Babies and children learn through play, so choosing age-appropriate toys is one way you can encourage their development. You’ll love watching them explore the world around them and expand their imagination using their toys as props to act out whatever is on their mind. It’s also a great opportunity to bond with your little one, giving you a glimpse into what their busy brain is thinking about. So whether you’re after baby toys, toys for young children, or toys you can enjoy with your newborn, you’ll love the massive range at Baby Bunting. Check out our selection of baby and kids toys below!
Create a fun environment with baby toys
Bring your play area to life by choosing toys that will surprise and delight your baby or toddler. The colours, textures, shapes and sounds stimulate the senses and allow your child to develop key skills like tracking objects with their eyes, identifying sounds and their sources, holding objects and passing them from hand to hand, stacking and sorting and throwing. You’ll love watching your little one explore their own abilities – seeing the pride in their eyes when they learn a new skill is the best feeling in the world.
Our massive range of newborn toys, play equipment and kids’ toys includes:
- Rockers and bouncers that will keep your newborn calm while offering interesting shapes that hang down at just the right distance for their developing eyesight.
- Play mats and play gyms which are perfect for tummy time.
- Duplo blocks for developing those motor skills with stacking and building.
- Walkers and jumpers to offer a range of positions and movement patterns for your baby.
- Open-ended creative toys for imagination play.
- Musical play and interactive toys for encouraging your child’s literacy and language.
You can search our range of toys by category and age to narrow down what your baby or toddler might like.
Choosing the right toys for your baby or toddler
There are lots of reasons why you would want to choose your toy collection carefully. Physical space available for toy storage, your family’s values and your child’s interests all play a part, so whether you’re shopping for your own little one or gift-buying for someone else, here are some ideas to consider when shopping for baby toys.
1. Consider their interests
If your baby is old enough to communicate their interests, be led by them! Play schemas might help you figure out what type of toys your child would enjoy and benefit from – for example, if they enjoy throwing things, soft toys they can safely throw around might be a good idea (just make sure they’re not filled with soft-beads or anything that could be dangerous should the toy tear). Or if they enjoy connecting things, blocks are great to have around. When you watch and listen to your child and how they play, choosing the right toy becomes a lot easier.
For newborns, toys that support their rapidly growing body and brain are excellent. Look for newborn toys that engage each of your baby’s senses – for example, bright colours or high contrasting black and white are great for eye tracking, musical toys for their hearing, toys with a variety of textures to send messages from their little hands and feet to their brain. Ensure any toys you purchase for a newborn or young baby are safe for them to put in their mouth, because mouthing objects is a key way many babies learn about the world around them!
2. Quality and safety matter
Putting items in their mouths isn’t limited to newborns and young babies, so ensure any baby or toddler toys you purchase are made from quality materials and are safe and suitable for your child. Some things to watch out for – make sure that the toys don’t have small, detachable parts, strings or filling that could potentially spill out. Also be cautious with toys that have hazardous magnets or button batteries as this can become a danger for your child. Ensure you read any safety instructions, labels and directions before use and throw out any packaging straight away. Close supervision during play time is also important.
3. Choose toys that suit your space and values
Every family is different when it comes to buying toys. Some people have dedicated playrooms with extensive storage available, while others have limited space or wish to keep the toy collection small. Some families don’t mind what the toys are, and others are particular about the materials, size, or types of toys they keep at home. No matter what your position is, thinking ahead about where to store the toys and what matters to you will help guide your choices when shopping for baby toys.
Shop baby toys online with Baby Bunting
Whether you’re shopping for your new baby or buying gifts for a friend or family member, Baby Bunting has the perfect kids toys for you. You can shop with us online, in person at your local store if you are able to do so safely, or by taking advantage of our free contactless click and collect option. No matter how you choose to shop with us, our friendly staff will help you every step of the way.
Browse our baby and toddler toys online today!
Read More Less