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Top Toys for Baby – Developmental and activity baby toys

By Dr. Jenn Berman |

If you want to buy the best baby and toddler toys, Dr. Jenn Berman, author of Superbaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years, recommends sticking to playthings that align with your child’s developmental stage – a mirror for two-month-olds because they are attracted to faces, wooden blocks for six-month-olds because they’re able to grasp things.

To help you sort it all out, here’s a chart from Dr. Berman of appropriate toys for babies aged from 0-12 months.

AGEtop toys for baby: birth to three months YOUR CHILD’S SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS

  • Starts to learn to visually track objects
  • Newborn can see only eight to fourteen inches in front of her face
  • Most babies are attracted to faces
  • High-contrast patterns are easiest for babies to see
TOYS

top toys for baby: three to six months
  • Able to grasp objects
  • Likes to pick things up
  • Learns to sit up
  • Puts everything in her mouth
  • Often starts to push up on hands and knees at around five months
  • New teeth start to break through and teething begins

 

 

top toys for baby: six to nine months
  • Starts to understand object permanence, the idea that things exist even when the baby cannot see them
  • Begins feeling separation anxiety
  • Develops a pincer grasp
  • Starts to crawl

 

 

top toys for baby: nine to twelve months
  • Able to bang objects together
  • Very mobile: creeps, crawls, walks with the aid of furniture
  • Interested in using objects as tools
  • Enjoys interactive games with adults
  • Increased problem-solving skills

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About Dr. Jenn Berman

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Dr. Jenn Berman

Dr. Jenn Berman is a marriage, family, and child therapist in private practice in Los Angeles. She is the author of Superbaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years, The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids, and co-author of Rockin' Babies. She also has an eco-friendly clothing line called Retail Therapy and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

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