A 5-Minute Guide to 20 Best Toys for Babies

Although it’s near impossible to pinpoint the best toys for babies, I’ve nevertheless tried to highlight the 20 best ones per age category. This gives you some indication of the earliest suitable age for each of the listed toys.

Best Toys for Babies birth and older

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether (Birth to 12 months)

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe TeetherThis giraffe is made from 100% natural rubber and food paint, which makes it ideal for those soft baby gums to chew on during the teething period. The toy also helps develop a sense of taste. Visual abilities are also enhanced by the play of colors on the giraffe and Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teetherthe squeaky sound stimulates the auditory senses along with driving home the relationship between cause and effect. The rubber from the Have tree helps the child to build on her sense of smell too. The toy is ideally built for the tiny hands of an infant and has no hard or small parts that could hurt or choke your baby. best toys for babies

Sassy Ring O' Links Rattle Developmental Toy (Birth to 12 months)

Sassy Ring O' Links Rattle Developmental ToyThis rattle focuses on developing the child's sense of touch. The rings are made from various materials and this helps to expose your baby to a range of textural differences. The toy also works as a great teether. The colors of the toy are bold and bright and will develop your baby's visual senses. The links are not overwhelming for the baby in any way and right from the weight of the toy to the grip it gives, everything is age appropriate. Once your child has outgrown the toy, the links can also be used to hold linked toys in place on cribs, strollers, etc. best toys for babies

Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxe (Birth to 3 years)

Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights DeluxeThis activity gym can rightly be called an all round development tool. The colors on the mat, the toys along with the lights are a visual delight for any child. The peek-a-boo mirror, giraffe and other rain forest theme toys stimulate your child's sense of Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxetouch along with encouraging your baby to move forward on the path of hand-eye co-ordination. The mat also offers music, which is targeted towards your baby's auditory development and instilling a sense of music. The toys are all well padded and the mat is thick enough to prevent any injuries. best toys for babies

Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe, Lights & Music (Birth to 1 year)

Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe, Lights & MusicThis mat that helps develop your baby's physical as well as mental abilities, thereby making it rather special. The mat has a number of dangling animals for helping your child to Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe, Lights & Musicunderstand concepts of cause and effect apart from learning tactical movements. The music and sounds are great for encouraging your child's auditory senses. The large mirror is a lovely contraption for tummy time play, while the mat itself is colorful and cushiony. The fact that the mat can easily be folded and is washable makes it a favorite with parents too.

Manhattan Toy Winkel (Birth to 12 months)

Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe, Lights & MusicThis maze teether is a riot of colors and is visually very attractive and interesting to any baby. The soft and bendy Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe, Lights & Musictubes are great to help the baby squeeze and build some muscle. However, there is no denying the fact that the best advantage is soothing the itchy gums of a teething baby. The grip that this 5 inch diameter tube ball allows is perfect for your baby's hands and the tubes are easy to bite into. The toy also allows some development of hand-eye co-ordination. best toys for babies

Best Toys for Babies 3 months and older

Baby Einstein Bendy Ball (3 months to 2 years)

Baby Einstein Bendy BallThe bendy ball is a great rattle since it does much more than just amuse the auditory senses of your child. Baby Einstein Bendy BallThe soft and rather flexible plastic of the ball is perfect for stimulating your child's tactile abilities. The challenge offered is in perfect keeping with the child's physical strength and abilities. The colors on the ball are bright and excite your child visually too. Of course there is also a rattling feature, since that's primarily this ball's purpose. In my opinion the best part of the ball is that it is soft and well rounded and will not hurt your child during play. best toys for babies

Lamaze Freddie the Firefly (3 months to 1 year)

Lamaze Freddie the FireflyThis toy does much more than soothing the itchy gums of your teething baby. The wings of the firefly have various textures that tease your child's sense of touch. There are some crinkly materials which will tickle your baby's auditory nerves too. The Peek-a-boo mirror and the squeaker are both Lamaze Freddie the Fireflyideal for driving the lessons of cause and effect home. The toy is well rounded from all sides to allow your child to safely bite into the toy from all angles without getting hurt. The bright colors of Freddie the Firefly and the contrast black and white on the back of the wings are well-chosen for teaching color concepts. best toys for babies

Best Toys for Babies 6 months and older

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes (6 months to 2 years)

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes The toy's primary goal is developing hearing skills and an appreciation of music. However, it would be wrong to say that its influence ends here. Of course the 7 Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes classical tunes from masters like Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin and Rossini help excite your child's auditory senses, but the lights on the toy are great visual enhancers too. The caterpillar handle makes for an ideal grip and the rounded off edges of the toy ensure that your baby does not hurt herself even if she puts the toy in her mouth. The volume control of the toy is indeed a blessing for parents and a very handy feature during nap times.

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks (6 months to 3 years)

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First BlocksThe 10 blocks are in different shapes which encourage learning tactical skills. One of the features I particularly like is that the blocks need to go through the corresponding shapes on the lid of the toy. This is great for introducing the concept of recognizing and matching shapes while they also encourage hand-eye coordination. Although not specifically designed for stacking, many kids end up using them for this wonderful play form. The blocks are ideal for small hands and are free of sharp edges. One of the only problems is that the top lid sometimes keep coming off which can get a bit frustrating.   best toys for babies

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube (6 months to 2 years)

Munchkin Mozart Magic CubeThe cube introduces your baby's world to sounds of musical instruments like harp, french horn, piano, flute, and violin.Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube Compositions are chosen from Mozart masterpieces, which make the tunes rather soothing and pleasant even for adult ears. Each side of the cube comes in a different color and musical instrument picture. Both features of course help to visually stimulate and attract your child. The edges of the toy are rounded off with rubber which prevents your baby from hurting herself. The rubber also introduces the feeling of a different material. The cube is six inches in size which makes it easy for babies to hold.

Green Sprouts Stacking Cup Set (6 months onwards)

Green Sprouts Stacking Cup SetThe stacking cups are ideal for babies to play around, even while bathing. Each cup has a draining hole at the bottom which can make bath time play great fun. The 8 cups neatly fit into each other. This feature introduces the concepts of different sizes (spatial dimensions)… teaching how smaller things fit into larger things and not vice-versa. One particular aspect I like about these cups is encouraging hand eye co-ordination through stacking. The cups are totally baby friendly even if your baby should chew on any of the cups. best toys for babies

Baby Einstein Count and Compose Piano (6 months to 3 years)

Baby Einstein Count and Compose Piano This is a piano that takes your child beyond just musical exposure. The toy comes with five keys in different colors and has numbers from 1 to 5 printed on them. It offers three modes of play and while the musical mode helps the child to pick up on certain notes, Baby Einstein Count and Compose Piano the number mode is great to introduce numbers to the baby. The colors are visually stimulating, while the roller drum is an added feature for developing fine motor skills. It goes without saying that your baby will also learned the skill to strike the piano keys in a certain order… which only comes through proper coordination.  best toys for babies

Fisher-Price Rock-A-Stack (6 months to 2 years)

Fisher-Price Rock-A-StackThe stack comprises of five rings in different colors and fit onto a rocking stack cone. Fisher-Price Rock-A-StackThe primary motive of the stack is to enhance your child's gross motor skills and teaching her to better hand-eye coordination. The rocking base is a challenge that makes the task of stacking the rings a tad more difficult, especially for young ones. The colors are visually delightful. The rings are well rounded which makes hurting almost impossible.  

Infantino Activity Triangle (6 months to 2 years)

Infantino Activity TriangleThis triangle is an array of activities. Infantino Activity TriangleThe colors on the toy are nice and bright and ideal for kids this young. There is a large mirror which is great for those peek-a-boo moments, while the various sides have various features to offer for entertainment and development. The spin and up and down movements are good for encouraging coordination. The triangle also offers some beads which are great for auditory stimulation.  best toys for babies

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table (6 months to 3 years)

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical TableThe table is ideal for introducing and developing concepts like letters, numbers, shapes, opposites, greetings, first words, etc. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical TableThere are so many features for helping your child to grasp a wide range of vital skills without being too overwhelming. The toys are cleverly placed to excite and tempt your baby to cruise around the table, thereby bettering her gross motor skills like walking. The table targets all round development for your child… from physical abilities like hand eye co-ordination, cruising, auditory sense and visual sense development to mind skills involving cognitive aspects. This toy covers it all.

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo (6 months to 18 months)

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo The rule of the thumb with this jumper is using it with a child who is able to hold her head unassisted and has not yet mastered climbing out unassisted. Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo This jumper allows the baby to jump, spin and even move around with ease. The toys on the front panel excite the child visually and also excite her auditory senses apart from exposing her world to a riot of colors and animals from the rainforest theme. Although I am personally not very fond of this toy, its huge supporter group includes both parents and babies. best toys for babies

Best Toys for Babies 12 months and older

North States Superyard XT Gate Play Yard

Superyard XT Gate Play YardThis play yard is a great substitute for kids who have outgrown their playpens. There are 6 panels that combine to form an 18.5 square feet play area. Superyard XT Gate Play YardThe yard can be set up indoors too and is very easy to store, set up and even take apart. The problem with the yard however is that there is no matting provided for the ground area. You'll have to buy this separately should you want it. Another issue is that the yard is light weight and can fairly easily be moved by children playing inside, especially older kids. A bit of color on the panels would have been a great extra. best toys for babies

IQ Baby Knock-Knock Blocks (12 Months to 2 years)

IQ Baby Knock-Knock BlocksThese simple 16 soft blocks are not complicated toys, IQ Baby Knock-Knock Blocksbut do not underestimate them for their benefits. They introduce colors and develop on this concept by offering the stark difference in black and white patterns. The satin on the blocks helps the child to learn and distinguish various textures, while the shapes of the blocks bring geometry basics into play. The fact that each block will crinkle, jingle or rattle is great for helping your child to tell these sounds apart.

Busy Zoo Activity Center (12 months and older)

Busy Zoo Activity CenterEach of the five visible sides of this toy can stimulate the child in some way or the other. The twirling, flipping and bead movement help the child to better her hand-eye coordination while the letters, animal pictures and puzzles build on the metal capacities. Busy Zoo Activity CenterRight from the visual senses to the sensory ones, every aspect of the child's growth is stimulated by this activity center. The rounded off edges are an effective safety feature and the weight of the toy is also in keeping with the strength of the tiny hands handling it. Activity centers are some of my personal favorite baby toys. So, while I may not be objective, I believe this is a great toy for multiple learning experiences.

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