As a first-time mom, I wanted to read all the articles and know all the things. (Can any mamas out there relate?) One of the things that I consistently read really stuck with me. I learned that when it comes to childhood development, playtime is serious business! And now as a mom of two (one two year old and one six year old 😭), I’ve witnessed it first-hand. Play is key for your baby’s cognitive, physical, and emotional development. So what are the best ways to play? It varies by age as your little one’s skills improve and change, but here are some of the best educational baby toys + toddler toys loved by my family!
Educational Toys for 0-6 months old
During this age little ones begin to develop eye-hand coordination and love exploring with their mouths. Big hits around our house were our plush activity toy, play gym, and plastic mirror that was essential for tummy time! This Baby Einstein musical toy was a diaper bag go-to for both my girls! My youngest also loved this plush fish that has liftable flaps that make crinkle sounds! I would also recommend colorful cloth books (We love Peek-a-boo Forest!!), teething toys, and other sensory toys.
Activity Gym | Musical Toy | Developmental Bumpy Ball | Firefly Activity Toy | Sophie the Giraffe Teether | Tummy Time Mirror | Activity Ball | Peek A Boo Plush Book | Flip Fish | Teething Mitt | Peek-a-Boo Forest Plush Book
Educational Toys for 6-12 months old
This is when babies get mobile! They crawl, they scoot, they walk, they terrorize. Just kidding. Kinda. 😂 Fine motor skills are really picking up too. My girls loved dumping and filling repeatedly at this age. Because of that, this picnic set was one of our most-used toys! And it still is used by both girls today! Blocks and balls were big hits too! For on-the-go, we loved this Dimpl toy. It’s so simple but my girls love popping the circles from one side to the other! Other age-appropriate suggestions are nesting toys, shape sorters, books (especially these lift the flap books!), or a jumperoo!
Educational Toys for 12-24 months old
At this age, little ones are fascinated by cause and effect. Toys with lots of buttons, levers, and switches were big for us. My girls also loved toys that kept them moving, and they both began showing interest in imaginative play! Our top toy picks for this age were play-doh, activity table with tons of buttons, a walker-baby stroller and the cozy coupe car. Puzzles, books, a water table, baby games, and multi-stage tricycles are also great options for this age!
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