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Blocks, Bears, and Balls for Baby!

August 21st, 2012

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As yarncrafters, I’m sure you already know that when someone announces their pregnancy, the hooks and needles soon come out and the hands are busy making all sorts of wonderful gifts for the expectant mother.  While your mind instantly thinks “baby hat and booties set” or “baby blanket”, don’t forget about the toys! They can be as simple as baby blocks (simply make 6 squares and seam them into a cube around a foam block!) or as complex as a cable-stitch lamb.  Take a look at the patterns below for some baby toy inspiration.

Blocks and balls are classic toys that will never go out of style for babies.  Also something to keep in mind when choosing your colors: babies can see contrasting colors the best; don’t be afraid of more saturated or darker hues.

Soft and Sweet Baby Blocks
Crochet Soft and Sweet Baby Blocks
Loom Knit Playtime Balls
Loom Knit Playtime balls
Babycakes Blocks
Knit Babycakes Blocks

Babies love toys that respond to their actions, especially newborns, since they are still discovering their senses; therefore, they are intrigued by “cause and effect toys”.  Rattles have been a baby favorite for years because they are stimulating to the senses.  Babies are fascinated by the sound that comes out of the rattle as they move it, and they love it even more when they can put the rattle in their mouths.

Carrot Rattle
Crochet Carrot Rattle
Caterpillar Baby Toy
Crochet Caterpillar Baby Toy
Pond Friends Stacking Toys
Crochet Pond Friends Stacking Toys

Stuffed animals are great companions for babies (12 months or older) while napping, while in the stroller, or just to hold while relaxing.  The friendly faces can be comforting to them, and help provide a sense of calm–like a security blanket.  Plus, they’re great keepsakes as your little one grows up.

Knit Little Lamb
Knit Little Lamb

Crochet Boudreaux the Bear
Knit Little Bunny
Knit Little Bunny

What type of baby toys do you like to make–rattles, stuffed animals, teethers? Share your baby projects with us in the comments!

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