Playing with your newborn: What are the essential baby toys in the first month of a child’s life?
Toys for your baby’s first month
Vision and play in the first month
During the first month of his life, your baby will have fuzzy vision and will be unable to focus on objects closer than 20-30cm from his face. When offering him a toy, make sure to hold it at relative distance from his face.
What to look for in toys
Although her vision may not yet be fully developed, your newborn will have developed hearing from the moment she is born. Newborns enjoy sounds, and toys such as wind chimes, rattles, and musical mobiles are wonderful for stimulating their sense of hearing.
In his first month, your baby will enjoy discovering different textures. Babies love to touch and grasp things. Essential baby toys in the first month include soft toys such as stuffed animals, small balls of fabric, small rattles, and baby mobiles.
Since babies do not develop full color vision until 16 weeks of age, they need toys with a lot of color and pattern contrast. The first colors your baby will be able to recognize are white, black, and red. Toys with color and pattern contrast will more easily grab your baby’s attention. Colorful mobile toys provide great stimulation for your baby’s sense of sight.
During his first couple months, your baby will spend a lot of time in the arms of loved ones, peering at lots of faces. As such, toys with faces on them can provide your baby with a source of comfort. Also, toys with unbreakable mirrors help your baby begin recognizing his own face.
So, follow these guidelines to help you choose baby toys in the first month and start introducing your child to a world of fun, stimulating play.