If you’re shopping for the best gifts for a 4-month-old baby, whether it’s your own bundle of joy or someone else’s, you’re probably stumped at what’s considered an age-appropriate present. Four months old is that sweet spot between newborn and baby—a far cry from month 1 and also from month 6—and is typically around the timeframe when some of the super simple and basic newborn toys just don’t seem to occupy their attention anymore.
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Also at about 4 months old, babies are starting to roll over and actually enjoying the tummy time they once dreaded. They can actually start grabbing at toys instead of just gazing at them from close or from far and may even be able to lift their neck reasonably well when propped up into a seated position. This means that the baby toys that might be best for a 4-month-old are, well, actual toys. They can help promote proper grasp and fine motor skills, as well as stimulate their adapting vision.
And lucky for you, when it comes to gift ideas, we’ve got ’em! Read on to shop the best toys and gifts for a 4-month-old, all mom-approved.
Best Gifts For 4-Month-Olds
This floor seat, which will lovingly become known as “the panda seat” in your household, is a must-have for any baby between the ages of 3 and 9months old. At 4 months old, your baby may not yet be sitting up on their own, so this seat can help get them used to the position, providing adequate support in all the right areas and two linkable toys to keep them entertained.
You’ve probably seen this interactive toy before because it is a hit with babies of all ages. With the pinch of one of his feet, Flappy the Elephant sings “Do Your Ears Hang Low,” and with the pinch of the other, he plays the game of peek-a-boo, which babies love. The company also sells the same type of talking plush toy in other animals too.
This toy features five sides of exploratory play with different light-up and flip-around buttons that will keep a 4-month-old entertained for minutes on end. (Sorry, we can’t promise hours.) It plays 25 fun songs and melodies and even has a motion sensor that activates sounds when it’s moved to encourage crawling. Since it’s designed for infants 6 months to 3 years, this is one toy that’ll last you longer than just a few months.
Some of the best kinds of toys for 4-month-olds are the ones that are pint-sized, not only so little hands can easily hold them, but also so that you can take them with you when you’re on the go. As you can see by the 34,000+ ratings, this one is worth every dollar it costs. It switches between 10 melodies and has volume control so it’s never *too* annoying.
While the stationary seats are great for the time period where your baby is content simply sitting, the jumpy seats provide endless entertainment for four month olds and older babies alike. With 360 degrees of play and fun animal figures that he can try to grab at, the jumparoo is like a mini amusement park for your baby. The comfy seat is machine washable and dryer safe, which will definitely come in handy.
If you haven’t already invested in a play gym for your baby, this is one of the top-rated brands on the market. It’s made from FSC-certified wood and organic cotton accessories, including a mouthable teether. It’s super easy to set up and has endless entertainment options for your kiddo, including 4 interchangeable learning card sets and a book that teaches you how to get the most out of the set.
Whether your baby is napping or playing and whether you’re home or on the go, this plush lounger will come in handy. It’s made from 100 percent cotton and polyester and allows baby to move around without being able to roll off—although parents definitely need to supervise any play or sleep done on the Dock. It comes in a wide array of fun colors to choose from and the covers can be removed and machine washed.
As simple as this toy looks (and is), you’d be so surprised by how well it entertains babies—especially 4-month-olds. It’s colorful, which naturally draws in their attention, and features multiple layers of rings that they can easily grab. This brand has been around since 1978, so you know that they’re doing something right!
Whether your baby is playing inside or outdoors, this fun water mat will encourage lots of tummy time play. It has a screw cap that protects against leaks and the company offers a full refund and replacement should that happen, which is always a big plus. The double-sided design with tons of aquatic animals that will entertain your baby as they master tummy time.
Some of the best gifts are those that are practical—i.e. If you don’t get them as gifts, you’re going to have to go out and buy them yourself. This is definitely the case with baby bucket hats. This machine-washable sun hat protects your cutie from the sun with UPF 30 and ties underneath the chin so it doesn’t fly away in the wind. It comes in 15+ colors and prints to choose from.
If you ask us, it’s never too early to introduce Baby to Eric Carle’s magical world. The little one can meet everyone’s favorite Very Hungry Caterpillar, cozied up in this plush picnic basket. A velcro sandwich with felt fillings, soft juice pouch, rattling avocado, and of course, a fuzzy little caterpillar are all tucked inside. It’s even the perfect size for traveling, and when they’re older, and tot-toting!
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