When you are expecting a baby and creating your baby registry or wish list, baby product essentials like strollers, cribs, car seats, high chairs and breast pumps often top the list. Gift-givers will frequently find small, adorable plush rattles and children's books to add to your shower gift. As an expecting parent though, it is extremely important to consider adding more specific toys to your child's baby registry. Babies grow quickly and toys are expensive. You should definitely... include some of the more costly toys and gear in your registry.
So many exciting skills develop for babies in their first year, and while the concept of crawling and walking may seem far off, in the blink of an eye, those days will arrive quickly. Even if all of the items on a baby registry aren't purchased as shower gifts, many registry companies will give up to a full year to purchase items listed on the registry. Many will also apply a discount when as parents you purchase something from your own registry.
Here's a baby registry checklist that highlights several great toys to include in your wish list. Not only will these toys help to promote baby's physical and social growth throughout their first year of life, but it will save you money over the course of the year but not having to buy them yourself!
01 of 10
These soft, thick and brightly colored mats help give the baby a defined area to play in. Playmate help babies practice tummy time and other developmental skills like rolling and reaching for toys. Activity mats are washable if baby spits up unexpectedly. Great activity gyms include different pillows to help with tummy time, textures for babies to touch, mirrors to reflect their smile, and arches and panels that can be re-positioned to provide additional ways to play in sitting, on their belly... or on their side.
02 of 10
Once babies are between 6 to 8 months of age, they like to play with cause and effect toys. These types of toys include lights and sounds that can easily be activated with a very simple touch of a button.
Cause and effect toys like the Elefun Busy Ball Popper may also involve "dump and fill play" as children put small toy items, such as balls into a container. They then wait for something fun and exciting to happen as balls begin flying across the room for them to walk and crawl after.... This makes them want to play with this toy again and again.
03 of 10
It is normal and natural for babies to explore toys with all of their senses, including their mouth, as long as the items are large and safe. Rattles and teethers not only help to promote hand-eye coordination and dexterity, but they can also soothe those gums due to emerging teeth.
04 of 10
Children spend a lot of time in infant car seats, swings, and strollers. Many toys have strong velcro closures or plastic rings that allow them to be attached to handles. These secure fasteners keep toys in place, reducing any need to worry about losing a toy if baby lets 's go of it. Soft, fabric stroller and car seat toys are machine washable and frequently include various textures and sensory experiences that babies enjoy light, sound, and vibration.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
05 of 10
If your child is an infant and space is an issue, your focus is most likely looking for toys and activity mats that are maneuverable and able to easily co-exist in small spaces. But don't overlook the exersaucer. Once your child reaches 8-months-old and is crawling all over the living room, it will be a significant challenge to shower or fold laundry, and you might run to the store to research exersaucers. Babies around 6 to 8 months of age, who are able to take weight through their feet... with support, love to stand, bounce and play in jumparoos. These toys give parents short timeframes when kids are safe and happily entertained.
06 of 10
Babies who are learning to sit frequently fall over. Foam floor mats are a must-have addition to a play area space. They are bright and engaging but soften the playing surface if the baby should lose their balance. Foam play mats are easy to sanitize with wipes in order to remove dirt, drool, and germs.
07 of 10
With baby toys, versatility is key. Toys like the Starry Night crib mobile first attach to the side of a crib. Toys magically dance above baby's head while lights are projected on the interior canopy which can quiet and calm baby. As a child grows, the toys and canopy can be removed, and lights can be projected onto the ceiling.
08 of 10
Finding ways to soothe a baby can make the difference between a good night sleep and no sleep at all. While some babies enjoy looking at lights, others are interested in sounds ranging from animal sounds to environmental sounds. Cloud b has a variety of plush stuffed animals that include sensory experiences which help baby sleep.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
09 of 10
As a working parent, bath time was one of the only times of day we actually had to do a lot of playing with our child. Be on the lookout for some great bath toys aside from the traditional rubber ducky. Look for toys that squirt water, and dry easily, but that can also be placed in a dishwasher or opened in order to dry thoroughly, so they do not grow mold.
10 of 10
A major source of frustration for new parents is when their children repeatedly drop toys off the side of the high chair or table in a restaurant. Be on the lookout for toys with a suction cup on the bottom! These small toys often fit easily in a diaper bag and are great entertainment at home when attached to the table, countertop or high-chair tray.