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Top Five Baby Toys For Newborns (0 - 12 mo)

Published May 27, 2007        by Kim

Going to a baby shower or giving a congratulatory gift to the new parents? Toys are a great gift option, but make sure that the toy you select will actually be used by baby and not tucked in a corner never to be seen again. Choosing that perfect toy can be difficult without some guidance so here is a list of some sure fire winners. All of these fantastic finds can be purchased at And one of the best things about is that you can see customer reviews from Mom & Dad’s who have received the product.

1)      Gymini Super Deluxe Light and Music by Tiny Love ~$55

This colorful 32” square activity mat features a soft cushioned where baby can lay on their back to play with the items hanging from the two overhead curved arches. The animal and bird hanging items that make unique sounds such as a parrot whose wings crinkle and a monkey that rattles. Music and lights complete this fun package for baby. And best of all, this durable activity mat is super-portable, folding nearly flat for travel.

2)      Ocean Wonders Aquarium by Fisher Price ~$60

Designed to help baby fall asleep, the Ocean Wonders Aquarium attaches directly to baby’s crib. Calming music, the sound of bubbles and swimming fish will have baby snoozing in no time. And when naptime or nighttime is over, baby will have a great time playing with this toy as they spin the starfish or open up the clams. You can choose the music setting for either playtime or naptime.

3)      Baby Einstein Caterpillar Discover & Play Entertainer ~$80

Designed to entertain and stimulate baby, this stand-up activity center features nine different interactive toys all within reach of baby’s hands as the seat swivels a full 360 degrees. The intriguing colors, shapes, textures and sounds will keep baby engaged for long periods of time and help them learn to distinguish between them. The push button animals make realistic sounds. Other learning items are a shape tower, hand puppet, spinning toys and books. They’ll be entertained for hours at a time.

4)      Multi-Sensory Clutch Cube by Learning Curve ~$15

An affordable toy gift option, this brightly colored soft cube is ideal for young babies (from 1 month and up). The bright colors, various textures, peek-a-boo flaps, clinking rings and jingling chimes will hold their attention for hours and improve the child’s hand-eye coordination. The cube is scented like apple for some reason.

5)      Tiny Love Trio ~$23

Another affordable gift option for younger babies, this unique set of 3 colorful toys stimulates baby’s motor skills as they learn to rattle, pull, grasp and more. The super-portable size makes this toy trio great for Moms on-the-go.

Does your newborn baby have a favorite toy? Share your toy information with other parents on the Toy Discussion Forum at Baby Gifts & Gift Baskets.