Handy Toys for Your Newborn

Your baby’s first toys are his newly discovered hands. He’ll stare in fascination at his tightly clenched fists.

He is able to focus on any object held about 8 to 15 inches in front of him, and briefly view objects as far away as 3 feet. He will be most attracted to black-and-white pictures and red objects. He enjoys simple images of faces and looking into a mirror.

Safety-approved mobiles, soft infant toys and unbreakable mirrors that attach to the inside of the crib are all good choices for first toys.

Another favorite activity is listening to your voice, especially when you speak in a high voice or sing. A soft rattle or quiet music will also interest him.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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