Blind and deaf babies often suffer from language deprivation issues because they are not properly exposed to the external environment. Ignoring the symptoms will delay the communication and cognitive development that might cause issues in the future.

These babies and children have the capability to learn if you can provide them with the right product. Raising a deaf or blind child might take some patience and best baby learning toys can make the task easier.

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Best Learning Toys for Blind Babies

It is possible for you to find a large number of toys that have been specifically designed for the use of blind babies. All you need to do is to take a look around and buy the best sensory toys out of them. These toys are in a position to deliver a unique experience to the children who are suffering from visual impairments. However, they will enjoy spending their time along with these toys throughout the day.

Target age Item Weight Pros (more in the review section) Cons Availability
Lamaze Soft Chime Garden from 5 months 14.4 ounces Nice colors and textures, Soft toy, Gentle lights, Good songs, Can be played on the floor or attached to a stroller Plays 3 songs total, The price is a little high, Kind of bulky Check Price
The First Years Stacking Up Cups from 6 months 3.52 ounces Inexpensive, Simple but great, Stack easily, Can be used in a bath, Compact If you want to give something that will work as well also for 5-year-olds, you should look for bigger cups Check Price
Edushape Small Sensory Balls from 6-7 months (my recommendation) 1 pound Lightweight, soft, good material balls, Bright colors, Affordable Made from PVC, Small balls Check Price
Infantino Press and Stay Sensory Blocks 6+ months 1.1 pounds Nice texture, Bright colors, stimulating, Easy to clean Corners might be sharp, Might seem too booring Check Price
Play Battat Sound Puzzle Box 18+ months 1 pound Each shape makes original sound, High quality, Can help to learn to match shapes and colors Recommended age 18+, Separate pieces not sold, Only 3 shape pieces Check Price
Lamaze Octotunes 10+ months 1.6 pounds Every leg has different texture and note, Musical toy, Colorful Not machine washable, Some toys have a vanilla scent, Might be harder to squeeze, Pretty big toy Check Price

Here is a list of some of the best sensory toys that are available in the market for blind babies to go ahead and purchase.

  1. Lamaze Soft Chime Garden

This toy is made out of five different smiling faces. These faces chime, light up and play songs when they come into contact with the hand of your baby. It is possible to find three different auditory levels in this toy. They can be selected accordingly to match perfectly well with the auditory awareness of the little one.

Lamaze Soft Chime Garden review

Item Weight: 14.4 ounces

Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 7.5 inches

Batteries: 3 AAA batteries required. (included)

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: from 5 months

Material Type: Polyester

This cute little toy will be a great gift for a girl because, well.. These are flowers, and they light up different colors and plays different sounds. By the way, there is more than one song- “If you’re happy and you know it” and two classical pieces.

Every part of the toy is made of different material so baby will develop also his touch.

One of the pros is that it’s easy to get this toy to play music because every time you hit any flower, it starts to play a song. Hit it again and another song will come up. It creates a discovery for infants.

Although you can give this gift for 3-4 month old babies it’s better if you know if the baby will be able to grab it. But don’t worry, it will not be a problem for a long time, cause in most situations 5-month-old babies are able to grab this toy and play with it.

Pros:

  • Nice colors and textures
  • Soft toy so the baby won’t hurt himself/herself
  • Perfect size
  • Gentle lights
  • Good songs that will not drive baby’s parents crazy
  • It can be played on the floor or attached to a stroller, carrier
  • Holds baby’s attention

Cons:

  • Well, it plays 3 songs total
  • The price may seem to be a little high
  • Smaller babies may not be able to grab the toy as it’s kind of heavy and bulky, although remember – the baby will grow

Although visually impaired and blind babies won’t see the lights, they will hear music and touch different fabrics. Of course, you can buy, for example, a soother for the baby, but this toy will be more interactive.

Overall fun toy – good quality. BABY APPROVED


  1. The First Years Stacking Up Cups

With this toy, you will be able to buy eight different cups. These cups can be stacked together, on top of each other. It provides plenty of methods for the babies to play. The First Years Stacking Up Cups can be considered as one of the best methods available to teach number recognition and counting for the babies.

First Years Stacking Up Cups REVIEW

Item Weight: 3.52 ounces

Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.2 x 2.5 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: from 6 months

Material Type: Plastic

Remember that babies experience everything for the first time so even though you may think that stacking cups is nothing special, it will be different for infants. It’s a really simple and fun way to play. While younger children will stack them up, fit together, hide things underneath, an older child can practice counting and build other skills.

On the back side these cups have numbers so it will also help to learn numbers by touching them.

These are also great for bath time, playroom or sandbox. Basically anywhere.

PROS:

  • Inexpensive
  • Simple but great learning toy
  • Stack easily
  • Can be used in a bath
  • Compact toy

Cons:

  • The toy is great for smaller children. If you want to give something that will work as well also for 5-year-olds, you should look for bigger cups

A wonderful and simple, classic gift that will help a child to grow and learn new things. BABY APPROVED


  1. Edushape Small Sensory Balls

Edushape Small Sensory Balls are in a position to develop the tactile sensors of your little one. In addition, they can contribute towards the motor skills of the baby as well. Your baby will be able to throw, roll, squeeze or kick these balls when playing. It can promote socialization skills of the little one as well.

Edushape Small Sensory Balls reviewItem Weight: 1 pound

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 4 x 10 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: from 6-7 months (my recommendation)

Material Type: PVC

When buying this product you’ll get 4 colorful balls that are not too firm nor too soft which is great because the baby is able to grab the ball and squeeze it. And by the way, these balls bounce a bit so it will be so much fun for the little one. The spiky texture on these balls is awesome. It’s possible that it will be the first time when baby feels something like this and that’s a good thing. He will learn from this experience.

I would suggest these balls for babies from 6-7 months. It’s just better choice when the baby is starting to crawl because then he can throw the balls and crawl after them (if the baby is deaf).

But if a baby is blind in later months he will be able to hear where these balls bounce so it’s a great way to develop hearing. And even so, it’s a great gift for younger babies as baby can squeeze it.

Oh, and we can’t forget that 6-months old babies still are in that “chewing mode”, so if you’re looking for a present for 6 months old or even younger babies, maybe you should think again. This is still PVC although phthalate free.

But if the baby has stopped chewing every little thing in his hands then it really is a great gift. This would be a great present for the first birthday or Christmas!

Pros:

  • Lightweight, pretty soft, good material balls
  • Bright colors
  • Very affordable
  • Perfect for developing baby’s tactile senses and motor skills
  • Baby is able to grab the ball and squeeze it

Cons:

  • Not suitable for babies who still likes to chew whatever is in his hands as it’s still from PVC, not some non-toxic material
  • Pretty small balls (4 inches diameter)

  1. Infantino Press and Stay Sensory Blocks

These toys are recommended for the babies who are aged over 6 months. The toy set comes along with 24 different blocks. It is possible to pull apart all the blocks and play around. For example, the little one will be able to build sideways and stack up these blocks.

Infantino Sensory Press and Stay Sensory Blocks reviewItem Weight: 1.1 pounds

Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.9 x 2.3 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: 6+ months

Material Type: plastic

You might think that these are those great blocks that stick together (like they would be from the fabric or something) but actually, you have to press together so blocks would stick. And they stick together very well. Toddlers will definitely enjoy pushing blocks together and pulling apart while babies will enjoy the texture.

Some parents worry about dirt on toys so it’s important for them that toys are easy to clean. You can’t clean these toys in a washing machine but that’s nothing bad as you can just put them in a bucket with water and soap. So if you’re one neat parent or you will give these blocks as a present to these parents, they will thank you.

Pros:

  • Nice texture
  • Bright colors, stimulating
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • The corners of some blocks might be sharp so be sure to check before or make sure kids are supervised while playing with them. Although if your baby is 1 year +, it will be totally fine for some babies
  • If you love LEGO these blocks might seem too boring

It’s a nice toy BUT it’s not the best toy for a baby if he loves throwing things at himself and other kids, if he can’t control his hands very much..


 

  1. Play Battat Sound Puzzle Box

Play Battat Sound Puzzle Box is an excellent toy available for the blind babies to play. When they are playing with this toy, they will have to go ahead and match the coordinating shapes. These puzzles are in a position to keep the little ones engaged for hours.

Battat Sound Puzzle Box reviewItem Weight: 1 pound

Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 6.4 x 5.2 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: 18+ months

Material Type: Plastic

Batteries required: No

Nice! It’s time to take a look at something that has sound! Play Battat Sound Puzzle Box will be a great gift for blind and also deaf babies although they can’t hear the sound. But if a baby is not completely deaf, this will help to improve the hearing, and for both it will help to develop touch.

Puzzle pieces are in three different shapes – circle, square and triangle. As you put one shape in, it makes noise as they slide down. It’s so cool, right? And don’t worry the sound isn’t nor distracting nor too loud. Baby will love putting the shapes into the box and hearing the sound.

Yes, I know that recommended age is 18 months and up but I just can’t let this toy go.. Even if a baby is 5 months old it doesn’t mean you can’t give this toy as a present to him. Sure you can! The parents will make sure the baby has this toy when he’s able to play with it so don’t think too much about this problem. And if you are a parent looking for a great gift, this might be it! I know some parents who ordered this toy for one-year-olds and kids love it so I think it’s okay to give this as a gift also to one-year-old.

Pros:

  • Each shape makes its own unique sound (blind babies)
  • Babies love playing with these
  • Batteries are not required
  • High quality
  • Baby can learn to match colors and shapes
  • Great for eye (deaf babies) and hand coordination (deaf and blind babies)
Cons:
  • Recommended age is 18 months+ although it’s okay to give this toy for a one-year-old. Just the baby has to be supervised (for safety reasons, you know)
  • You can’t buy separate pieces
  • There are only 3 shape pieces but I believe that a little one won’t mind

Great toy for both DEAF AND BLIND BABIES!


  1. Lamaze Octotunes

Lamaze Octotunes is a relatively large toy when compared to other options mentioned in the list. They are in a position to assist the little ones to focus only on a single object at a time. The toy comes along with 8 different floppy legs. The little ones can spend their time by hugging, squeezing, pulling and strengthening the muscles. When each leg is pressed, it will give out a unique tone. Therefore, it is a fun toy to play around with. Lamaze Octotunes comes along with a song book as well.

Item Weight: 1.6 pounds

Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 13 x 7.8 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: 10+ months

Batteries required: No

Of course, this octopus has 8 legs and every leg plays one note, together they have a full octave. And what does it mean? It means that you a parent and baby can make some beautiful music together.

By the way, if you think that this Lamaze Octotunes musical toy is working with batteries, that’s not true. It works by squeezing those legs. Although I don’t think that this is an appropriate toy for a few months old babies as they can’t really play or repeat a melody, the adult can play it for the baby. But for older babies, this really is a nice gift.

Pros:

  • Fun toy for everyone (both the baby and the parent)
  • Every leg has different texture which is a great way to develop touch
  • Musical toy (and this is important)
  • Each leg plays a different note
  • You’ll also get a little songbook
  • Colorful toy
  • No batteries

Cons:

  • Not machine washable
  • Some toys has a vanilla scent. If you don’t want it, it will be hard to wash out
  • For younger babies it might be harder to squeeze
  • It’s more fun if played by the adult (as this is how a baby can learn songs)
  • Pretty big toy which is not so great for smaller babies

Best Toys for Deaf Babies

Target gender Target age Item Weight Batteries Availability
Fisher-Price Rattle 'n Rock Maracas Unisex 10+ months 8 ounces No Check Price
Gund Baby Tinkle Crinkle Rattle Toy Unisex 0+ 1.6 ounces No Check Price
Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball Unisex 5+ months 5 ounces No Check Price
LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo Unisex 6 month - 3 years 1 pound 3 AA batteries required (included) Check Price
Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy Unisex 0-24 months 3.84 ounces No Check Price
LeapFrog Learn and Groove Activity Center Unisex 6 month - 3 years 6.3 pounds 3 AA batteries required Check Price
WolVol Educational Activity Cube Unisex 18 months and up 2.78 pounds 3 AA batteries required (not included) Check Price
  1. Fisher-Price Rattle ‘n Rock Maracas

Fisher-Price Rattle ‘n Rock MaracasThis toy set comes along with two different maracas. They have the perfect size and the babies will find it as an easy task to hold with their hands. Since the ideal grip is offered, kids will only have to grab the maracas and shake. The Fisher-Price Rattle ‘n Rock Maracas produces an entertaining sound when it is shaken. Hence, it becomes an ideal toy to be given for blind babies.

Item Weight: 8 ounces

Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 9.5 x 6.2 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: 10+ months

Batteries required: No

  1. Gund Baby Tinkle Crinkle Rattle Toy

Gund Baby Tinkle Crinkle Rattle ToyGund Baby Tinkle Crinkle Rattle Toy will crinkle and rattle when the babies are playing with them. As a result, a sensory stimulation will be provided. This can deliver a unique and an interesting experience for the visually impaired babies. It is recommended for babies who are aged one month and above. Moreover, the toy has been designed in such a way to promote engagement.

Item Weight: 1.6 ounces

Product Dimensions: 3 x 3.2 x 16.2 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: 0+

Batteries required: No

  1. Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball

Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball reviewSassy Developmental Bumpy Ball offers multiple materials and textures. As a result, your blind baby will find it as an easy task to stay engaged. The tactile sensitivity of your little one will be increased effectively by Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball. On the other hand, it offers chunky sized bumps, which promote grasping, reaching and transferring. It produces a gentle rattling sound as well.

Item Weight: 5 ounces

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: 5+ months (my recommendation)

Batteries required: No

  1. LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo

LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo reviewThis toy has the ability to help your blind babies with getting to know about the alphabet. Different learning methods are promoted by the toy. As a result, your baby will be able to get used to the alphabet within a short period of time. It also offers three different playing modes.

Item Weight: 1 pound

Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 6.9 x 8.1 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: 6 month – 3 years

Batteries required: 3 AA batteries required (included)

  1. Manhattan Toy Winkle Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy

Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy reviewThis is a safe method available for you to promote clutching among the little one. It offers a two handed play to the baby as well. The toy is recommended for the blind babies who are aged under two years. Since the product is made out of BPA free plastic, you don’t need to keep any doubts in mind when you are giving this to the little one.

Item Weight: 3.84 ounces

Product Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 3.5 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: 0-24 months

Batteries required: No

  1. LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table Activity Center

LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table Activity Center reviewThis is a colorful toy that comes along with more than 70 learning responses, tunes and songs. It has the ability to introduce colors, shapes, letters and numbers to your little one. In addition, your baby will go ahead and explore sounds when playing around with this toy. LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table Activity Center offers some of the classic children’s tunes as well.

Item Weight: 6.3 pounds

Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 1 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: 6 month – 3 years

Batteries required: 3 AA batteries required

  1. WolVol Educational Kids Toddler Baby Toy Musical Activity Cube

WolVol Educational Kids Toddler Baby Toy Musical Activity Cube reviewThis is a perfect activity cube that you can introduce to your blind baby to play around with. It is a strong and a durable toy. As a result, your little one will be able to use it for a long period of time. To keep the baby engaged, this toy offers a range of impressive sound effects.

Item Weight: 2.78 pounds

Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 1 inches

Target gender: Unisex

Target age: 18 months and up

Batteries required: 3 AA batteries required (not included)


How to select the toys for deaf babies?

Selecting the toys for deaf babies might get tough for you. Here are few things you have to consider before buying the products.

Quality

The most important thing to consider during the selection of the toy is its quality. You have to assure that the material used is the production of the toy is reliable and non-toxic. It should be BPA and Latex-free so that the baby will not develop any allergies.

Sensations produced

Elephant TeetherFor the cognitive development of a blind or deaf baby, three types of sensations are required:

  • Tactile
  • Vestibular
  • Visual

You have to assure that the toys you select have all types of sensations because only then they will be beneficial for the baby.

Cost

Do not forget to consider the cost of the product that you are planning to buy. Some of the toys for deaf babies are often expensive as compared to the others. You have to consider your budget. If they are expensive, use your coupons or wait for discount offers.

I’d also suggest to read the article on “How to choose toys for babies and toddlers“.


Types of the best baby learning toys

Here we have the list of types of best learning toys you can buy for the baby.

Sensory toys

The sensory toys for visually impaired babies have been specially designed to stimulate the blind of deaf baby through different channels like:

  • Lights
  • Vibrations
  • Images
  • Touch sensations

Just like a healthy baby, these toys will help to develop all the other senses of the baby, like grasping, releasing and much more.

Language development toys

Deaf and blind children find it hard to learn languages. With the language development tool, you can expose the deaf child to different languages that will help them in learning words without using signs. For the blind children, you can use audio tools so they can hear and learn.

Books

best soft book for baby

You can never go wrong with books. Hearing impaired babies will get a chance to see different images when they are near the first birthday. For blind babies, books with sounds, soft books with different textures have been developed.


Bottom line

You have to be very careful with the selection of the toys. Keep the interests of your child in mind so that he or she would love to play with the toy. Sensory toys are the best way to minimize the side effects that a blind or deaf child might have to face in live. The toys can provide the best sensations in a fun way. Your kid will not even notice that he is getting a treatment while playing with the toys.

 

Do you want to buy a toy that’s also non-toxic? Then read this article!

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