The list author says: "While pregnant, I spent hours researching award winning toys and toys with the best reviews by parents on amazon as well as other toy websites. I also checked out what moms had to say about toys in online parenting forums. Armed with this information, I then bought all my toys and gear. I think the research paid off because most of the stuff I got has been wonderfully helpful and fun for my son. Even at 7.5 months, he still uses & enjoys all of these products!"
"The first "toy" to hold my son's interest. Introduced at 2.5 months, it peaked in popularity between 3-4 months. Good for interrupting or prevent a melt down; we took it everywhere. Easy for babies to grab and hold, pliable and skwishy, a great teether."
"Almost as good as the winkel but wait to introduce until after baby is better coordinated (because they can accidentally hit themselves in the eye or forehead with the wooden balls). Great teether, easy to grab and skwish, very entertaining."
"Get a few different colors in the larger size. My son just lights up when we play with these. Introduced at 3 months, he loves having them float over him, playing peekaboo, teething on them, having them draped over skin, and just playing with them."
"Introduced at 2.5 months old, this and the "winkel" were the first toys that he became interested in. You'll want soft toys for babies under 3.5 months as they don't have the coordination to avoid hitting themselves. Great for batting, grabbing, throwing, staring in mirror,lots of colors & textures. Perfect for tummy time or side lying."
"A classic, fantastic toy. An absolute must buy! Introduced at 4 months, great for grabbing, teething, clapping the rings, stacking, knocking over, etc. Good for tummy time and sitting up time. Top ring has a rattle."
"This really is more "gear" than toy, but invaluable (sometimes you need to have baby confined to one spot safely and keep them entertained). Introduced at 1 month old, the toybar would provide 5-10 minutes of entertainment before becoming overstimulating."
"OK, not a toy, but I highly recommend playing the activities in this book with your baby. More fun for baby than toys and will hold their interest better at young ages. Comes in handy when you are traveling."
"You should see how worn our kringlering is! Introduced at 3-3.5 months when he started reaching for and grabbing toys. And next to Sophie the teething giraffe, this was the next best teether. He also would just get fascinated by shaking it and watching the rings move around."
"Introduced at 4 months, the holes make it really easy for baby to practice reaching, grabbing and manipulating with their hands. The rattle is nice. It serves as a good incentive to crawl and/or bend forward when sitting."
"Introduced at 4 months, sturdy enough to stack and knock over, but soft enough for babies to squeeze, which makes them a good early toy to promote grabbing and dexterity. They all either have a crackling sound or a rattle inside and they have little doors and windows for baby to open and see what is inside."
"This is another fabulous (and cheap!) purchase! Introduced at 3.5 months, you can take the colored rings on and off the main black & white ring. Easy to grab, great teether, good for teaching colors."
"The best starter stacking cups! We started using these during bathtime as a way to rinse our son. But after about 4 months, he really liked to grab and teethe on them. Now at 7.5 months, he enjoys taking them apart, putting them together, clapping them together and throwing them on the floor."
"Introduced at 5.5 months (though geared for older babies). He loved teething on the parts & playing w/ the latches. Good tummy time and sitting toy. Supervise while sitting cause if baby pitches forward, could get hurt."
"Introduced at 4 months, was more popular later. Good for tummy time, or lying on back or side, or sitting. Lots of stuff to grab and bat at. Easy to grasp and lift. Lightweight so won't hurt themselves."
"More fun to "play" than the baby einstein piano: keys are bigger and easier to press down (whether with fingers or feet!). It gets pretty noisy, but nice and light in case baby drops it on head or falls on it."
"I actually recommend getting plastic measuring cups for babies under 6 months so they don't hurt themselves when banging around. My son loved his measuring cups! Great for teething, grabbing, stacking, and dropping."