Babies spend the first few months of their life primarily sleeping and eating, but once they’re beyond the newborn days they’ll start to show some interest in the world around them. This phase is a lot of fun, and a good time to introduce them to some toys that will stimulate and entertain them.
Babies play and learn through sensory exploration. Selecting toys that encourage them to use their senses to play is important in their development. Although we love neutral colors, contrasting colors (especially black and white for children under six months) are beneficial to your baby’s developing eyes. Babies will also enjoy toys with different textures and sounds to engage their hands and ears. And since babies put everything (and we mean everything) in their mouth, make sure all toys are safe to chew on.
Below is a list of top baby toys under $25 for their first year of life.
1 | INDESTRUCTIBLES PICTURE BOOKS ($5.95)
Babies love to put books and magazines in their mouths, but most don’t hold up to the slobber. That’s why these indestructible baby books are a favorite! These are made from an ultra-durable paperlike material that’s chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. And when they need washing, just toss ’em in the dishwasher.
2 | GREEN TOYS TWIST TEETHER TOY ($10.99)
This the perfect first rattle toy for babies because it’s easy for them to grasp and shake. Each charm has a distinct texture for them to explore, and they’ll love the rattle noise they create. Made in the USA from 100% food-safe recycled milk containers and dishwasher safe.
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 the satin tags on clothing and toys. Taggies makes a variety of toys but this lamb lovey is a favorite because, well, it’s just so cute! Made from ultra-soft fabrics and adorned with satin tags for baby to touch.
5 | FAT BRAIN TOYS DIMPL ($12.95)
It’s like bubble wrap, but for babies! Little fingers can’t resist the brightly colored silicone buttons of the Dimpl! And it’s small enough to fit inside your diaper bag for on-the-go entertainment.
6 | SKIP HOP EXPLORE & MORE FOLLOW-BEE CRAWL TOY ($18.99)
This is a two-in-one toy that will grow with your baby while encouraging them to discover, explore, and crawl. It starts as a stationary toy with an easy-to-hold bee rattle, then it becomes a motorized crawling toy that moves around, encouraging your baby to do the same.
7 | BABY EINSTEIN MAGIC TOUCH DRUMS MUSICAL TOY ($24.99)
Encourage music appreciation by introducing your babies to it young. This simple wooden drum has four adorable friends that can be tapped to play different notes or melodies.
8 | B. TOYS ONE TWO SQUEEZE BLOCKS ($14.99)
Blocks are a true classic baby toy that will last them well into the toddler years! This is a popular first set for babies because the blocks are soft and squeezable with stimulating textures and colors. Babies love to stack them, squeeze them and, of course, chew on them.
9 | HABA RAINBOW FABRIC BALL ($19.99)
Each of the eight sections of the fabric ball has a different texture or sound for your baby to explore. The design makes it a great first ball since the sections are easy to grasp, and baby will love listening to the sounds it makes when rolled or tossed in the air.
10 | O BALL ROLLIN’ RAINSTICK RATTLE ($9.99)
Oball creates some great toys for young babies because the large holes make them easy for young babies to grasp. This one with the rainstick rattle makes a soothing sound that babies will enjoy. Pick it up, roll it, and shake it.
11 | SKIP HOP BANDANA BUDDIES ACTIVITY & TEETHING TOY ($14.99)
This adorable companion is a multi-sensory soft toy, rattle, and teether in one. It has varying textures, patterns, and sounds that will delight your baby.
12 | MARY MEYER WUBBANUB SOFT TOY AND PACIFIER ($17.49)
The Wubbanub has been a baby favorite for 20 years now! It’s a plush toy and pacifier combined into one, which babies love for comfort and parents love because it’s easier to keep track of baby’s pacifier.
13 | YOEE DEVELOPMENTAL BABY TOY ($24.95)
Yoee Baby is a developmental baby toy that parents can use to engage with babies from birth. 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.
14 | HOHNER 4 PIECE BABY BAND ($23)
No baby toy collection is complete without rattles! This brightly colored 4-piece set includes a rainmaker, maraca, tambourine, and cage bell perfectly sized for baby.
15 | FAT BRAIN TOYS SENSORY ROLLERS ($16.99)
Balls are one of the most simple but important baby toys. This set of three uniquely textured balls are just the right size for baby plus they have chimes hidden inside that will captivate your baby.
16 | ENCHANTED PLAYSILKS ($19.95)
Infants love to explore the soft and smooth texture of this play silk. Use it to play a game of peekaboo, parachute, or simply hang it from your baby’s play gum for them to visually track and reach for it. The possibilities with this one are limitless, and this will grow with your child for years!
17 | MELISSA & DOUG FLIP FISH ($16.99)
This cuddly fish has bold colors, a squeaker tail and crinkling peek-a-boo scales with different textures to keep baby entertained.
18 | TINY LOVE STROLLER ARCH ($24.99)
Babies spend a lot of time in their car seats and stroller. Keep them entertained while you’re out and about with this stroller arch. It attaches to a variety of strollers, infant car seats, and carrycots and has multiple activities including rattles, crinkle toys, teethers, and spinners.
19 | BRIGHT STARTS TUMMY TIME PROP & PLAY ($21)
A plush pal to soothe and snuggle baby during tummy time and floor play. Babies can explore crinkle sounds, the baby-safe mirror, rattle, teether, satin loops, and other toy attachments. Prop pillow included for extra support.
20 | JELLYCAT UNICORN TAILS BOOK ($16.50)
The ‘Tails’ series are soft cloth books with color, texture, and lots of fluffy animal tails for your baby to discover on each page. Multiple themes to choose from.
21 | FARMSTAND ROCK-A-MOLE GUITAR TOY ($16)
Budding musicians will love this adorable avocado guitar. Press buttons and spin the avocado’s pit to here multiple songs, guitar riffs, and see colorful lights.
22 | TAF TOYS TUMMY TIME ACTIVITY BOOK ($24.95)
During the first six months of life, babies should be doing tummy time every day. This activity book will keep them entertained while they strengthen those neck muscles with high-contrast images, crinkling pages, and a baby-safe mirror.
23 | MANHATTAN TOY SKWISH RATTLE ($15)
This simple, yet stimulating multi-sensory clutching rattle is perfect to help promote dexterity in little hands. It’s easy for babies to hold on to while rattling the beads that slide back and forth on dowels, making a soothing noise.
24 | HELLO BABY ANIMALS ($4.99)
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.
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!