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Toys for Babies

Birth to 6 months
Always check toy labels for recommended ages!
Babies like primary colors, contrast, clear lines and features, simple design, and human features e.g. eyes.
Infants 0 to 2 months enjoy seeing interesting things.
Infants 2 to 6 months enjoy touching, holding, batting, shaking, kicking, and mouthing objects.
-Toys for watching is more interesting if they move and make noise; however movement should be slow and noise not loud or sudden.
-Mouthable toys should have: no sharp points or edges; no small parts; no electrical parts; no toxic materials; no glass or brittle plastic; no long strings; or no parts that can entrap fingers, toes or hands.

Dream screens
Lullaby tapes

Starting about 6 to 8 weeks:

Crib mobiles*
Crib gyms*

*Suspend 8 to 14 inches above eyes and move-up when infant can touch. Remove when baby can push up on hands and knees.

Infant swings -With adult supervision
Teething and key rings
Squeeze toys
Activity quilt
Music boxes -adult operated
Cloth dolls or animals -Watch for buttons and other small parts that baby may swallow. Must be light and sturdy. Hair must be molded not loose hair. No bean or pellet stuffing.

Starting about 4 months

Soft blocks
Disc or keys on rings
Unbreakable mirrors
Floor gym -Remove when baby can push up on hands and knees (about five months).
Interlocking plastic rings
Balls -clutch, soft squeeze, or textured -must be at least 1 3/4″. However, if any object can fit easy in infant’s mouth-keep it away from child. Squeeze toys with sound makers should be inside the toy.


6 Months to One Year
Always check toy labels for recommended ages!
Infants 7-9 months like to poke; bang; insert; squeeze; drop; poke; shake; toss; bite; fill and empty; and open and shut objects.

Bath toys
Rubber duckies
Sponge puppets
Busy boxes
With levers, switches and dials
Simple puzzles with large pieces (about 10 months. 2-3 pieces)
Pieces big enough baby can’t swallow
Music boxes
Wind up
Round pegs in round holes
Where you pound a peg into a hole.  Large pegs so baby can’t swallow
Stiff cardboard
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
“My Very First Mother Goose” by Iona Oapie
“Red, Blue, Yellow Shoe” Tana Hoban
“Where’s the Baby?” by Tom Paxton
Stuff animals
No beans or other stuffing baby can choke on
Watch for small buttons and other small parts that the baby might swallow
Balls —Soft and medium sized
Stacking rings
Simple pop-up toy
Squeeze squeak toy. (The squeaker is inside the body of the toy)
Nesting toys
Shape sorters
Soft blocks
Simple musical instruments
Push-pull toys
Kiddie links


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