Our focus was to minimize the introduction of too many plastics to Baby Wu early on in his life, as well as to reduce the amount of stimulation from “colorful, flashing” toys. As such, we spent time researching natural baby toys that followed the Montessori philosophy of practicality as well as incorporating a few elements of the Waldorf philosophy of creativity. Here is the list we ended up buying, hopefully it helps simplify your shopping if you share a similar philosophy. Age ranges a rough guideline.
- 0-3 Month Toys:
- Board Books:
- 3-6 Month Toys:
- Story Books:
- 6-9 Month Toys:
- Teething Toys:
- 9-12 Month Toys:
- Chinese Learning:
- Musical Toys:
- Building Blocks:
- Play Toys:
- Tracing Boards:
- Puzzle Toys:
- Memory Games:
- Prenatal Resources: books, documentaries, vitamins
- Pregnancy Hospital Bag:
- Non-Toxic Baby Registry: travel, sleep, change, feed, bath
- Baby Medicine Cabinet:
- Postnatal Recovery:
0-3 Month Toys
High contrast shapes and patterns provide infants something simple to engage and focus on.
Clutching toy and rattle.
Clutching toy and rattle.
A soft book for playing and object permanence.
Little Blue Truck
Sweet story of friendship
Moo Baa La La La
Cute story on animal sounds.
Silly story about barnyard animals dancing
Silly story of dinosaurs dancing.
The Going-To-Bed Book
Wonderful to begin the bedtime routine.
3-6 Month Toys
A non-toxic play mat for babies to crawl on.
Engaging way to do back time.
Three rolling tumblers great for tummy time.
Another engaging way to do back time.
The Water Dragon
A nice story told in chinese and english.
The Magical Rooster
Another chinese zodiac story told in chinese and english.
6-9 Month Toys
Pop Up Toy
Make sure to get the Galt one as the copycats tend to have paint that comes off.
Grasping and shape recognition.
Grasping and hand eye coordination.
A rolling toy for tummy time.
An engaging way to work on sitting.
Wooden Bead Maze
Promotes dexterity and hand eye coordination.
The simplest yet most effective teething toy.
For teethers that prefer fingers.
Two handed teether with silicone beads.
9-12 Month Toys
Grasping and learning geometric shapes.
Another nice shape sorter.
Encourages motor skills and imaginary play.
A very comprehensive baby mandarin learning curriculum.
Mini baby drum.
Mini baby xylophone.
Blocks with chinese animals, numbers and characters.
Waldorf Steiner Rainbow
The famous Steiner rainbow.
Building Block Set
A larger, natural building block set.
Colorful building slats for more advanced building.
Waldorf trees for landscaping.
A challenge to fine motor coordination.
The transformable pikler triangle.
The infinitely configurable play couch.
Wooden play kitchen for Montessori learning.
Alphabet Tracing Board
Chinese Strokes Tracing Board
Chinese 1-10 Tracing Board
Logic Egg Tangram
Double Soma Cube