One of the biggest advantages of giving birth to a much awaited kid is the absolute influx of gifts you get. So many that in the early days you have absolutely no idea what to do with them (since most of them are for older babies and can’t be used immediately). We were blessed to be one such family and M was given a whole bunch of rattles, baby books and more clothes than I knew what to do with.
In fact, we’ve got so many clothes as gifts that some days I get stressed I may miss making him wear something and that he will then outgrow it (Yes, I know totally a #FirstWorldProblem).
In the first few months, M had a one-track mind and was interested in only one thing – milk. However, as he’s now more alert and active through the day I find myself struggling to keep him occupied – he’s already outgrown most of the rattles he was gifted and now has the attention span of a goldfish. Yes, just like any kid he is interested in banging utensils and running after wires/wet-wipe packets. Personally, I see no harm in a child playing with such things for some time if they are being closely supervised as it improves their curiosity of how the world functions. But, I do find myself on the look out for meaningful toys that he can play with and while doing so also develop a few new skills.
Which is where, Fisher Price comes in. Even as a child myself, I had many Fisher Price toys. My favourites of course being the one where you stack all the rings in a pyramid and the small truck which you could press and it would move forward which apparently helped me learn how to crawl (that’s what my mom says). Anyways, fast track 30 years and Fisher Price continues to be the No 1 Baby Toy Brand globally.
I recently got the opportunity to visit their office in Mumbai and learn more about the products and let me tell you that it is by far the coolest office I have ever been to in Mumbai featuring life size Scrabble boards, stacks of Barbie’s and building blocks in every nook and cranny. Anyways, I digress. At the event, I learnt that all of Fisher Price toys are deeply rooted in research in order to give the best possible start to children. Hours upon hours of feedback sessions and research is done to develop toys that not only engage children but also help develop various aspects of their motor and cognitive skills.
Something I can personally attest to when I see how interested M is in his foot piano that he was gifted by his Kaki on his Besna (sitting) ceremony.
Having been a huge fan of Lego (I even entered a competition to build an entire Lego city once), I wanted to introduce the joy of playing with blocks early on with M. Over the past week thats just what I have done with our Big Building Bag of Mega Bloks from Fisher Price. At 9 months, M is still a bit small for them and is currently mainly interested in just licking them of course but still I do notice him curiously handling all the pieces and observing the bright colours. What I loved best is that the blocks are really big making them perfect for his small hands and not posing as a choking risk at all (which means I can leave him alone with them for a few minutes as well).
We have only just started playing with our blocks and introducing more toys to M so I will definitely be sharing more about our experiences in the coming months. Until then, what was your baby’s first big toy? Do share in the comments below!