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The Best Toys to Add to Your Baby Registry


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Source: Lovevery, Melissa & Doug
Source: Lovevery, Melissa & Doug

I remember creating my registry years ago and wondering, “Should you put toys on a baby registry?” It turns out that certain baby toys and books make a great gift or addition to a gift basket. After all, when building a baby registry, you want to take into consideration the fact that pretty soon, you will need items for a 3, 6, 9, or 12+ month old! And your friends and family will love the idea of giving a sweet gift that will set up your little one’s love of play and reading early on. 

Some of the most meaningful gifts I received at my baby shower were books. Friends each brought a book with a dedication to our baby. Now that my son can read on his own, he loves to read the notes that were written before he was even born! Choosing a few classic baby books is a timeless addition to the registry that I can promise will help you create a library your child will continue to cherish as they grow up. 

If you’re still wondering what toys and books you should add to your registry, we’ve done the legwork for you. We think about this in phases. There are tons of books and toys out there that are ideal for a newborn. But you will want to make sure and round out the selection with a few items that will hold you through the first year and even beyond.  

Keep scrolling for some of our favorite picks of baby toys and books to add to your registry. 

Creating your baby registry can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help with editor- and expert-approved picks for everything you need for your new baby (and for you!) with our second annual Baby Registry Awards. Click here for our top picks for everything from bouncers to baby bottles. 

Toys to Add to Your Baby Registry

Play Kit Subscriptions

Lovevery Play Kit Subscriptions provide a convenient way to play with your little from the newborn stage and beyond with their expert-backed playthings and play guides for each developmental stage.

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Wild Stacking Cup Set

Stacking cups are a classic toy for a reason: They promote hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills development, and open-ended play. This set comes in two cute colors and is made of soft and gentle food-grade silicone.

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Amazon | Uncle Goose
Classic ABC Blocks

A classic learning toy that can double as nursery decor and grow with baby when they’re ready for building, letter recognition, and open-ended play.

10+ styles available

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Melissa & Doug
Baby’s First Sensory Toys Gift Bundle

Sensory toys are the easiest and most beneficial way to interact with your newborn, and this bundle from Melissa & Doug has you covered for those first six months and beyond.

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Melissa & Doug
Wooden Shape Sorting Grocery Cart

The ideal toy for little ones’ growing needs as they begin to explore their gross motor skills. This push toy includes games that encourage sensory stimulation and problem-solving skills so babies 12 months+ can learn through play.

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Amazon | Skip Hop
Baby Play Gym Montessori Inspired

Designed in collaboration with Montessori experts, this milestone-driven play gym encourages tummy time and parent-baby connection.

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Amazon | Fisher-Price
Kick & Play Piano Gym

We’ve never met a parent who owned this product and didn’t say it was one of the heroes of the baby stage. Babies are enthralled by the songs and love to grasp the toys above.

6 styles available

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Target | Manhattan Toy
Wimmer Ferguson 3 in 1 Triangle

This black and white travel toy is perfect for on the go stimulation as well as being added to play gyms or used on the floor for tummy time.

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Amazon | Bright Starts
Oball Rattle

Our baby experts agree, the Oball is a great first toy for baby—easy to grab and lightweight. And 12,000 plus shoppers agree it’s a 5/5 stars!

10 styles available

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Skip Hop
Playtime Activity Center

Once baby is a bit older, you’ll want a spot to safely contain them and let them practice all that moving around. This activity center is amazing because the toys don’t fall off! It is adjustable for their height and converts to an art table later on!

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The Play Kit Table & Chairs

It’s never too early to have a space that’s just your little one’s.

2 table colors & 5 chair colors available

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Amazon | Fat Brain Toys

Pediatric physical therapist Mary Cheng counts this as her favorite baby toy. They stick to surfaces of all kinds and are a great motivator for movement!

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Books to Add to Your Baby Registry

Target | Macmillan Publishers
‘On the Night You Were Born’ Book

Our editor, Kathy, still cries every time she reads this lovely book by Nancy Tillman. The rhythmic story is perfect for reading out loud to your new little one—and great for baby showers that request a book in lieu of a card.

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Target | Harper Christian
‘The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be’ Book

This sweet book written by Joanna Gaines is the perfect reminder that all little ones are uniquely special. Celebrating creativity, acceptance, and imagination, this is a must-have book to add to baby’s library.

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Amazon | Emily Winfield Martin
‘The Wonderful Things You Will Be’ Book

Speaking of crying—after six years, this book still gets our editor-in-chief every single time!

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Amazon | Margaret Wise Brown
‘Goodnight Moon’ Book

This is a timeless bedtime read for a reason. Babies are enthralled by the rhythmic words and bright colors that even seem to glow in dim light.

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