Musical toys to introduce to your baby
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- Wooden “Crow Sounder”
This toy has grown with our kids if for no other reason than it gives us an extra drumstick. But really it’s a wonderful instrument because it makes different sounds based on how you hit, thump, or rub the mallet across it.
- Egg-shaped Percussion Shakers
Both of my girls have loved the hand-sized nature of these shakers. Plus since they’re filled with sand or a similar material, they make a unique sound when making music. The toy called Topsy Tumblers is a similar concept that you can use to make music with your kids! It also works on hand dexterity.
- Ankle and Hand Rattles
Before your baby can even really get around, they can make music with their hands and their feet! Tey have wrist rattles and even socks that have rattles on them.
- Rolling bell rattle
Especially as your baby learns to crawl, this is a great toy that also implements music.
- Wooden xylophone
Since so much of music relates to math and ratios this is a great visual for kids as well to be able to correlate different sounds with different shapes and sizes.
You can also easily make some of your own homemade musical instruments.
A set of metal Ramekins (condiment cups) has been one of my best purchases in terms of homemade instruments. I use them for finger/hand cymbals for little ones, for mini drums, to make maracas/shakers with a rubber band and some tree nuts, and more. Beyond music they’re great for sorting activities.
Great music recommendations for babies and young toddlers
- Dance for the Sun – Kids’ Yoga Music – upbeat, but still calming music.
- Yo Gabba Gabba (If you don’t mind kids songs. They are really simplistic, repetitive, and follow basic patterns)
- Jack Johnson / Curious George – not too childish, but great for kids still
- Louis Armstrong – Soothing and a good speed to interact with as a child.
- I also typically like a lot of family and kids folk music as well as big band. They are usually cleaner, are upbeat, and easy to follow.
Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!