May 8 / Delana Green

Top 5 Musical Baby Products Every Parent Needs

When you first expect a baby, you are quickly bombarded with shiny, loud, and flashy toys. Some of these are wonderful and handy. (I'm a big fan of hallway sound machines.)
Now, the musical ones are my expertise, so that is what I will talk about today.
Here are my top 5 musical baby products that I used with my three babies. Most of these can be found in a local mom-and-pop store or on Amazon through the affiliate links below. (I receive a small commission off purchases made through the links but at no extra cost to the buyer.) Almost all of the prices range from $ 10 to $ 50.

My current favorite!

One of my all-time favorites is the Yoto Player, a versatile product that can be used from the newborn to the early years. It's not just a sound machine or a music player but a tool that allows you to record your voice, providing a comforting presence for your little one even when you're not in the room. It's 100% worth checking out. HERE

The second: I used this piano kicker, "thingy-ma-bob," on my first two babies. At least that's what I called it for the four years I had it. (I donated it before we discovered we had a third baby.) It was given as a gift, and oh, the joy it brought to my little one! She loved kicking the piano keys with her feet, creating her own little tunes. It wasn't an annoying sound and was used for several years. Now, usually, I am highly bothered by products that show incorrect keyboard anatomy. However, I let it slide in this case because the happiness it brought to my baby was priceless. 
Baby Gym! That's the name.


Third, and super simple: This glockenspiel (xylophone). It was one of the better-tuned ones and lasted a lot longer than $20 baby toys (Think Nokia Brick Phones). All three of my girls loved this, and oddly enough, so did my 9—and 10-year-old students who visited. The best part? It's sturdy and safe, so you can rest assured that your little one will enjoy it for a long time without any worries.

Since becoming a mom, I have grown an affinity for Hape toys. A nearby store stocks many of their toys, and this next one is a hit. The Hape Pound and Tap Bench allow kids to use fine and large motor skills. I love putting the mallet at a distance, having them walk or jump to it, and then jump or walk back. They get to play a few notes and continue the game. I trust Hape for their quality and safety, and this toy is no exception. Amazon Link Here

This is one that I've used with babies and toddlers. Some brands are very...hit or miss, but I was happy with the purchase of this one. Watch out for the ones that use a lot of paint and plastic pieces. Go for the wood/natural ones that are less hazardous. Exercise caution with certain ages, and look and inspect the bag of percussion instruments before introducing them to your toddler/baby. Let's start with the wooden shaker eggs. They are always a winner, providing a gentle sound and easy grip for little hands. Here is the Amazon link
In conclusion, introducing music to your baby's life can be a rewarding experience, and choosing the right musical products can make a big difference. From the versatile Yoto Player to the joy-inspiring piano kicker and the sturdy glockenspiel, there are plenty of options to explore. Hape toys, known for their quality and safety, offer a great selection, like the Pound and Tap Bench. And when it comes to percussion instruments, opting for wooden shaker eggs can provide a safe and enjoyable experience for your little one. Whatever you choose, may these musical moments bring joy and comfort to you and your baby.
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