An activity blanket is a great toy for the very young, as it helps stimulate the child's senses and motor skills. Most activity blankets feature colourful designs and great educational activity toys. At first, baby will just learn to focus on the exciting colourful objects and shapes. Later, baby will also be able to reach and touch the toys or the activity blanket itself on their own. Baby's development is great because as a parent you can see new progress every day. You can therefore make this learning process even more fun for baby by investing in an activity rug.
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We make suggestions for the best activity blankets for baby. There are many different designs to choose from, so just find one that you think is perfect for your baby. Read more below.
Activity blanket - When?
There may be different ideas about when a baby will benefit most from lying on an activity mat. A baby starts to be able to focus on certain things and see colours from around 6 weeks. By this time, most people will also have mastered breastfeeding and settled into a good rhythm with baby. There will always be some periods, such as the 'tiger jumps', when baby will need more reassurance and attention. In general, an activity blanket will be particularly beneficial and useful from around 6-8 weeks of age, right through to 6 months of age when there is significant motor progress. When you start to use the activity blanket, remember to get used to baby lying on his back and on his tummy in order to stimulate the different senses and motor skills. The activity blanket is ideal for exercising and provides some fun and educational moments for your baby.
Activity blanket - How long?
Your baby has so far learned to focus, hold/grasp things, listen, push and press things when playing on the activity blanket. When baby reaches 6 months of age, great motor progress will be made. This may mean that around this age, your baby may not be able to satisfy his curiosity by just lying on the activity mat. Most babies will start crawling from 6-10 months. However, some children skip the crawling stage. But as so much is happening to your baby during this time, it may be toys that can do more that have become more exciting. Toys with sounds and that can move are generally a big hit from 6 months. If you have chosen an activity blanket where the hangers with toys can be removed, then it is obvious to continue using the blanket. Here your baby can start to sit up and play. This means that your child can use the activity blanket over a longer period of time. See the many different activity blankets above.