Babies don’t need much, but having a few simple, well-made toys can help baby learn, improve hand-eye coordination, practice fine motor skills, help with making connections, and allow for sensory exploration. These are some items our babies loved.
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This sweet little book has flaps that make lots of fun noise and is great for sensory exploration and working on fine-motor skills. I have a picture of Levi “reading” this book at three months old in his car seat. It also includes great suggestions for how to enhance the book for older babies.
One thing my kids still love is music. This little set was a Christmas gift for Levi when he was seven months old and has been used ever since. The set is perfect for little hands, and each instrument makes a different sound.
These adorable veggies are fair-trade, made out of organic materials, and fit just right in baby’s hand (and mouth!). They have a nice weight to them and are so soft. The mushroom is made out of terry-cloth, allowing for some textural diversity. They also can be used later for children who want to play store or house.
Lucy loved her scrappy cat and elephant and Levi his scrappy dog. With long arms and legs, it is easy to hold and manipulate and chew on. They are fair-trade, made out of Egyptian organic cotton, and are durable (I’ve thrown mine in the wash on several occasions). Plus, they’re adorable.
We love the Melissa and Doug toys for our children because they are high quality, educational, and engaging. This simple bead maze can suction onto surfaces and is great for introducing colors and shapes.
stacking and sorting
These cups were and are our only bath-time essential. Both our kids like using them to dump water. Not only do they stack to make a tower, but they can be used to teach math when baby grows. The volume of water that fits in each cup is represented by its number. I like that they’re made from recycled, food-grade material, too, and are easy to throw in the dishwasher for a quick clean-up.
Stacking toys are always a hit with young ones, and this one is my favorite. It is durable and able to be stacked in different ways. My kids love the sound of the pieces clanging together, too. They’re made in the USA out of recycled milk jugs, which is fantastic.
I like the Green Toys company a lot, and their shape sorter is a fun, simple one for little hands to manipulate. A shape sorter is great for learning shapes and practicing hand-eye coordination.
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