11 of the best baby toys for 0-6 month olds

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

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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 (sometimes more by accident than design) and grasp, toys with different touchy-feely fabrics, or knobbly textures to mouth and chew, are great buys for keeping your baby’s attention and stimulating his or her development.

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

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1. Skip Hop Farmstand Avocado Stroller Toy, £12 – best for on the go

Age: from birth
Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Baby Toy (0-6 months) – Gold

What it is: A charming, plush avocado toy of two halves with a rattle ‘pit’ in the centre and a built-in loop and ring to attach it to various baby transport. Roughly 22cm in length.

Why we love it: This is a creative, tactile and soft toy for a newborn, with lovely details and understated charm. It has enough bits for your baby to try their grip on and a rattle inside to discover and explore.

We love its portability and cute design. Gemma, MFM tester and mum to Walter, 4 months, says her son’s face lights up when you give him the avocado. “The variety of textures and the rattle makes this toy a real hit,” she adds. “He’s currently exploring different toys, and this was perfect for him to feel, shake around and have a little chew on. It’s beautifully made and is such an adorable design. He just loves it!”

Available from: John Lewis, Jojo Maman Bebe and Amazon

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2. Lamaze Flapping Fiona, £14.99 – best for multi-sensory stimulation

Age: from birth

What it is: A multi-sensory soft 12cm x 9cm x 25cm 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: Yes, flamingoes are very on-trend but what sold us on this bird are those flapping wings – what brilliant baby magnets! Fiona is also wonderful to touch, with all sorts of different textures to explore. 

Available from: Precious Little One and Amazon

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3. Water Babies Fish Family, £8.99 (for one) – best for bath time

Age: from birth
Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Baby Toy (0-6 months) – Silver

What it is: One of a set of 4 super cute fish that are squishy and suitable for newborns. Made in lovely colours from natural latex rubber, they have no air holes so safe from mould and other nasties. Black & White Fish Inky has been specially designed for babies age 0-3 months, while older babies will love the bright colours of Smooch, Custard and Dotty

Why we love it: Finally a bath/swim toy that is designed to be kept hygienic and avoid mould. This charming family of fish is made from natural latex with food grade dye, so the fish are safe even for newborns to chew on.

They are fully sealed – no air holes – so you don’t get the usual gunk hiding in them after a few months. Our testers felt they were a tad pricey as you pay for just the one, but we really loved their quality and tactile feel. The fact that they are easy to keep mould-free means they should last a while.

Christy, MFM Consumer & Reviews Editor and mum of Audrey, 4, says, “I love the fact that mould won’t build up inside these. Having thrown out many shortlived bath toys over the past few years, I think these are well worth the money.”

Available from: Water Babies

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4. The Dou-Doods Baby Comforters, £25 – best for cuddle time

Age: from birth
Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Baby Toy (0-6 months) – Bronze

What it is: Hand sewn, large (19inches x 13inches), bunny-shaped comforters in cool designs. Manufactured in Britain, from soft and organic materials, they are available in monochrome or with a splash of colour.

Why we love it: These are truly special. Each ‘Dood’ is a mini comfort blanket that accompanies your little one from newborn to toddling and beyond. They look like cool little bunny friends and function as snuggle blanket as well as fuzzy toy. If your child ends up carrying their comfort blanket everywhere, it might as well be this cute character – and they can be squished up small to fit in any baby- or handbag.

Hannah, MFM tester and mum of Isabelle, 5 months, says her daughter loved the feeling of grabbing, holding and chewing the comforter. “I can see as she gets a little older she could take comfort from this item. It does seem a little expense, but the Dou-Dood comforter was very well made and of a high quality.”

Available from: The Dou-Doods

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5. Taf Toys Kimmy Koala Tummy Time Book, £16.99 – best for tummy time

Age: from birth

What it is: A double-sided, self-standing baby book (27.5cm x 3.35 x 16.8cm) with pictures to encourage tummy time. High contrast black and white pictures on one side for newborns, colourful images on the other side suitable from 3 months. It includes a baby-safe mirror, multi-sensory fabrics and koala teether 

Why we love it: As a new parent you will hear about the need for tummy time a lot, and this well-designed product will help you make it fun and interactive.

We really appreciate the well-thought-out features of the Kimmy Koala book – with images suitable for newborns in black and white on one side and more illustrative pictures on the other.

The book is also packed full of peekaboo flaps and other bits to discover. We also think it’s very stylish too, with a unique colourway.

Available from: Amazon, Jojo Maman Bebe and Precious Little One

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6. Kid’s Concept Edvin Stella the Hedgehog Music Box, £22.95 – best for distraction

Age: from birth

What it is: A 13x13x14 cm musical mobile in the shape of a shaggy hedgehog. Designed to hang above a cot or from a buggy or carseat, the hedgehog plays a sweet tune when you (or, eventually, your baby) grip and pull the cord.

Why we love it: The music is sweet and Stella’s multi-loop texture makes her irresistible to reach for. Her ‘prickles’ offer a super-soft, tactile experience and she’s a lovely companion to keep your kid amused, whether during nappy changes or while out and about. She looks pretty stylish, too.

Available from: All Mama’s Children

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7. Twiddle Ons Foot Discovery Rattle Toy, £9.99 – best for encouraging movement

Age: from birth

What it is: Bright, fabric foot-finder rattles (28cm x 16cm x 4cm), developed by the makers of Sock Ons (that you put over your baby’s socks to stop them falling off).

Why we love it: We like the bold, eye-catching graphics on these cute, crinkly fish rattles: 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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8. Jellycat Bredita Bunny Soother, £12 – best for softness

Age: from birth

What it is: A 23cm soft blankie with a rabbit’s head and ears. Made from 100% polyester.

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.

Our tester Isaac’s mum says, ‘It’s very well made and seems like it would definitely withstand being chewed and sucked on by a teething baby. No bad points from me at all!’

See baby Isaac, 3 months, review the Bredita Bunny Soother on our MadeForMums Toy YouTube Channel

Available at: Jojo Maman Bebe, Jellycat and John Lewis

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9. Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit, £9.99 – best for interactivity

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 tester Marley’s mum loved the dangling legs and the little Velcro strap that lets you attach the toy to your baby’s car seat or pushchair.

See baby Oliver, 5 months, review the Baby Whoozit on our MadeForMums Toy YouTube Channel

Available from: Amazon, John Lewis and Jojo Maman Bebe

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10. Galt Giant Soft Book, £12.99 – best for enjoying books together

Age: from birth

What it is: A softly padded 25cm fabric book with an animal picture on each of its 8 pages, and a mirror on the back.

Why we love it: There’s something different to crinkle, move, touch, watch, rustle and squeak on each page – and it’s machine-washable (hurrah!).

We love the bright colours and the sounds it makes. The mirror and squeaker are also a hit with little ones, and the size means it’s easy to grab hold of.

See baby Hugo-Blaze, 5 months, review the Giant Soft Book on our MadeForMums Toy YouTube Channel

Available from: Ocado, Amazon and Galt Toys

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11. Sophie La Girafe, £11.99 – best for teething

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 soothed their sore gums (it won Gold in our Best Teething Toy category last year). We love that Sophie is so easy to hold, even by very little ones, and her squeaks, contrasting colour and spots make her endlessly fascinating – to a baby.

See baby Elliott, 3 months, review Sophie la Girafe on our MadeForMums Toy YouTube Channel

Available from: Smyths Toys, Jojo Maman Bebe and John Lewis

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