The best toys for 2 month old babies offer the perfect combo of development and delight.
The first few months of your baby’s life may feel like an endless cycle of poop, sleep (or non-sleep), and feed.
But there’s a lot more going on.
We’ll take you through the ins and outs of what gets the 2 month old brain buzzing and that body blooming.
In this article: 📝
- How do I entertain my 2 month old?
- What toys should a 2 month old have?
- The best toys for 2 month old babies
How do I entertain my 2 month old?
At two months old, your baby finds you the most entertaining thing in the world.
Every word, touch, and cuddle teaches them about the world around them.
And they’re very busy activating their brand new senses to learn about this new environment they’ve found themselves in.
When can infants start playing with toys?
Well, that depends on how you define play.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t introduce them earlier.
They may not be able to grasp onto any toys yet — but rest assured they’re getting a lot of their own kind of enjoyment out of them.
While their color vision is still building up to its full glory, they can see contrast at this point.
By about three months, they may start following moving objects around.
That means that you can start showing them how things move.
They may even give you a smile in response.
(Yep, that’s a trick they’re learning now too.)
So with all that in mind, what toys are good for a 2 month old?
What toys should a 2 month old have?
Developmental toys for 2 month olds can form an important part of their growth over this time.
- Safe. Avoid anything that could be a choking hazard.
- Simple. Rattles and balls for the win!
- Sensory. Watch as those portals to the world come alive.
While it may be too soon for a bicycle, there are definitely some fun options for you to choose from.
Let’s take a look.
The best toys for 2 month old babies
After all, that amount of cuteness needs to be rewarded.
1. Rattling things up
Baby rattles have stood the test of time.
From containers with grains of rice in them to today’s decadent combos of sight and sound, these timeless toys never cease to be a source of wonder and entertainment.
2. Mirror, mirror on the floor
There are so many cute options of unbreakable baby mirrors on the market — and there’s a good reason for that.
Having the sight of themselves and their environment mirrored back to them is immensely stimulating for babies.
Mirrors help them develop their visual sense and may even help with language development (Point out: “nose,” “hand”).
Using a mirror during tummy time can be a great way to keep them engaged.
3. Hitting the gym
A baby gym is basically a specially designed mat that includes some added stimulation for your baby.
Options range from super simple to really involved.
With all the different textures and colors, as well as dangling lights and sounds, hitting the gym has never been this much fun.
Baby gyms help them develop motor skills, sensory awareness, and those little muscles.
Plus, they’re a very useful addition to your tummy time routine.
Tummy time is an important part of these early days as it helps them prepare for the milestones ahead.
Yes, in a few short months, your little one’s going to be sitting, crawling and walking.
4. Making a splash
Floaties, bath books, squirt toys — there’s so much adventure to be had in the water.
5. Going belly down
There are so many toys that go hand-in-hand with your tummy time adventures.
One of our favorites? Tummy time wedges.
They provide comfort and support for your baby as they learn all these new skills.
And some even play music and vibrate for that extra soothe.
6. Speak the squeak
The one thing puppies and babies really have in common is the love of the squeaky toy.
Until your little one can grab onto the toy themselves, you can entertain them with a squeaky show.
And when they do get hold of it themselves, there’s sure to be a lot of learning as they figure out cause (squeeze) and effect (squeak.)
7. Baby mobile
Developing their motor skills, strengthening their muscles, and helping them focus on moving objects — mobiles are an excellent addition to your baby’s environment.
Choose from a range of colorful animals, cute sounds, and glowing lights to find the perfect fit.
8. Grab ‘n gos
It’s not long before they’re going to be grabbing toys (and other household objects.)
In a month or two, their hand-eye coordination is going to improve, as will their ability to take what’s theirs.
For now, you can start demo-ing how toys work, and even encouraging them to reach for them.
And while they might not be able to grasp the toys themselves, they may get a kick out of the different textures and shapes if they’re brought up close.
Balls and soft toys are two simple options that never go out of style.
9. Music makers
While a musical toy is not going to knock your singing off the number one spot, they can be a great part of your baby’s sensory development.
Many play mats and mobiles may have a musical component.
There are also lullaby crib toys that play soothing music as well as plush cubes that make animal sounds.
10. Get your glow on
Mesmerize your little one with a little light show.
Some rattles light up at your touch.
Some bath toys give off a glow.
And many combo toys offer music and lights in a two-for-one deal.
11. Furry friends
They may just be meeting a beloved soft toy that will be with them for the rest of their lives.
An elephant? A bear? A bunny? Or, um, yes, an avocado? You do you.
12. Hard books
Not as in War and Peace.
As in literally made of hard materials.
There are so many creative finds out there, many of which include fun colors and textures for them to explore.
As this study from Rutgers University explains, reading to your little one can help them develop communication skills, help them discover words and shapes, and practice listening.
And of course, it’s a great way for you to bond.
13. Soft books
These work just as well.
Who doesn’t love to snuggle up with a good book?
14. Pacifier pals
The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends pacifiers as an important addition to your child’s life in their first six months.
Some options out there come with a built-in pal — a soft toy attached for extra soothe.
15. Rock it out
A brightly colored mini rocking chair can be a perfect combo of soothing and stimulating.
Some even come with their own mobiles built-in.
16. Going in spirals
Spiral toys can be really fun portable toys that can be fitted to strollers and car seats.
You can choose how fancy you want to go.
Mirrors, rattles, music — these mini mobiles can be an endless source of entertainment.
17. Wearing their toys on their sleeves
While they might not be able to grasp onto their toys yet, they might be able to wear them with pride.
Little sock rattles can be worn on their hands and feet.
18. New kid on the blocks
They may not be able to play with blocks yet, but watching you put blocks together can be a riveting experience for your little one.
19. Puppet show
Time to bring out your inner puppeteer and give them a puppet show.
Whether that’s with an old colorful sock or a more deluxe model, this could be the beginning of your showbiz career.
20. It’s all black and white
Because they’re still wrapping their heads around color, they’re on a quest for high contrast images to suit their current color palette.
Artists have risen to the challenge and created high-contrast art cards specially for tiny minds.
Yup, you’re going to have one highly cultured baby on your hands.
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