12 Best Sensory Toys for Babies
Updated: Mar 6
1. Beiens Touch and Feel Crinkle Cloth Books: Together the bright colors, crinkle texture, squeaker, and soft textured animal tails will captivate your baby's attention and provide opportunities to develop eye-hand coordination.
2. Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Clutch: This small but mighty toy provides sensory input through different textures, enables the baby to practice isolating fingers to poke, and is a super first cause-and-effect toy. Baby can hold this toy, easily attach it to the stroller or car seat, or pop it in your baby bag or pocket for on-the-go entertainment.
3. Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest Clip-On Baby Book: The soft flaps of this baby book invite children to use their eye-hand coordination and support fine motor skills. Multiple textures and surprise crinkles encourage the baby to touch while they look integrating the tactile and visual senses. Bright, bold colors and patterns and the large animal eyes invite the baby to focus and attend.
4. Montessori Pull String Ropes with Rattle: This is one of my favorite toys! This open-ended toy has the advantage of many moving parts that can't get lost, making it ideal for traveling in a stroller, car, or airplane. The textured ropes can be pulled, stretched, and rattled, encouraging rich sensory exploration, eye-hand coordination, and fine motor skill development.
5. InnyBin Baby Toys: A 2020 Toy of the Year Finalist! A 2020 Toy of the Year Finalist! Little fingers are challenged to figure out how to get 6 shapes in the box encouraging problem-solving, using two hands together, fine motor skills, and tactile exploration. If the shapes are too large for your baby use smaller toys to push into the box.
6. Suction Kupz: I love to use this toy in combination with other small toys to offer the opportunity for dumping and filling. These squishy suction cups encourage fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, creativity, and experimentation. Bring them in the tub for scooping, pouring, and floating. Stick them to windows, walls, tables, and floors for whatever creative endeavors your child's imagination can conjure.
7. Fat Brain Push and Pop Dimpl Brand Baby Toy: Push, pop, and poke with one finger or a few. This pop-toy encourages cause-and-effect learning, fine motor skills, pressure modulation, and sensory exploration.
8. Tummy Time Floor Mirror: Babies are attracted to the strong contrast between black and white and marvel at seeing the baby in the mirror! Mirror toys allow children to see themselves, get to know their facial expressions, and provide great fun. Mirrors are so entertaining that they are ideal for encouraging “tummy time” that all babies need to develop head control and core strength.
9. Taggies Sherbet Lamb Lovey Toy: Taggies are designed to stimulate the senses with a colorful playground of textures and shapes that babies and toddlers love to touch, suck and snuggle. The taggie lamb can become your baby's transition object--an object that is so comforting and soothing that it provides a sense of security as the baby explores new environments or drifts off to sleep.
10. Wrist Rattles and Foot Finder Rattle Sock Baby Toy: Put these colorful smiling cute animals and bugs on baby's wrists, and feet to entice baby to touch, grab and look at them to encourage eye-hand and eye-foot coordination.
11. Melissa & Doug Flip Fish Soft Baby Toy: The bright colors, bold facial features, variety of patterns, hidden pictures, crinkling, squeaking, and multiple textures encourage tactile exploration, eye-hand coordination, and finger strength
12. Magic Ball Toy Wand for Kids: This light-up wand is great for babies to encourage visual skills such as tracking and following.