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Top Toys for Baby – Developmental and activity baby toys

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.

AGE 

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 

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
  • 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
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

Dr. Berman is not suggesting that you buy all the toys mentioned, even if you can afford to. Her intention is to give you a preview of what your child might enjoy, depending on where she is developmentally. And as she also states in the book, you should always check the safety of any toy you buy and never leave your child alone with a toy that she could choke on or hurt herself with. Even a simple stuffed animal can have plastic eyes or a nose that could become a choking hazard.

From SuperBaby ©2010 by Dr. Jenn Berman. Used with permission from Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

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