I am talking about a sensory hula hoop that is a very useful tool for your baby while doing tummy time as it stimulates the interest to discover the world of the little one and while she is entertained she is gaining strength as well.
You can use this toy as soon as your baby starts doing tummy time as it will be a reason for him to start raising his head up or to stretch the arm to reach toys, and when he grows up a bit will be very amusing and interesting as the toys or objects attached have different textures and make different noises.
For this project I bought a hula hoop from Home Bargains for about £3 and I attached small toys, different ribbons, kitchen sponges, little bells, paper flowers, all in various colours and sizes. I haven’t invest much into this project as there was no need for that and Arianna absolutely loved this new toy.
I used paper flowers, I know! When we felt Arianna is ready to play with this hula hoop she barely could lift her head up to look in front of her. I wanted for her to be able to feel paper as well and to have this variety of colours and forms, but as soon as she became able to reach and pull the hoop I took all the paper flowers off as they became a chocking hazard.
You can improvise and attach to your hula hoop everything that raises the interest of your baby. I personally used the small toys from her bouncer as she only played with one of them three while she was spending her time in the chair, some hairbands details that she loved playing with but hated to wear as they were quite tight, those paper flowers I made for a different DIY project I was working on that period of time, some little rattan balls with bells inside bought for our cat but that she never was interested in playing with, different textured ribbons from my collection, fur keys pom-poms, and kitchen sponges. You can take that to a whole new level and apply all sorts of items easily find in your household, or specially bought toys for your baby. Your decision!
Sensory toys are very useful in your baby’s development because is helps her brain to make new connections useful in solving problems later. These sensory toys are brilliant for children with autism as they help them focus and concentrate on a specific task.
My project was made to motivate Arianna to explore her surroundings and to entertain her while exercising. After using the activities mat this hula hoop was the second toy she loved the most in her first 3 months of life. If you want to know more about the activities we have done together in her first 3 months please check this previous post out.
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