Bean Bags for Babies

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we made these sweet little pyramid bean bags, courtesy of The Artful Parent. I filled ours with buckwheat (picked up in the bulk section of Whole Foods) that I had to fill those lovely hot/cold therapeutic eye pillows, so I knew it would work well for these too. These little bean bags would be wonderful for all sorts of things, and in this case they were perfect for fostering hand-eye coordination and the age-old favorite of filling and emptying a container.

While I’m not a professional stitcher, I was able to crank out a full set of bean bags for my one year old during her nap. For full disclosure I’ve been sewing since I was young and studied costume design in college, but my machine has been gathering yards of dust since my kids were born. (Shhhh…if you look closely you’ll see that I made a mess out of my stitching.) If you’re a sewing veteran you’ll crank them out too, and if you’re new to sewing this is as easy as sewing gets — just give yourself time to make these and you’ll zip them out in no time.

My older daughter passed this great Melissa and Doug toy down to my one-year-old, but by the time it got to her we didn’t have all the pieces. Frustrating!

But it turns out that it’s a spectacular tool for babies to sort these small beanbags. If you don’t have a similar toy in your home, you could also try this DIY baby bucketmade from a yogurt container.

Where did they all go?

Wouldn’t these be lovely gifts for babies? It’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays, is it?

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Comments

  1. Dorota says

    Hi Rachel!

    I have been following your blog for a while now and I love it! I am also enthusiastic about raising children with arts (as a former musician and current EEC student and mom of 2 months old boy)

    I saw these bags too on The artful parent blog and actually was going to use fabrics of different textures for a sensory experience. Good to know that I can do it fast :)

  2. Anja says

    Hi! I saw a baby fabric basket a few months ago and I would like to make it for my baby boy. I was so happy finding your lovely site again but then I realized there is no article I was looking for. Would you help me please and post it again? I find it difficult to remember the whole procedure…
    Greetings from Slovenia (you have some fans here :) )!

  3. rosie says

    Your box is from PlanToys, not Melisa&Doug. Plan Toys are wonderful and so is your beanbags. I’m making some, thanks :)