When you add a baby into your family, the financial expenses go up considerably. From diapers to blankets and other essentials your baby needs, you might not have that much of a budget to go out and buy every toy known to man. As a mother of twins, I was on a strict budget and knew certain items that I had to have as well as toys that I absolutely had to have two of.
The number one toy my boys love is a Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo. The music is activated when the baby moves in song mode, otherwise it will make random animal noises if set in the second sound mode. The music lasts for about four minutes so until your baby grasps the concept to jump around for the sensors to realize there is movement, be prepared to push it down to continue the music. This toy you can safely put your baby into once he has control over his head, or right before three months of age. Now that they’re five months, they’re playing with all other attachments on the jumperoo- it’s amazing how far they’ve come in two months! I thought I could get away with having one, but after lifting one out to put the other in, the crying begins!
The second life saver is the Evenflo Exersaucer. Again you can put your baby in as early as three months, but they might not be developed enough to be able to appreciate it until closer to four months of age. I have two of these so each one can have his own to play in. What is great about this toy is that it is a more stable surface for your baby to have his legs develop and get that much closer to walking (but without the hazards of the standard walker) as well as gives you some hands to hold onto your baby while you get some chores around the house done. Exersaucers range from having little toys and mirrors to having sound-activated toys-with having one of each, I recommend having one where sounds come out of. It furthers your baby’s development and is more entertaining.
My babies have not really wanted to play with teething rings or books so these purchases were not a good investment of my money. When on tummy time, I actually play with them with the Laugh and Learn Puppy by Fisher Price. The first mode goes over colors and parts of the body while the other is song mode- the only downside with this toy is that I do have to push the toy over and over again to get the sounds to continue to entertain my sons. They grab their puppy pal security blanket (that rattles when you shake it) to shove into their mouths over actual toys made for teething babies. One of my sons loves playing with The First Years: My First Rattle that has the shape of a hand ( available for purchase at Amazon) and the other loves The Cat in the Hat stuffed animal I bought from Kohls. The thing to bear in mind is every child will be different so don’t go and buy every toy out there. See if they like toys that crinkle or toys that rattle- or maybe they’ll just like a stuffed animal that doesn’t do any of the above. If you see a big grin, you know you have a winner!