After a few months exploring and trying out different busy boxes for Noe, here is the round up of her busy boxes from her least favourite to the best! If you are trying to occupy your baby in the playpen, these are inexpensive ways. Just rotate the boxes every few days or every week, depending on your baby's interest :)
Noe has not much interest in balls. Maybe she's still too young for them. But she has 2 favourite small balls that she loves to hold and walk around with. Those were Nat's favourite too when he was young.
6. Stuffed Toys
I must admit I was stereotyping my daughter a little. I thought she might like stuffed toys a lot because she's a girl. But lo and behold, she has not much attraction to them. Most of the time, she touches them and then runs away or just cringe when we hold them near to her.
5. Wooden Toys
Noe picked up block stacking rather fast even without me prompting her, she tried to stack blocks on her own. But alas the blocks always end up in her mouth, so maybe with my constant nagging at her to keep it out of the mouth, this busy box is not her favourite.
4. Musical Instruments
Noe definitely likes songs and singing, she even likes blowing into whistles! But musical instruments that require hitting, perhaps a little too advanced for her now? Will try to bring them out again when she is older.
3. Sensory Bottles and Boxes
Which kid can resist the sensory play? The colours, touch and sounds that come from the bottles and boxes are a sure hit! The colourful straws and glitter bottles are her favourites.
2. Random Lids and Kitchen Stuff
Basically, I rounded up empty bottles and lids, kitchen toys like bowls, or real utensils that I don't really use. Her brother loves playing this busy box with her in the playpen. Maybe that's why it's number 2 on her favourite list.
Yes, my little gal is a avid bookworm! She loves reading so much like when her mommy was young. She can read by herself for about 15 minutes. But I really need to teach her to be more gentle with them as I've been repairing quite a few books with scotch tape already.
If you like my list, you will like @lemonlimeadv's 10 Baby Busy Boxes too because that is where I got the inspiration from :)