Baby Equipment That Provides Baby Entertainment to the Non-Crawler
Most babies learn to crawl somewhere between 6 and 10 months of age. Once a baby can crawl, he can explore and get around on his own. The months leading up to achieving that milestone can be frustrating for both the new parent and the stuck-in-place fussy baby. A few pieces of baby equipment will help make the time pass more smoothly. Consider buying or borrowing a portable baby swing, a baby bouncer, a baby exersaucer, a baby jumper, or a baby playpen.
Portable Baby Swing
The portable baby swing is easy to move from room to room. It folds compactly, allowing it to be easily carried along when visiting friends or family. The swinging motion will lull a tired or fussy baby to sleep. Most portable swings come with the ability to play music and tunes. They also come with mobiles or activity bars so the fussy baby has something to look at while relaxing.
The baby bouncer is a softly padded seat that allows baby to sit nearby when not being held. Basic bouncers move gently up and down in reaction to a baby’s kicks and wiggles. More deluxe battery-powered bouncers can be set to vibrate. The soothing vibrations often lull a baby to sleep. Bouncers are available with white noise machines that mimic the sound of water running over rocks, a rainstorm or fan-type sounds. Activity bars for baby to swat at and play with often hang overhead.
Baby Exersaucer or Baby Jumper
Activity centers like the baby exersaucer or baby jumper will help a fussy baby exercise their wiggles away. Baby exersaucers resemble stationary baby walkers and offer attached toys and musical buttons that will provide baby entertainment for nice periods of time. The baby can spin around in the baby seat and can reach toys in all directions.
Baby jumpers are similar to the baby exersaucer in nature, but the baby jumper seat is suspended from elastic or rubber cords. The baby can push off the ground and repeatedly jump up and down. Toys that hang down from overhead and other toys built into the tray will allow the child to entertain himself while the parent can get things done.
In a pinch, the baby playpen contains a baby and still allows him to move around. The baby can push up on hands and knees in a safe and clean environment, practicing for the day he can take off and crawl. Small toys can be scattered around which will encourage the baby to reach and practice moving toward a desired object.
Even if a parent can’t afford to buy each piece of baby equipment, swapping infant gear with other parents will help keep the budget down. Having more than one item on hand allows the fussy baby to rotate through baby equipment for maximum baby entertainment.