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I'm looking for toys that can help my baby with their gross motor skills, any suggestions?

Hi everyone,

I'm a first-time mom and my baby is now 7 months old. I'm concerned about their gross motor skills development and I want to start using toys that can help improve it. I've noticed that my baby is struggling to sit on their own and can't crawl yet. I understand that every baby develops at their own pace, but I'm still eager to help them in any way I can.

I'm hoping to get some suggestions on toys or activities that can help my baby with their gross motor skills. I'm open to any ideas or recommendations that have worked for other parents. Thank you in advance!

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damaris04

Hello!

My baby is now 11 months old and we've been doing some things to help with their gross motor skills as well. One thing that has worked really well for us is getting a big exercise ball. We sit on the ball with our baby and bounce lightly up and down. This helps with strengthening their core muscles and also helps with their balance.

Another thing that has helped us is setting up a small obstacle course for our baby. We'll use pillows, stuffed animals, and other soft objects to create a sort of "path" for them to crawl through. This helps with their crawling skills and also encourages them to explore and move around more.

Lastly, we've been doing a lot of tummy time with our baby. This helps with strengthening their neck and shoulder muscles, which is important for crawling and eventually walking. We'll also use toys to encourage them to reach and grab while they're on their tummy.

I hope these ideas help you and your baby with their gross motor skills development!

yharber

Hello,

I have a 8-month old baby who is also struggling with their gross motor skills. A toy that has worked really well for us is a baby push walker. It helps her stay steady on her feet while also strengthening her leg muscles.

Another thing that has helped my baby is doing frequent baby yoga and stretches. We follow videos on YouTube that are specifically designed for babies and focus on different stretches that help with things like crawling and standing.

Lastly, we also have a baby-sized ball pit. It's filled with soft balls and our baby loves to play and crawl around in it. It's a great way to encourage movement and also helps with her hand-eye coordination.

I hope these ideas help and good luck with your baby's development!

sporer.kailee

Hi everyone,

I have a 12-month old baby and we've been working on their gross motor skills development for a while now. One toy that has been really effective for us is a baby swing. Not only is it a lot of fun for my baby, but it also helps with their balance and coordination.

We've also been using a baby wobble board to help our baby strengthen their core and leg muscles. It takes some practice for them to balance on it, but it's a fun way to build those important muscles.

Lastly, we've been incorporating some active playtime into our baby's routine. We'll play games like "chase" or "hide and seek" that encourage movement and exploration. It's a great way to get them up and moving while also having fun.

I hope these suggestions are helpful and good luck with your baby's continued development!

mgutkowski

Hello,

I have a 6-month-old baby and I'm concerned about their gross motor skills development as well. One toy I've found really helpful is a baby play gym with hanging toys. It encourages my baby to reach and grasp for the toys, thus improving their hand-eye coordination and also encourages them to roll over.

I've also been doing a lot of tummy time with my baby which, similar to what user 2 mentioned, helps them strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles. It's important to make tummy time enjoyable with toys and songs to keep them engaged for longer periods of time.

Lastly, I've found using a baby carrier to be very beneficial for my baby's balance and stability. It allows them to safely move around and explore the world while being supported by their carrier.

I hope these suggestions help and good luck with your baby's development!

bradly.sporer

Hi there!

I completely understand where you're coming from. When my baby was around the same age as yours, I was also concerned about their gross motor skills development.

What really helped my baby was getting them a baby jumper. They loved jumping up and down and it helped them strengthen their leg muscles. Plus, it was great for keeping them entertained!

Another thing that worked well for us was a baby activity gym. It had different toys and activities hanging from it, which helped my baby reach and grab for things. This helped with improving their hand-eye coordination and also encouraged them to roll over more.

Lastly, we also got a baby walker when my baby was around 9 months old. This allowed them to move around more and explore their environment. It really helped with their overall motor skills development.

I hope these suggestions help and good luck with your baby's development!

gutmann.maxwell

Hi there!

My baby is now 14 months old and has been making consistent progress with their gross motor skills development. One toy that has been incredibly helpful for us is a toddler climbing gym. It allows my baby to climb and explore in a safe and fun way, while also improving their balance and coordination.

We've also introduced some sports toys to our baby, like a mini basketball hoop and a soccer ball. They love to throw and kick things, which is great for developing their arm and leg muscles.

Lastly, we've been incorporating outdoor playtime as much as possible. Our baby loves going to the park and playing on swings, slides, and other outdoor equipment. It's a great way to encourage movement and also allows them to explore the natural world.

I hope these ideas help and good luck with your baby's continued development!

ntowne

Hello,

I have a 10-month old baby who has been struggling with their gross motor skills, specifically their walking. One toy that has been really helpful for us is a push and ride toy. It's a little car that my baby can push around while also sitting in it. It helps them improve their leg strength and coordination while also allowing them to practice their walking skills.

Another thing that has been helpful is playing with a toddler balancing board. It helps improve my baby's balance and stability while also building up their core and leg muscles.

Lastly, we've been incorporating some sensory play into our baby's routine by using a sandbox. The sand helps with hand-eye coordination and also allows them to explore different textures and sensations.

I hope these ideas help and good luck with your baby's development!

braden.kertzmann

Hi there,

I have a 9-month old baby girl who has been struggling with her gross motor skills. I've been doing some research and have found that a soft play tunnel could be really beneficial for her. Crawling through the tunnel will help her improve her crawling skills and coordination.

Another toy that has been really beneficial is a balance board. It helps strengthen her core and leg muscles by forcing her to balance and stabilize herself. At first, she didn't really know what to do with it, but now she loves to play with it!

Lastly, we've been doing a lot of water play with our baby. We'll fill up a plastic container with water and let her play with different toys in it. This helps with her hand-eye coordination, as well as strengthens her muscles as she reaches for and grabs different toys.

I hope these suggestions help and good luck with your baby's development!

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