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Discover the Best Montessori Baby Toys

I like updating my Montessori toy and materials posts every year or so. It has been a while since I focused on Montessori infants! So, here we are…the latest and the tremendous Montessori Toys for infants.

A beautiful aspect of Montessori is the application to life and not simply to education in the classroom alone. Babies are ripe to begin learning and living, as Dr. Montessori emphasized in her work.

To help you get started (because I know there are many young parents new to Montessori), I researched and vetted Montessori toys for infants. These materials are perfect for your home or even a daycare setting.

Montessori Toys for Infants

Montessori Infant Learning Philosophy

Dr. Montessori believed in the child’s ability to reach his potential on his own if given the freedom and the environment in which to develop naturally.  She placed first priority on the child and his natural development at birth.

By believing in the child, she encourages and motivates teachers and parents to develop the whole self.

Children not only develop academic intelligences but emotional, social, and practical intelligences, too. While developing these skills, children will inevitably develop less tangible skills, such as self-esteem, security, and confidence, required for a successful life.

It is necessary to begin the education of the senses in the formative period if we wish to perfect this sense development with the education which is to follow.

The education of the senses should be begun methodically in infancy, and should continue during the entire period of instruction which is to prepare the individual for life in society. – Dr. Montessori

A baby yawning
An infant yawning reading for educational toys!

She believed this process starts at the moment of birth. She discusses this idea within the context of math. Dr. Montessori emphasized the fact that human beings are born with a propensity to naturally be driven to calculate, reason, and create.

The key, however, is to have a guiding and nurturing adult within their environments, or the capacity to perform such thinking is eventually lost. 

Therefore, in order to develop and function at the most significant capacity, a child’s experiences must lend to the innate mathematical mind.

So, exposing a child to these concepts early in his life is vital to the later development of more complex math concepts. Without this exposure, his brain won’t be ripe for advanced learning and critical thinking.

In a sense, the brain will reject this type of thinking because it is not prepared to accept more complex information.

The Ultimate Guide to Montessori Infant Toys

Are Montessori Toys Good for Babies?

Many parents agonize over what the best toys are for their babies. Do they need lots of brightly colored plastic things with buttons and noises?

Or should they go for simpler wooden or cloth toys?

What about Montessori materials?

Are they good for babies?

There are considerable benefits to Montessori toys that all parents should keep in mind. Montessori toys are typically made from natural materials, and there usually is a built-in control of error.

Auto education is key to Montessori and Montessori toys should lend to a child leading his own development and learning.

Montessori Toys for Babies

DIY Montessori Toys – Supplies

The cool part about Montessori toys for babies is that you can often create them on your own with your own materials already in your home. Educational toys for infants should not be complicated.

Below are a few examples of materials that could be used for DIY Montessori toys.

  1. Wooden Beads
  2. Wooden Rings
  3. Ribbon
  4. Bells
  5. Cardboard Box
  6. Buttons
  7. Pipe cleaners

Tugging Box and Other Simple DIY Montessori Toys for Babies

Montessori Toys for Babies - Tugging Box

Tugging Box

A cardboard box is an excellent tool for making a tugging box for babies.  Check out this example from Laughing Kids Learn. 

By threading ribbon through holes in a box, you can make simple and endless fun for your little one!

DIY Montessori Toys for Babies - Simple Fine Motor Skills with Recycled Materials
A 9-month-old using buttons during educational play.

Button in the Slot

So simple. A recycled can and a bowl of buttons to work on fine motor skills, vocabulary (describing the colors and sounds), and color identification. You can even begin early math with counting and patterns.

DIY Montessori Toys for Babies - Sensory Wall
A baby playing with a sensory wall.

Sensory Wall

This brilliant idea comes from Asia Citro at Fun at Home with Kids. Take a trip to Home Depot or your local hardware store and gather your materials.

You don’t even have to be handy to create this gem. Creating a sensory wall or sensory board will excitingly engage your child.

Tearing Paper

It doesn’t get much easier than using paper as a toy. This activity might sound silly, but there are tremendous benefits.

The sound of the paper tearing and the fine motor work makes this simple activity perfect for babies. Offer different types of textured paper to explore sound.

Music basket for kids

Music Basket

This one is so much fun! Our basket is filled with a mix of “toy” instruments (like Melissa & Doug’s Band in a Box, which we love!) and real music instruments I found at a local thrift store.

Melissa & Doug Band in A Box
  • High quality Melissa & Doug instruments
  • Wonderful design & colors
  • Ideal for teaching beat, tempo, Syncopation, rhythm

Don’t ever underestimate consignment shops for finding unique educational toys! Add a few books about music, and your baby will be engaged and happy!

Sensory basket for kids
A baby playing with a treasure basket.

Treasure Basket

Weekly treasure basket of things around the house that your baby can explore.

DIY Montessori Toys for Babies - Unique Sensory Bottle Ideas

Sensory Bottles

There are endless easy & inexpensive opportunities for sensory bottles around your home. So easy to make, to create themes, and to work with multiple senses all at once. Babies love this Montessori toy!

A baby playing with blocks

Montessori Toys for Infants

Rattles

There are many different types of rattles that you can get for your little one.  Rattles are an opportunity for your baby to explore sounds, texture, and motion. 

Montessori Wooden Toys
  • Package contents: you will receive 3 wood montessori toys in 3 styles, one wooden rattle with 3 wooden rings, one wooden rattle with bell and 1wooden interlocking disc toy, which are safe and nice toy for baby
montessori toys for infants 

Wooden Ring Rattle

Wooden Bead Rattle 

Knocking Rattle 

Teethers

Babies and toddlers do a lot of exploring with their mouths.  A variety of teething-friendly toys is the best way you can support this exploration.

Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether, Orange
  • Perfectly Baby Finger Sized – Babies love to chew on their little fingers (and probably yours too). So we thought, why not copy? Comotomo teethers are designed to mimic baby fingers.
  • Intuitive Design – Thoughtfully made to make it easy for your little one to grab and hold.

You can buy sets of teethers that have different textures, or you can also buy a set of teethers like this one.  Babies often enjoy playing with different textures on a teether.  

Related Read: A Guide to Designing Your Montessori Playroom

A great way to add texture is to tie a cloth or baby rag to it.  You can also wet the cloth and freeze it for a while.  Babies like to suck on it, and the cool temperature soothes their gums.;

Wooden Teether

Tortoise Teether

Arudyo Baby Teething Toys Silicone Teethers BPA Free Silicone Rudder with Wooden Ring Soothe Babies Gums (Khaki)
  • ★ SAFE MATERIAL – 100% food grade silicone and natural beech. The size of this silicone rudder teether is designed to be just the right size to prevent babies from swallowing.

Wooden Teething Toys

Play Gym Teether & Wooden Ring Toy

Activity Gym

Activity gyms promote essential motor skills and muscle development. Activity cubes or gyms give your baby an opportunity to practice reaching, which encourages full-body movement and therefore promotes learning to crawl.

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Battat – Wooden Activity Cube – Discover Farm Animals Activity Center for Kids 1 year +, Standard
  • Activity Center: A 5-sided wooden activity center with an adorable farm theme.
  • 5 Sides: Includes spinners, a zigzag racetrack, a bead maze, doors to open, and mix-and-match animal puzzles.
  • Developmental Benefits: Improve hand-eye coordination and learn cause-and-effect!

The Wooden Play Gym

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Wooden Baby Gym with 6 Wooden Baby Toys Foldable Baby Play Gym Frame Activity Gym Hanging Bar Newborn Gift Baby Girl and Boy Gym (Natural Color)
  • The wooden gym frame is made of unfinished beech, sanded to be smooth. Free of any chemicals.
  • Comes with 6 wooden ring hanging. Encourages early motor skills while giving infants something to hold and manipulate. Natural color, perfectly coordinate with most of the nursery.

Wood Baby Gym

Attachment Options for Baby Activity Gyms

Babies will love it if you periodically switch them out, so they can explore something new.

Wooden Baby Activity Gym

Montessori Toys for Infants

Montessori Toys for Infants – Books

Babies like books that are simple and realistic.  Look for books with realistic images.  They will enjoy looking at these pictures while they play. 

Perfect for tummy time! You can also read it and tell them about what each picture is.

toys for one year old

My First Word Book Knowing the World

toys for one year old

Baby University

toys for one year old

My Big Animal Book

toys for one year old

My Big Word Book

Montessori Baby Toys – Imaginative & Pretend Play

toys for one year old
My Barnyard Friends

toys for one year old
Wooden Egg Kitch Toy Set

toys for one year old

Animal Finger Puppets

Montessori Toys for 8-Month Olds – Motor Skills

Wooden Nesting Blocks

toys for one year old

Deluxe Band Set

toys for one year old

Wooden ABC Blocks

toys for one year old

Sensory Balls

Oballs

toys for one year old

Natural Rattle & Teether Ball

toys for one year old

Rainbow Fabric Ball

More Montessori Toy by Age Ideas & Resources

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