Incredible Toys That Every Mom Needs for Her Infant
New Parents| | By Jason Owen
When it comes to toys for infants, there are so many factors to take into account, and it can become incredibly confusing and overwhelming. What’s safe, and what’s dangerous? What’s educational? We’ve compiled a list of toys that every mom needs, and we’ve gotten our intel from the experts.
Take a look at these toys that every mom needs and give us your two cents on the products, or other ones you think we should recommend. (Product descriptions are from the manufacturer.)
Dolce Afghan Hound – $32.81
From Magformers, the Dolce Afghan Hound was designed specifically for newborns and young children, and is perfect for stimulating your child’s tactile and auditory senses. They can run their fingers through the soft velour fabric, spin the bead rattle in the hound tummy, and squeeze the squeaker in the nose.
Dimpl – $12.95
No, not that kind of dimple. Made for babies ages 10 months and older, Dimpl is a simple yet addictive toy that your baby will find hard to put down. The plastic frame features five silicone bubbles — in a variety of sizes and colors — that babies can push and pop and poke for hours.
Lamaze Spin and Explore Garden Gym – $39.99
Tummy time? You need Lamaze’s Spin and Explore Garden Gym. The mat has five different-colored petals featuring birds, bumblebees, and butterflies, and in the center is a rotating platform for your baby to rest on. The platform is removable, and the Garden Gym will help your tot develop lower- and upper-body strength, as well as prepare them for sitting and crawling. It’s for babies ages 6 months and older.
Lego’s My First Emotions set of blocks is great for helping your little ones learn about emotions. They can care for the sad, tired, happy, and upset characters using the double-sided story bricks.
Whisbear Humming Bear – $49.99
Is your baby having trouble catching some zzz’s? Give Whisbear’s The Humming Bear a try. It emits pink noise; safer than white noise, babies will recognize pink noise as a sound they heard from the womb. The bear has a special sensor that activates the sound if it hears your baby crying. Not to mention the bear is soft, easy to take on trips thanks to a magnet that allows you to attach it to the car seat or stroller, and it even attaches to the crib.
Fisher-Price Dance & Groove Rockit – $31.88
The Rockit really does it all. It rocks to encourage your little one to get involved and move along to the music; it’s programmed with more than 100 songs, sounds, and phrases; and it can even give your baby a high five! The content evolves as your baby does, too!
Scout Get Up and Go Walker – $39.99
Intended for babies 3 months to toddlers 3 years old, this Get Up and Go Walker grows with your baby; it transforms from a baby gym to an activity panel that lights up to a walker! There are three modes, each with different melodies and sound effects, as well as interactive features to encourage mastering fine motor skills.
This two-in-one, safari-themed entertainer grows with your child! In front of the comfortable fabric seat, there’s a platform with animal toys and activities that will encourage your little one to explore. Later, when your toddler is ready, you can convert it into a play table and attach a ramp for sliding! The activity center also features songs and sounds for extra fun — and learning opportunities!
Dr. Seuss’s 100 First Words – $10.67
This board book will introduce your baby to 100 first words and artwork from Dr. Seuss. The book features images from his beloved classics, including One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; Green Eggs and Ham; and Hop on Pop. It’s perfect for learning, play, and visual stimulation.
This plush, cuddly turtle features different textures, colors, and patterns that help stimulate babies’ senses, not to mention encourage fine motor skills. You can tuck in the turtle’s head and legs to change him into a wobbly ball for your little one. The turtle also features a light-up button on the shell, which is easy for babies to press. It changes colors, and the plush toy responds with different sounds, music, and phrases.
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