NEWBORN BABY TOYS
A baby needs time to learn the motor skill of grasping and reaching which is required to hold a toy and play with it. Even the most simple rattle takes time for a baby to learn to grasp in their hand and shake with their arm. Baby learns to hold a rattle for the first time around 2 or 3 months of age. What toys will a newborn baby enjoy if she can not hold one very well yet? The answer is simple: a toy with a very clear face on it. “Clear” means easy for the newborn baby to see. A newborn baby’s eyes can see high contrast best which is black and white. A face with large eyes in black and white will be easy for her to see.
Toys made from soft materials that can hand from the edge of a baby carrier or a stroller are fun for her to look at. Some play mats have an arch above baby’s head from which to hang these soft and colorful toys. Eventually she may begin to reach out a hand or foot to try and touch the friendly looking creature smiling down at her. Often they are in the form of insects or bugs such as caterpillars or bees. Sometimes the smiles are hidden inside of a flower. There are many creative options on the market today. Choose a couple of them for the newborn developmental stage. These toys also are practical and colorful baby shower gifts.