Mirror toys are the best toys for babies under 1 as it promotes self-discovery as well as enhances a baby’s memory, social, and interactive skills. These mirror toys help babies recognize their features and see their expressions. Mirror toys are often included in play gyms or textured books, but you can also DIY and give your baby a little mirror (maybe from your makeup stash). Just make sure that there are no sharp edges and always supervise your little one.
Stacking cups are toys that help improve a baby’s eye-hand coordination skills as well as their fine motor skills such as reaching, grasping and facilitating hand use. Babies as young as 6 months can also learn about the concept of cause and effect when playing with stacking cups.
6 to 12 months
Wooden activity cubes for babies contain different games and activities. These games are good for developing gross motor skills as well as improve eye-hand coordination and critical thinking skills. Babies will also be aware of the concept of cause and effect when playing with activity cubes.
Sensory books promote multi-sensory stimulation as well as tactile learning. The different textures in a sensory book help babies get used to different kinds of textures. These textures will also help develop and improve a baby’s sense of touch.
Building or block sets are one of the best toys for babies under 1 since it helps hone their creativity and imagination. Blocks can also be used in different ways, and will definitely come in handy until your baby becomes a toddler.
Stacking the blocks or creating images out of it improves a child’s fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Building blocks also teaches children as young as 12 months about the concept of math, geometry, gravity, and balance. You will notice that your children’s building skills will become more complex as they grow.