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.


  • 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

  • Baby mirrors
  • Bubbles
  • Activity mats with hanging toys
  • Small soft balls
  • Baby Whoozits
  • Links
  • Play mats
  • Rattles
  • Mobiles
  • Sock and wrist rattles
  • 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
  • Mobiles
  • Skwishes
  • Winkels
  • Oballs
  • Small maracas
  • Open-weave scarves
  • Finger puppets
  • Soft stuffed animals
  • Squeaky toys
  • Teething rings
  • Links
  • Household items like plastic bowls and wooden spoons
  • Wooden blocks and soft blocks
  • Baby-friendly toy cars



  • 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
  • Small balls
  • Peek-a-boo balls
  • Plush trucks
  • Four-wheeled push toys
  • Crinkle toys
  • Animal or people figurines
  • Fabric tunnels



  • 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
  • Stacking and sorting toys
  • Nesting toys (cups)
  • Toy food
  • Sandbox toys (bucket, shovel, etc.)
  • Extra-large Lego-type building blocks
  • Shape-sorting toys
  • Balls that can bounce
  • Toy telephones
  • Soft baby dolls
Article Posted 8 years Ago

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