Developmental Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Developmental Toys for Babies and Toddlers

I’ve been asked to attend a local parent and toddler group and share about developmental toys for babies and toddlers. I thought I’d put my suggestions in a blog too, so here they are!

0-2 Month Olds

Although it may appear that babies this age do very little other than eating, pooing and sleeping, they are also developing and it’s never too early to play with your child. Read them rhyming stories or sing them nursery rhymes. You may want to hold and cuddle them constantly but it’s important for them to learn how to stretch out (after nine months of being in a confined area!). Having an activity playmat makes a nice soft space for them. As they grow older, they will enjoy the bright colours and dangling activities that these playmats provide.

Teether Soft Book - Farm
A fabric baby book from Galt Toys featuring farm animals

2-3 Months Old

At this stage, your baby may start to grip things in their hands. It could be time to introduce some soft or wooden toys that their little hands can grip and hold. I love these Heimess Touch Rings. As your child grows, these can double as teething rings and they will enjoy watching the cause and effect of the parts moving when they move the toy. These Pebblechild Crocheted Rattles would also work with this aged baby.

Baby and Toddler Toys and Gifts


Crocheted Turtle Rattle from Pebble Baby Gifts
Crocheted Turtle Rattle

I also sell similar crocheted rattles in  toadstool and ice-pop designs.

3-4 Months Old

Your child’s eyesight is constantly improving and now they will be able to appreciate bright coloured toys and reflections. They will enjoy looking at themselves in a baby-safe mirror even if they don’t recognise that it’s their reflection yet. This water play mat from Galt Toys is great for encouraging your child to have tummy time and strengthen their neck muscles.

Water Playmat
A water filled playmat to encourage tummy time with babies

4-5 Months Old

At this stage, babies start to learn cause and effect and they may start teething. These Squeakaboo toys are perfect for this age. Your child can grasp them and hold them. If they squeeze them, they squeak. If they shake them, they rattle. Different fabrics feel and sound different and there are lots of protruding areas for sore gums to munch on! They are also brightly coloured. A perfect sensory toy for this age.

Bee Squeakboo

Squeakaboo Bee 

Duck Squeekaboo Baby Toy Rattle

6-9 Month Olds

By this stage, your child may be starting to sit up independantly. It’s good to encourage this by putting some simple toys in front of them that they can play with such as stacking toys.

Djeco-toys-stacking-blocks-vehicle 3
Djeco-toys-stacking-blocks-vehicle 3

Stripey Crochet Baby Ball Rattle - Fair Trade

Crocheted Ball

Ambi Toys - Activity Case
Ambi Toys – Activity Case for babies

9-12 Month Olds

Your child may now be crawling or attempting to move. To encourage this, it’s good to have a few toys that move, which your child can follow. Having a soft ball , a soft bowling set and some toys on wheels can do this. This pull along Peter Rabbit would make a lovely toy for someone this age. Also, your child’s pincher movement will be fine-tuning so they may be able to pick up items using their finger and thumb.

Roly Poly Toys from Galt
Try and push these smilie vegetables over and they will rock back straight.
Janod Toys Wooden Sweet Cocoon Push Along Vehicle
Janod Toys Wooden Sweet Cocoon Push Along Vehicle

12 – 18 Months Old

During this time, your child might start to walk. Introducing push along toys or pull along toys at this age can be fun.  This Wooden Turtle Pull Along toy is very popular. Also, you could add to their collection of moving toys as they will now be able to fetch them themselves! Blocks are fun toys at this age, as are simple peg puzzles. These stacking cubes are great for helping your child understand ‘big’ and ‘small’ and figure out how to stack them but also how to fit them into each other. I stock a vehicles version and a forest version.

Janod - Sweet Cocoon Rainbow Turtle

Djeco-toys-stacking-blocks-vehicle 3

Janod Sweet Cocoon Xylo Roller

18 Months – 2 Years

Now that your child is this age, they may be showing an interest in scribbling. Make sure you have child-safe chunky crayons that their little hands can manage or chunky chalks. It can now be a good time to introduce some fun crafts. This Handprint Craft activity would be perfect for this age group. They can manage chunky piece puzzles and toys like shape sorters  or the Caterpillar Threading Activity now too. Now might also be a good time to encourage their interest in music, sounds and rhythm. This musical table would make a lovely birthday gift.

Sidewalk chalks, chunky street chalks, outdoor toys

My First Handprint Pictures from SES Creative

Wooden Rolling Shape-Sorting Toy

Threading Game Caterpillar

Janod Confetti Musical Table

2-3 Year Olds

By the time your child has reached 2, their little imagination will have started to take off and they will love toys that encourage that, like dress up, vehicles and play food. They will also start showing independence and enjoy problem-solving puzzles and music toys. Here are some developmental toys that they may like.

Djeco Duo Puzzles Mum and Baby


Wooden Rainbow from Small Foot Design Toys
Wooden Rainbow from Small Foot Design Toys
Orange Tree Toys - Wooden Emergency Vehicles
Wooden Emergency Vehicles

This is just a small selection of developmental toys for babies to three-year-olds. If you’d like to see my full selection, you’ll find them here. Or, if your child is three or older, I have a range for them too here!

Every child develops at different rates and every child has different styles of toys they like and don’t like. This blog is only a rough guide. I hope you’ve found it helpful.

By Suzie

PS. If you have liked this blog, you might enjoy reading ‘Great Gifts for Babies Under 1‘,  ‘Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Birthday‘ or ‘Birthday Present Ideas for someone turning 2

PPS. You might also find my blog ‘Toys that help Language Development’  interesting.


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