It is very exciting to watch a new baby grow and develop and the first year of life is full of fun and surprises. In this year babies learn to roll over, crawl, smile, copy sounds and some even learn to walk. One of the most special milestones is when a young baby learns to play with toys. Very early on a baby will not play, but soon they are able to shake a rattle, roll a ball, and cuddle a teddy bear. So when do babies start playing with toys? Read this article to find out.
Babies will start to show an interest in toys long before they will actually play with them. Young infants will often watch toys and objects with fascination and will love watch an adult or another child play with an object. Most babies start to reach for toys between 3 to 4 months of age. The toys may be soft toys that hang from a baby gym or a toy ball that is on their play mat. Babies usually chose brightly colored, small objects that are easy to grasp.
Babies will begin to play with toys at around 5-6 months. They may play with simple toys such as balls, soft toys or teething rings. As their motor skills improve so too will their ability to play. Playing will become more complex and you are most likely to see your child begin to really play when they are able to sit and move their toys independently at around 9 months. Imaginative play usually starts later at around 1 year to 18 months. At this age children like to copy what mom and dad are doing such as taking on the phone, hanging the washing, putting on clothes and even packing up.