Understand your baby’s play
The most important thing you can give your baby is your time and attention. Provide a safe and interesting environment to explore, sing songs and play peekaboo. Toys should be simple, if you offer them at all: balls, bowls, boxes and things to shake and grasp. This is a time for discovery.
Baby’s first year
Babies don’t need toys. An engaged adult (you!), the chance to move and some interesting materials to explore. That’s it.
You are your child’s first teacher. You are a role model and educator, a conversation partner and friend. In the first few months your baby doesn’t need any toys at all, just you.
Read more about why parents are their child’s first teacher.
Newborns have very limited vision. The world is blurry and monochrome. Offer high-contrast, black-and-white objects to help sight develop.
Read more about the importance of the fourth trimester.
A treasure basket
Reach, grasp, shake, mouth, cast aside. A six-month-old needs no toys. Fill a ‘treasure basket’ with everyday objects, sit back, relax and enjoy a nice cup of tea.
Read more about treasure baskets.
Memory takes time to develop, but you’ll have lots of fun along the way.
Read more about object permanence.
The 100 Toys Method
Our introductory guide will help you declutter and get back to basics
Understand how children learn and the key changes they go through.
Introduce open-ended activities that encourage independent play.