Educational & safe baby toys: milestones for child 0-1 years

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  May 15, 2021

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Because children learn a lot in the first two years of life, playing is very important. Babies like to understand the world around them.

They often play by grabbing things or putting them in their mouths. They also like toys with bright colors and different textures.

Cutest educational toys for your baby

They develop very quickly. With the right educational toys you as a parent can respond to the development of the child during the different stages.

Educational toys stimulate the child's imagination and curiosity.

However, for the development of all skills, it is important that these toys match the age of the baby well.

If you fail to do this, the child can skip steps in the learning process, with consequences.

Is your child slightly older? Then read our article about educational toys for your toddler from 1 to 2 years old

But the best toys for the little ones will remain these Fisher-Price Musical Click-Clack Keys.

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Rattle and musical toys in one.

But of course there are many more ideas and in this article I want to go through some of the nicest with you.

Educational toys can help give children a good foundation. He / she will benefit from this for the rest of his / her life.

The question now is, what is the perfect educational toy for babies?

Let's take a quick look at all the options, then I'll go deeper into how they help your baby's development:

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Best for the little ones: Fisher-Price Musical Click-Clack Keys Fisher-Price Musical Keys

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Cutest tactile baby toys: VTech Cuddle & Leather ball
Cutest tactile baby toys: VTech Cuddle & Leather ball

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Cutest interactive dog: Vtech Pull Along Puppy Pal
Cutest Interactive Dog: Vtech Pull Along Puppy Pal

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Best eye-hand coordination: Vilac shape sorter Best shape sorter farm: Vilac toys

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Cutest baby building blocks: Janod Sophie the Giraffe Stacking Tower
Cutest baby building blocks: Janod Sophie the Giraffe Stacking Tower

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Best activities cube: VTech interactive cube
Best activities cube: VTech interactive cube

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Best fantasy game imitation: VTech Leapfrog Baby's First Remote Control
Vtech my first play remote

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Cutest baby beaded toys: Goula Sea Labyrinth
Goula sea labyrinth educational for babies

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Cutest soft bite stack of toys: Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo

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Best for discovering: TOMY Surprise eggs
Best for discovering: TOMY Surprise Eggs

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Cutest baby toys with buttons: Playgro Pop-up Farm animals
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Educational toys Baby from 4 to 6 months

Best for the little ones: Fisher-Price Musical Click-Clack Keys

When a baby is about three months old, he / she gradually learns to handle things.

Fisher-Price Musical Keys

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The Fisher-Price Click-Clack Keys are the perfect toy to practice fine motor skills.

The three different keys are attached to a thin ring that the child can easily hold. They can also safely put the toys in their mouth.

In addition, the keys are bright in color and consist of different shapes; enough to stimulate the senses.

Various buttons and cheerful sounds provide an interactive playing experience.

Finally, a start can also be made on the role play. This educational toy thus provides sufficient stimulation in various areas.

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Educational toys Baby from 6 to 7 months

Cutest tactile baby toys: VTech Cuddle & Leather ball

In the first three months, a baby does not really get around to playing. From the age of four months, however, the child learns to handle objects.

Cutest tactile baby toys: VTech Cuddle & Leather ball

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Fine motor skills are gradually developed.

With the soft play ball from VTech, different skills are stimulated and that makes this an ideal toy for children of about six months.

The ball has bright colors and different textures; something babies love. VTech is a brand that responds perfectly to the different development stages of children.

The educational toy therefore contains more than 50 songs, sounds and melodies. This stimulates the young child's language skills.

The ball is also provided with images of animals and numbers, which also benefits cognitive development.

In this way they already get to know the world a little bit.

The different textures help to practice fine motor skills.

When the child is slightly larger, gross motor skills can also be stimulated with the VTech ball.

The ball can then be used to practice throwing or kicking.

Vtech has various cuddly & leather models such as these teddy bears and fire engines.

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Best eye-hand coordination: Vilac shape sorter

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Best shape sorter farm: Vilac toys

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There are ten blocks of different shapes and colors, and the blocks come in a plastic box, which also serves as a challenge to properly tuck the blocks away.

One piece goes exactly into one slot making it essential for the child to memorize the shapes.

After the baby has finished playing, the blocks can be stored in the box with a handle for easy carrying.

Vivid colors of the toys are bound to make a baby to play. Made from BPA-free plastic and free from harmful toxins.

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Cutest Interactive Dog: Vtech Pull Along Puppy Pal

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Cutest Interactive Dog: Vtech Pull Along Puppy Pal

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Features:

Adorable three-button toy puppy that can play over 60 sounds, songs, melodies and phrases when pressed.

The adorable baby educational toy comes with a soft wire that can be easily pulled.

By pulling the toy or pressing a button, an LED light will illuminate in the puppy's nose.

The built-in speaker plays sounds, while the motorized tail and ears move further.

The puppy moves its motorized legs when pulled by the rope.

An ideal learning toy for older babies who are pulling to stand and taking their first steps.

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Educational toys Baby from 8 to 9 months

Cutest baby building blocks: Janod Sophie the Giraffe Stacking Tower

Although a child only really learns to stack blocks on top of each other from 15 months, the Janod Play & learn blocks from Sophie the Giraf are suitable for the little ones.

Cutest baby building blocks: Janod Sophie the Giraffe Stacking Tower

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The sustainable brand uses natural materials, so you can let your child play with them with confidence.

These wooden blocks contain the fun figures on the sides and each have holes. Enough to do!

The fine motor skills are stimulated and the senses are also stimulated by the pictures and colors.

A tower can also be formed with the four blocks. This in turn can help train cognitive skills.

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Best activities cube: VTech interactive cube

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Best activities cube: VTech interactive cube

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Features:

The toy in the shape of a cube has a different activity on five sides, making it one of the most popular toys for babies.

The activities include a roller and buttons that light up and distribute different sounds.

A motion sensor activates different sounds depending on how the cube is moved.

There are a total of 25 sounds and melodies to keep the little one entertained.

Made from BPA-free plastic, the toy features adjustable volume and auto shut-off to conserve battery life.

Most of the cube's activities can be used even without the batteries, making it an ideal toy for long journeys with the baby.

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Best fantasy game mimic: VTech Leapfrog Baby's First Remote

Skills developed:

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Features:

The toy remote has a series of buttons, each numbered from zero to nine. The buttons are colorful and interesting for a baby.

Pressing the buttons gives the baby a good sense of touch. The toy has a total of 45 sing-along songs, melodies and other entertaining audio clips.

Teaches basic words for the toddler, such as 'Mama' and 'Papa'. There are pre-recorded audio clips on weather forecast and news that makes older toddlers pretend to play.

Volume control and power off button make it easy for parents to control the toy.

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Educational toys Baby from 10 months to 12 months

Cutest baby beaded toy: Goula Sea Labyrint

Fine motor skills develop and it is getting easier for the now ten month old baby to grip things.

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The wooden labyrinth of Goula is therefore a beautiful educational and durable toy for the somewhat older baby.

It is a game of skill where the child is always the winner.

The wooden fish are easy to grip and can be moved over the metal wire.

In addition, the bottom is magnetic and the game also has two stacking blocks that also contain magnets.

This gives the child new possibilities to discover the world with his / her hands.

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Cutest soft bite stack of toys: Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo

Skills development:

Cutest soft bite stack of toys: Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo

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Features:

Unique design with each block in the shape of a half broken egg. Each block has a two-tone combination of vibrant colors.

The blocks have a rubbery coating on the bottom half, making them easy to hold and stack for baby.

Multiple ways to play, and each block can be used to rotate or wobble or stack in any order.

The blocks at the top must be stacked carefully to prevent them from falling. It stimulates the fine motor skills of the baby.

Non-toxic safe colors used in the coloring of the blocks.

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Best for discovering: TOMY Surprise Eggs

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Best for discovering: TOMY Surprise Eggs

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Features:

Comes with six plastic eggs in a toy box, and each egg shell breaks in the middle to reveal a chick inside.

When you press the toy chick, you will get a squeaking sound.

The removable half of the shell has an image of a smiley face drawn in the same color of the chick.

The baby must match these colors before the correct shell is placed.

The crate has slots of unique shapes (circle, plus, etc.) and accepts only one egg with the exact same shape pin.

Excellent toy to keep a baby entertained on long trips or doctor's visits.

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Cutest baby toys with buttons: Playgro Pop-up Farm Animals

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Playgro popup animals

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Features:

A simple learning toy with four pop-up plastic characters in different colors.

Each character emerges from a lid that is controlled by a button.

But each button has a different mechanism - button, switch, slider and standard push button.

Since not all buttons work in the same way, the baby has to remember the mechanism.

The toy does not require a battery as it uses springs for all movements.

Pop-up characters can be reinserted by closing the lid, making it easier for a baby to do it themselves.

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How can you help your baby learn through play?

Here are some tips to help your little one get the most out of their education and learning toys:

  1. When introducing a toy, don't just place it in front of the baby and just watch. Ask the baby to use the object. Say things like "What is this thing?", "Where is this coming from?" Help words and phrases help to get the baby interested in the toy and to try it out.
  2. It's okay if the baby doesn't understand the functions of a toy all at once. Babies take time to explore and understand things. Give the little one plenty of time to touch and examine the toy.
  3. Keep spinning the toy to spark interest in your baby. It is visually stimulating and polishes the baby's memory skills, especially when he sees an old toy again. Babies also often get bored with toys as the Rotating Toy helps keep the interest alive.
  4. Different babies have different ways of playing with the same toy, which is completely normal. You can always guide the little one, but if he likes to do things differently, let him do it.
  5. Always keep the toys clean. Look for manufacturer's instructions on cleaning and maintenance. If the toy is washable, wash it in warm, soapy water. For non-washable toys, wipe them with disinfectants periodically. Inspect the toy for chipped paint or broken parts that could potentially harm the baby.

Toys are a great stimulant for the growth of a baby.

When used right away, they can even lend a hand in developing some of the essential development skills.

So get the best out of them!

If you have any more toys to add to the list, let us know in the comments below.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.