Best Toys for Newborns
Newborns are bundles of curiosity. Everything is new. Toys for this age are designed in large part to stimulate baby’s developing senses, and to help them explore the expanding world around them.
In their first few months, your baby will most enjoy toys they can look at, teethe on, and be soothed by. This toy guide breaks out the must-haves for newborns — to calm, cuddle, stimulate, and engage.
Newborn Toy Essentials
Made to Take-With
Having trusted toys that are designed with travel in mind can make the experience of venturing out in the wild a little easier for moms of newborns. The Take n’ Shake by Bright Starts packs a lot of fun into a small package, and attaches easily to strollers, car seats, and more for overhead play. When baby (or mom) tugs on the toy’s body, it pulls down and then vibrates its way back up to starting position. The bright colors and movement are great for stimulating young babies.
"My infant loves this toy. It vibrates when you pull the animal down and he laughs and laughs. Better than a DVD player and a fraction of the price." — Leslie, Amazon reviewer (Take ‘n Shake)
Newborns spend a lot of time on their backs. To keep their little necks strong, pediatricians recommend tummy time. "Tummy time prepares babies for the time when they will be able to slide on their bellies and crawl," says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The Rhythm of the Reef Prop Pillow [link to product] is a brightly colored, tubular pillow that can help make tummy time a little more fun for baby. It plays music and fun sounds, and has several features to engage baby, including a mirror, a teether, and tactile fabrics.
According to the AAP babies are soothed by "calming sound" and motion. "Calming motions remind babies of movements they felt in the womb," says the AAP. Bouncers are designed to cradle baby, while gently bouncing them with their own body weight. The Baby Einstein Caterpillar's Day at the Park Bouncer [link to product] has a deep cradling seat, vibration, music, and nature sounds for added calming. It also has plenty of features for entertaining baby, including a toy bar and fabric flash cards.
When it's time for bed, Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother is a musical, light-up soother that affixes to baby’s crib. With over 25 minutes of classical music and soft lights in a sea theme, it’s like a lullaby in a box.
"This has been so helpful in getting our little guy to sleep. We put this in our son's crib at three months and started sleep training. He is in love with his fish!!" — Amy, mom, Sea Dreams Soother owner
According to the AAP, teething discomfort can begin as early as three months. They recommend giving baby "firm objects to chew on — teething rings or hard, unsweetened teething crackers."
Bright Starts Snuggle & Teethe [link to product] is a great option, and it is multipurpose! These cuddly friends have the firm surface babies love to teethe on built into their feet, with a soft plush body that is fun to cuddle. They also rattle and have a crinkle belly to engage baby’s senses. Plus, a built-in loop lets you attach this toy to other products when you're on the go.
“Better than a DVD player and a fraction of the price. — Amy, Take 'n Shake Reviewer”
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