Updated 11/12/2018

Babies spend the first three months of their life primarily sleeping and eating, but once they’re beyond the newborn days they’ll start to show some interest in toys. This first year is all about stimulating baby’s senses, so keep this in mind when selecting toys for them. We love neutrals, but contrasting colors are great for your baby’s developing eyes. They’ll also enjoy toys with different textures and sounds to engage little hands and ears. Also, since babies put everything (and we mean everything) in their mouth, make sure all toys are safe to chew on.

 

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1 |  INDESTRUCTIBLES PICTURE BOOKS ($5.95)

These adorable books are chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof, so they’re perfect for babies. And when they need a washing, just toss ’em in the dishwasher! BUY HERE.

Indestructibles Baby Books

 

2 |  GREEN TOYS TWIST TEETHER TOY ($10.99)

The perfect first rattle toy for babies because it’s easy for them to grasp and hold. Each charm has a distinct texture to stimulate baby, and they’ll love the rattle noise. Made in the USA from 100% food-safe recycled milk containers and dishwasher safe. BUY HERE.

Green Toys Twist Toy

3 |  KID O GO CAR PUSH & PULL TOY ($13.99)

The perfect first car! It’s the perfect size to grasp, push, and roll. BUY HERE.

Kid O Go Car Push and Pull Toy

 

4 |  TAGGIES SHERBET LAMB LOVEY TOY ($19.99)

Taggies is a classic baby toy brand created when a mom noticed how much her baby loved to play with satin tags on toys. The Sherbet Lamb Lovey is one of our favorites because it’s just so cute! Made from ultra-soft fabrics and adorned with lots of satin tags for baby to explore. BUY HERE.

Taggies Sherbet Lamb Lovey

 

5 |  FAT BRAIN TOYS DIMPL ($12.95)

It’s like bubble wrap, but for babies! Little fingers can’t resist the brightly colored buttons of the Dimpl! BUY HERE.

Fat Brain Toys Dimpl

 

6 |  SKIP HOP EXPLORE & MORE FOLLOW-BEE CRAWL TOY ($18.99)

A two-in-one developmental toy. It starts as a stationary toy with an easy-to-hold bee rattle, then it becomes a motorized crawling toy that moves and encourages movement. BUY HERE.

Skip Hop Follow Bee Crawl Toy

 

7 |  HAPE MAGIC TOUCH DRUMS MUSICAL TOY ($24.99)

The colorful animal friends can be tapped to play different notes, and it can be turned from Drum Mode to Melody Mode. BUY HERE.

Baby Einstein Magic Touch Drums

 

8 | B. TOYS ONE TWO SQUEEZE BLOCKS ($14.99)

These One Two Squeeze Blocks have been a favorite at our house for years! They are soft and squeezable with stimulating textures and colors. Babies love to stack them, squeeze them, and chew on them. BUY HERE.

B Toys Squeeze Blocks

 

9 |  MULTI-COLORED STACKABLE TEETHER TOY ($18.95)

This adorable teething toy is also a stacking toy! Babies can stack and connect the layers in any order they choose. Also available in pastel colors. BUY HERE.

Multi Colored Stackable Teether Toys

 

10 |  O BALL ROLLIN’ RAINSTICK RATTLE ($9.99)

Oball creates some of my favorite toys for young babies because the large holes make them easy for young babies to grasp (this one is my favorite toy when babies are first learning to grasp). This one is larger and has a rain stick inside to keep babies entertained. BUY HERE. OBall Rainstick Rattle

 

11 |  SKIP HOP BANDANA BUDDIES ACTIVITY & TEETHING TOY ($14.99)

A soft toy and teether in one! It’s filled with textures, patterns, and sounds to entertain baby. Easily attaches to the stroller or car seat, and the textured bandana can be worn around the wrist too. BUY HERE.

Skip Hop Bandana Buddies

 

12 |  HABA RATTLING MAX DANGLING FIGURE ($15.99)

Max is the cutest baby toy! He has a bendable body that clacks against itself to make a soothing sound for baby. The ring at the bottom can be used for grabbing or attaching toys. BUY HERE.

Haba Clutching Toy

 

13 |  YOEE DEVELOPMENTAL BABY TOY ($24.99)

Yoee Baby is a developmental baby toy that parents can use to play with even the youngest babies. Parents can use the feather-like tail to caress and interact with their baby, and once the baby is old enough the toy can become a rattle and teether. BUY HERE.

Yoee Developmental Baby Toy

 

14 |  HOHNER 4 PIECE BABY BAND ($23)

Our musical toys have always been some of our most well-loved baby toys! This brightly colored 4-piece set includes a rainmaker, maraca, tambourine, and cage bell perfectly sized for baby. BUY HERE.

Hohner 4 Piece Baby Band

 

15 |  INFANTINO TEXTURED MULTI BALL SET ($9.99)

One of the most simple baby toys, but also the best! These textured balls are just the right size for baby and help the different textures help them develop their tactile senses. BUY HERE.

Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set

16 |  LAUGH & LEARN PUPPY’S BUSY ACTIVITY HOME ($17.99)

The Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Busy Activity Home includes seven hands-on activities for babies with 55+ songs, sounds, tunes, and phrases. Learning content changes as baby grows with Smart Stages technology. BUY HERE.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy's Busy Activity Hoome

 

17 |  MELISSA & DOUG FLIP FISH ($16.99)

This flip fish has a squeaker tail and crinkling peek-a-boo scales with different textures. BUY HERE.

Melissa & Doug Flip Fish

 

18 |  HAPE DOUBLE BUBBLE WOODEN BEAD MAZE ($19.99)

An adorable first bead maze for baby! This one even has four sturdy suction cups so it can be secured to a smooth surface. It has a combination of classic beads and nesting beads. BUY HERE. Hape Wooden Bead Maze

 

19 |  BRIGHT STARTS TUMMY TIME PROP & PLAY ($21)

A plush pal to smoothe and snuggly baby during tummy time and floor play. Babies can explore crinkle sounds, baby-safe mirror, rattle, teether, satin loops, and other toy attachments. Prop pillow included for extra support. BUY HERE.

 

Bright Starts Tummy Time Prop & Play

 

20 |  GREEN TOYS MY FIRST STACKER ($14.99)

This is the perfect first stacker for babies because it has eight graduated pieces and no center post. Babies can stack pieces of varying sizes together which reduces frustration and promotes learning. BUY HERE.

Green Toys My First Stacker

21 |  HABA SENSORY BALL ($15.99)

This sensory ball has eight colorful sections that offer different textures and sounds, and younger babies can grasp the individual sections. BUY HERE.

HABA Sensory Ball

 

22 |  AMBI TOYS BABY MIRROR ($9.99)

Babies love mirrors, and this simple one is perfect for little hands to hold. Plus it can easily be tucked into the diaper bag for entertainment on-the-go. BUY HERE.

Ambi Toys Baby Mirror

 

23 |  MANHATTAN TOY WINKEL RATTLE AND SENSORY TOY ($15)

One of the first toys babies can grasp with their hands. The tubes promote clutching and two-handed play, and the inside cube produces a gentle rattle sound. BUY HERE.

Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle Teether Toy | 25 Gifts under $25 for Baby's First Year

24 |  HELLO BABY ANIMALS ($6.95)

Babies love looking at high-contrast images from the time they are just days old. This book uses bold color images to introduce babies to animals. BUY HERE.

Hello Baby Animals

 

25 |  FAT BRAIN TOYS PIPSQUIGZ LOOPS ($9.95)

A large suction-up toy with bumpy texture, clicking rings, and rattling sounds for the ultimate sensory experience. Suction sticks to any smooth, flat surface and pops back off! BUY HERE.

PipSquigz Loops

 

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