The 8 Best Toys to Buy for 4-Month-Olds in 2018

Help develop your little one's senses with these top-picks

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Up until the time your baby was four months old, you probably spent a lot of time feeding her, changing diapers, and watching her sleep. Once the four-month mark rolls around, though, watch out! At about this time babies start to become much more interested in their surroundings. They can start to grasp things with their hands, they respond to noises like rattles, and they might even start to smile and laugh at the things they find amusing. Thanks in no small part to these fun developments, it also becomes infinitely amusing to start introducing toys to your baby at around this time, too.

Toys for a four-month-old aren’t just about the fun, though. By introducing the right toys to your child at this point, you’ll be helping her develop some very important skills, like cognitive development, hand/eye coordination, fine motor development, gross motor skills, and much, much more. There are about a million toys on the market for any type of skill you want to instill in your child, and while most of them are great, we did some digging to find the best of the best. Read on for the best toys to buy for 4-month-olds now.

Best Overall: SmartNoggin NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle

If you want to get a toy that will hit help inspire the growth of various different milestones the SmartNoggin NogginStik is your best bet. This light up toy was invented by a mom and Early Intervention Specialist and comes with an included pamphlet on helping you understand what milestones your baby should be achieving at a certain month, as well as some ideas on how to encourage growth in these areas.

Designed for use from infancy till one-year-old this toy will help inspire learning how to track items with their eyes, grasping and holding skills, a rattle noise for the ears, and much more.

Parents say this toy mesmerized their child. Some note it only held their baby's interest for a month but others have said this has provided entertainment for a whole year. The price on this is a lot higher than other baby toys but you are getting multiple toys in one.

Best for Teething: Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether

Why not get a laugh while your baby gnaws away on this baby banana that helps massage achy gums as your little one chews on. The silicone bristles do a good job of providing relief from teething while also helping to prime them to learn about the importance of oral hygiene (it's never too early to start!).

This teether can be used from 3 months till 1 year old, and after that, they can graduate to a model more suitable for more teeth. You won't have to worry about the baby choking since the "peel" part prevents them from pushing it back too far into the throat.  

This teether gets glowing reviews from parents saying it has helped their baby get through the cranky days of teething and helps keep the baby entertained. Many parents say this is a must for any household with an infant.

Best Mobile: Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile To Go Travel Toy

Help baby develop his visual skills with the Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile To Go Travel Toy by Manhattan Toy. This product attaches to most strollers, infant carriers, and car seats with a plastic clamp, which means you can bring the entertainment with you anywhere you go.

The high contrast black and white patterns and color graphics are great for early visual and multi-sensory development, and three reversible cards display black and white graphics on one side and color images on the other. The toy is recommended for kids from birth to five months.

Best Gross Motor: Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy

Pick up the Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy by Manhattan Toy to provide your kid with a multi-use, functional object. This Amazon’s Choice product is a mesmerizing maze of safe and soft tubes that make the perfect baby teething toy, while the tubes also promote gross motor skills like clutching and two-handed play. The middle tube also gives off a rattle sound that’s very pleasing to babies.

This product has won multiple newborn toy awards, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award. The plastic loops are BPA free and the toy is suitable for kids from birth till 24 months.

Best Sensory Skills Toy: Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball

The Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball is an Amazon’s Choice product approved by hundreds of parents whose kids have fallen in love. There are many play options that are a part of this toy that will help build your kid's sensory skills. For example, it includes a spinning frog character and caterpillar bead chaser, a spinning paddle with mirror, a squeaker with clacking rings, a roller ball with colorful rattle beads, and handles with multiple textures that are easy for baby hands to grasp.​

Best Book Toy: LandFox Animal Puzzle Cloth Book

Reading to your little one is bound to be one of your favorite activities, so why not add a book to your routine that’s just perfect for little hands to touch, feel, and play with? The Amazon’s Choice product LandFox Animal Puzzle Cloth book is suitable for kids from birth to two and is made with soft polyester that your baby can grab and hold on to.

With just enough detail and contrast to keep your little one’s interest while you read, your baby will love looking at the different pages as she explores the different textures on the cover and discovers how some of the pages crinkle. The story of Oodles, the owl, will be one both you and your little one can treasure for months to come.

Best Musical Toy: LIGHTDESIRE Musical Caterpillar Baby Toy

If you’ve been researching toys for your four-month-old, you’ve likely discovered that most come with some sort of musical element, whether it’s a rattle or a full on recorded tune. If you’re looking for the perfect musical toy, though, check out LIGHTDESIRE’s musical caterpillar baby toy, an Amazon’s Choice product.

When your baby squeezes the head of the caterpillar she’ll be greeted with a song, while the caterpillar’s body contains a variety of colors and patterns to promote visual development. The tummy functions as an actual ruler in both meter and foot scale, so mom and dad can keep track of baby’s growth progress during playtime, as well.

Besides the head, each additional section of the caterpillar is designed for functionality and entertainment. There are bells, rustling, and squeaks, all sure to delight and entertain your child.

Best Playmat: Skip Hop Baby Treetop Friends Activity Gym/Playmat

Don't have a playmat? Now might be the time to invest in one that will not only delight your baby but will also give your arms a solid break. This pick from Skip Hop will delight all of their senses with toys that are moveable to keep up their visual interest and have them reaching up. Other features include a mirror and crinkle toys to perk up their ears. What's more, it even has a tummy time pillow that can help ease discomfort some baby's get when being put on their stomach.

Parents love that this isn't so loud in terms of color and design while some note that they wish it had musical elements (others are happy it doesn't). Many say that this mat is a daily activity for their baby, which both mom and kid enjoy.