Although newborns don’t have fully developed senses and motor skills yet, they are still learning quickly about the new world around them. It’s important to offer different sensory activities for them to explore and discover and start their journey toward developing so many new skills.
There are a variety of toys and activities that your new baby can use to stimulate all their sensory systems. Most of these toys will target their visual, auditory, and tactile (touch) senses.
It’s best to have multiple sets of toys throughout your house and belongings. I like to keep a small storage box of toys in my living room, bedroom, car, diaper bag, kitchen, or any area you’ll be entertaining your baby. This way you’re never without some sort of stimulation/distraction for your little one.
Here are some of my favorites that your baby (0-6 months) will love and keep them occupied for awhile.
This one in particular is one of my favorite toys for the little ones. It easily allows your infant to grasp it and chew at the same time, working on his fine motor skills (grasping) and hand eye coordination (bringing it to his mouth), as well as satisfying his oral sensory (teething) needs.
These little books could keep my daughter occupied all day long. When they start to grasp around 3 months, they’ll love the sensory (auditory and tactile) feedback it provides and also love turning the pages.
The holes in the O-Balls are perfect for little hands to grab and move. This one is a great toy because it has a rattle which allows baby to start learning cause and effect (that he can grab and shake a toy and it will make noise).
This toy also teaches cause and effect, allowing your baby to push a button to light up and play sounds. Watch your baby start dancing to the music and see his excitement when he realizes he just made that happen. Once your child can begin to press buttons (around 6 months), they will love that they can make it play. Up until then, they will be stimulated by the lights and music it provides. Use it during tummy time to distract your baby from the hard work they’re putting in!
This is a soft plush toy that combines bright colors, textures, and music to stimulate the senses. It has the crinkle texture which babies love to feel and hear, musical sounds, as well as dangling parts to chew on and manipulate. It’s really an all-in-one toy!
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A mobile is great for when your baby starts visually tracking objects around 2 months. The movement will grab their attention and they can watch as it spins in a circle. Attach it to the baby’s crib or bassinet, but you will want to remove it once your baby is sitting up and can reach it. There are sometimes mobiles attached to baby swings and pack n plays which are great additions to look for when you’re shopping for them.
There are a ton of great benefits to tummy time in the first few months of life and every newborn should start being on their tummy right away. [Read my post about Tummy time benefits and some tricks to get your baby to enjoy it more]. You don’t necessarily need an activity gym to do tummy time, but the toys and bright colors give them some more visual stimulation, as well as objects to reach for and grasp.
A mirror allows baby to see himself while laying down. He will be so interested in his reflection and seeing his own face.
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