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Toy Must-Haves for your Newborn




Young babies are difficult to buy toys for. Itís hard to know what will be of interest to them. Toys have to be the right colors and textures and make certain sounds in order to stimulate infantsí developing senses. This is a list of the best toy buys for infants aged 0-3 months, based on first-hand Mom Experience.


Fisher Price Rainforest Play Mat
This toy combines bright primary colors with basic blacks and whites. The combination works beautifully, since babies can only see black and white at first, followed by bright primary colors. This play mat will grow with them as their recognition of colors becomes more sophisticated. It also plays clear, catchy music which is the perfect volume to keep babies interested without driving adults crazy. The play mat also has options for back play, tummy time, and play while sitting, so it is the only play mat you will ever need. Other benefits include durability and gender-neutrality. This is a toy that could easily stay in the family to be handed down to all future siblings.

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Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
This toy has a strong cult following of moms who swear it is the best thing to come along for babies since disposable diapers. Sophie also has a lot of baby enchanting experience under her beltóshe was introduced in Paris in the 1960ís! Although Sophie looks quite simple, maybe almost plain, there is something special about her which has made her so popular for so long. Some moms say itís her contrasting cream and brown colors which capture babiesí attention. Others are impressed with her high pitched squeak when squeezed. Her legs are bent in a way to allow tiny hands to grip her easily, and she is made from the type of soft rubber that begs to be touched. All her paint is vegetable based and non-toxic, so parents can be assured she is safe for infants who will inevitably want to chomp on her. As toys go, Sophie is very classy looking and comes in beautiful packaging. She makes an excellent shower gift.

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Manhattan Toy Winkel
One look at the Winkel and itís easy to understand why it is so popular. Itís a square rattle with multi-colored tubing encircling it. When you see it, you canít help but stare at it. Babies also love to look at the bright contrasting colors. The thin tubing makes this toy very easy for tiny baby hands to grab onto. It may very well be the first toy your baby learns to pick up. The rattling sound the Winkel makes when shaken is just icing on the cake. Teething babies love to chew on the Winkel, and itís extra soothing for them when placed in the refrigerator for a while.

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Fisher Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse
Can ten dollars buy new parents a good nightís sleep? Many owners of the Seahorse claim that it can. The Seahorse is an adorable, smiling plush creature. When his belly is pressed it glows softly and plays soothing ocean sounds intermingled with lullaby tones. Amazingly, fussy babies are instantly calmed by the soft music. While the Seahorse doesnít work miracles for all babies, enough parents have given him credit for restful nights that he is definitely worth trying out.

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So there you have it: Four toys that have the seal of approval from other parents. Of course, all babies are different. You will soon learn your babyís personality and be able to find toys that you know heís compatible with. But in the meantime, any of these are sure to be a safe bet. Itís never too early to jump-start your babyís imagination by introducing him to toys.






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