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Birth to Six Months Toy and Play Guide

Posted by The Genius of Play on

Reading the age guidelines on toy packaging is just the first step to knowing what toys are best for your child! This research-based guide will help you pick playthings that match your child’s interests, abilities and key development stages to inspire endless hours of fun.

Abilities and Interests

Babies rely on sight, sound, touch, taste and smell to learn about their new world. To delight their senses and encourage their exploration, look for toys that make noise or feature high-contrast, black-and-white or brightly colored images. Textured toys that are safe for mouthing are great for infants who can reach for objects.

Developed Skills

At this age, infants are beginning to understand object permanence (the concept that objects continue to exist, even when they can’t be seen, heard or touched). They’re also starting to learn cause and effect and how to give and take, and are developing their fine and gross motor skills (movements that involve muscles).

Toy Suggestions

Crib gyms**
Floor gyms
Activity quilts*
Mobiles**
Safety mirrors
Teething toys
Large, interlocking rings or keys
Cloth toys*
Soft dolls*
Stuffed animals (with short pile fabric)*
Musical and chime toys
Rattles

Safety Tip: Toys never should be hung or attached to a crib, playpen, stroller, infant seat or around a child’s neck with elastic, string or ribbon.

* These items should never be left in the crib of a sleeping child.
** Remove these items when your baby is five months old or is able to push up on their hands and knees.

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