What Is It?
A set of five handmade toys from Pink House based on Montessori’s Assistants to Infancy training. They’re designed to help your baby with grasping, moving objects from hand to hand, and (when they’re a bit older) recognizing that two things go together, and putting them together, then taking them apart again.
We tested the three toys intended for younger babies. Anneliese is a bit small for the egg/cup and peg/cup.
I have a thing for well-made, handmade toys, simplicity, and wooden toys. And these are perfect! Really.
I know some people think that if a toy doesn’t make a bunch of noise / isn’t made of primary colors / doesn’t have 100 different fabrics and textures, it must be boring and babies won’t be interested. Not so.
These wooden grasping beads are quite easy for Anneliese to hold, and she enjoys shaking them around, putting them in her mouth, and occasionally changing them from her right hand to her left, and back again.
They’re smooth, and pleasing to touch. Anneliese approves.
She also finds the rattle very easy to grasp. It’s made of soft crocheted cotton, and the black and white design will appeal to most babies because they are attracted to sharp contrast and the edges of shapes. The bells inside this rattle make a sound that’s loud enough to please the baby, but not loud enough to ever become annoying. Very sweet. And machine-washable. And not polyester.
The interlocking disks were a little hard for Anneliese to hold when we first got them in the mail because she has to grip them with her fingers, rather than wrap her entire hand around the toy (as with the other two), but after a week or so, she had mastered holding on to them. The shapes keep her interested for many minutes at a time, as she turns the toy over and over in her hands.
Janice at Pink House told me to try rolling this toy on the floor, and it’s awesome. It rolls really slowly, which means it is perfect for when Anneliese is doing tummy time. If she nudges the toy it will roll just a little bit away from her. Then she can try to reach for it, or wiggle toward it, motivating her to make the first steps toward mobility.
Oh, and besides all that, these toys are just fun. Beautiful, well-made, fun toys. And that is that.
Visit Pink House on etsy to choose your favorite, or buy the whole set!
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