Young babies are difficult to buy toys for. Itís
hard to know what will be of interest to them. Toys have to be
the right colors and textures and make certain sounds in order
to stimulate infantsí developing senses. This is a list of the
best toy buys for infants aged 0-3 months, based on first-hand
Fisher Price Rainforest Play Mat
This toy combines bright primary colors with basic blacks and
whites. The combination works beautifully, since babies can only
see black and white at first, followed by bright primary colors.
This play mat will grow with them as their recognition of colors
becomes more sophisticated. It also plays clear, catchy music
which is the perfect volume to keep babies interested without
driving adults crazy. The play mat also has options for back
play, tummy time, and play while sitting, so it is the only play
mat you will ever need. Other benefits include durability and
gender-neutrality. This is a toy that could easily stay in the
family to be handed down to all future siblings.
[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
This toy has a strong cult following of moms who swear it is the
best thing to
come along for babies since disposable diapers.
Sophie also has a lot of baby enchanting experience under her
beltóshe was introduced in Paris in the 1960ís! Although Sophie
looks quite simple, maybe almost plain, there is something
special about her which has made her so
popular for so long.
Some moms say itís her contrasting cream and brown colors which
capture babiesí attention. Others are impressed with her high
pitched squeak when squeezed. Her legs are bent in a way to
allow tiny hands to grip her easily, and she is made from the
type of soft rubber that begs to be touched. All her paint is
vegetable based and non-toxic, so parents can be assured she is
safe for infants who will inevitably want to chomp on her. As
toys go, Sophie is very classy looking and comes in beautiful
packaging. She makes an excellent shower gift.
[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
Manhattan Toy Winkel
One look at the Winkel and itís easy to understand why it is so
popular. Itís a square rattle with multi-colored tubing
encircling it. When you see it, you canít help but stare at it.
Babies also love to look at the bright contrasting colors. The
thin tubing makes this toy very easy for tiny baby hands to grab
onto. It may very well be the first toy your baby learns to pick
up. The rattling sound the Winkel makes when shaken is just
icing on the cake. Teething babies love to chew on the Winkel,
and itís extra soothing for them when placed in the refrigerator
for a while.
[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Manhattan Toy Winkel
Fisher Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse
Can ten dollars buy new parents a good nightís sleep? Many
owners of the Seahorse claim
that it can. The Seahorse is an
adorable, smiling plush creature. When his belly is pressed it
glows softly and plays soothing ocean sounds intermingled with
lullaby tones. Amazingly, fussy babies are instantly calmed by
the soft music. While the Seahorse doesnít work miracles for all
babies, enough parents have given him credit for restful nights
that he is definitely worth trying out.
[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse, Blue
So there you have it: Four toys that have the seal of approval
from other parents. Of course, all babies are different. You
will soon learn your babyís personality and be able to find toys
that you know heís compatible with. But in the meantime, any of
these are sure to be a safe bet. Itís never too early to
jump-start your babyís imagination by introducing him to toys.