Best Developmental Toys & Gifts for Babies 0-6 Months
Best Toys for Babies 0-6 Months
September 15, 2022

Best Toys for Babies 0-6 Months

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Best Toys for Babies 0-6 Months

Your newborn’s first few months of life seem to be all about diapers, feeding and sleep (or lack thereof).

But did you know that playtime is also a major part of your little one’s development? From cognitive and physical development to emotional and social growth, the importance of play is undisputed.

Through play, children of any age—even infants—can learn about themselves and the world around them. And you can join in on the fun, too: playing with your baby can help them achieve important physical milestones, develop their (quickly growing!) brains, teach them about emotions and social skills and encourage language development.

And it doesn’t have to get complicated. Especially during those early months, setting aside some time each day to get down on the floor to play and read with your little one can make a huge impact.

What Are Baby Milestones?

Your baby is going to grow and change so much over their first year. Each achievement they hit—things like smiling, rolling over, waving, standing and so many more—is called a milestone.

Baby Milestones Month By Month

There are some basic milestones your baby will begin to hit over the first six months. (Keep in mind that each baby develops at their own individual pace; these are a general guide, but don’t hesitate to talk to your pediatrician if you ever have any questions or concerns.) Here are the milestones to look for, according to the CDC.

Baby milestones 0–2 months:
  • Holding up their head on their own
  • Smiling
  • Making eye contact and following objects with their eyes
  • Cooing and gurgling
  • Turning their head toward sounds

Try this: Holding a soft toy in front of your 2-month-old baby during tummy time is a great way to help with head, neck, core and visual development.

Baby milestones 2–4 months:
  • Social smiling
  • Copying facial expressions
  • Babbling
  • Reaching for toys with one hand
  • Rolling from tummy to back
  • Holding and shaking a toy

Try this: Rolling a soft ball to your 4-month-old baby and placing toys about 12 inches in front of them will help encourage skills like reaching and hand-eye coordination as they “wake up” from those early newborn days.

Baby milestones 4–6 months:
  • Looking at themself in a mirror
  • Knows familiar people
  • Blows “raspberries”
  • Reaches to grab a toy
  • Rolls from tummy to back
  • Beginning to sit without support

Try this: A quick, simple game of peekaboo with your 5-month-old baby can start to teach complex concepts such as object permanence and social development.

What Are the Best Developmental Toys for Baby?

When choosing toys for your new baby, stick with safe, simple objects that encourage exploration and open-ended play. Things like rattles and other grabbing toys, balls, activity gyms and board books are great for encouraging developmental milestones during your baby’s first six months. There are even milestone subscription boxes tailored by age if you’re looking for a little more bang for your buck; the boxes by Monti Kids and Lovevery are particularly nice for developmental play.

How We Choose Babylist’s Best Toys for 0-6 Months

Choosing the toys for this list isn’t all fun and games—a lot of work goes into it, too! We start by researching the milestones for infant development, with our key sources being the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Then, we personally test dozens and dozens of toys to find the most developmentally appropriate (and entertaining) options for each stage of babies’ first six months. We also consult hundreds of reviews and suggestions from parents across the country so you have everything you need to make an informed decision.

Hand-Eye Coordination

Black and white images help develop baby’s vision, and easily graspable toys will inspire them to reach and work on depth perception.

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