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Toys are integral to your baby's development. They ‘play’ a vital role in supporting your munchkin’s little wins as they take tiny steps towards all-around development. While they interact with these toys, with your use of motherese, your baby makes leaps and bounds in development.
From physical and cognitive growth to building their social-emotional skills, the significance of toy play is undisputed.
The term 'age-appropriate' here translates to 'recommended.' The age-appropriate toys are a guide for you to understand what your baby might need at a specific age.
It is crucial that you get an age-appropriate toy for your baby. As your little one grows, their needs change, and even the needed area of development changes.
While a newborn will be fascinated with a baby rattle, your infant might require a wooden teether, whereas a toddler might need a stacker toy. A newborn will not suddenly play with a wooden block but will enjoy interacting with baby dolls for kids.
That said, every baby is bound to have a distinct personality and might not prefer the same toy. If your baby does not prefer a dinosaur teether, that’s totally fine. If they don’t like a development product at all when they are supposed to, that is okay too. Let your baby find their interests and dislikes by themselves. These decisions are fundamentally necessary for their optimal growth. Make sure to show that those are significant to you too.
Babies love to engage in sensory play, and soft plush toys are a fantastic first toy for them to do so. Newborns do not need high-profile toys. They need a simple companion to hold onto as they experience the senses around them.
Through all this, plush toys stick around. They accompany your newborn through their toddler years, standing ground from when they start socially smiling to the time they zoom past you babbling for your attention. The best soft toys for babies can provide an ideal mix for boosting sensory skills and encouraging cognitive growth. Plushies are influential in shaping a child's imagination. It is through them that children gain a better understanding of the world as they begin to absorb information.
When choosing a toy for an infant, look for plush toys that are simple and safe. Safety is a huge criterion when picking a toy for babies. By the time they are five months old, they start putting things in their mouths. Since they have more control over their tongue than their hands and feet and let’s be real, all the pretty aesthetic toys you have accumulated will probably end up in your baby's mouth during playtime. So, the toys they interact with should be non-toxic, safe to chew on, and have no sharp edges.
BabyG has curated an amazing line-up that your baby will simply adore. Equipped with soft, plushy bodies and a heart full of love, this list has got it all:
Berry Bee brings us the first book on our list. Equipped with a rattle a squeaky plush star, rolling beads and a crinkly contrast kite, this soft toy for babies has got it all. A textured toy gives your kid a peek into the real world experiences, developing their hand-eye coordination and muscles with every turn, squeeze, poke and curl.
While the baby rattle stimulates your infant's auditory senses, the rolling beads will help your toddler practise their fine-finger movements. This is one of the best soft toys for babies, and guess what, it makes a terrific stroller toy too.
Introduce your infant to the excellence of books with this cuddly soft book.
Age: 3 Months +
Elle is a fantastic soft plush toy for newborns to start with. From the Greendeer family, this soft plushie is hand-embroidered with 100% pure organic cotton, making it an ideal soft toy for your young one. The difference in sizes of its adorable body provides a variation for your baby to practise their hand-curl.
The adorable blue elephant is hand made with love by local women artisans using non-toxic, anti-microbial materials to provide your young one with a companion that is also nibble-friendly during those fussy teething times.
Age: 1 Months +
Babies love to play with bright, colourful toys. This plush toy from Bobtail is designed with a contrasting pattern that will stimulate your baby’s visual senses before they make their claim as their everlasting companion. Since the cactus toy is baby-friendly, it can be used as soon as your bundle of joy turns a month old.
The soft plush toy has various handles to practise dual handgrips and is equipped with a textured body to help build an understanding of different textures and shapes. Your newborn cannot grasp the variety of colours yet but will respond to the contrasting colours of the plush toy.
Age: 1 Month +
When your toddler is of age, this is the go-to soft plush toy to surprise them with. The adorable bunny is a part of Bobtail’s rag doll series. Of all the plush toys online, this eco-friendly toy is the perfect soft doll for a baby girl.
Carefully constructed from a beautiful cotton/linen fabric, the plush toy makes a fantastic hugging companion for your active toddler. Soft toys for babies provide them with a sense of security while supporting their social and emotional development.
As you tuck in the soft toy to sleep, your toddler will take notice and learn that etiquette. Pretend play is a fundamental part of childhood, and a plush toy is an important part of it.
Age: 1 Month +
Rattles, where do we even start. Infants are interactive right from the very beginning. Although they cannot follow you around nor babble about their day to you, your little munchkins find a way to communicate with you. Rattles are an excellent toy to build on that blooming response.
Berry Bee presents you with an excellent product for you to do so. The soft baby rattle is made with 100% waffle cotton and 200% love. It is equipped with a soft rattle that provides just enough stimulation for a newborn. As you slowly wave the rattle in front of your newborn, they will track it with their eyes, boosting their auditory senses with eye-tracking skills.
Age: 3 Months +
Amish ball is perfect for infants that are developing their hand-grip. This uniquely shaped plush toy has twelve sections sewn together providing easy access for an infant to grab onto with both their hands.
It is best to hang the soft plush toy as a mobile in the third month, to strengthen hand muscles and encourage kicking their feet. This hand-washable soft toy for babies is also a great alternative to a regular ball as it doesn't roll too far away from your infant, as they grow more mobile and try to reach for it.
The cotton ball is a Montessori pedagogy-inspired toy. It is also known as an Amish puzzle ball. Montessori education is based on stimulating your baby's development by encouraging them to experiment by themselves.
Instilling a sense of independence and building their cognitive skills, your kid gets an all-around experience with this Montessori plush toy.
Age: 3 Months +
Bombay Toy Company has an amazing soft doll for your baby girl. Filled with carrom seeds to soothe their common cold or cough, this is the perfect comfort doll. Carrom seeds or Ajwain are loaded with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and are great at relieving cold and congestion in babies and toddlers. Simply warm the doll to a suitable temperature, and use it as a compress. The aroma of the carrom seeds will help open up your baby’s nostrils making them breathe easy.
The doll is a unique baby doll toy that you will find yourself recommending to new parents. Moreover, the cotton toy is hand-stitched and hand-filled by local woman artisans.
Age: 1 Month +
Flora from Bobtail’s new rag doll collection is a unique baby doll for girls. The cotton doll makes a great companion for your infant. With a body perfect to practice their hand-curl while engaging in creative play, the soft plush toy is a fantastic sensory doll for your kid.
As your baby grows, the plush toy will help introduce them to the little actions essential in their development. Babies learn from what they observe around them. Like changing, for instance. You can help introduce the concept by changing the clothes on the plush toys while using motherese. It will take a while, but your munchkin will learn the action eventually.
Just like that, the unique Flora went from being a soft toy to a lifelong companion.
Age: 1 Month +
Who doesn’t love unicorns? We most certainly do. Check out this unicorn plush toy by Baby Activity Toys that is a colourful dream of a soft toy. The adorable plush toy is hand-made with hand-embroidered eyes and features, making it safe and cuddly-friendly for your little munchkin.
Soft toys encourage toddlers to engage in imaginative play. Imaginative play helps encourage creativity and build active imagination. As toddlers interact with each other through their soft toys, they unknowingly develop their problem-solving and language skills too.
Providing a sense of security to your infant, this sensory unicorn plush toy does it all.
Age: 1 Months +
Your babies communicate with you a lot, maybe not so much with their words but with their actions, questions, and body cues. And when they do, we've got you covered.