Types of toys to get for baby

Playthings don’t just keep your kewpie occupied (and give you a break), they also foster growth and learning. Here is our guide for what to get...


0-6 months

• Even as a newborn, your little one is ready to play. They can’t see very far — but they’ll fix their eyes on objects about 20 to 30cm away. Get them toys that have bold, contrasting patterns, in colours like red, white and black.

• Your baby may also enjoy gazing at a cot mobile since it provides visual stimulation as it moves. Look for one that plays gentle music to calm and relax them. As they get older, they’ll probably move their hands and legs in an attempt to touch it (move it out of reach when that starts).

• By about 3 months, your baby will be able to grab little items for a few seconds. Get them a rattle or a squeaky toy. When they shake or squeeze it, it makes a sound and this helps them realise what their hands can do.

• Look for toys that have a range of different textures. They’ll be amused by noisy, crinkly items, as well as rough or furry surfaces. Help them distinguish between hard toys and soft ones. Bathtime is also great for play as they try to grab toys that can float and bob around in the water.

Get your baby toys that have bold, contrasting patterns, in colours like red, white and black."


6-12 months

• Now that your munchkin is on their way to sitting up and moving around, you can get them a wider variety of toys. They’ll enjoy toys that demonstrate cause and effect — such as those that let them push a button and watch something pop up.

• Musical toys are great for this age. As their memory is growing, hearing that familiar Twinkle Twinkle Little Star play from their toy radio will make them laugh.

• Pull-along toys or toys that move when they push them can encourage crawling. If your baby is already pulling themselves up or cruising, you might want to get a push walker, so they can start taking their first steps.

• They now realise they can do quite a lot on their own. Stacking toys, shape sorters and building blocks help them develop their hand-eye coordination, while a simple pail and shovel at your next beach outing will give them a wonderful sensory experience.