Choosing the Best Toys for Your Blind Baby

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It is possible to find toys designed specifically for blind children. American Printing House for the Blind (APH), for example, has some really cool things you can buy for your blind child. However, most of these are for older children and are often very expensive, so when it comes to baby toys, you’re probably going to find yourself purchasing toys originally designed for sighted children.

How do you know which toys will work best for your baby? Here are some of our favorite toys as well as some tips on how to choose the best toys for babies who are blind.

Our Favorite Toys for Blind Babies

These are Ivan’s top picks for toys. Most of them are available through Amazon. For more toy ideas check out our articles on Toys for Toddlers or making your own Scented Rattle and Toy Basket. You can also read our article on how to choose the best toys for your blind child or check out some of our favorite Holiday gifts. If you have a great toy you want to add to the list, contact us and let us know!

Baby Einstein Octoplush

Baby Einstein Octoplush

We first saw this toy at the Perkins Infant and Toddler program. Each leg of the octopus names a color and plays a musical chime with just a soft tap. It’s a very sweet sounding toy that doesn’t take too much pressure to activate and also includes volume control. It’s a great way to teach babies about cause and effect.

First Years Stack Up CupsStack Up Cups

These cups are simple, safe, and sturdy. They’re great for enhancing fine motor skills. Use them to introduce the concepts of “big” and “little,” “in” and “out,” etc.

Fisher Price Baby's First BlocksFisher Price Baby’s First Blocks

These blocks are great for encouraging your child to pick things up. The bucket has a sorting top and is a wonderful way to introduce putting things in and taking things out.

Battat Sound Puzzle BoxBattat Sound Puzzle Box

If you’re looking for a shape sorter with a bit more pizzazz, you’ll definitely want to check out this Sound Puzzle Box. I’m not sure how they do it, but every time you place a block in the correct hole, it slowly falls down the chute and makes a unique noise, so for kids with vision impairments there’s some added incentive to getting those shapes in the puzzle box!

Lamaze OctotunesLamaze Octotunes

Each leg on this octopus plays a note when squeezed, but my favorite thing about the Octotunes is that it smells like vanilla!

Lamaze Mix & Match CaterpillarLamaze Mix & Match Caterpillar

Each section on this caterpillar provides some sort of feedback, whether it’s a rattling bell, a squeeze sound, or a crunchy texture. Each piece of the caterpillar also comes apart so you can move them around or even play with them individually.

LeapFrog Spin & Sing Alphabet ZooLeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo

The Alphabet Zoo makes music when you tap or spin it. It also plays the ABC song and will play a different sound for each animal pictured. It’s a great way to learn about cause and effect and funny animal sounds.

Leapfrog Learning TableLeapFrog Learning Table

The learning table does a lot of things—too many, maybe, for a young baby. But Ivan likes to sit on one end and smack the table to make it sing the ABC song or tell him about shapes (you can remove the legs and set the table on the floor). He’s learned about object permanence with this table because he knows which parts of the table will provide what feedback. It’ll also be a great toy to play with when he learns how to stand!

Choosing the Best Toys for Your Blind Baby

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