A pediatric occupational therapist weighs in on the best products to help your baby move

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Welcome to In The Know: Milestones, a series for parents, by parents. Hear from experts and learn all about the baby products you need to get through every developmental stage.

As babies grow, they want to move around and it’s a parents job to help them on this journey. In this week’s episode of In The Know: Milestones, pediatric occupational therapist Rachel Coley discusses the best products to help your baby develop their motor skills.

“A lot of what a newborn is doing is working through all their infant reflexes and uncurling from that squished up womb position and really just wiggling and moving their body,” Coley says.

Coley explains that when babies start to move their bodies more and have the freedom, they’ll start to do so with purpose. With toys and their overall environment, babies begin to understand how they can move through the world with intention.

“In those early weeks, fine motor and gross motor [skills] are really the same things because it’s this big body movement that really sets the foundation that will then allow the fine motor movement to come,” Coley explains.

The Play Gym, $140

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One of the best products for baby motor skills, according to Coley, is an activity gym or a play gym to help guide motor skills. Specifically, the Lovevery Play Gym works to give your baby the most diverse movements. With five developmental zones to put babies into different positions, it helps them to make more purposeful movements. Another benefit to shopping Lovevery? You can set deliveries of new toys that will focus on your little one’s needs as they grow and develop. 

The Senser Play Kit, $80

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Lovevery’s Senser Play Kit is a great investment for babies in months five and six. The rainbow spinning wheel, the magic tissue box and the other included items are all great ways for your child to practice their fine and gross motor skills.

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