionally, sensory play can incorporate activities that encourage a baby's movement and support the development of their balance skills. Through sensory play, babies can explore and interact with the world around them, fostering cognitive, physical, and emotional development.


How do your baby's senses work?

Taste – Is an intriguing aspect of a baby's sensory experience, as they react to the activation of their taste receptors when things are introduced into their mouth. Interestingly, research suggests that babies may begin to detect flavors of foods their mother consumes while they are in the womb. This early exposure to various tastes can potentially influence their preferences and responses to different flavors later in life. It's fascinating to consider how prenatal experiences can shape a baby's sensory perceptions even before they enter the world.  

Studies indicate that by 3 months of age, a baby's tongue has grown, and they begin to explore their surroundings by putting objects into their mouths. This behavior serves to develop their sensory perception of textures and tastes.

Smell – Is another intriguing aspect of a baby's sensory experience, as they react to the activation of chemical receptors in their nose. Research indicates that a baby's sense of smell begins to develop in the first trimester of pregnancy. By around 10 weeks in the womb, babies may start to detect smells. This early development of their olfactory system allows babies to begin exploring the world of scents even before they are born. Find further information - babycentre article

At the onset of this developmental stage, your baby will primarily recognise you through your scent. They will start reacting to various smells in their environment, gradually expanding their olfactory awareness (sense of smell).

Sight  - Vision involves the reaction babies experience when light receptors enter their eyes and form a representation. An interesting fact is that both babies and adults cannot sneeze with their eyes open. Explore more baby facts about eyesight here.

During this phase of development, your baby will likely show an increased interest in you and may begin to track moving objects with their eyes. For more details on vision development, please refer to the corresponding section further along in this guide.

Touch – Is the response elicited from the touch receptors in a baby's skin. An intriguing fact is that the skin is the largest organ in the human body.

At this stage, babies start integrating both sides of their body, exploring their hands and feet and experiencing different sensations through touch. This tactile exploration helps them make sense of their surroundings and enhances their understanding of the world.

Hearing – Hearing involves the response to sound through the mechanics in a baby's inner ear. Research indicates that babies may not perceive a full range of sounds until around 6 months of age, as their brain is still developing in that area. For more information on baby hearing, consider reading the article by Joanne Lewsley babycentre.

In the coming months, you'll observe that your baby starts to recognise familiar sounds.

Body awareness –Body awareness involves the data that infants' brains receive from stretch receptors in their muscles and pressure receptors in their joints, enabling them to start comprehending the positioning of their bodies. According to Catherin Holecko baby's larger muscles develop first.

Balance – s stimulated by the vestibular system of the inner ear, which sends signals to the brain to help individuals understand their body's orientation in relation to gravity. Interestingly, it's worth noting that our balance tends to deteriorate with age.

Over the next few months, babies will gradually strengthen their muscles, particularly their core muscles, and begin to develop their balance skills.

What are the benefits of sensory play?

Research indicates that sensory play plays a crucial role in facilitating the formation of nerve connections in a baby's brain. Engaging in sensory activities supports the development of fine motor dexterity, gross motor skills, as well as essential language and communication skills. Additionally, sensory play stimulates a baby's cognitive processes, encouraging them to begin problem-solving from an early age. By providing sensory experiences, all areas of a baby's development are motivated, which in turn can contribute to building resilience and promoting emotional well-being.

Milestones for babies 3-6 months

It's important to remember that all babies develop at their own pace, reaching milestones in their own time. Every child is unique. If you have any concerns about your baby's development, don't hesitate to seek advice from your baby's GP or Health Visitor.

Milestones that your baby may reach during this stage include:
- Rolling over
- Sitting with support
- Grasping resources independently
- Smiling and chuckling
- Holding their head steady
- Bringing resources to their mouth
- Passing resources from hand to hand
- Babbling and making sounds
- Communicating through arm and leg movement
- Turning head to sounds
- Lifting their head and chest off the floor
- Beginning to discover their hands belong to them
- Discovering and grabbing their toes

How shall I introduce the sensory resources to my baby?

You can start by opening the box with your baby, displaying enthusiasm, and engaging them with an excited voice and facial expressions. Talk about the contents of the box, asking questions like, "What's in our box?" or "What does this feel like?" Don't hesitate to talk along the way, as it encourages your baby's curiosity and engagement. Let your baby explore the contents of the box and see if they reach out to grab any items. Depending on their stage of development, you can sit them up between your legs to help strengthen their core muscles while they explore. Alternatively, you can let them explore while lying on the floor, on their tummy, or sitting on your lap. Offer plenty of praise and show your baby how to interact with the resources, making sounds and playing peek-a-boo or hide-and-seek. Incorporate tummy time experiences, make silly faces, blow raspberries, clap hands, and sing songs to keep your baby engaged and entertained.

If you've received previous resource boxes from us, remember that you can continue to explore and develop your baby's senses using those items alongside the new toys. All the toys included in the 3-6 month sensory journey box are sustainable and designed to be used throughout your baby's early years and beyond.



Bells/Noisy Rattle

Auditory Perception: Bells and rattles capture babies' attention, fostering their listening skills and ability to focus on sounds.
-Fine Motor Skills: Babies grasp and manipulate the bells, enhancing their hand-eye coordination and dexterity.
Cognitive Development: Exposure to bells supports babies' understanding of sounds, music, rhyme, and rhythm, facilitating cognitive growth.
Creativity and Problem Solving: Research suggests that exposure to music and sounds promotes creativity and stimulates critical thinking skills in babies.
Emotional Development: Babies can express themselves through music and sound exploration, contributing to their emotional development.
Sensory Engagement: Observing physical responses like bouncing, waving arms, smiling, or laughing indicates babies' engagement with sounds, promoting sensory development. For additional information regarding the science behind why music can benefit young minds read Carlota Nelson's article.      

Here are some ways to use the bells with your baby:

Create Noises: Generate sounds with the bells at varying volumes and rhythms to engage your baby's auditory senses.

Visual Stimulation: Place the bells within your baby's line of sight to encourage reaching out and exploration.

Tummy Time Interaction: Place the bells in front of your baby during tummy time to stimulate lifting their head, neck, and reaching out while rolling.

Object Permanence: Hide the bells briefly and ask your baby where they've gone, promoting cognitive development as they anticipate the sound's return. For a further understand of object permanence read this article Linda Rodgers.

Sensory Exploration: Use different materials like muslin or blankets to hide the bells, creating a surprise element in playtime.

Musical Engagement: Incorporate the bells into songs or rhymes, fostering creativity and auditory development.

Language Development: Discuss the sounds made by the bells together, encouraging early language skills.

Large Movements: Roll the bells using larger motions during tummy time to support limb coordination and balance.

Body Awareness: Roll the bells across your baby's body, including their tummy, arms, and toes, to enhance sensory awareness.

By engaging in these activities, your baby can develop hand-eye coordination, core muscles, balance skills, and overall sensory awarenes


Books and Vision Stimulation: Books can help young babies focus on objects, stimulating their vision. At this age, images may stand out to babies, captivating their attention.

Language Development: Reading, pointing to pictures, and discussing the book can encourage your baby's language development and support their attention skills.

Soft and Lightweight: The soft, lightweight book is ideal for babies at this stage of development. It allows safe exploration and stimulates their development.

Independent Exploration: Your baby can create sounds as they hold, mouth, and explore the book independently, further enhancing their sensory experience.

Here are some ways to explore books with your baby:

Reading Interaction: Engage your baby by reading to them, pointing out objects, and imitating animal noises from the book.

Fine Motor Skills Development: Encourage your baby to touch and feel different areas of the book with their fingers, supporting their fine motor skills. Describe the textures and sounds to enhance their sensory experience.

Tactile Exploration: As your baby grows, allow them to explore the soft book independently, gripping and exploring to create sounds. This fosters a sense of achievement and further develops their fine motor skills.

Visual Aid: Place the book within your baby's eye line so they can focus on the print and illustrations, aiding in visual development.

Tummy Time Exploration: Use the book during tummy time to encourage exploration and engagement with the story.

Language Development: Reading together is an excellent way to stimulate language development. Use different voices and tones to make the story engaging and capture your baby's attention. Discover our blog on the best books to read with a baby.  



Motor Skills Development: movement and actions help develop both fine and large motor skills.

Sound Creation: By exploring the maraca, your baby can create different sounds, stimulating their auditory senses. This interaction supports their sensory development and encourages exploration.

Pre-Writing Skills: Engaging with the maraca aids in the development of muscles and coordination, laying the foundation for future mark-making skills such as drawing and writing.

Rhythm Development: As your baby becomes more active with the maraca, they begin to develop an early sense of rhythm. This can be observed as they move and explore, responding to the sounds they create.

Here are some ways to explore instruments with your baby:

Encouraging Exploration: Place the maraca just out of your baby's reach to encourage them to reach out and attempt to grasp it. Position it at their eye level so they can easily see and interact with the toy.

Sound Exploration: Shake the maraca gently to create sounds, starting softly to avoid startling your baby. Gradually increase the intensity to help them perceive different sounds. You can also hide the maraca and slowly reveal it to engage your baby's attention and strengthen their auditory skills.

Motor Skills Development: As your baby grows, they will begin to shake the maraca to create desired sounds, which strengthens their fine and gross motor skills. Encourage them to experiment with different movements, such as shaking it up and down or side to side.

Engaging Communication: Ask open-ended questions to encourage your baby to explore and interact with the maraca. Questions like "Can you make noises?" or "What sound can you hear?" help stimulate their curiosity and language development.

Positive Reinforcement: Provide plenty of praise and encouragement as your baby explores the maraca, reinforcing their efforts and fostering a positive learning experience.


Visual Development: Mirrors aid in your baby's visual development as they observe themselves and their surroundings.
Social Awareness: Babies can recognise themselves and others through mirror reflections, fostering early social awareness.
Visual Tracking: Tracking movements in the mirror supports the development of visual tracking skills.
Hand-Eye Coordination: Engaging with a mirror promotes hand-eye coordination as babies hold and manipulate it.
Fine Motor Skills: Babies develop fine motor skills by reaching out to touch and explore the mirror's surface.
Gross Motor Skills: Interacting with the mirror encourages larger movements like rolling, sitting up, and engaging during tummy time, promoting gross motor skills development.
Language Development: Mirror play stimulates language development as babies gaze at themselves, make sounds, and observe their mouths moving.
Emotional Understanding: Simple facial expressions seen in the mirror, such as smiling, help babies understand and connect with their own emotions.
Interactive Play: Mirrors offer opportunities for interactive play, such as peekaboo and hiding games, enhancing your baby's engagement and enjoyment.

(The mirror are created by Tickit. They are suitable from birth onwards. They have tough waterproof EVA foam frames surrounding safety acrylic mirrors- Do not let your baby chew the object)

Here are some ways to use the mirror with your baby:

Introduction: Put the mirror in front of your baby's face closely so they can see their reflection. At this early stage of development, you may need to hold it above them in their eye line.

Engagement: Talk about their face and ask questions about what they can see. Sit your baby on your knee or next to you, lie down at the same time, and take time to look in the mirror together.

Interaction: Make faces at your baby, giggle, blow raspberries, wiggle your tongue, sing action songs, play peekaboo games, and clap hands. Repeat any expressions, sounds, or actions your baby creates in the mirror.

Tummy Time: Mirrors can be used for tummy time experiences. Prop or hold the mirror up while your baby is on their tummy so they can see themselves and try to pull their shoulders and heads high.

Additional Activities: If you started the sensory journey with the 0-3 month box, you can use the puppet to explore together in the mirror.

Water Pat Play Mat

Hand-Eye Coordination: Exploring the pat and play water mat with your baby can aid in the development of hand-eye coordination.
Sense of Touch and Grasp: As your baby interacts with the mat, patting it and moving the creatures around, they engage their sense of touch and grasp while also receiving visual stimulation.
Enhanced Coordination Skills: The water mat activity offers opportunities for your baby to further enhance their hand-eye coordination skills.
Exploratory Movement: Your baby may reach out, move, or even crawl towards the water mat, using their feet to explore the sensory experience.
Tummy Time Benefits: During tummy time sessions, the water mat serves as an excellent resource for investigation, allowing your baby to strengthen their core and neck muscles as they lift themselves and move their head from side to side.
Motor Skill Development: When seated, patting and moving the water and creatures on the mat can contribute to your baby's motor skill development.
Encouragement of Vocalisation: Interacting with the water mat encourages your baby to vocalize, babble, and create sounds, fostering sensory exploration and engagement during playtime.

Here are some ways to use the water mat with your baby:

Variety of Positions: Explore the water mat with your baby while they are sitting up, lying down, or during tummy time. Support may be needed in the early stages of their development.

High Chair Use: You can also place the water mat on your baby's high chair to provide a different perspective. Demonstrate how to push the mat and move the creatures.

Interactive Engagement: Engage your baby by discussing the creatures moving around in the water and the sounds they make. Sing songs to make the experience more interactive and enjoyable.

Safety Reminder: Always ensure that your baby is supervised and never leave them unattended with the water mat.

Rainbow Soft Toy & Teether

Hand-Eye Coordination: Exploring the soft rainbow teether can aid in developing hand-eye coordination in your baby.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills: By reaching out, moving, pivoting on their tummy, and crawling to get the toy, your baby engages both fine and gross motor skills.
Tactile Stimulation: Your baby stimulates their sense of touch and grasping abilities while interacting with the soft teether.
Cognitive Development: Problem-solving to grasp and move the lightweight toy encourages cognitive development.
Visual Stimulation: Watching the features on the toy move, your baby perceives different colors as their vision develops, enhancing visual stimulation.
Versatile Attachment: The rainbow soft toy can be conveniently clipped to mobiles, chairs, and prams for on-the-go entertainment.
Teething Aid: The love heart teether included is excellent for soothing gums during teething and encouraging exploration through mouthing. Explore this NCT guide for month by month teething information. There is also a wealth of information and tips on the NHS website.  

Here are some ways to explore the rainbow teething toy with your baby:

Toy Positioning: Give the rainbow teether toy to your baby while they are sitting up, lying down, or during tummy time. Place the toy out of reach to encourage reaching and grasping.

Clip Attachment: Clip the toy to your buggy, chair, or cot for convenient access, but always ensure your baby is supervised.

Engagement: Talk about the colours and characters on the toy, and sing songs like "I Can Sing a Rainbow" to capture your baby's attention.

Demonstration: Show your baby how to move the parts of the toy to encourage them to reach out, grasp, and manipulate the toy themselves.

Tummy Time: During tummy time, place the toy in front of your baby to encourage movement, crawling, and exploration.

Teething Aid: Allow your baby to explore the teether by mouthing and chewing on it to soothe their gums during teething.

A Baby's Development

A Baby's Brain

Cognitive development is a crucial aspect of a baby's growth, as they begin to learn how to figure things out and solve problems independently. Research indicates that the early stages of a baby's life are pivotal for supporting brain development. Engaging in sensory play activities can greatly stimulate their cognitive development and facilitate the learning of new skills.

During this developmental stage, babies may start recognising facial expressions and developing a heightened sense of perception. They may also begin to remember how to perform simple tasks, such as moving a toy back and forth or bringing it to their mouth. Additionally, they learn the concept of object permanence, understanding that objects continue to exist even when they are hidden. Playing games like peekaboo can help reinforce this understanding.

Sensory play activities play a significant role in enhancing brain development by providing various stimuli for learning. Spending quality time engaging in activities such as reading stories, singing, conversing, and exploring different resources with your baby can provide valuable stimulation. These interactions not only foster cognitive development but also contribute to building resilience and overall well-being.

Toys and objects included in your sensory box are designed to promote cognitive development and provide opportunities for exploration and learning.

A Baby's Vision

At this stage of development, your baby is likely to start seeing and recognising familiar faces. Research indicates that babies can focus more on objects during this time, and by around six months, they can see several feet away and distinguish most colours. Improved eye coordination allows them to focus more effectively on objects of interest.

Around this age, it's common for babies to discover their hands. They may gaze in amazement and begin to move their fingers as they observe and realise that those little hands belong to them! This newfound awareness of their hands marks an important milestone in their sensory and motor development.

Check out this link and type in your baby's age and it will explain more about your baby's vision. All the resources in your subscription box can support the development of your baby's vision.

A Baby's Language

At this stage, your baby may be cooing and making sounds, showing early signs of communication. You might observe them pausing or becoming quiet when you talk to them, then responding with babbling noises when you stop speaking. This interaction demonstrates that babies are already engaging in communication and learning about the process of interaction.

Babies also use a lot of facial expressions and body movements to express themselves. Repetitive play, where you mimic their expressions and sounds, can support their learning process. Engage in plenty of talking and singing while exploring the toys in your box. Research suggests that babies who are exposed to a lot of language input tend to develop a wider vocabulary. Singing, in particular, helps babies internalise words and phrases through repetition.

You may notice your baby kicking and waving with excitement or frustration. Encourage interaction by asking questions during playtime, such as, "Do you want to see yourself in the mirror?" Then, show them the mirror and discuss their reflection. Similarly, prompt them to make sounds with the bells by asking, "Can you make a sound with your bells?" Shake the bells and offer them to your baby to mimic your action, reinforcing the communication process.

Playing games that engage your baby's anticipation skills can also contribute to communication and language development. These activities teach them to wait, listen to voices, and focus on facial expressions. The toys in your sensory box provide numerous opportunities to encourage communication, listening, and interaction.

Research suggests that sensory play fosters children's language development by helping them learn new ways to describe the world around them. By engaging with sensory resources, babies can enhance their language skills and communicate effectively with others during play. Exlpore The National Literacy Trust top tips for talking to your baby.

A Baby's Physical Development

At this stage of development, your baby may be starting to strengthen their muscles while on their tummy, lifting their head and shoulders off the floor. You might notice them beginning to pivot from side to side as they explore their surroundings. Explore our blog on the benefits of tummy time.

During this stage, your baby might begin to roll over independently and with some assistance, they may also start to sit up with support. You may observe them reaching out to grasp and explore objects, as well as practicing moving items from hand to hand. Additionally, your baby might start to notice their toes and feet, showing interest by trying to reach and grasp them. Towards the end of this stage, when held upright, they may even begin to support their weight on their legs. Utilise the resources in the sensory box to encourage and stimulate both their fine and gross motor skills. Take a look at our blog 'what are motor skills' for further reading.

Our Top Tips

Make lots of communication & give good eye contact when communicating

Lots of singing & action songs

Play & explore when they are alert and relaxed

Lots of peek a boo games

Have lots of tummy time experiences

Support your baby to sit up

And finally give your baby lots of praise!

Safety Guidelines

On Delivery

Inspect all items upon delivery and remove any packaging and labels before allowing a child to explore them.

Check for Damage

Thoroughly inspect all items before each use and discard them at the first signs of wear and tear.


Resources and toys from The Sensory Box Surprise should only be used for sensory purposes under adult supervision. Never leave a baby unattended with these resources.

Sensory Ribbon Ring

If you have a sensory ribbon ring in your box, please note that they are not teething rings or baby toys. They are intended for use by adults only, and caution should be taken to avoid contact with your baby's eyes. Ensure that the ribbons are securely fastened and tighten them where necessary. If the ribbons begin to fray, discard the item.


If you have a patterned blanket or tag blanket do not leave them covering your baby's face.


Babies will naturally explore objects by putting them in their mouth. It's essential to monitor your child when they mouth the resources in this box. If you allow your baby to put the objects in their mouth, it is your responsibility to supervise them closely.

Correct Ages

All our subscription boxes include sensory resources and toys appropriate for the specific age range of the individual box purchased. For this box, there are resources designed for babies aged 3-6 months..

Safety Standards

All the products included in our box meet the relevant safety testing standards in the UK.

Tummy Time

Tummy time experiences should always be supervised, and you should never leave your baby unattended while they are on their tummy.

Additional Activity Ideas & Resources Suitable for 3-6 months

Dance and music

Engage in gentle dancing with your baby, gently rocking them to the rhythm of soothing music or more interactive songs to captivate their attention. This activity fosters their perception of sounds and music. Alternatively, you can sing songs to your baby, incorporating action songs to help them visualise the accompanying movements. You may observe your baby attempting to imitate these actions and sounds as they become more familiar with them. See our blog on the benefits of singing with babies.

Noisy toys

Introduce noisy toys to capture your baby’s attention. Explore toys with buttons or switches that produce sounds when pressed. Your baby may be drawn to louder, more stimulating sounds at this stage. By observing you pushing buttons to create sounds, they will begin to understand cause and effect. As their fine motor skills develop, they may attempt to press the buttons themselves. Experiment with creating various sounds and noises using everyday objects found at home to further engage your baby's curiosity and auditory development. We sell a variety of resources to explore sound and develop those important motor skills.

Exploring light

Explore light to engage your young baby's attention and foster their development. In a dimly lit room, shine a torch on various objects and surfaces, avoiding direct exposure to their eyes. Experiment with creating shadow puppets using your hand or the puppet from your 0-3 month box if you've been on this journey from the beginning. This activity encourages visual tracking and enhances your baby's awareness of light and shadow.We sell a variety of puppets in our shop. Alternatively, you can acquire resources designed to project patterns onto your ceiling and walls. However, using a simple torch can also effectively achieve this effect and provide an engaging sensory experience for your baby.

Sitting up activities

Encouraging your baby to explore resources while nestled among cushions can foster the development of their core muscles. Especially at the start of this developmental stage, your baby will require significant support, possibly including assistance for their head. Positioning them between your legs as they sit up can provide stability and aid in their exploration. It's important to keep these activities short initially, gradually increasing the duration as your baby becomes stronger. While specialised C-shaped pillows are available for additional support, regular cushions can serve the purpose well. Enhance engagement by incorporating props and resources, but always ensure you're present and attentive, never leaving your baby unattended during these experiences.

Name your baby’s body parts

While interacting with your baby, whether they're lying down or sitting, engage in naming body parts while gently touching those areas. Encourage movement by wiggling their toes, touching their nose, or moving their legs. Singing songs like "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" and "If You're Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands" can support their awareness of their body and add an element of fun to the activity. This early introduction to body awareness not only fosters language development but also helps them learn the names of body parts through repetition.

Texture play

Utilise various textures found around your house to engage your baby's senses. Brush their hands, fingers, feet, and skin with different textures to provide a range of tactile sensations. For instance, you can explore the feeling of sand by placing your baby's feet in it and describing the sensation. Another option is to try gloop, made from corn flour and water, which can be a fun texture for your baby's hands and toes. Ensure that all materials used are age-appropriate and safe for your baby to explore.

Imitation games

Position your baby in front of you or sit them up, adjusting based on their developmental stage. Lean in closely and mimic the expressions and sounds your baby makes. This imitation encourages them to focus and try to imitate you, fostering early stages of symbolic play. Experiment with various actions to observe if your baby attempts or successfully replicates them. For further reading on symbolic play read this Rhona Lewis article.

Sensory bottles and bags

Create your own sensory bottles using transparent containers. Fill them with items that produce sounds when moved, or add water along with various materials. Experiment with glitter, colourful objects, dried pasta, rice, and more to observe the contents moving inside the bottles. Enhance the visual effects by adding watercolors or food colouring to change the water's colour.

Demonstrate to your baby how to manipulate the bottles to create different effects. You can place them within your baby's reach during tummy time sessions. However, ensure that the lids on the bottles are securely tightened, especially if your baby tends to mouth objects. Additionally, be cautious of the weight if water is added.

You can also use sealed bags filled with materials like cornflour and water, crunchy items such as cornflakes, paint, water, and various resources. Encourage your baby to touch the bags to explore the textures and sounds they produce. Describe the sensations and sounds to your baby as they interact with the sensory bags.

Always supervise your baby closely while they explore these sensory items, and use only materials that are safe for babies.

Bath time

Bath time offers an excellent opportunity for interactive play and exploration with your baby. You can incorporate various resources, whether purchased specifically for bath time or already available at home, to engage your baby and support their development.

Singing songs and playing imitation games during bath time not only foster bonding between you and your baby but also provide an enjoyable and stimulating experience for them. We sell bath books that can be played with in the water and change colour. Introducing bubble bath to your baby's bath time routine can add an extra element of fun and sensory stimulation. Show your baby how to make bubbles by gently swishing the water with your hands, and encourage them to join in the splashing fun!

Exploring bubbles

Exploring bubbles with your baby can be both simple and engaging. As your baby grows, typically around 3-6 months or even earlier, you may notice them attempting to reach out and grasp the bubbles. They'll track the bubbles with their eyes and move their head from side to side in fascination. You might even observe them trying to pivot on their tummy to follow the bubbles' movements. Take the opportunity to talk about how the bubbles go up and down and make popping sounds to excite and engage your baby. You can use bubble machines or simple handheld ones for this activity, but always ensure that the bubbles are safe for young babies to explore. Read the blog for more information regarding the benefits of bubble play.

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