When it comes to giving gifts, whether it’s for Christmas or as a special “welcome to the world baby gift”, or because you’re buying a toy for your own child you want to give them something that will be fun, useful and that will last longer than a few months. That’s why I curated this baby toy guide so you don’t have to spend more time looking for great, safe and engaging baby toys!
In all honesty, babies don’t need much. They are happy being next to their loves ones and engaging in real life situations. And for the first few months you will see that they are not engaging much with toys but as soon as they can start grabbing things, their interesting in toys starts increasing.
It takes babies a few months before they start truly enjoying toys. For the first several months of their life they will be drawn to toys with bright colors, that make sounds, that have different textures, and they will chew on every single one of these toys.
Since babies love to chew on stuff, the toys they get should be non-toxic and made with materials safe to chew on. You also want to make sure your baby is playing with toys made for babies because this means they are designed with pieces that will not pose a choking hazard.
I’ve curated this list of baby toys that babies will play with for the first few years of their life, but also that are safe and made with non-toxic materials so you don’t have to worry about baby chewing on these toys. The following toy gift ideas are based on what my daughters, her baby friends, and my online community said their babies liked between 0 and 6 months and beyond.
These toys are great for babies any age, and babies will play with toys these past a year old. However, I’ve decided to split baby toy recommendations into two groups. The toys on this list, for babies 0-6 month, focuses on toys that babies who are not mobile can enjoy as much as babies who are mobile.
If you’re looking for toy ideas for babies that are mobile, between 6-12 months, check out this list instead.
The best non-toxic baby toys for babies 0-6 months old
A toy subscription box:
I would have loved to have this option when my babies were born! A baby toy subscription box saves you time by not having to research which are the right non-toxic baby toys for each stage of development.
You sign up and get non-toxic toys delivered to your door at the right time. You can see before signing up what toys you would get in each box. Check out the playkits here!
Non-toxic toy brands:
If you didn’t like these toys or are looking for something different, there are several brands that make non-toxic, baby-safe and developmentally appropriate toys for babies.
Here are some of the best non-toxic toy manufacturers:
- Plan toys
- Haba toys
- Palumba Camden Rose
- Uncle Goose
- Bears for Humanity
- Under the Nile
- Green Toys
Babies also love to chew on things, so a great gift idea for babies or a baby shower would be to make a little gift basket with teething toys. You can find our favorite non-toxic teething toys here.
Another great place to find more non-toxic baby toy ideas is on our gift guide on Amazon. I constantly update it with the newest, non-toxic, engaging and worth-while baby toys.
And if you’re looking for toys for babies who are mobile, check out our baby toy gift guide for babies 6-12 months old. All the toys on that gift guide are toys babies will play with past a year old!
Now, we’d love to hear from you, is there a toy your baby loved and is not on this list? Leave it in the comment so we can add it to this list.