So many ways to play
Your baby will learn to explore the world by playing. Here are classic toys that will keep her entertained, stimulate her imagination, and help her to develop new skills.
Toys with black-and-white patterns
High-contrast patterns in black and white will captivate your newborn because they're the easiest for her to see. She'll be able to pick out the differences in shapes and patterns, stimulating her visual development.
A toy that makes a noise when it's pressed or shaken will keep your baby entertained for months to come. This type of responsive toy helps your baby become aware of what his hands are doing.
A mobile can add a new dimension to your baby's horizontal view of life. Look for ones with high-contrast colors and patterns. Your baby may enjoy a mobile that plays music. Attach the mobile to the crib rail but for safety's sake, make sure to keep it out of your baby's reach.
A wrist rattle made of soft chewable fabric provides plenty of entertainment. Your baby will love experimenting with sounds she can make herself.
Soft, easy-to-grab toys are perfect first playmates. Make sure that your baby's stuffed animal or doll is suitable for her age range. Your baby is likely to prefer small soft toys that she can easily hold, so don't be tempted to buy her a teddy as big as she is!
Balls of various sizes help your baby develop hand-eye coordination and agility. Your baby will learn to grasp a ball when she's between 3 and 7 months old. The whole-arm coordination required to roll or throw a ball comes later, usually between 18 months and 3 years.
Hang a set of wind chimes in a place where your baby can watch it move and listen to the sound it makes. Hold her up once in a while so she can jingle the chimes herself, too.
It's never too soon to get your baby interested in reading. Soft books are the perfect place to start. Lie down next to your baby so she can watch as you read to her. Even when she's still tiny, reading is a great way to help her start to understand language.
When you first introduce your baby to blocks, you'll probably be the one doing most of the building. His contribution will be knocking them down! But as simple as this game is, it's teaching your baby important things about the world. As well as developing his hand-eye coordination, it's also introducing him to the basic laws of math and physics!
As your baby grows, stacking toys provide hours of fun for both of you! They're a fantastic way for your child to use her increasingly nimble fingers and to work on her sorting and building skills. Letting your child experiment with items of different size, shape, and color will keep her interested for longer.