When showering babies with hugs and affection just isn’t enough, it’s time to think of other ways to soothe them. Curious babies often need cuddly and colourful distractions to stop them from making a fuss, so we’ve listed a few reinforcements for you to choose from. Featuring 14 adorable crochet makes, you’ll be able to grab a tots attention, helping them to forget about whatever was worrying them in the first place.
Animal Baby Rattles
Pique a baby’s curiosity with these adorable rattle characters. Hannah Cooper’s fun and lovable designs feature brilliant colours that will keep your tot alert and entertained, so grab your crochet hooks and make this cat, dog and bunny trio. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can try making other animals, too.
Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Toy
If you’ve got a keen interest in palaeontology, then pass on the love of this prehistoric activity to your little one by whipping up this friendly dinosaur toy. Cuddle time will be especially enjoyable as the soft yarn material is ideal for comfort. Your baby will no doubt have a roaring good time too during playtime, too!
Narwhal and Whale
A dive in the ocean will reveal all sorts of beautiful creatures, but what if you could create a crochet version of two gentle giants? Sarah-Jane Hicks narwhal and whale designs are brilliant and eye-catching. If you’re an experienced crocheter, why not experiment with patches to create an orca whale or a striped underbelly to replicate a humpback?
If you’ve got an afternoon free, then this hungry hippo toy can be easily made using simple crochet stitches. Little ones will giggle up a storm in their cribs when given this cuddly make. To give your hippo some character, why not add miniature buttons for the eyes or embroider them with a length of black DK yarn.
Hot Air Balloons
In need of cute whimsical décor? This hot air balloon project by Sarah Shrimpton is ideal for hanging by a baby’s crib. It’s the perfect distraction on days when a cuddle just isn’t enough. Hang balloons at different lengths for an interesting touch and watch your little ones eyes light up.
Monkey and Sheep Toys
Irene Strange’s double crochet toy project will give you endless hours of fun, and that’s only the beginning. For added interest, you’ll be able to interchange all of the body parts, including smaller elements and colours allowing you to create a brand new animal every time.
If you want to create ocean-themed scenery, this crochet seahorse duo will do the trick. Not only are they incredibly adorable, but they’ll occupy a baby girl or boy for hours on end. The vibrant summery yarns will also add colourful impact to a tot’s room.
Have a hoppin’ good time creating this sweet and delicate bunny. Using classic amigurumi techniques and gorgeous lilac yarn, you’ll be able to make up this toy quite easily. Use double cross stitches throughout with an invisible decrease, and attach the limbs while you work, which means there’s very little sewing up to do.
Diana Bensted’s dolls are a delight to crochet. They feature long legs with colourful dresses and curly hair and are mostly made up of double crochet stitches, with all the parts being attached as you work. Your young one will have endless amounts of fun having two toys to play with.
Fancy a two-in-one make that will keep tots warm, while keeping them entertained? This elephant blanket doubles as a toy, so it will certainly do the trick! The blanket also features vivid colours, so babies won’t be able to keep their hands off one of these!
Crochet Weather Mobile
If you’re looking to cheer up a crying baby, this weather mobile is the perfect solution. You’ll be able to create an oversized raindrop, smaller raindrops, a chirpy sun, and a hanging mobile. The finished makes friendly expression will make a lovely addition to any playroom.
Bring the outdoors in with Irene Strange’s lovable crochet squirrel. As its eyes and nose are made from yarn, this uber cute, acorn-loving little critter would make the perfect gift for a little one.
What’s better than one cheeky monkey? Six of them! You’ll only need to use three simple stitches between them, so if you’re a newbie stitcher, this is the perfect project to get your hands on. Choose high-contrast colours to catch a baby’s attention instantly.