FEBRUARY SIGN UPS ARE NOW OPEN - FIRST BOXES WILL BE DISPATCHED BY THE 4TH OF FEBRUARY 2022.
This quarterly subscription series provides you with all the age-appropriate sensory toys and resources you need to support your baby’s development from birth to 24 months. The first delivery you’ll receive will be our 0–3 Months box.
How does the Baby’s First Years subscription work?
Subscribing to our sensory-play boxes is easy!
- Add the 0–3 Months box to your cart and check out in a few clicks. Relax and tick ‘buy baby toys’ off your to-do list – we’ve got you covered for the next twelve months!
- Receive your 0–3 Months box and scan the QR code that’s inside to download our Ways to Play guide. Have fun exploring the contents with your little one!
- You’ll receive your 3–6 Months box around twelve weeks later, and each box 3 months thereafter. You’ll be billed £45.97 automatically as we dispatch each box, and your subscription will end when you receive the last box. You can cancel anytime if you decide to!
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How does the Baby’s First Years subscription series support your baby’s sensory development?
Every three months, just as your baby is likely to be tackling a new set of developmental milestones, you’ll receive a new set of high-quality sensory toys and resources. Each item is specially selected to build on what your baby has already learned and nurture their brain through the next phase of their development and beyond – this takes all the pressure off you to find age-appropriate toys, because we’ve found them for you!
A downloadable Ways to Play guide accompanies each box to help you get the most out of the contents. It explains which milestones your baby is likely to be working towards at their current age, and how you can use each item in your box to help them get there.
Why do babies aged 0–3 months need sensory stimulation?
During the first three months of their life, a newborn baby goes through a huge amount of developmental change and their brain grows at an incredible rate. From the moment they’re born, you’ll notice your baby responding to their environment – especially to touch, sound and light – but you’ll see their responsiveness increase rapidly with every week that passes.
Your baby’s vision develops dramatically at this age: to start with they can only see items that are eight to twelve inches away from them, and everything is pretty fuzzy and colourless. By the time they’re around three months old, they’ll begin to track moving objects with their eyes and they’ll start to see basic colours.
During this time, you’ll also notice your curled-up little bundle start to stretch out their arms and legs and develop the beginnings of head control. Their little hands will gradually change from a tight fist to more open palms that are suddenly eager to reach and grab at anything and everything within reach!
Sounds and music may initially startle your baby, but over time you’ll see them purposefully turn their head towards noise. And, of course, they’ll become more interested and interactive, and you’re likely to get those precious first smiles, coos and maybe even giggles.
The time you spend interacting one-to-one with your baby from birth to three months plays a crucial role in helping them reach these milestones by stimulating and nurturing their senses.
What’s in the 0–3 Months sensory-play box?
Our 0–3 Months box is all about introducing you to sensory play and supporting your baby's visual and cognitive development.
Research shows that patterns of black, grey and white register the strongest on a newborn’s retina, and the first colour your baby will be able to distinguish is red (usually from around 10–12 weeks). Introducing a baby to this type of high-contrast stimulation sends strong visual signals to the brain, promoting faster brain growth and visual development.
The items you’ll receive in your 0–3 Months box will be hand-picked to support this, while also stimulating your baby’s other senses with interesting textures and sounds. The exact contents of our boxes vary from month to month, but the kind of things you can expect are as follows:
⭐ Printed muslins
⭐ Board books
⭐ Soft rattles
⭐ Crinkle toys
⭐ Reversible cards
And, of course, you’ll also get access to our downloadable Ways to Play guide, which is bursting with information on your baby’s development and ideas for using the items in your box in a variety of ways to stimulate their senses.