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The Best Toys for Your Newborn Baby

You’ve got a new baby and you have a million things to take care off as it is! Let us help by bringing you some of the best toys you can get your baby. Now that’s at least one thing you can check off your list!

Best for tactile play

Ball Playnest Activity Gym, $169, Playgro at Mothercare (see above)

Featuring four fun stages of play, this innovative playmat and baby gym offers engaging hanging toys, including a water-filled teether, a mirror and soft characters with clicking beads.

“The activity gym stimulated all of Oliver’s senses and encouraged hand-eye coordination.” —Eileen Chia

Best sensory play

My First Activity     

Toy – Roary Lion $19.90, Playgro at Mothercare

The eye-catching patterns, the rattle’s growling sound and the texture of the crinkly parts of this click-on toy make Roary, the lovable lion, a pure delight for tiny tots.

Best travel toy

Giraffe Safari Puppet Activity Book, $29.90, Skip Hop at Motherswork

This fantastic baby book is compact and easy to pack. The small finger puppets included at the end of the book facilitate storytelling to your baby, keeping them engaged for long stretches when travelling.

Best all-round educational toy

Bead Maze, $46.90,

KidKraft at Motherswork

With different activities on each side, this well-made, colourful toy will keep young ones happy and focused and assist with early colour and shape recognition as well as hand and eye coordination.

Best musical toy

Sleepy Time Star, $34.90, BabyGUND by Nature’s Collection Parents and their little ones will fall in love with this toy’s delicate, musical tunes and its soft cuddles—this toy is simply perfect for sleep time.

Best new toy on the market

Roll & Go Rocking Horse, $24.90, Leapfrog at Mothercare

Press the light-up saddle on this play horse and hear fun sound effects and phrases. This toy will interest and excite your baby—the engaging lights and songs will make this one of your baby’s favourites at playtime.

Best new toy on the market

Roll & Go Rocking Horse, $24.90, Leapfrog at Mothercare

Press the light-up saddle on this play horse and hear fun sound effects and phrases. This toy will interest and excite your baby—the engaging lights and songs will make this one of your baby’s favourites at playtime.

Best bedtime toy

Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse, $54.90, Fisherprice at Pupsik Studio

A nighttime friend for baby—this cuddly toy glows and plays gentle music to help baby sleep. A wonderful “baby whisperer,” the musical friend is a must to assist with settling a new bub.

Best classic toy

Naef Dolio, $55, Playhao

This superbly Swiss made, classic yet modern toy is both a fun and noisy rattle and a colourful, eye-catching piece of design.

Best stroller toy

Sensory PlushPal, $33.90, Brightstarts USA at Kidzloft

A perfect companion on-the-go, this clip-on toy is super easy to attach to strollers or carriers and stimulates baby’s sense of hearing, touch and sight with its fun features.

Best playmat

Blossom Farm Woolly Lamb Snuggle Playmat, $179, Early Learning Centre

This snuggly playmat is exactly how it sounds—warm and woolly. Thick and soft with fully detachable parts, it ensures engaging play for your baby.

Best soft toy

Hug & Hide Activity Toy, $39.90, Skip Hop at Motherswork

This soft, cuddly toy has a surprising twist—offering hide and seek activities, it’s more than simply a comfort toy. Baby will love playing peek-a-boo and stay entertained with this clever plushie.

Best ride on toy

Baby Truck, $119, Moover Toys at Playhao

Beautifully made and sturdy, this toy is safe even for tiny tots to ride on— both indoors and out. The sophisticated, pared-down design of this toy means it won’t clash with your nursery design either.

 

By Lucy Cleeve, Harper’s Bazaar Junior Issue 15, November 2014

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