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Baby Gift Ideas: Soft Toys for Babies

Updated on July 1, 2017
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I am a mom of two beautiful girls (8.5 & 10.) We love to read, play, cook, shop and have fun together. Raising good people is a priority.

Soft toys are ideal for babies for obvious reasons - they're safe! Not all soft baby toys are the same, though. When my girls were little, Manhattan Toys was, by far, my favorite brand of soft toys for them - they're sturdy, safe, colorful, and fun! Babies like to touch and feel things, and they also love to put things in their mouth; it's all about discovering the world around them. Whether you're a mom with a baby, about to have a baby, or need to buy someone a baby gift, below are several great suggestions of soft toys that are ideal for babies because they're both adorable and safe and will be happily played with over and over again.

Melissa and Doug Fill & Spill Toys

These fill & spill toys are self-storing, which makes them a great travel toy, in addition to endless play at home.  The textured toys in these sets rattle, jingle, squeak, and crinkle in tiny hands and they are made of super-soft materials.

Help develop your child's fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination with these great tactile toys.  These durable sets will provide hours of pretend fun. The pieces are machine washable, too, which is terrific!


Three Little Pigs Playset

Now you can experience the classic story of "The Three Little Pigs" over and over with this set that includes three soft fabric nesting houses with self-stick fabric closures, a fall-through chimney, three squeaking pigs, a wolf and a story sheet. Color coordinate the pigs and houses for added matching fun! The play figures easily wipe clean. Check it out over at Amazon!


Surprise Inside!

Tots reach inside this cute plush elephant...and discover fascinating objects to touch and explore!  From two peanut friends in a cup and a squeaking mouse to a baby elephant and a flower mirror, 7 different objects feature stimulating sensory details that kids will love to touch again and again.  Plus, babies can begin to learn that objects are present even though they are out of sight.

Manhattan Toys Put and Peek Birdhouse Toy

Made of soft, surface washable fabrics, this Put & Peek Birdhouse toy by Manhattan Toys will help your child develop motor skills, and teach cause and effect. You'll see your little one thoroughly enjoying pushing the birds into the house and then pulling them out again. It certainly doesn't take much to entertain them at this age, which is why these toys are such a good idea.

Plus, these are all tote-able, so they're perfect to take with your for play in the car, the park, at the doctor's office, or anywhere you need to entertain and/or distract the babies!

Counting and Sorting Farm

This toy by Manhattan Toy has 4 soft pens with a number printed on it and the same number of stuffed farm critters inside: 1 chick (in a nest), 2 sheep, 3 pigs, and 4 cows.This is a great toy to help with the development of fine motor skills and object permanence.  This also makes a great travel toy for the car and restaurants.

Farm Friends Bowling

This safe and durable bowling set will help motor skills as your child sets up the "pins" and then rolls or throws the soft ball to knock them down.  We have these at home and I can offer one helpful tip: it can be hard to get the pins to stand up on on carpet; hard flooring would be better when using this kit.  Other than that, we love to bowl down our long hallway!

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