Toys Your Baby Will Love

Purchasing Books and Toys for Your Baby

Young babies learn through play and your baby has a lot to learn about the world around him. In their first weeks of life, babies can only recognise the colours black, white and grey. Soft toys coloured black and white can briefly keep their attention once they begin to focus and take an interest in their environment. Small black and white books, which can be propped up in their pram or changing table, will eventually gain their attention.

Small books that feature black and white characters or shapes are ideal in the first four to eight weeks, often going on to become a real favourite for many babies.

A selection of these can be purchased on Amazon, John Lewis ,Lamaze,JoJo Maman Bébé , book shops, department stores and toy shops. Or click on a product below to read reviews or to purchase

One little black and white book is enough, at first, as your baby will soon move on to more colourful options.
These two little Animal Books are a real favourite with small infants as they have the added interest of being made from crunchy materials, which make a sound that appeals and fascinates a baby. Tails that dangle from the pages are fun to hold and play with.

Little Jellycat Jungly Tails book


Little Jellycat Farm Tails book

If you are looking for a really inexpensive gift for a baby, try Taggies Crinkle Me Fox toy, as it fascinates and distracts them when necessary. They love the feeling and the sound, once they can independently grip something in their little hands.

Taggies Crinkle Me Fox

Soft toys and Soothers are always a good idea as presents for newborns. For example the Jellycat Bashful Bunny Soothers comes in the colours cream, pink, blue ,silver. Or you have the Jellycat Bashful black and white medium cow and Black and white puppy. Small black and white soft toys are ideal for a new born as they can only see shades of black, white and grey in the first two to three weeks.

Jellycat Bashful Bunny Soothers

Jellycat Bashful Bunny Soothers

Bredita Duck Soother - Baby Comfort Blanket

Bredita Duck

Jellycat black & white puppy

Jellycat Bashful black & white cow or puppy
The following are more easy to grip small soft toys

Jellycat Peanut Penguin

Peanut Penguin

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

Lavish Lanky

Lavish Lanky
Sophie the Giraffe was designed fifty years ago by a Frenchman, Monsieur Rampeau, and is still a great favourite with babies. Sophie was born on Thursday 25 May 1961, Saint Sophie’s day.

Sophie can be squeezed, chewed and held easily. She is often gripped tightly as her legs are long and slim and made from 100% natural rubber. When squeezed, Sophie makes a squeak very pleasing to a baby, though not necessarily to the parents! She is easy to keep clean and can be washed in warm soapy water, unlike many toys which can only be sponged clean.

There are more designs on offer, a teething giraffe and a little picture book to add to your child’s enjoyment.

Sophie The Giraffe


Teething Ring

Amazing baby has wonderful little black and white books for gifts and as a first book for any baby the selection is comprehensive.
Musical Toys and Rattles
Babies also like musical toys and there is a huge variety to choose from. One such toy is Ewan the dream sheep Ewan can be used from birth to soothe a baby to sleep.

Ewan the dream sheep


Vtech wheels on the bus

Vtech wheels on the bus

Halilit Baby Drum

Halilit Baby Drum
Here is a selection of books suitable for babies:

Emma Dodd Amazing Baby Black and White Book


Squeaky Bath Books: Playtime for Penguin


On the night you were born


Jo Lodge Baby’s Very First Book


Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


It's Time to Sleep, My Love

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