Every child loves to cause reactions, make a mess and experiment with different tastes, textures and sounds. Having the appropriate toys on hand will help you to encourage this desire to play, so that they grow, learn and develop to be the best they can be!
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My Must Have Toys
Building blocks of all kinds are great for your little one but soft blocks are a perfect place to start. This collection has the added benefit of sensory surfaces that are easy for little hands to handle and explore and will grow with your baby.
We all know the importance of tummy time and there is no better way to keep your baby engaged during this essential activity than with a tummy time mirror. This one from Sassy is sturdy but soft and has a large good quality mirror that is guaranteed to grab baby's attention. It also comes in a black and white colourway.
There are so many play gyms out there and lots of them are great but I was especially impressed by this one from Finn and Emma. This company do a great range of toys and baby gear and I often feel that for small babies less is more so really like the simple classy design of this play gym.
This is a great sensory ball from Sassy which I am sure will become a firm favourite. Ideal for little hands and offering lots of different textures and sounds, this is a great little ball.
Babies love rattles and if you only buy one then this one is a great choice. This multisensory teething rattle has so much to offer in one package and I will guarantee that your little one will love exploring this great little toy.
If you want to provide a comfy safe space for your baby to crawl and play then look no further than Wander and Roams floor mat collection. Durable, comfy and easy to clean with lovely designs they will compliment any home.
As shape sorters go you can't go wrong with this sturdy staple from Melissa and Doug. It does exactly what is says on the tin is easy for little hands to handle and will be a great addition to the toy box.
Scandiborn does quite a few stacking toys all of which are great but I especially like this one and like the fact that it has a bendable stacking stick to make it easier and safer to use.
Once your little one can sit they will love an activity cube to play with. I really like this Montessori inspired wooden cube with its bright colours. Not overwhelming as some cubes can be but just the right amount of stimulating activities to keep your little one engaged. Made with non-toxic paints, it is sturdy, just the right size and versatile too.
No nursery is complete without wooden blocks. They provide hours of fun and education through play from honing fine motor skills, improving problem-solving, developing creativity and teaching colours and shapes. My favourite is this colourful set from Melissa and Doug.
All children should have a set of musical instruments to experiment with. As you know I am a huge fan of wooden toys and so this set ticks all the right boxes for me. It will have longevity and is safe for little ones to chew should they feel the need.
A tunnel is a great way to get your baby to practice crawling. This collapsable one from Melissa and Doug can be easily stowed away and brought out when needed to be used indoors and out. I like the fact it allows in lots of light so is not too intimidating for little ones to venture into.
Another toy staple is the baby walker and there are a lot out there to choose from. I really like this one from Le Toy Van. It is eco friendly, safe and sturdy and will be a firm favourite with your toddler before, during and after they learn to walk independently!
I love all things Scandiborn and this play kitchen is no exception. Guaranteed to look good in any setting and provide your little one with hours of imaginative play that you can add to as you see fit.
Another favourite from Melissa and Doug. A must have toy for all toddlers. Bold and easy to use your little one will love bashing away at this cause and effect toy that will improve fine motor skills.
All children love a little house and a teepee is a versatile set up that you can use both indoors and out. This is an item tha will grow with your child's imagination and provide hours of fun for you and them. The perfect setting for nursery tea parties and a cosy snuggle spot for hanging out and reading together or alone.