Living in a somewhat small house I have always tried to live by the rule of “less is more”. This is definitely the approach we try to take when it comes to toys. My older daughter tends to play with actual garbage before playing with her expensive toys. But we do make exceptions when it comes to certain toys. We have splurged to ensure we’re providing our girls with the best and often look for sensory toys for babies and toddlers to ensure just that.
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Sensory Toys for Babies
We know that babies don’t need much but here are some great toys aimed at helping babies develop their senses. We’ll be providing an overview the following in this article.
- Gummee Glove Wearable Multi Sensory Baby Teether Toy
- Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy
- Sassy Developmental Sensory Ball Set
- Bright Starts Start Your Senses Sensory Giraffe
- Earlyears Fill ‘N Fun Water Play Mat
- CaaOcho Baby – Natural Rubber Sensory Ball
Gummee Glove Wearable Multi Sensory Baby Teether Toy
This toy is unlike most teethers as it is a glove that attaches to your baby’s hand with Velcro. Since babies have poor grasp, this keeps the teether from falling out of his/her hand. In addition, the glove has black and white images to stimulate the baby’s vision. Two teethers on the sides and one removable silicone teether make this glove very stimulating to young ones.
- The perfect size for small hands
- Even if the baby doesn’t like the glove on the hand, they can hold and chew on the teether
- High quality
- Some babies didn’t like the glove on their hands
- Can be small for larger babies
Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy
This award winning toy is a combination rattle and teether which helps keep your little one interested and occupied. The tubes are perfect for little hands to hold. In addition to being visually stimulating, it allows babies to work on their two-handed play.
- BPA free so you don’t have to worry about it going in your baby’s mouth
- Well made
- Easy for small hands to hold
- It’s hit or miss – some babies don’t find the toy stimulating.
Sassy Developmental Sensory Ball Set
The Developmental Sensory Ball Set is a set of three balls that will help develop your baby’s touch and hearing skills. They feature high contrasting colors which are perfect for stimulating your baby’s vision. They engage your baby’s hearing through the small ball that rattles in the ball. Since the balls are all different textures and firmness, it keeps baby thinking.
- High contrast imagery
- Can grow along with the baby as they learn to throw and catch
- Made from baby safe plastic
- Some felt these were slightly over priced
- Balls may be large for smaller babies
Bright Starts Start Your Senses Sensory Giraffe
The Sensory Giraffe from Bright Starts uses high contrast imagery through it’s use of black, white, and red. Each of the legs of the giraffe also has a different texture which provides baby with a different stimulating experience. With a small velcro clasp, this toy is easily attached to a stroller or car seat to keep baby entertained and stimulated when you’re not able to.
- Hangs from the carseat handle to keep baby entertained
- High contrast imagery
- I feel it hangs too close to baby’s head and can be startling if attached directly in the middle of the carseat handle.
- Some have complained about the materials used in the making of this toy
Earlyears Fill ‘N Fun Water Play Mat
With a little bit of water added to the center of the mat, your baby can be engaged during tummy time. The toy has five floating friends in the middle that your baby can push through the water. This is great for baby’s development of fine motor skills.
- Promotes tummy time
- Introduces baby to water without the mess
- Difficult to fill and empty the water in the toy
- Some have had issues with mildew
CaaOcho Baby – Natural Rubber Sensory Ball
Many toys nowadays are made of rubber to avoid any toxicity involved with some plastic toys.The CaaOcho Baby Rubber Sensory Ball is 100% rubber and uses a non-toxic food-grade paint. This toy looks like a little beach ball and each colored section has a different texture. Babies will love exploring each part and the bright colors.
- Lightweight and small
- Bright, stimulating colors
- Some felt it was slightly overpriced
- The ball is not firm
There are so many options when it comes to sensory toys for babies. It’s hard to choose just one. But keep in mind, you are the most stimulating, sensory toy available to your child!
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