The options are endless and toys vary by age/development stage. No matter how cool the toy is, sometimes your little one might prefer the plastic bottle or cardboard box. Betty's narrowed down to the bare essentials you'll want to have for playtime.
If your little one isn’t sleeping, someone is with them 100% of the time. You probably know that, but letting it sink into reality may take a little getting used to. A lounger or something your LO can safely sit in is a great item to have when you want to give your arms and mind a quick rest.
Soft books made from fabric and board books made from thicker cardboard are great for newborns and toddlers. They’re sturdier, so they can hold up against teething and are less likely to rip.
Toys vary by stage of development. For the 0-6 months range, your little one is mostly developing their motor and cognitive skills - learning how to hold their head up, recognizing colors and objects, smiling, responding to sound, etc. A mix of soft plush toys, black and white patterns, mobiles, and rattles are all great options. You probably don’t need to go haywire and buy everything. In the early days (first 3 months), your little one will be mostly sleeping and eating with only a few minutes of playtime.
Activity gyms are great options because they have a dedicated mat and included activities and toys for your little one. However, if you’re on a budget, this is definitely not a must-have. You can easily recreate most activity gyms with a blanket, a mobile and some soft plush toys.