For baby games or baby toys, you don't need much. That is the bottom line. If you don't take away anything else from this page, this is it!
Preparing for a baby can be overwhelming and you may have many questions.
It's okay! You are one of many.
The media creates a big hype for the must-have gifts of the season which coincidentally tend to be expensive.
I will break through all the nonsense here. Toys can be fun and educational and inexpensive! These baby years are quite important for development especially language development. Therefore, your toys should reflect this.
Below are some of my favorites!
Shape sorters are one of THE best toys around for infants. They are helpful for motor development and problem solving skills. As your child grows, you can talk about shapes and colors as well.
Works on: Fine motor, Language (shapes, colors, push, open)
These stacking cups are FANTASTIC!! Not only do they stack which is great for cognitive development, but there are also letters, colors, and numbers made for older children. This toy will last a while!
Works On: Everything! (seriously!)
This little toy is fantastic for the price alone and free shipping with Amazon prime. However, it is also great to get our little babies moving. The popping noise teaches them about cause and effect as well as entertain them! Great little toy!!
Works On: Gross motor, cause and effect
I couldn't pass up recommending this shape sorter. Personally, I prefer wooden toys. This one is great since it has multiple sides and shapes. Toddlers will enjoy this shape sorter for years to come.
Works On: Fine motor, language (shapes, colors, push, open)
This toy is for younger infants once they can grasp things. It is great. My son loved it! His little hands can grab it, squeeze it, and push it around.
Works On: Gross and fine motor
Babies love mirrors. Period! They are motivated to see themselves and all the pretty designs on the border. They are great for tummy time. However, toddlers also love mirrors, even more so if you ask me. This toy will last for years!
Works On: All motor skills, Imitation Skills, Language (colors, pointing)
Personally, soft books are adorable and functional. My little destructo couldn't destroy them! They are helpful for introducing new textures, vocabulary words, and the concept of turning pages.
Works On: Vocabulary, Motor Skills
This activity triangle is awesome! It has so many shapes, sounds, and different parts to move.
Works On: Motor development, Problem-Solving
This egg game is quite popular and for good reason. It is cute, engaging, and has a lot of educational learning built it. Kids can throw the eggs, roll them, open them, and work on matching. My older preschool kids still find them cute and work for them as a reward.
Works On: Hand-eye coordination, Language (colors), Matching, Fine Motor
Start the love of building and creating early! Infants will want to knock towers down, but before you know it, they will be building.
Works On: Constructive Skills, Letters, Numbers, First Words (i.e., uh oh, up, & down)
Some parents need more details and step-by-step guides on how to encourage speech and language development at home. I get that!
There are easy ways you can support language learning at home and this starts with how you interact with your child. By simply changing how you talk to your child, you can make the world of the difference from the beginning!
If you are one of these parents, please read more at Baby Talk.
I find reading to be one of the most important baby games for any child. I find it so important that I have dedicated a whole page to my favorite baby books.
This eBook is a must a read for any parent or caregiver. You buy all the right toys but if you don't know how to use them or how to talk with your baby, then it won't work! There are simple and easy ways to play and talk with your baby that will make all the difference. Click here for more info.
For information on what toys are NOT worth the money, click on Baby Stuff You Don't Need.
If you have any questions about what to expect for your baby's language development, read our milestones page for more information.
For ideas on how to foster your bundle of joy's language at home, read our baby language development activities for inspiration.