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Reviews of Top 10 Newborn Toys - Side by Side Comparison

ProductRatingProsConsUser VoiceReview Summary
Rating: 4.5 - 5 stars: Excellent; 4.0 - 4.5 stars: Very Good; 3.0 - 4.0 stars: Good; 2.0 - 3.0 stars: Fair; 0 - 2.0 stars: Poor
14.80 starsExcellent
  • Bright and bold colors
  • Black and White ring has good texture
  • Right size for small hands and good for teething babies
  • Not too hard to hurt babies
  • Well made links and can attach other toys to it
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Inexpensive
  • None
  1. Kids like to chew on Black and White link Well made links
  2. Great toy for teething babies Dishwasher safe Colorful
  3. Nice bright colors Right size for little hands Has fun textures
Sassy Ring O' Links Rattle Developmental Toy features a bright and bold spectrum of colors in the form of links on a Black and White ring. This inexpensive yet great toy inspires touch with a textural variety that fosters exploration which enhances brain activity among young infants. The Sassy Ring O’ Links is dishwasher safe.See More
24.80 starsExcellent
  • All-in-One toy with lots of features like different colors, textures, a mirror, a squeaker, a teether and crinkly wings
  • Vibrant and bright colors
  • Engages babies and helps develop their senses
  • Visually interesting on both sides
  • Attaches super easily to car seats and strollers
  • Well made and durable
  • Good for teething kids
  • Bigger than it looks
  • May be a little too big to hang on a car seat
  1. Durable Has crackle wings Good for teething kids Bigger than it looks
  2. Well made Has soft fur All-in-One toy
  3. Bright colors Big rubber ears Visually interesting on both sides Lots of features like different colors, textures, a mirror, a squeaker, a teether and crinkly wings
Lamaze Play & Grow Take Along Toy comes in variety of designs with bright vibrant colors, multiple textures and sounds that are sure to stimulate and delight baby. These are all-in-one plush toys with lots of features like rattle, squeaker, teether, crinkles and a peek-a-boo mirror. It is a visually interesting toy on both the sides.See More
34.70 starsExcellent
  • Nice cheerful classical melodies that don't annoy grown ups and make the baby happy
  • Great two volume setting
  • Colored blinking lights to attract attention
  • Very portable
  • Enjoyed by children through many developmental stages from infant to toddler
  • Inexpensive
  • Head of the handle and beads are of suitable size and are safe to chew on
  • A little heavy for a very small baby
  • Music only plays for a little while, then shuts off and you have to push the button again
  • Speaker is on the bottom of the device so the song can get muffled when baby puts it down
  1. Kids love pushing the button and looking at the colorful lights that flash in sync with the music Music bits are too short and the lights too bright for this to be a sleeping aid
  2. Plays classical music, as opposed to irritating kids tunes Even adults like the music
  3. Good music, lights, bright colors to attract attention Most parents keep it in the diaper bag for car rides
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is a smart portable entertainment toy that allows baby to toggle 7 baby-friendly classical melodies that promote auditory development and music appreciation. The colorful and easy to grasp caterpillar play toy lets the baby enjoy the colorful lights when the music plays baby-friendly versions of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin and Rossini. Take Along Tunes toy makes a wonderful companion for doctor visits, fun outdoor times or simply to enjoy at home. This baby's version of an MP3 player has colorful lights that dance across the screen to enhance each entertaining melody. It has two different volume settings which is a plus for parents who can get tired of noisy toys that blare without any volume control.See More
44.70 starsExcellent
  • Bright clear colors
  • Fun upbeat music, good toys and mirror reflection to encourage play
  • Moveable arch allows easy access to the attached toys and mirror during tummy time
  • Has 4 loops to attach hanging toys and 2 of them are adjustable
  • Baby can easily reach the overhanging toys from bar
  • Fast and easy set up for playtime
  • Mat is machine washable
  • Mat is smaller in size especially for tummy time
  • Toys hanging from the arch are hard plastic material
  • May not be practical once kids start to roll over
  1. Arch is moveable to allow easy access to the attached toys and mirror during tummy time Can be converted for tummy time by moving toy bar Some parents wish for more toys and details on mat for tummy time
  2. Babies love this product Great for tummy time Piano play is great idea
  3. Babies love to kick the piano, look at themselves in the mirror and reach for the toys
Fisher-Price Discover 'n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym is an entertaining activity gym that enhances eye-hand coordination as baby bats and grasps the moveable toys overhead. Additionally, this play mat helps the baby strengthen motor skills and provides good exercise while the baby stretches and kicks. The arch can be moved down for tummy play time and is a great way for infants to be entertained while laying down and kicking at the piano keys that light up as a reward.See More
54.60 starsExcellent
  • Large machine washable mat with many interesting features on it
  • Interactive toy with good music and lights
  • Good for play time and tummy time
  • Lasts extremely well even after many washes
  • Very colorful and engaging toys
  • Hanging toys are removable
  • Easy to setup and folds up flat for travel
  • May be low for some babies as toys dangle way too close to baby's face
  • Some kids keep their face on side as they do not like toys touching them
  1. Has lot of little toys Can be a little short for some kids Kids as young as 4 weeks can play with this toy
  2. Machine washable mat Very colorful toy Easy to setup Engaging toy Toys are removable
  3. Good for play time and tummy time Lasts extremely well even after many washes Good music and lights
Tiny Love Super Deluxe Lights and Music Gymini Activity Gym is designed to entertain and provide developmental benefits to your baby during 3 separate stages: from newborn to 10 months. It features a stimulating lights and music touch pad, with flowers that light up and flash on the mat when music is playing and has 2 music choices: Mozart classical or nursery rhymes. Baby can also enjoy tummy time with colors, pictures and 6 delightful activities and textures on the mat.See More
64.60 starsExcellent
  • Quality product
  • Long lasting
  • A great educational equipment
  • Good for babies between 3-9 months
  • A tactile, visual and auditory toy
  • Tiny hands can easily grasp the blocks
  • An attention getter
  • Chewable but has a funny taste
  • Some blocks had 'sharpish' edges, but can be trimmed or bent
  1. Good looking Great price point Well made Comes with jingles, tags and other fun things for little ones
  2. Blocks have vibrant colors and cool graphics Creates noise when squished Adored by babies A good learning tool
  3. A nice toy for 3-9 month babies Soft and textural
The Bright Starts Grab and Stack Blocks is a set of four soft and squishy blocks that feature different patterns and characters on each block. This infant play toy focuses on three of the five main senses - touch, hearing and sight, appealing to a baby's natural curiosity. A couple of blocks rustle, while a couple come with a bell inside them and jingle when babies shake them.See More
74.50 starsExcellent
  • Projects colorful and vivid images and plays soothing music
  • Lots of music themes and different sound options
  • Crib mirror to engage baby
  • 2 volume settings are good
  • Can play music without projection
  • Makes a great nightlight
  • Portable and interactive design; Good for road trips
  • Slide show is a bit lacking as has the same 2 slides over and over
  • May be distracting for some babies and keep them for sleeping
  • Older child can easily tug it off the crib bars
  1. Projected image is colorful and vivid Lullaby music and nature sounds are very soothing to help baby sleep Music lasts well over ten minutes
  2. Keeps your young infant entertained Good for bed time every night
  3. Picture is quite clear even on slanted ceiling and rotates cartoon pictures of animals Some parents wish for more music and pictures
The Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Crib 'N Go Projector Soother is a creative take-along development toy that helps you to set your baby's sleep routine and stick with it. There is a base component that attaches to the crib to hold the projector soother. The base has a giraffe, alligator and baby elephant on it.See More
84.40 starsVery Good
  • Easy to grip for small hands
  • Does not roll too far on its own
  • It has a little bell inside and it rattles
  • Bright and colorful toy
  • Can be washed in dishwasher
  • Inexpensive toy
  • Gets some babies' attention very well
  • Very small and not very interactive toy
  • Hard plastic and may hurt kids
  • Easy to get little hands and finger caught inside
  • Plastic is kind of sharp when you put your fingers through the holes
  1. Very small and may not hold baby's attention Hard plastic and may hurt kids Plastic is kind of sharp when you put your fingers through the holes
  2. Can be washed in dishwasher Colorful toy
  3. Easy to grip for small hands Does not roll too far on its own Easy to get little hands and finger caught inside
The Baby Einstein Bendy Ball is an easy to hold and grip small ball toy for your little babies. It features bright primary colors and the recognizable Caterpillar character on center band. It is made from soft and flexible plastic and is easy to bend, squeeze, grasp and roll. The multi-colored rolling rattle ball inside adds additional sounds and visual stimulation to this toy.See More
94.40 starsVery Good
  • Perfect size for infants to grab and pass from hand to hand
  • Bright and bold colors
  • Helps develop hands coordination and stimulates vision development
  • Lightweight and soft
  • Little soft rattle in the middle is good
  • Great for teething babies
  • Inexpensive and worth the money
  • Does not hold kid's attention for long
  • Infants outgrow this toy very fast
  • Bleeds color
  1. Good toy for 2 to 6 months old babies
  2. Really easy for infants to grab this toy Lightweight and soft
  3. Perfect little toy for little hands Little soft rattle in the middle is good Bleeds color
Manhattan Toy Winkel is a mesmerizing maze of safe, soft, continuous tubes and is perfect for a teething baby to chew on. Its bright and bold colorful loops made from soft, pliable plastic are easy to grasp, hold and pass from hand to hand. This toy keeps babies engaged and amused with a responsive rattle in the middle.See More
104.30 starsVery Good
  • Soft and right size for little hands
  • Nice and bright colors
  • BPA free
  • Very fun for bathtime playing
  • Cute and fun looking toys
  • Babies love sucking on these toys
  • Float nicely and babies love trying to catch them
  • Smell bad and toxic in some cases
  • Color seems to come off the toys
  • Colors in picture are brighter than real toys
  • Hard to fill water in them
  1. Very fun for bathtime playing Fun looking Hard to fill water in them Float nicely
  2. Babies love sucking on these toys Babies love trying to catch them
  3. Soft and right size for little hands Nice and bright colors BPA free
Sassy Bathtime Pals is a great set of 5 Squirt and Float character toys in a variety of bright colors and textures. They are soft and are perfectly sized for little hands to grasp and squirt. These bath time pals add lot of fun to water play and bath time when babies try to catch these floating toys.See More

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Newborn Toys Buying Guide

Reviews of Top 10 Newborn Toys - Side by Side Comparison

It is important to select age-appropriate toys for your child. A good toy should challenge child's level of development. Buying a toy that is too advanced for the child, especially newborn, can lead to a frustrated child and could be a possible safety hazard.[1][2] Many baby toys are specifically designed to help babies develop, using motor skills, visual comprehension, and language.[3]

Newborn Toys (0-6 months): A newborn experiences everything for the first time. While they have not yet developed visual focus or muscular control, newborns sense the new world around them. Newborn toys should facilitate a baby's learning and stimulate their senses.[1][3] Babies enjoy looking at the world around them like lights, shapes, patterns, and colors.[4] They gravitate toward bright or high-contrast colors with simple designs and changes in sound.[5] This is the best time for a crib mobile that the baby cannot reach. By about 8 weeks, the baby is ready for rattles and teethers, cloth toys, soft squeeze balls, and musical and chime toys.[5]

Before making your purchase, read the safety guidelines and instructions. The major safety concern during this period is choking and suffocation. Make sure stuffed toys are nonflammable, non-toxic, and washable.[2]

Baby Toys (6-12 months): At this age the babies start to sit and crawl. They can reach for and grasp objects, exert control over objects, move them from one hand to the other, and play with their feet.[3][4] Hand-eye coordination begins to improve, and the baby may start babbling that sounds more like real conversation.[6] Suggested toys for babies of this age include stuffed animals, lightweight balls, push toys, activity toys, blocks, toys with wheels and baby books.[3][4][7]

Again, before making your purchase, read the safety guidelines and instructions. The major safety concern during this period is choking and suffocation. Make sure stuffed toys are nonflammable, non-toxic, and washable.[2]

Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) closely monitors and regulates toys. Any toys made in, or imported into the United States after 1995 must comply with CPSC standards.[9]

Always choose age-appropriate toys for your baby. Do not get toys that are very loud, have small parts, loose buttons or eyes, or long strings for your baby.[8] Read and heed the warning labels on the toys. They are there for a reason and are often prompted by an accidents.[5] The major safety concern for children less than 3 years old is choking and suffocation. 

Do not buy toys with magnets. If the toy breaks and magnets come off, they can be accidentally swallowed, causing organ damage.[4][8] Toys with long strings or cords can get caught around a new baby’s neck, and cause strangulation.[8] Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they've been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.[9]

Recommended Age

It is important to select age-appropriate toys for your child. A good toy should challenge child's level of development. Children enjoy toys that they can master and that are right for their particular stage of development. If the toy is too sophisticated, it frustrates the child; if it is too simple, it bores the child.[2] Age grading relates to the safety of the toy as well as its play value.[4] 

The same toy can carry through many different development stages.[10] For example, blocks can help infants in muscle development and coordination. As child grows, blocks help in many other skills like imagination, creativity, planning, construction principles, etc. WebMD recommends not to rush to replace old toys with new ones.[10]

WebMD also suggests different types of toys that kids benefit from most as they go through different ages. Infants are fascinated with movement, sounds, and simple black and white visuals. Age-appropriate toys for babies include: mobiles, rattles, busy boxes, and anything they can begin to grasp, swipe at, pull, kick, squeeze, or shake.[10]

Improving Skills

Different types of toys are beneficial in developing certain skills in the child at different ages. For example, in case of infants, toys like rattles, play mats, and activity bars improve gross motor skills. Toys like soft blocks and activity blankets help develop fine motor skills. Toys like mobiles and soft books help develop Eye Tracking skills in infants.[3] Ebay Buying Guide maps skill development to toys for different ages.

Check for Recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC protects consumers from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC works to ensure the safety of consumer products—such as toys, cribs, power tools, etc.[11] In recent years, the CPSC has recalled numerous toys for various reasons.[4]

SaferProducts.gov is the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Through SaferProducts.gov, consumers can submit reports of harm involving consumer products. Completed Reports and manufacturer comments are published online at www.SaferProducts.gov for anyone to search.[11]

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