Baby toys are a great gift idea but there are a number of things to consider when buying toys for babies:
- Inspect for sharp edges or rough surfaces which may cause cuts or splinters.
- Buy washable and non-fragile toys for babies.
- Don’t buy toys smaller than 4cm as they can choke a baby or toddler.
- Be careful not to buy toys that make loud noises as they can be harmful to baby’s hearing.
Newborn to 3 month old baby gift ideas
Comfort blankies and colourful rattles make ideal newborn baby gifts. The Fisher Price Lion Cuddler is baby safe, soft and has different textures to help stimulate baby’s senses. The Teddy Bear Hand Rattle will fit perfectly in baby's hand because it is light and easy to hold. Organic toys are ideal for newborn babies, Sophie the Giraffe is made from 100% natural rubber. This popular Teething Toy will help soothe baby's sore gums whilst providing a fun baby toy.
3-6 month baby gift ideas
During this stage, babies become more curious and will start to reach out more to touch things. They will enjoy playing with toys securely positioned dangly around them on play mats, in the pram or cot. Such as the Shake & Wiggle Happi Caterpillar Baby Activity Toy, which will help with the development of their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They will also enjoy being read books, the Bunnies By the Bay Plush Toy & Book Gift Set would be a lovely gift idea as it combines a plush toy with a cute picture book. The Playskool Beginning Board Books displays brightly coloured pictures and are great for capturing baby’s attention.
6-12 month baby gift ideas
At this age babies start to be more mobile, usually crawling or using furniture to pull themselves up onto their feet. Building blocks, musical toys and toys that move are lots of fun (such as these Playgro scoot along toys). Six month old babies love toys they can press, rattle or squeeze. The My First NICI Teddy Grabber with Squeaker is a fun gift idea for a baby boy or girl. The Munchkin Travelling Flash Cards are a great educational toys which offer a fun way to practice sounds and learn. The My First Footy ball helps to encourage baby's motor skills and the bright red colour will help to stimulate sensory touch.