Baby The First Year: 10 Best Baby Toys That Will Grow With Baby!

February 17, 2018

10 Best Toys 0-12 month Baby: and 5 Fun Ways to Use Them!

 

Which toys can you purchase that will grow with baby? Here is a list of the top 10 best toys that not only grow with your child, but have multiple uses! For other great baby gift ideas, check out Baby Basics You Definitely Need!

 

Let's jump right in to the best toys for baby's first year:

 

1. The OBall

 

Best age: right away!

 

Why? Easy to grasp, indestructible, BPA free for chewing and fun to chase!

 

1. Newborn baby will enjoy the built in rattle 

2. Practice playing throw and catch

3. Use as a teether as it is BPA free

4. Floats in the bath and is easy to grasp when it starts to float away

5. Practice rolling the ball and knocking down empty toilet paper rolls

 

The One I Recommend: Any Oball Toy!

 

2. Baby Swing

 

Best age: right away!

 

Why? A must have for any baby. This swing is soft and cuddly and can be swung in two different directions!

 

1. It can be soothing for colicky babies

2. The baby swing will give you a chance to free your hands of baby for awhile to have some you time!

3. Babies love the swings that vibrate. It will help clear the gas bubbles in their tiny tummies

4. The swing has a mobile to keep baby entertained while helping with hand eye coordination as baby reaches to touch the objects floating by

5. This doubles as a bassinet when it reclines so you can use it as a travel bed in the early months

 

The one I recommend: Fisher Price Cradle n’ Swing BUY HERE in the Baby Store.

 

 3. Stuffed Toys

 

Best age: right away!

 

Why? Give baby something soft to snuggle with and get attached to.

 

1. Can help with separation anxiety if the stuffed toy smells like you

2. Use the toy to tell stories! Baby will get a kick out of seeing the toy dance and move around

3. Use it as a role model. Show baby how much fun 'teddy' is having eating his oatmeal, or sitting still for a diaper change, etc.

4. A stuffed toy can help babies feel safe if they are in a strange place, like first sleepover at a family members house

5. Show baby the importance of being gentle and kind by using the stuffed animal to practice "soft touches" with

The ones I recommend: any soft plush toy that is of quality and can be machine washed.

 

4. Blocks

 

Best age: 5 months

 

Why? Blocks blocks and more blocks. You can experiment with all different kinds. Wooden blocks or mega blocks are both good choices.

These foam blocks are non - toxic and choke free - safe for baby

 

1. Practice stacking the blocks and then yell "Crash!" when they topple over.

2. Infants also enjoy foam blocks for water play and like to gnaw on them when they are teething.

3. When they get older and have mastered stacking a few blocks, build a castle with them!

4. Foam blocks float so you can take them to the pool or the beach to chase after.

5. Once they get bored of using them as plain old blocks, you can attach dollar store magnets to them and make artwork on the fridge!

 

The one 1 recommend: Click n’Play non toxic foam block set from Amazon

 

5. Stacking Rings

 

Best age: 5 months

 

Why? There are so many fun ways to play with a stacking ring set. The obvious is to stack the rings, but you can also do this:

 

1. Teach colors and counting

2. Teach big and small

3. Spin the rings like a dreidel top, baby will think it’s hilarious

4. Float in the bath for bath toy

5. Shake like a rattle and chew friendly

 

The one I recommend: Fisher Price Basic Rock n’ Stack

6. Dollar Store Plastic Balls

 

Best age: 5 months

 

Why? They are cheap and fun! Always remember to wash and sanitize items you buy for your baby, especially when they are in the oral discovery phase. With plastic balls you can:

 

1. Turn the playpen into a ball pit

2. Teach colors

3. Encourage crawling after balls

4. Use in the bath for water play

5. Practice rolling balls on the floor

The one I recommend: Dollar store bags of assorted colors (at least 3 inch diameter).

 

7. A Jumperoo

 

Best age: 6 months

 

Why? I love anything Fisher Price Space Saver. It can fold up and slide under the bed or tuck away in a closet when not in use.

 

1. Baby exercise: helps to develop leg muscles and balance. 

2. It may give you some time to shower ;)

3. Once baby gets older they can  practice jumping

4. Good to bring to a busy place to keep baby safe and entertained like a family reunion or backyard BBQ

5. It can double as a snack table. My son used to love eating crackers in this thing!

 

The one I recommend: Fisher Price Space Saver Jumperoo BUY HERE in the Baby Store

 

8. Foam Bath toys

 

Best age: 6 months

 

Why? They float, cling to surfaces when wet and are soft enough to put in their mouth.

 

1. Baby can stick the foam shapes to the side of the tub (with your help)

2. They practice moving them from one hand to another or use them to scoop bubbles in the tub

3. Teach colors, letters and numbers

4. Make fun letter or number imprints in playdoh

5. Use them to strengthen leg muscles by getting baby to pick up a foam piece from a wet bucket and place it on a chest high wall mirror. Think squats, only for babies!

The one I recommend: Munchkin Letters and Numbers on Amazon

 

 9. Velcro Board

 

Best age: 6 months

 

Why? It is a cheap and fun educational tool!

 

1. Baby can practice hand eye coordination by sticking on felt shapes and pulling them off

2. It comes in handy for teaching shapes, colors and sorting!

3. Encourages baby to stand if you place the board higher on the wall

4. Turn felt shape making in to a craft you can do with your baby

5. Helps teach baby hand eye coordination

 

The one I recommend: Do It Yourself! See HERE 

10. Walker

 

Best age: 10 months

 

Why? This walker is the best hands down. Baby will play with the toys on the front while at sitting stage, and use it for stability while at standing stage. It also comes with two stages of progression.

 

1. Baby can play with all the light up and sound making toys on the front

2. Use for stability when learning to stand from a sitting position

3. Baby will use it to walk around and learn balance and motion

4. My son loved the phone on this toy. We used to play "call Daddy at work" and practice saying hello to him.

5. Comes with a built in shape, number and color teaching tool.

 

 

The one I recommend: Vtech Sit to Stand Walker BUY HERE in the Baby Store

 

I do love cheap DIYs that are educational for Baby and Toddler. Check out 8 DIY Ideas HERE.

Also, find out What to do with baby all day from 0 to 6 months!

 

I would love to hear about your baby's fave toys during their first year and why! Let's learn and grow together!

 

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