Sure, newborn baby toys usually look cute and cuddly, but the best baby toys for newborns will also work hard, helping to stimulate baby and boost development.
Young babies love to listen to things that rattle and shake and, by three or four months, will be grasping for toys, so multi-sensory toys featuring different textured fabrics and chew toys are good for your baby’s attention and for developing motor skills.
A good play mat or baby gym is an excellent product for floor and tummy time, while musical toys and clip-on toys are brilliant for distractions while you’re out and about or changing nappies.
From multitasking cuddly toys to baby’s first book, we’ve rounded up the best baby toys for newborns to make life fun and educational from the very beginning.
Best baby toys for newborns
1. Fisher-Price Grow-with-Me Tummy Time Llama – best for tummy time
Who wouldn’t want a super-cute llama for their first best friend? This play mat has a wedge to support baby as they grow, from lying on their back to pushing up in tummy time, sitting up to play, and playing on the go.
There’s 13 sensory discoveries to engage your baby’s senses of sight, hearing and touch, and three take-along toys (and a pocket to store them), including a carrot teether, self discovery mirror and watermelon rattle.
The cosy llama also comes with a double-sided blanket for warmth and serious snuggle time.
Price: £30, Argos – buy here now
2. Skip Hop Farmstand Avocado Stroller Toy – best for on the go
Proof that avocados are not just great on toast, this pram toy is perfect for keeping baby entertained when you’re out and about. You can clip it to your car seat or pushchair, and the rattle inside is perfect for exploring.
Your baby will have fun feeling, shaking and chewing this fruity little number.
Price: £10, Amazon – buy here now
3. Sunnylife Unicorn Rubber Ducky – best for bath time
Move over original rubber duck, hello rubber duck unicorn. Elevating the rubber duck game is her business, and she’ll also make every bath fun for baby.
Tub time just got a totally different new meaning – and much more appealing.
4. Sophie the Giraffe – best for teething
The painful teething process can begin as early as two months old. Cue Sophie the Giraffe. This super-cute toy isn’t all about the looks – she’s a brilliant teething ring perfect for tiny hands to hold and for soothing sore gums.
The ring features a variety of textures to relieve baby at different stages of teething, and will be a very handy giraffe to have around indeed.
Price: £8.49, Amazon – buy here now
5. Tiny Love Double Sided First Book – best book for newborns
Suitable from birth, this double-sided colourful printed book can be wrapped around the inside of a crib or pram to stimulate the senses.
One side features high contrast black, red and white illustration to stimulate vision, while the other is full colour with raised characters and crinkly textured areas.
It’s also great for use on the floor, or tied to buggies to boost development and keep baby entertained.
Price: £11, Jojo Maman Bebe – buy here now
6. Kid’s Concept Edvin Stella The Hedgehog Music Box/Baby Mobile – best for distraction
It’s always a good idea to have a fun and distracting toy on hand during nappy changes to make the process easier.
Stella the Hedgehog is not only cute and cuddly, she also soothes by playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
You can also tie her to your stroller or car seat for on-the-go fun.
Price: £26.95, All Mama’s Children – buy here now
7. Ewan the Dream Sheep – best for sleep
Sleep: that rare concept that new parents can only daydream about. Ewan the Dream Sheep is a perennial favourite cuddly toy and sleeping aid combined, helping to make that dream more of a reality.
With soothing sounds and a soft pink light inside, it lulls baby to sleep and helps to keep your little one calm and relaxed at night.
He emits a low-frequency sound that mimics the womb for newborns and, as they grow, there’s other musical sounds to help them drift off.
Ewan will fast become a permanent fixture, going everywhere with you to comfort and cuddle baby. He’s got a velcro tail that makes him easy to attach to a cot, pushchair or car seat. He’s a bit of a hero, really.
Price: £30, Mamas & Papas – buy here now
8. LeapFrog Scout My Puppy Pal – best cuddly toy
Soft toys need to be exactly that – huggable and cuddly. But My Pal Violet is so much more than just a cuddler… she’s also an educational, interactive toy that introduces children to words and counting through 14 activities.
She can also learn your baby’s name and, as they grow, their favourite songs.
The musical toy includes over 40 songs, melodies and lullabies for daytime fun and night time comfort, and her Puppy Pal badge also lights up when she talks. We love – and so will your baby.
Price: £24.59, Amazon – buy here now