The Best Toys for Newborn Babies

Your newborn baby isn’t going to need a lot of toys at first. They are going to be entertained simply by being held by you, by listening to all the new sounds, and by looking around.

Keeping a newborn entertained with toys at first means you will be holding or placing them. It starts to become more fun once your baby starts responding to you and to the objects you have around that fascinate them.

The best toys for newborns are objects that are fun to look at and listen to. These amazing baby toys will help learning and brain development as well as provide entertainment and sooth your newborn.

Top Rated Crib Toys

Crib toys are made to be either mounted onto the crib rail, or hung nearby, or above the crib. Your baby will likely end up spending time in their crib, even if they are not sleeping in it through the nights at first.

Having something to entertain them will help them soothe themselves when they lie down for naps or first wake up. Crib toys may help your baby fall asleep, and keep them entertained when they wake up.

There are many different types of crib toys that have entertaining and stimulating and interactive activities. Some of the best crib toys for newborns are crib toys with lights and music, and crib toys that project fun things onto the ceiling.

Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother


This aquarium attaches to the side of the crib to soothe and captivate your baby with classical lullabies, ocean sounds, swimming sea creatures and captivating light effects.

Dimensions: 10.2 x 3.2 x 9 inches
Weight: 3.64 pounds
Power: 4 C batteries and 2 AA batteries (not included)
Auto-off Timer: 25 minutes
Read our full Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother Review

Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection MobileThis crib-mountable mobile projects nature scenes onto the canopy, which can be removed to project onto the ceiling.
Dimensions: 23.5 x 18 x 17 inches
Weight: 3.2 pounds
Power: 4 D batteries and 2 AAA batteries (not included)
Auto-off Timer: 20 minutes
Read our full Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile Review

Infantino Spiral Activity Toy (Blue)This flexible spiral activity toy easily wraps around the top of the crib or rails.
  • Includes peek n’ see mirror, 2-clacker rings, bird rattle, crinkle bug, textured fabrics and satin ribbons.
  • Available in pink or blue.

Fisher-Price Woodland Friends Twinkling Lights Crib Rail SootherThis soft soother attaches to the top of the crib rail and has calming features with friendly and colorful animal characters.
  • Plays up to 30 minutes of soothing music, white noise and nature sounds.
  • 3 light options, twinkling light show, tracking light show, lights out.
  • After 5 minutes the light show slows down to reduce stimulation and lull baby to sleep.

Best Teething Toys for Infants

Among the first toys you will give your baby are toys that are actually meant to go in their mouths. You may however find that all toys you give them end up in their mouths.

Some newborns are born with teeth, and some can take 6 months or more to begin teething. Just like every baby is different, there are many different items available to help. Anything that can help bring relief or distraction to your baby while their teeth are beginning to show is worthwhile.

Sophie the Giraffe Natural Rubber Teething ToyThis very popular toy for teething babies is made out of natural rubber and food paint.
  • Phthalates and BPA free.
  • Each giraffe is individually painted and unique.
  • Light and easy for your baby to grip.

Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething KeysThis great multi-surface teething toy combines exercises for young hands, gums, and teeth.
  • Suitable for front, middle & back teeth teething.
  • purICE technology provides gentle cooling – when placed in the refrigerator.
  • BPA Free, Phthalate Free, PVC Free, Latex Free.

The First Years Star Teething BlanketA soft and colorful blanket with multiple surfaces to relieve your baby’s gums.
  • Features soft terry cloth, crinkly satin, and chewy soft textures.
  • Lightweight and easy to grasp.
  • Attached loop for on-the-go transport.

Baltic Amber Teething NecklaceThese amber necklaces are a very popular worn item rumored to help soothe teething pain in babies.
  • 100% Real Baltic Amber.
  • Safety-knotted.
  • Babies and toddlers look adorable when wearing them.

Best Musical Toys for Infants

Toys that have lights while the music plays are common and your baby may find this very entertaining. These toys also help your baby eventually learn how to trigger them themselves with the button.

Most babies just love music and musical toys will fascinate them and soothe them.

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical ToyThe very popular portable music player that delights babies and parents alike.
  • Plays baby-friendly versions of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin and Rossini.
  • Easy to press button allows your baby to toggle through 7 classical melodies.

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBoBeatBo’s fun music and motions encourage babies to move, shake and dance along.
  • Energizing music encourages baby to move around.
  • Introduces baby to ABCs, colors, counting and more.
  • Large, multi-color LED grid tummy.

Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano GymYour baby will love the musical rewards for kicking the piano keys.
  • Four ways to play.
  • 5 busy activity toys and a large mirror.
  • Toys include a hippo teether, elephant clackers, rollerball frog and more.

Munchkin Mozart Magic CubeThis cube lights up and plays different instruments depending on which side button you press.
  • Soft, rounded corners so it’s easy and safe for baby to hold.
  • 5 individual instrument buttons (harp, flute, french horn, piano and violin)
  • 1 orchestra button plays all instruments.

Hand-held Toys

Your newborn baby will start to appreciate different textures as soon as they figure out they have hands, and that might take a little while. You can entertain them by showing them their toys until they do. Once they do, they’ll love to grab and play with fun hand-held toys. It won’t be long before they’re fully playing with them so getting some fun ones helps keep them exploring and entertained.

VTech Spin and Learn Color FlashlightThis educational kids toy has exciting songs and music that teach about animals, colors and numbers.
  • Features 5 light colors and over 50 sing-along songs, music, sounds and fun phrases.
  • Turns itself off after 45 seconds of inactivity to save batteries.

VTech Touch and Swipe Baby PhoneYour newborn will soon start reaching for your phone, so you should both enjoy them having their own.
  • Touch screen kids phone with 12 light-up pretend apps including pretend calendar, clock, and weather.
  • 15 melodies, different phrases and sing along songs keep kids engaged.
  • Features auto shut-off and includes 2 AAA batteries.

Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag (80-Piece)A great beginner set of 80 colorful building blocks that are also big enough not to choke on.
  • Compatible with all Mega Bloks First Builders sets.
  • Includes attachable wheelbase to create different color cars and trucks.
  • Portable, PVC-free bag zips to store all pieces.

Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity ToyThis mesmerizing maze of safe, soft, continuous tubes is perfect to play with or chew on.
  • Safe, teethable plastic loops are BPA free.
  • The middle piece contains a pleasing rattle sound.
  • It also promotes clutching and two-handed play.

Unbreakable Mirrors

You’ll begin to notice your baby recognizing your face and if he gets to see his own reflection enough, he’ll start reacting to what’s going on in the mirror. Get your baby their own unbreakable mirror so they can amuse themselves but you won’t have to worry that you gave them a mirror to play with.

Sassy Floor Mirror (Blue)A large mirror on a stand with an engaging ladybug and bumblebee to attract baby’s attention.
  • Includes high contrast tracker ball for visual stimulation and perception.
  • Easel back allows mirror to be used on floor.

Infantino Discover and Play Activity MirrorA large turtle-shaped travel mirror with dangling fish toys
  • Attachment straps make it great for entertaining in the car.
  • The flip-up easel make it great for tummy time and floor play.

VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Magical Discovery MirrorA fun mirror with interactive buttons designed to attach to the crib rail.
  • Features 60 different songs and a variety of sounds
  • A monkey and lion appear in the mirror when pulling the star or pressing the button

Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co. Animal Baby Mirror (Cow)An adorable tiny cow mirror that can be easily attached while on the go.
  • Soft plush material with velcro fastener.
  • Small and portable, perfect for the crib, car, or stroller.
  • Measures 7″ x 5″, mirror measures 2″ x 2″.

Baby-friendly Books

You can begin reading to your newborn immediately, and they will love to hear your voice. Eventually they will start to try to touch the pages as you involve them in the story. They may appreciate interactive books with flaps and pop-ups. Cloth books are also nice – they won’t rip or get ruined once your baby starts to grab and bite things.

Lamaze Cloth Book (Peak-A-Boo Forest)Learn about different animals in the forest, with this fun and colorful fabric book with flaps to discover on each page.
  • Big flaps are easy for little fingers to cover and uncover.
  • Each page features a fun peek-a-boo flap.
  • Stimulating bright colors.

EarlyYears Farm Friends Crinkle Book Baby ToyThis farm-animal themed book stands on its own and is great for tummy time.
  • Features 6 farm animals and the sounds they make.
  • Machine Washable.

Kids Preferred Lets Count Clip-On Book, The Very Hungry CaterpillarA cloth version of the classic kids book with colorful textures to amuse and educate.
  • Includes crinkle texture inside, a teether on the cover, and a squeaker.
  • Fun activities on each page.
  • On the go clip for attaching anywhere.

Genius Baby Toys My First Photo Album of Family & FriendsBabies love looking at photos of their family and friends.
  • Holds 15 – 4 x 6 photos.
  • Wipeable vinyl pages.
  • Baby-safe full page see me mirror on the final page of the album.

There are quite a few other options to entertain newborns, but these have been our favorite picks.

Even though your babies toys will get more interesting as they grow up, your baby will have lots of time to enjoy and learn with these.

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