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Keep Your Baby Occupied With A Discovery Box

Keep Your Baby Occupied with a Discovery Box


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Keep Your Baby Occupied With A Discovery Box

In my previous post – The 3 Things That Occupy My 11-Month Old for Hours – I mentioned our family’s use of the Discovery Box. Basically, it’s a decent-sized box with a flip top that is stuffed with toys. Like this one:

Amazon - Discovery Box

We discovered this concept completely by accident, as we originally just used this box to keep all his toys from being scattered all over the living room floor all the time. When he went to take these toys out for the first time, we realized this a GREAT STRATEGY for occupying him. It implemented toy rotation easily AND helped him focus on 1 or 2 toys at a time.

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Benefit #1 – Occupying the Child

Kaiden has a BLAST taking these toys out one by one and then surveying what he found. Hopefully one day he’ll love putting them all back into the box as well.

Benefit #2 – Easy Toy Rotation

Every week or so we switch out the toys in his discovery box and it’s like a new treasure chest adventure every time. He never gets bored and almost gets MORE excited when he comes across a toy he hasn’t seen in a while.

Benefit #3 – Improves Focus & Attention Span

With all the toys laid out across the living room floor – it seemed like he had no idea what to play with. He would just hop back and forth constantly. As I watched him pull toys out of the discovery box,  I saw him actually making choices of which ones to play with. It’s almost as if the one-by-one approach helps him make the choice about what to play with and for how long before he moved onto the next. 

What’s In My Baby’s Discovery Box?

So here’s a few examples of what we stuff into his discovery box and rotate around. It’s pretty much a combination of musical “instruments”, teethers and multi-purpose toys:

Musical Egg Shakers 

Discovery Box - Musical Egg Shakers


Infantino Carrot Teether

Discovery Box - Infantino Good Bites Textured Carrot Teether

Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle & Teether

Discovery Box - Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle & Teether

PlanToys Rattle Roller

Discovery Box - PlanToys Roller

The First Years Stack Up Cups

Discovery Box - The First Years Stack Up Cups

O Ball Rattle & Roll Car

Discovery Box - O-Ball Rattle & Roll Car

Lamaze Freddy the Firefly

Discovery Box - Lamaze Freddie The Firefly

Lamaze Jacque the Peacock

Discovery Box - Lamaze Jacque The Peacock

Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack & Baby’s First Blocks Bundle


Discovery Box - Fisher Price Bundle

Infantino Textured Multi-Ball SetDiscovery Box - Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set

Happy discovering!

Right there with ya,

Niki from

The Newlymoms

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