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Most baby toys on the market are awful for newborns. There are tons of (overpriced) toys that small babies can't even play with. I didn't know this until recently, and I'd venture to say most people don't know this.
When Bennett was born, we had and received a lot of very cute toys for him, but I quickly learned that newborns really can't play with much. A lot of toys are hard to grasp with tiny fingers (paired with lacking motor skills) and also are just too heavy for bity arms. There were two toys Bennett got in his first few months that are perfect for very young babies. The first is the Green Toys Twist Teether and the second.... well, you'll just have to keep reading!
So, my mom signed Bennett up to received monthly Citrus Lane gift boxes when he was born. These awesome packages arrive every four weeks packed full of cool products based specifically on your child's age and gender.
In his first box from Grandma, there was the Twist Teether from Green Toys, https://amzn.to/2VBG3TY. He immediately was able to grasp it! Then within a few days, he was able to shake it! As a first time mom, this was HUGE. I think I have about 30+ minutes of video footage and hundreds of photos (one shown above) with him shaking this toy (ahh, the things my second child will never have to haunt him/her).
Another awesome toy for little ones, is the Innobaby Teethin' Smart™ EZ Grip Teether & Rattle Flower, https://amzn.to/2BWqiQA. Scrolling through my Instagram feed from Bennett's first few months, this little green flower is everywhere. The soft design and tiny rattle feature in the bloom make it a big hit with newborns. In fact on Christmas morning, my little guy was surrounded by tons of super cool toys and only wanted to shake his little green flower.
Now as a nearly eight month old 'big boy,' he still loves playing with the Twist Teether and Rattle Flower, https://amzn.to/2BWqiQA. These are both go-to-toys for the diaper bag since they're not too big (or too terribly noisy). If you're putting together a baby shower gift package, you have to include at least one of these awesome toys!
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