10 of the best tummy time toys

Our pick of the best tummy time toys for babies, including cushion rolls, sloping pillow and even a percussion mat!

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Giving your baby tummy time is a key way to get them stronger – and helps them develop and strengthen the muscles they need to push up, roll and crawl.

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To begin with, your baby will probably prefer to ‘do’ tummy time lying on your chest, rather than the floor (see What is tummy time – and how to do it, for ideas and tips). But, once your baby’s happy to lie on their front on the floor for a while (probably at about 3 to 4 months old), you can start to introduce toys that are specially designed to make tummy time fun and stimulating.

Many of the best tummy-time toys are cushion-based and brightly coloured and have lots of dangly mini-toys to feel and jingle and stretch for. We’ve been trying loads out with our baby testers – and have selected the ones that kept them the most happy and entertained.

Here’s our pick of the best tummy time toys for babies, suitable from birth…

Mamas & Papas Tummy Time Roll

1. Mamas and Papas Tummy Time Activity Toy, £19

Age: From birth

What it is: An updated version of Mamas & Papas bestselling 19cm x 42cmx 19cm soft cushion roll with chimes, crinkles, rattles and squeaks – plus a mirror (in one end), a teether and silky coloured ribbons to feel.

Why we love it: It’s a good size – and, though it’s soft, it’s definitely supportive enough to prop your baby up on their arms. We love its look – and the fruity theme – and we’re impressed by how many things there are to grab and hold and feel.

Available from: Mamas & Papas and Amazon

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2. Taf Toys Developmental Pillow, £17

Age: From birth

What it is: A super-soft 42 cm x 10cm x 23cm pillow with cute vintage green cover with cloud images, plus a rattling teething ring.

Why we love it: Our baby testers loved the gentle slope of this pillow that offers support right down to the tummy. It hasn’t got as many accessories as some of the other tummy-time toys but the rattling beads are fun and the teether’s a good size.

Available from: Taf Toys, Earthlets and Amazon

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3. East Coast Nursery Say Hello Tummy Time Discovery Toy, £19.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A 40cm x 15cm x 15cm tummy time ‘roll’ toy with multiple soft toys, teething rings and shapes and a mirror, plus crinkle sounds and a soothing (quiet) lullaby when you press the moon shape.

Why we love it: This tummy time toy has masses of added play value: there are 2 teething shapes and a teething ring, for example. The attached shapes are nice and big, and very friendly-looking, and there are lots of different textures to explore.

Available from: Argos, Kidly and Amazon

Bright Starts Tummy Time Prop and Play Polar Bear

4. Bright Starts Tummy Time Prop and Play Polar Bear, £34.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A 3cm x 82cm x 91cm polar-bear-shaped mat with a tummy-time cushion in the middle and a head that props up. The toy attachments include a baby-safe mirror, a bead rattle and a teether. Also comes as a (pink) Owl or a (brown) Bear.

Why we love it: It’s cute and well made and easy to fold away when tummy time is done. There are lots of nice, little bits of fabric to touch and crinkle, too. It’s worth noting, perhaps, that a couple of our smallest baby testers’ parents thought the toys were a little too far away for their baby to grab.

Available from: Argos

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5. Fisher-Price Monkey Mirror, £11.79

Age: From birth

What it is: A portable 23cm x 6cm x 22cm toy that opens up to reveal a baby-safe mirror with a squeaky monkey face and jingly, crinkly toy attachments on 1 side and colourful pictures of animals on the other side.

Why we love it: It’s great value for money – with lots of stimulating stuff to grab and feel and crinkle. And we love how easy it is just to fold flat and put away (or carry around in your bag or pushchair).

Available from: Amazon and Boots

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6. Bright Start Sit and See Safari Floor Mirror, £9.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A 28cm x 17cm x 16cm soft-pyramid tummy time toy with a large baby-safe mirror and 3D crinkle leaves.

Why we love it: Sometimes the simplest toys are the biggest winners – and our baby testers were mesmerised by the large mirror that reflected their faces so clearly back to them. Not a bad price, either.

Available from: Amazon

Ruby Little Fox Tummy Time Pillow

7. Nuby Little Fox Tummy Time Roller, £10.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A 19cm x 42cm x 20 cm roll cushion, made of differently textured fabrics, with a plush owl toy that squeaks, a rattle, a teether and a fabric star with a baby-safe mirror in it.

Why we love it: We love the look of this one – and have a real soft spot for that squeaky owl. It’s very soft (and the plush bits are very storable) and is great value for money.

Available from: Amazon and Boots

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8. Tomy Lamaze Spin And Explore Garden Gym, £15.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A 14cm x 71cm x 71cm flower-shaped mat with an elevating spinning ladybird cushion in the middle, and various crinkly bugs around the petals.

Why we love it: Don’t worry, this spinner doesn’t go at a theme-park speed; it’s much more sedate than that! And our youngest baby testers enjoyed it a lot. Lovely, bright colours.

Available from: Argos

ELC blossom farm tummy time roller

9. ELC Blossom Farm Tummy Time Roller

Age: Suitable from birth

What it is: A 38cm x 15.cm x 15cm roller cushion with a chime ball, a mirror, a teether, a touch-feely butterfly, crinkly bits, and lots of animal pictures.

Why we love it: We like the super-bright colours and how it’s crammed with things to touch and feel. Our baby testers loved the fleecy section and the crinkly ‘petals’ right next to it.

Available from: Argos and Mothercare

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10. Baby Percussion Mat, £30

Age: 6 months+

What it is: A 7cm x 34cm x 27cm keyboard mat with 10 keys, 10 flashing lights and 3 modes of play. Includes removable tummy cushion (colours may vary). Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)

Why we love it: A good choice for those who want a little more bells and whistles with their tummy-time play. Some of our baby testers found the keys hard to press but others didn’t – and were thrilled at making the notes. Would make a fun piano mat toy (without the tummy cushion) for a toddler, too.

Available at: Mothercare

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