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11 of the best baby toys for newborns to 6-month-old babies

Our pick of the top fun-filled toys for babies from birth to 6 months, as tested by babies (and rated by their parents)

best toys for newborn baby 0-6 months

Teeny-tiny, newborn babies don’t need toys: they can’t hold anything and they can’t see much. But roll forward even a few weeks, and your baby will love looking at things with bright or high-contrast colours and listening to things that rattle or tinkle or shake.

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And, by 3 or 4 months, when your baby is able to grab and grasp (sometimes more by accident than design), toys with different touchy-feely fabrics or knobbly textures to mouth and chew are great buys for keeping your baby’s attention and stimulating their development. Below, we round up some of our favourites.

Here is our pick of the best toys for 0 to 6-month-olds, as tested by babies and their parents…

1. Jellycat Bredita Bunny Soother, £13

Age: From birth

What it is: A 23cm soft blankie with a furry rabbit’s head and ears and a smooth, stripey pink shirt. Made from 100% polyester velour; machine-washable. Also comes as a blue Duck.

Why we love it: It’s beautifully soft and has a lovely, friendly face and fluffy ears. We also love the knotted corners because they’re just right for chewing on. The mum of our 3-month-old  tester Isaac says, “It’s very well made and would definitely withstand being chewed and sucked on by a teething baby. No bad points from me at all!”

Available from: JoJo Maman Bebe and Jellycat

2. Mini Mizzie, £9.95

Age: From birth

What it is: A 100% natural rubber teething ring with a kangaroo head. It has no hole and is free from BPA, PVC, nitrosamines and phthalates. Wipe-clean only.

Why we like it: It’s very cute and it’s easy to hang from a pushchair, where, according to his mum Christy, our baby tester Bran, 3 months, spent ages staring at it. “It looks so lovely with nice, bright colours,” she says. “The pointed angles of the nose and ears fit nicely in a little baby’s mouth. It’s soft and bouncy to touch and the loop-shaped body makes it perfect for little hands to hold.” We were so impressed with this teether, it’s one of our Top Xmas Toys 2020.

Available fromMini Mizzie UK

3. Lamaze Freddie the Firefly, £10.95

Age: From birth

What is is: A friendly 25cm x 6cm x 30cm soft-toy bug with crinkly wings, squeaker, teether, and peekaboo mirrors. Comes with a ring to attach it to a pushchair or car seat.

Why we love it: Freddie’s bright colours and different sounds and textures mean he’s a bit of a baby magnet: so much to see, feel, hear and chew! Our tester’s mum was really taken with the toy’s quality and how much it stimulated and held her 3-month-old baby Andy’s attention. A couple of months later, she’s still impressed with it. “It’s a lovely toy,” she says, “and it washes great – it’s been machine-washed a billion times!”

Available from: Amazon and Argos

4. The Dou-Doods Baby Comforter, £25

Age: From birth

What it is: A hand sewn, large (48cm x 33cm) quirky-bunny-shaped comforter with a super-plush front and a 100% organic jersey-cotton back. Choose from 14 black, white or grey designs, each with a little splash of colour. Machine-washable.

Why we love it: These are truly snuggly – and, because they’re flat and squish up easily, they can come with your baby everywhere. We also like how each one comes with a little label with its name and ‘date of birth’ on. Hannah, mum of our baby tester Isabelle, 5 months, says her daughter loves grabbing, holding and chewing hers – especially its nice big floppy ears. “It is quite pricey,” she adds, “but you can tell it’s super-high-quality.”

Available from: The Dou-Doods

5. Taf Toys Kimmy Koala Tummy Time Book, £17.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A 20cm-high baby book that can also ‘stand’ by itself. It has high-contrast black-and-white pictures (for newborns) on one side of the pages and colourful images (for 3 months+) on the other. Includes a baby-safe mirror, multi-sensory fabrics and a koala teether. Machine-washable.

Why we love it: It’s great quality, the animal pictures are lovely and there’s lots to grab and feel. And both we and our child testers’ parents really rate the self-standing feature – perfect for tummy-time play. This is a toy that should really hold its appeal as your baby grows.

Available from: Jojo Maman Bebe and Precious Little One

6. Skip Hop Farmstand Avocado Stroller Toy, £11

Age: From birth

What it is: A charming, plush 22cm avocado toy of two halves with a rattle ‘pit’ in the centre and a built-in loop and ring to attach it to a car seat or pram.

Why we love it: We love its portability, its colourful rattle and its range of textures. Gemma, mum of our child tester Walter, 4 months, says her son’s face lights up at the sight of it. “It’s perfect for him to feel, shake around and have a little chew on,” she says. “It’s beautifully made and is such an adorable design. He just loves it!”

Available from: John LewisJoJo Maman Bebe and Amazon

7. Lamaze Flapping Fiona, £14.99

lamaze flapping fiona

Age: From birth

What it is: A multi-sensory soft 25cm-high flamingo with a velvety neck, extendable legs, silky beak, crinkly tail, and wings that whirr and flap when you pull down on the clip. Attaches easily to buggies, prams and nappy bags.

Why we love it: What sold us – and our baby testers – on this toy are the wings that flap and the legs you can pull. SO fascinating for little eyes to watch! Fiona is also wonderful to touch, with all sorts of different textures to explore and a little squeaker in her neck.

Available fromPrecious Little One and Amazon

8. Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit, £10.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A 7-legged 13cm x 8cm x 25cm beanbag friend with a squeaky red nose and a big smiley face.

Why we love it: It’s small enough to tuck into your changing bag but the Whoozit’s BIG on baby entertainment – with loads of differently patterned and textured fabrics to see, touch and feel, and a little mirror hidden behind his nose. Our 5-month-old tester Oliver’s mum loves the dangling legs with different shapes on the end, and the little Velcro strap that lets you attach the toy to your baby’s car seat or pushchair.

Available from: AmazonJohn Lewis and JoJo Maman Bebe

9. The Little Sensory Box Newborn Sensory Box, £39.87

Age: From birth

What it is: A box (which may differ in design from the box pictured above) containing a board book, 2 wooden blocks, a ribbon wand, a tag blanket, a soft rattle, a sensory scarf – all in monochrome colours. Comes with a sensory-play guide.

Why we love it: It’s beautifully presented (it would make a lovely new-baby gift) and carefully thought through – with every item designed to stimulate a very young baby’s senses, particularly sight and touch. The guide is really helpful, too. This got a huge thumbs-up from our parent testers.

Available from: The Little Sensory Box

10. Sophie La Girafe, £12.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A soft, lightweight, natural-rubber 17cm giraffe you can grab, wave, squeak and chew.

Why we love it: Sophie’s design has remained unchanged since 1961 and that’s simply because you don’t mess with a toy that’s entranced babies for generations – and consistently soothed their sore gums. We love that Sophie is so easy to hold, and her squeaks, contrasting colour and spots make her endlessly fascinating to very little ones.

Available from: Smyths ToysJoJo Maman Bebe and John Lewis

11. Twiddle Ons Foot Discovery Rattle Toy, £9.99

Age: From birth

What it is: Bright, fabric fish-shaped foot-finder rattles that also stop your baby’s socks falling off.

Why we love it: We like the bold, eye-catching graphics on these cute, crinkly fish rattles: they’re easy to put on (and, yes, do a nice job of stopping little baby socks from slipping off). Excellent developmental stimulation for tiny ones who are just about working out where their feet are.

Available from: JoJo Maman Bebe, Sock Ons and Amazon

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