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Stimulate and Captivate Your Newborn – Top 10 Must Have Toys

Date: April 16, 2014 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Angie's Picks 2

Recent research states that infants’ brains at birth are equipped with most of the brain cells they will ever have; however, connections or pathways between these cells must develop to help them think and learn.  As a result, it’s very important to take baby out into the world regularly to experience new people and places.  In addition, since babies learn about their world through their sensory perceptions (visual, auditory/hearing, tactile/touch)  it’s also important to provide a stimulating home environment with developmentally appropriate toys!

***Unfortunately many new moms wait to buy toys because they don’t realize the importance of early baby stimulation.

As a new mom how do you know which toys are best?

In a nutshell, baby toys that stimulate vision, hearing and touch, and teach cause and effect are best for brain development.

A little about your amazing newborn…

***A newborn’s eyesight, in particular, is very immature and needs to be stimulated from birth.  Newborns and young infants see patterns and contrasting colors best (especially black, white, and red).  There are many excellent newborn visual stimulation toys and products available in these colors and patterns that will stimulate/strengthen baby’s vision while completely captivating him

Activity Puzzle and Crib Gallery

Crib Bumper Panel

Sassy GoGo Bugs

***Newborns focus best on objects 8–12 inches from their eyes; therefore, mobiles, when placed appropriately, can be excellent visual stimulation tools.  Mobiles help baby strengthen his focusing skills and visual tracking skills as he follows the objects around and around.

My two favorites are –

Manhattan Toys-Wimmer Furgeson Mobile

Musical Infant Stimulation-Black, Red and White Mobile

***In addition, babies are naturally social creatures and are particularly fascinated with the human face, especially the part between the nose and forehead.  As a result, toys with bold eyes and mirrors will capture their attention immediately.

Young babies love to admire themselves in mirrors!

Two of my favorites are:

Sassy Crib and Floor Mirror

Baby Crib Mirror (Black, White, and Red)


Toys with bold eyes, colors and textures will also captivate a young infant.

Some of my favorites are —

Piper the Panda Rattle

Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit (eyes/colors)

Sassy Jitter Bug Toy

***Finally, developmental activity playmats/gyms are also excellent products for newborns to stimulate vision, hearing, touch (with toys of various textures), and teach cause and effect.

My favorites are —

Infantino Explore and Store Play Mat

Sassy Developmental Stim Play Mat

As a former teacher and mom I am passionate about child development, the importance of baby/child stimulation, developmental play, and the importance of developmentally appropriate instruction! Stimulate your newborn’s vision with these amazing products. He will be completely captivated… and maybe you will even get a glimpse of his first smile…

Happy parenting!  Enjoy the journey!



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2 Comments: "Stimulate and Captivate Your Newborn – Top 10 Must Have Toys"

  1. Published by: Christina Date: May 25, 2016


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    1. Published by: Angela Nettuno Date: June 4, 2016


      Hello Christina,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am truly passionate about helping parents understand their developing child. It can really help make the parenting journey less stressful and so incredibly enjoyable if we understand these little people. Lol! Thank you so much for sharing your little miracle with us! Happy parenting, enjoy the journey! 🙂 Angela

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