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Toys when babies < 3 months

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  • Oct 3rd, 2017 9:44 pm
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Mar 23, 2016
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Toys when babies < 3 months

Do babies need toys? Especially as they can't hold their heads up. Our new newborn is now 3 weeks old, and I just bought him a soft toy and bassinet mobile. Any other ideas? Especially as he gets older?

Edit: so sleep deprived
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Mar 24, 2015
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The baby gym play mat is the "toy" I used the most with both my kids from newborn till they were around 8 months. They were on their back the first 3 months and on back, belly and rolling after that. I had a mattress on the floor and I put the play mat on it for the first few months. Another thing they both liked was the ocean wonders aquarium. The play table was a hit too. I did not put the legs on it until they were able to hold themselves up. They were happy to just sit next to it and play.
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Nov 13, 2010
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no need for toys in first 3-4 months. Or even 6 for many.
Just diapers and washclothes, lol
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Jun 1, 2017
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I would say anything they can chew. My now 6 month old started cutting teeth at 2.5 months (which is very early) and now has 6 teeth. She will chew anything she can get her hands on so the only toys I've gotten are chew toys...and board books, which she also chews...

I have a few musical toys and shape toys in the basement from my first daughter, but have yet to bring them up to be played with.
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There's no need for toys, but you do want to provide stimulating objects. My son is approaching 2 years old and still loves an empty cardboard box. Although he has lots of toys, he can entertain himself with almost anything
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Thanks everyone - helps a new parent :D
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I would say something for the baby to grip and chew. And maybe a few things to swat at, that'd be about it at that age!

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My little one is 6months old. Don't get anything more than a rattle for your newborn. He/she will need to do tummy time as often as possible, after every nappy change so you don't forget. LOs can do that anywhere. You can do tummy time with your baby to make it more interesting - on a mattress or foam mat. The rattle is to practice his vision; it's fascinating how their eyes follow the sound and it gets faster and smoother as they mature.