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Toys for Babies Aged 0-6 Months (That They'll Actually Play With)

Updated on March 5, 2014

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Not Sure What Baby Toys to Get?

Knowing what toys to buy for babies aged 0-6 months can be difficult especially if you are a first time parent or first time grandparent. Play for babies is so important, so choosing toys that are going to stimulate them mentally, physically, emotionally and socially is important too.

If you're looking for a gift for a newborn or infant and don't have any children yourself, it's particularly hard to know what kinds of toys a newborn baby will enjoy and what to choose from the myriad of baby toys and gifts available.

Toys That Babies Love to Play With

First and foremost you want to buy something that the baby is going to love playing with! There are so many toys out there that you think a baby might like (usually with lots of bells and whistles on them), but when presented to the baby they are simply not interested in playing with them for long. You can avoid that kind of disappointment by considering one, or more of the recommended baby toys on this page.

You Won't Waste Your Money on These Infant Toys - Guaranteed!

As well as having children of my own, I have spent much of my career working with families, children and babies and I've come to know which toys babies enjoy the most and will fulfill their playing needs for the longest amount of time - both in minutes and months. A good toy is one that has features that will fit in with your babies changing developmental needs and can be played with in different ways. I also know which toys will sit in the corner gathering dust and are ultimately a waste of money.

Play for Babies - Choosing the Best New Baby Toys

Play for babies is so important - it's how they learn about the world, themselves and the people around them. That's why the toys you choose for your baby are important too.

Infant Toys with Longevity

On this page you are going to find some fantastic toys for babies from newborn to 6 months old. All of these toys are so flexible and explorable that your baby will be enjoying most of them well past 6 months of age.

I've chosen toys that babies:

  • Love to play with
  • Are age appropriate
  • Will stimulate your newborn
  • Encourage your babies' physical development
  • Encourage your babies' exploration of the world around them
  • Develop you babies' intellectual development

The price range of the toys I've chosen start from $4.00 so there is something here for everyone. Most expensive is definitely not always best when it comes to toys!  

The Amazing Bouncing Jumperoo

Once your baby can hold his head up confidently on his own he's going to love bouncing and exercising those leg muscles! This toy will also strengthen his back muscles.

Loads of fun for 3 - 8 month olds.

Don't be tempted to put your baby in a bouncer before they are at least 4 months old no matter how much fun it looks! You could damage your babies neck and back muscles.

Cute Foot & Wrist Rattles

These wrist and feet rattles are fabulous! Brilliant as a baby's first toy and suitable from birth onwards, they encourage muscular development of the arms and legs.

When a baby is newborn they have absolutely no control over their leg or arm muscles. This toy helps them learn to guide their feet and hands towards their mouths.

This toy also helps baby develop his or her hand/eye co-ordination. He'll delight in learning how to control his own movements.

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It's really handy to have a few toys that are portable. This one fits easily onto any pram or stroller and will also be able to attach to your car seat.

Baby will love exploring all the things that this toy does and gain mastery over her arm muscles as well as develop hand eye co-ordination.

Ziggles from Birth

This is another brilliant toy that your baby will enjoy form birth onwards. With so many different colors, textures and sounds it will keep them entertained for a long time. A great toy to take with you wherever you go!

You will find your baby will play with these kinds of toys for months. At first they will shake it, then start exploring each bit with their mouths, hard parts will be a delight for soothing teething pain, then it will help develop their gross motor skills as they learn to manipulate the toy with their hands, and then they will get interested in the details of the toy and start developing their fine motor skills.

Baby Einstein DVD Collection

From my experience babies love these Baby Einstein DVD's all the way from birth to at least their 3rd birthday. The colours, shapes and music fascinate, soothe and engage them.

While your child may not become a genius simply by watching these DVD's he or she will learn a great deal when they're watched for short periods of time. You can also interact with your baby or infant while you watch them together, which makes them more like a shared story than a passive viewing experience.

Another advantage to these is that when your baby is engaged with the DVD it will give you a few precious minutes to do something else like use the bathroom or do some chores.

Peek A Boo Mirror

Every baby needs a mirror and this should be one of the first toys you buy. From birth onwards, babies just love looking at themselves in the mirror. Babies minds are programmed to be interested in faces, and after eating and sleeping, looking at the faces of people around them (and their own) is the next best thing.

Your baby will learn a great deal about facial expressions and start to get an idea of what they mean which is essential for their social development.

It will fascinate them for hours. Over time it will help them differentiate between self and others

Fisher Price Play Gym

Every baby needs a play gym and you will get months of playtime out of this toy! Baby gym is the right word for this toy because it will help develop and strengthen all of babies muscles.

From birth they will enjoy gazing at the objects above them. As their arms get stronger they love batting the hanging parts around all over the place! From about 4 months, it will encourage them to turn and in time to roll over.

From 6 months your baby will be able to sit and play with it. And from 8 months she will be trying to pull herself up on it! A real must have that has tonnes of longevity.

Baby Einstein Teether & Rattle

A simple toy that will give your baby loads of enjoyment! Here's another toy that's brilliant from birth onwards that you can take out with you or use at home.

It's a rattle and a teether and your baby is going to love exploring this toy with his hands and mouth!

It will also improve your baby's fine and gross motor skills as they manipulate the toy in their hands.

Jack in the Box

Your baby will love this from about 2 months of age. Before that they may find it a little frightening! Babies love surprises and this will really get them giggling!

It's also one of those toys that is going to provide a whole variety of learning experiences as your baby grows. S/he will be enjoying this right up to about a year old so you will definitely get your money's worth from this one!

At first it makes a great peek-a-boo game, then when your baby can hold her head up by herself and has some control over her arms she will delight in trying to make the jack pop out by herself.

Woozit Activity Spiral

I have not met a baby that did not love this toy! It has a little bit of everything and contains months of enjoyment and exploration for your little one from birth.

This wacky spiral wraps around almost anything and features toy attachments that squeak, crinkle and rattle dangling from satin ribbons.

Features vibrant colors, stimulating textures and black and white patterns.

Time to Kick! Crib & Floor Piano

Another truly inspired toy! Every baby loves to kick and this toy will get your baby giggling and squealing with delight! Your baby is going to get hours of enjoyment out of this toy from around 2 months old.

Placed on the floor against a sofa or at the end of the crib, your baby can gain control of her leg muscles and make music at the same time!

They'll delight at their ability to make their feet create music!

Wooden Maraca

Here we have one of simplest, but most enjoyable toys you will find that is suitable from around 2 months of age.

Your baby can chew it, shake it and enjoy the feel of wood rather than plastic. Your baby will be playing with this toy up to at least 8 months of age.

I bought my daughter one of these when she was around 3 months old and she's loved it! Today at 4 1/2 years old she still plays with it. Babies and children love making music and banging!

Tummy Time Toy

This is great for babies to encourage them to spend some time on their tummies from around 2 months old.

It strengthens their shoulder, neck, arm and back muscles and will help them when they decide to start crawling.

Not all babies like tummy time at first, but this toy will guarantee that they enjoy it.


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      Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

      Hey Susana, this is a lovely hub. I had got my little one the Fisher Price Floor to Crib Piano. Oh, she absolutely loved playing with that toy back then. Now she is a little older and hence does not play much with it. This hub just brought back some old memories - as a new parent it was indeed difficult for me to decide for toys for the newborn from the varied range of toys available. Thank you Susana, cheers!

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      Guest 6 years ago

      Thanks for this list. The AAP recommends children do not warch TV under 2 years

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      JasonPLittleton 6 years ago

      Great cute ideas on toys. Good review.

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      OTmommy 8 years ago from Southern USA

      Great toy ideas! My son's favorites on your list were the tummy time toy and the foot crib piano. Although the bouncing jumparoo (R) may have an age range of 3-8 months, my experience as a pediatric occupational therapist is that it is better to wait until the baby is 5-6 months old. Often, when babies are put in these devices too soon, they over strengthen the extensor muscles in the back and calves causing them to overarch backwards and come up on their tippy toes. Also, my experience is that many parents or caregivers leave babies in the bouncer WAY too long. Limit the session to once daily (or less) for no longer than 15 minutes. Thanks for the informative hub!

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      Sophia Heresford 8 years ago from Ohio

      Good suggestions! That tummy time toy is really nice--wish I'd seen it when my daughter was little.


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      Susana S 8 years ago

      Hi Vizey, your right - babies don't understand the concept of what a toy is but they love to play nevertheless. The logic is that they are fun! In the process of play they will learn a whole variety of things, be stimulated, interact with their caregivers and develop physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Vizey 8 years ago

      Your collection of toys are good but babies don't understand what they are. so What is the logic behind these colorful toys?

      Well, thanks for creating hub.