Babies between 0 to 6 months are the most precious creatures in the world. They are learning so much, becoming aware of their surroundings, and are just downright perfect. I love this age, because you see them go from a newborn baby who doesn’t see things well to a fully functioning and aware human. There are not a lot of toys that are necessary or even useful at this age, but here are five non-toxic baby toys I love having around for my new babies. It’s important to me that the toys I give my children are non-toxic and made with the safest products available. It’s also important that they serve a purpose, as I don’t like to keep clutter around.
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I can’t say enough good about these books. They got my daughter through physical therapy when she was between 2 and 5 months old, encouraged her to do tummy time, and were the first books she truly focused on. I now have them near my son so he can practice focusing on items and following them with his eyes. The black and white is perfect for their immature little eyes, and it is so precious watching them really focus on something! Get them HERE.
These are another essential non-toxic baby toy to have, and not just for this age. They function as hanging tools, visual stimulation, teethers, and easy to grab items for those little hands that flail around so much. They are not plastic like most rings, and therefore I feel much better about my littles touching them and putting them in their mouth.
This is the simplest little teether, and yet it is so great to have! Again, not plastic, non-toxic, easy to grab, easy to hang, and so perfectly chewable for little drooly mouths.
You might be surprised you don’t see the infamous Sophie on this list. She is non-toxic, that’s true, and very popular. But, Sophie has a little hole in her that allows her to squeak, and this mama can’t stand the thought of what might be going on inside Sophie once all that baby drools goes in the hole (ummm, mold?) Lamaze, however (okay that’s not his name, just his brand, but that’s what we call him) is great. He also was an essential player in my daughter’s physical therapy. For some reason, babies love looking at this guy. It might be his wacky appearance, or it might be all the fun crinkly noises he makes. Either way, he is always present hanging on our little baby playmat. It’s true, the rings around his neck are plastic, but they are not easy to grab or chew on, so I’m okay with it.
We love these books because they can be drooled on, squished, eaten, smashed, and whatever else is going to happen and they just get more and more fun to play with as these things happen! They can be washed in the dishwasher, and they do not rip. It’s really a great situation.
We play with these toys all the time; even now as I glance over at my darling 7 week old he is gazing at the feet of the giraffe, dangling above him. It’s not necessary to have an excessive amount of toys at this age, or any age really, but I’ve found the above list to suffice for helping them with focus, following objects, following noises, learning to grab, learning to chew, and teething! And, these items will be enjoyed both in those early months and well past that! (my toddler is walking around with the chewbeads as jewelry right now)
What are your favorite toys for the littlest of humans?