Our top 5 toys for babies 0 to 1 years for 2018

Do you find Christmas shopping for your children stressful? Creative parenting expert Nikki Bush recommends these five toys for babies 0 to 1 years.


Nikki Bush publishes her sought-after Toy Talk list every November. She and fellow Toy Talk judge, Justine Heydra, research the market for items that are educationally sound, age appropriate, fun and value for money. Nikki and Justine are the longest-standing toy judges in South Africa and have developed educational games and toys for brands like Barney, Barbie and Thomas and Friends.

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These are their top toys for babies 0 to 1 years:

Gymotion Lay to Sit-up Play (Yookidoo) | R999.99

Available at Baby City and takealot.com

This useful and innovative activity gym allows for three modes of play. Your little one can lie on the play mat with the overhead arch that has five hanging toys for batting and grasping, she can have tummy time with the tummy cushion, or sit and play when the gym is folded into the sitting position. It has optional music settings with 10 minutes of consecutive tunes and folds into a slim, convenient carry case for portability.

Yookidoo - Gymotion lay to sit-up play

Clicky Twister Easy Grasp Rattle (Oball) | R99.99

Available at Baby City and takealot.com

Shake things up with this colourful toy that’s unlike any rattle you’ve seen before, incorporating the unique OBall design for little hands. Each of the five brightly coloured balls click and twist into place, creating a chain reaction of cause-and-effect discovery. Your baby will spend hours manoeuvering this toy to make a variety of sounds.

Oball Clicky Twister Easy Grasp Rattle

Funny Fishbowl (Bright Starts) | R349.99

Available at ToyZone, Baby City and takealot.com

Encourage your little one’s fine motor skills development with this spinning Funny Fishbowl. Press down on the fish’s head and watch the colourful balls spin out of control to the silly sounds, lights, and melodies. The bowl is made of flexible leaves that open up to release the balls. Your baby can then play fetch and put them back into the fishbowl before playing again

Bright Starts Funny Fishbowl4

Froggy Pond Tumbler (PlayGo) | R324.99

Available at ToyZone, Toy Adventures and takealot.com

Bath time is multisensory fun time when you can continue to engage your little one’s curiosity. Suction the tracks on tothe side of the bath and you have a froggy marble run – the balls race down the slides and splash into the bath.

Play Go Froggy Pond Tumbler (2)

Stack & Tumble Elephant (Leapfrog) | R499.99

Available at Hamleys and takealot.com

Stack the five brightly coloured, textured rings on the elephant’s trunk. As each ring is placed on the trunk, he will play silly sounds, say adorable phrases and introduce colours, numbers and shapes. Press the music note button on the end of the elephant’s trunk to hear playful songs, or press his tail for counting and talking. Best of all, when the elephant sneezes, all the rings will tumble off his trunk. Your child will learn colours, numbers and shapes while developing fine and gross motor skills in the hands and arms.

Stack&Tumble Elephant

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