Best Baby Toys of 2023
Best Baby Toys of 2023
January 5, 2023

Best Baby Toys of 2023

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These colorful and simple toys can help kick off your baby's development and keep them entertained.Best Baby Toys of 2023

Do Babies Need Toys?

Newborns don’t actually need toys, since sleeping and eating are their main focuses right now. But around the three-month mark, many parents notice their babies becoming more interested in the world around them; this is a great time to introduce fun toys and activities to help them with important development stages (and keep them entertained).

Which Kinds of Toys Should Babies Play With?

Realistically, babies are happy playing with household items like wooden spoons and plastic food containers, so don’t feel obligated to break the bank on toys. The best toys for babies have features that help with developing eyesight, fine motor skills and an ever-growing curiosity about their world—and, of course, are very safe.

Here are some features to consider when choosing toys for your little one:

  • Contrasting colors and patterns. A baby’s vision isn’t fully developed until they’re around five months old. To help them see and focus on objects, look for toys that have high contrast in colors and patterns; black and white is best for newborns (stripes, checkerboard, or simple images are easiest to focus on), while older babies love looking at brighter colors.
  • Varying soft textures. Toys with strips of satiny, velvety, rubbery, bumpy or fluffy material are an absolute delight for tiny, grabby fingers. Babies are working on their fine motor skills from about three months and up, and interesting textures make it super fun to develop those skills.
  • Safe for chewing. Babies want to put everything in their mouths. Everything. The time will eventually come when your curious bub will try to eat something not so great (pet food, a dirty rag, carpet fuzz, etc.), but you can make up for it by making sure some things are actually OK to gnaw, like toys and teethers that are free of harmful chemicals and made with one-piece construction (no small parts to break off and choke on).
  • Easy to clean. Toys that are machine washable and dishwasher safe are great when you don’t want to spend a ton of time washing toys by hand. It’s also a good idea to check if a toy has trouble drying all the way, especially if it has tiny holes that can trap moisture. Plastic, silicone and rubber are susceptible to mold, so those toys should be thoroughly cleaned and dried fairly often.
  • Audible. Rattles, bells, crinkles, lullabies—if it makes a sound, your little one will pay attention to it. Babies love making things make noise, and you can encourage their curiosity with toys that respond audibly to their actions. They’ll be fully entertained if it jingles when they shake it or squeaks when they squeeze it (admit it, you may be a little entertained, too). And if your baby is Deaf or hard of hearing, they may still be able to sense vibrations or certain pitches of sound, so try experimenting with audible toys to see what your baby reacts to.

A few fun and bright toys will come in handy to distract a fussy baby or make tummy time more enjoyable. Here are some expert-backed, parent-approved, baby-loved favorites.

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