The great toy list : from birth

Are you stuck for decent Christmas (or even birthday) present ideas?  Newborns don’t need toys as much as love and attention, but it won’t be long before this will change and you will be looking for ways to entertain your baby’s brain!  Keep in mind the ‘classic’ toys that are around, before turning to the marketed and so-called ‘must haves’ which might not be nearly as valuable.

I mostly haven’t listed brands so you can shop around for yourself according to your budget.  You can do the rounds via the usual stores – Big W, Kmart, Target etc, but also don’t forget toy stores, specialty independent toy stores, online toy stores (google ‘children’s toys online Australia’ or ‘educational toys Australia’), markets, op shops, and eBay.  Sometimes the more ‘fancy’ the toy (with lights, buttons etc) is not necessarily the better toy.

–          Cloth, board books baby_book

–          Black and white anything – (you can find many toys with these colours or you can make your own – eg. cut up some nappy boxes and go nuts with a black marker, drawing patterns)

–          Mobile

–          CDs –think outside the box of just lullabys (might be an excuse to find some different music for you and baby to listen to)

Putumayo music!

Putumayo music!

–          Toys for grasping onto (think rattles & other toys with plenty of bits to hold onto and different textures for extra sensory input from baby section)

–          Comforter (and maybe a spare!)

–          Pram toys

–          Pram books

–          Activity gym/mat

a tummy rest is good too

a tummy rest is good too

–          Mirror

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

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