Only what you need for your baby. Really. (OK – and some fantastic things you don’t that are pretty cool.)
I bought Astrid a 1970’s Fisher-Price record player music box on eBay when she was three months old. I loved that record player when I was six, how could she not share my glee? Probably because she could barely sit up at the time. It was going to be a while, a year to be exact, before she could really take on that record player. In the intervening months, she pounded on it a lot and tore the records off the track every time I wound it up. This, I think, was her way of indicating her displeasure at my buying her non-age-appropriate playthings.
The disappointing truth for expectant parents is that babies cannot play with toys, and by and large have no interest in them until they’re at least out of their first size of clothes. When I was pregnant and frequently in stores offering a rainbow array of exciting toys and piles of adorable stuffed animals, I didn’t connect the dots between knowing that infants are born with very poor vision and zero motor skills, and that meaning that they are incapable of and uninterested in playing with toys.
Toys are in your and your little one’s future, but they are not needed at birth and probably won’t be of any use for a few months beyond that. That’s why I don’t have lines and lines of cool toys in the Minimalist Mama Baby Prep Spreadsheet. It’s really not because I’m Scrooge-y!
If you just can’t resist pre-buying toys (or want to register for them), here are some toys for months 1-3 that your baby can see, hear or, inexpertly, touch: