The Baby Toys That Keep My Twins Busy

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I have two sweet 3½ month old baby girls, and already they are developing little personalities with special preferences for specific things. From the moment we brought Brooklyn and Bailey home from the hospital, it’s been an adventure as we discover what baby items calm them down, make them laugh, and help them sleep.

Both of my girls respond very well to the classic five S’s: swaddling, shushing, swinging, sucking, and side positions. The minute they start acting tired, we wrap them up in a blanket or sleep sack, give them a pacifier, rock them a little in our arms, a swing, or a sleeper, and they are knocked out. They also love the sound of the white noise machine we run in the background during nap time. I also have an app on my phone that makes the sound of a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer that can instantly turn a fussy baby into a content baby. Since day one, our girls have also loved one thing above all of their other baby items -- their pacifiers. They are starting to take it less frequently, mostly just at nap time or fussy moments, but it definitely helps them go to sleep.

Bailey also loves to look at mobiles, or anything dangling above her. As soon as we put her in the crib, she will look up at the mobile and just start cracking up with huge smiles and laughter. Brooklyn loves bath time in her little whale tub. The warm water is really soothing to her, and she’s discovering how to make the water splash around by kicking and moving her arms. Both girls squeal in delight when placed on the changing mat. I’m not sure what it is about diaper changing time, but it’s often the most happy and smiley they will be all day. Who would have thought a changing mat would be the baby item that they’d most enjoy?

We have a variety of other baby items, like baby toys, rattles, stuffed animals, and baby noise makers for the girls. They really like a pair of stuffed pink elephants that my friend brought them in the hospital. The ears are stuffed with paper that makes a crinkling noise, and the tail has a rattle. It’s also very soft, and they like having it rubbed on their cheeks. On their activity mat, they have a light-up song player shaped like a star with a variety of colors. When I turn it on, they will stare at it mesmerized. They really like anything that plays music.

Each day as their baby development continues, I discover new baby items that delight them, especially as they become more aware of their surroundings. It’s amazing to think of what they’ll be getting into in just a few short months.

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by Maggie Barr