When your little one starts to crawl and walk, these can help them get their daily exercise and keep them safe
Plan Toys Bird Walker, £89.95
Plan Toys is the brand to go to if you’re looking for well-made wooden toys made from sustainable sources and this walker (recommended from 10 months) is no exception. The walker comes with 16 colourful blocks that your child can stack and knock down again. On the front are two birds that bop their heads up and down and make a tinkling noise as the walker is pushed. It’s well thought out and designed, helps develop gross motor skills and coordination and helps your any baby when they are ready to take their first steps.
Rocking Animal Ellery Elephant, £89,
Babies love to rock and enjoy the fun of being able to move objects by themselves, so this elephant rocker from Mamas and Papas will be a great addition to your nursery. Though rocking horses are more traditional, this cute elephant from the Ellery Elephant range is great fun. It is very supportive for your little one, helping them sit upright while still being able to put both feet on the floor to move the rocker. It is soft and well padded and will look smart in any home. Suitable from nine months.
Foldaway Play Pen, £79
Once your little one starts to crawl and toddle, it’s harder to keep them away from hazards, so a good playpen is a must. This practical model is easy to put up and take down again and comes in a range of stylish colours, including stone teal and dusty aqua. It’s made from sustainably sourced beech wood and painted with water based, non toxic paint and is designed for babies up to 15kg.
Larisa and Pumpkin Organic Cotton Ball Pit, £80
If you can’t take your baby to soft play, bring soft play to you. Suitable for babies who can sit unsupported, this ball pit is made from high-grade sponge, so it easily pings back into shape when your baby crawls in and out of it. It has been designed ball pits to help develop babies’ and toddlers’ core strength and fine motor skills. The 95 per cent cotton outer cover is also removable and washing machine-friendly so you can keep it clean.
Brio Pull Along Dachshund, £10
This classic pull-along wooden toy has stood the test of time and will be a favourite for years to come. First launched in 1958, it has a moving head, ears and tail, and is made from FSC-certified wood from responsible and trackable sources. Soon, your toddler will be able to walk puling this behind them.
Play and Go Bag / Playmat, £32
A soft playmat is a good addition to your child’s room and this one doubles as a toy storage bag too. Take everything you need to keep your baby or toddler entertained inside it and when you need to keep your child busy, simply spread it out for your child to play on. It’s made from high-end cotton which washes well and is durable.
Janod Scooter, £80
Just as good to use at home as out in the park, this cheerful scooter will help your child whizz about and will also strengthen their legs. Suitable from three to five years, it is made from wood and has inflatable tyres for a smooth ride. It’s a toy that is sure to last the test of time and will look good in any nursery or playroom.
Prettier Playmats from £89.99
If you have hard floors in your home, some playmats are a great buy and these stylish models are great for creating a gorgeous nursery. They come in different sizes and are interlocking, so you can create a large soft space that’s ideal for your baby to play on and that will be kind to your knees when you are playing with them. Made from non-toxic EVA foam, they measure 1.2cm thick, are wipe-clean and well designed. They come in many colours so you’ll find something to suit your decor.
Done by Deer Walker Croco, £80
Suitable from 12 months, this fun walker is great for first walkers, as the handle has two positions – slanted when they are first starting to take a few steps and upright when they are confident walkers. Made from plywood and water-based paints, it’s easy to clean and the soft rubber wheels gibe a smooth ride. There’s brake at the back of the walker for extra safety and it’s the perfect place to store and transport a few favourite toys.
Text by Kayleigh Rattle