15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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Toys aren't just fun and games — they can stimulate your baby's mental and physical development! Here are our top budget-friendly picks

Babies soon begin to take an interest in the world — grasping, chewing, rattling everything in their tiny hands. This is a great time to introduce some fun toys that can develop your little explorer’s mind! 

To help you and baby get started, here’s our pick of 15 developmentally-friendly toys suitable for babies between 6-12 months. And since babies outgrow things so quickly, we’ve made sure that these toys won’t break the bank!

1) Sassy Developmental Sensory Ball Set 

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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This sensory ball set features rattle beads and tactile bumps, stimulating baby’s sense of touch and hearing. Your mesmerized little ones will also love crawling after these colourful balls, developing their motor skills.

Price: USD13.57 (around S$18.77)

2) Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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Babies just love playing peek-a-boo! This developmental book features peek-a-boo flaps that will have your budding reader gurgling in wonder.

The pull-out flaps encourage baby’s hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. And if your tot is already learning their first words, the six pages contain fun rhymes for bedtime reading.

Price: USD10.36 (around S$14.33)

3) Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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A teething toy made up of soft, safe loops for your growing one. This Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award winner also doubles as a rattle, easy to clutch in little hands. 

Price: USD10.69 (around S$14.79)

4) B. Toys B. One Two Squeeze Blocks

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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This set of 10 squeeze blocks is amazingly multi-functional. Tots can develop their fine motor skills by stacking the bright bricks, pique their auditory senses by squeezing the squeaky blocks.

As your baby advances, you can also teach them about the animal shapes and numbers embossed on the sides.

Price: USD13.99 (around S$19.35)

5) Manhattan Toy Classic Baby Beads Wood Rattle, Teether, and Clutching Toy

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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Wooden beads strung together make for a simple but surprisingly entertaining toy. Rolling and twiddling the tactile beads helps to promote gross motor skills in your baby. The water-based finish also makes it safe as a teething toy. 

Price: USD12.99 (around S$17.97)

6) Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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No baby toy box is complete without this classic stacking toy. With five bright-coloured rings to grasp and stack, your little one will learn to discern colours and sizes in an interactive way. 

Price: USD5.29 (around S$7.32)

7) Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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This quirky toy offers all-in-one sensory stimulation for your active tot. To engage their motor skills, little fingers can spin the adorable frog, clack the rings about, shake the rattle beads, and explore the textured handles. 

Price: USD9.99 (around S$13.82)

8) Skip Hop Explore and More Musical Egg Shaker Trio

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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These cute little shakers are great for developing baby’s fine motor skills and auditory senses. The round animal figures — an owl, a hedgehog, and a fox — are easy to grasp in small hands!

Price: USD13.50 (around S$18.68)

9) Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Music Toy

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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Packed with baby-friendly classical melodies, this toy promotes auditory development in tots. Listening to these tunes can also encourage your little genius’ brain development — classical music primes our brains for spatial reasoning.

Price: USD7.99 (around S$11.05)

10) LEKA Cat Rattle

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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Shaped in cat plushie form, tots will love cuddling this simple and irresistible rattle. It makes a soothing, low-level sound, well-adapted to sensitive baby ears.

Price: USD4.90 (around S$6.78)

11) O Ball 1-Piece Rattle & Roll Car

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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This toy car makes a delightful rattle as it’s rolled across the floor, encouraging babies to crawl after! Besides honing the coordination of their limbs, tots also develop their fine motor skills as they grasp and push the car.

Price: USD5.97 (around S$8.26)

12) Tomy Hide & Squeak Eggs

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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This absolutely adorable ‘egg box’ will get baby’s hands busy! Tots can lift the shells to reveal six colourful chicks and press on their heads to hear them cheep. Your baby can also learn to sort the eggs by shapes. 

Price: USD9.98 (around S$13.81)

13) VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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This learning toy is perfect for getting your bigger tot started on words! Buttons on the dump truck teach phrases, tools, and colours when pressed. Your little ones can also have fun with hand-eye coordination by loading the rocks and pushing and pulling the truck.

Price: USD13.88 (around S$19.20)

14) Baby Einstein Explore & Discover Soft Book

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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With 4 crinkly fabric pages, your baby will enjoy turning the pages and absorbing their first words. Plus, the handy link loop means you can easily bring the book out — hung in the car or on your diaper bag.

Price: USD4.79 (S$6.63)

15) Sassy Wonder Wheel Activity Center

15 developmentally-friendly baby toys for under S$20

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This multifunctional toy features spinning center pieces that develop visual tracking in your little one. With colourful, rattling beads and interesting texture points, all baby’s senses will be stimulated. The suction cup base is a convenient plus — you can attach it to any surface!

Price: USD6.00 (S$8.30)

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Written by

Jolene Hee