The Toys You Should Buy Your Child

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An excerpt from the new book, Superbaby: Twelve Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First Three Years by Dr. Jenn Berman

I am a firm believer that children don’t need tons of toys, especially when so many of the store-bought variety are no better than home versions, like sock puppets, pots and pans, Tupperware—or, just as likely, the box that the expensive toy came in. Nevertheless, parents constantly ask me which toys they should get for their kids. The chart below should give you a sense of what is going on with your children at different ages and stages and which toys might be age-appropriate for their mental and emotional development. I am not suggesting that you buy all the toys mentioned below, even if you can afford to. My intention is to give you a preview of what your child might enjoy, depending on where she is developmentally. You should always check the safety of any toy you buy and never leave your child alone with a toy that she could choke on or hurt herself with. Even a simple stuffed animal can have plastic eyes or a nose that could become a choking hazard. As you can probably guess, I consider books the best toys money can buy.

Dr. Jenn’s Recommended Toys and Games from Birth to Age Three

    Birth to three months

Your Child’s Significant Developments:

• Starts to learn to visually track objects
• Newborn can see only eight to fourteen inches in front of her face
• Most babies are attracted to faces
• High-contrast patterns are easiest for babies to see


• Baby mirrors
• Bubbles
• Activity mats with hanging toys
• Small soft balls
• Baby Whoozits
• Links
• Play mats
• Rattles
• Mobiles
• Sock and wrist rattles