5 playful options for baby’s first toy

In the blink of an eye, our babies go from being helpless and seemingly unaware of the world around them to tiny humans who can’t wait to explore. And that’s when the fun really begins.

Now that she’s almost five months old (Really? Where does the time go?), Eliette is totally into her hands and putting things in her mouth. Because this germaphobe momma is not too keen on letting her gnaw on the remote (or her big sister’s fingers … yuck!), we’ve amassed a few toys that have quickly become her favorites.

HABA Magica Clutching Toy

This small wooden “rattle” is a pretty great option for baby’s first toy. I love how bright and colorful it is. Sometimes after I clean it, I just set it on Ellie’s dresser on display. It looks like a baby art piece! It’s also the perfect size for tiny hands. And because all the pieces are round, there’s no worry of sharp edges hurting her sensitive gums.

The HABA Magica Clutching Toy retails for $14.99.

Tegu 8-piece Pocket Pouch Set

Ellie is loving these magnetic building blocks right now. They’re durable and non-toxic, and the magnets provide a cool, new element of fun that even big sister Eden can’t get enough of. These blocks would be a great toy to travel with, not only because of the carrying pouch, but also because it would be hard(er) to lose them. *As with any toy, I would recommend keeping a close eye on your babe while playing as magnets are harmful if swallowed.

The Tegu 8-piece Pocket Pouch Set retails for $25.

Yookidoo Discovery Playmat

This is probably the biggest playmat I’ve ever seen. And that’s one of the main reasons I love it. It’s also a lot more padded than other playmats. Ellie has tons of space to roll and play with her big sister. The bright colors make it perfect for tummy time, and there are tons of new sounds and textures for her to explore.

The Yookidoo Discovery Playmat retails for $59.

Munch Mitt

Ellie has already started signs of teething, though she likely won’t cut a tooth for a couple more months. In the meantime, she’s happy to gnaw on her fingers. But I hate how it leaves the skin on her little hands rough and chafing in some spots. That’s where this cool silicone mitten comes in. I just pop it on her hand, and she’s happy to munch away. It stays put, her skin is protected, and she loves the crinkle noise. Bonus: You can throw it in the wash with the rest of the baby’s clothes.

The Munch Mitt retails for $19.99.

Little G Baby Teething Toy

We all know and love that other giraffe teething toy. But this version from Little Giraffe is quickly becoming another one of our favorites. I love it’s simple, classic look and how easy it is for Ellie to hold. Plus, this would make a sweet gift for a baby shower!

The Little Giraffe Teething Toy retails for $17.

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