Gifts for newborn and small babies may seem difficult to choose. Safety is an important consideration and toys need to be easy for tiny hands to hold, and contain bright colours because very young babies cannot clearly focus their eyes.
Toys that are made from soft plastic, with different colours and which can be put in the baby’s mouth are ideal. Children up to the age of about two or three will put things in their mouth because by doing this they understand more about the shape and taste of the things they are touching. Make sure that the toys you are giving to a small baby meet the appropriate standards and are labelled as suitable for under 36 months.
Toys that are designed to be for teething are also ideal, as the baby will be able to chew on it to soothe sore gums. Teething toys that can be cooled in the fridge or with cold water are particularly helpful as the coolness can help to soothe the gums.
Even as early as the first months, everything the baby is does aids their learning and development, so as the baby puts a shape in their mouth, they begin to learn about the connection between what they see and what they can feel.