The 11 Best Montessori Baby Toys For Early Fun & Learning

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Are Montessori Toys Good For Babies?

Montessori toys can be good for babies, especially because they’re designed for self-directed, exploratory play.

A 2018 Frontiers in Psychology study concluded that the efficiency of exploratory play during the infant years might help promote longer-term cognitive development. (1)

The researchers were able to measure this by providing different toys to babies and doing a follow-up cognitive development analysis at age three. (1)


What Is Considered A Montessori Toy?

Some characteristics of Montessori toys:

  • Made of natural materials, such as wood 
  • Learning toys that teach or develop one skill at a time
  • Simple but beautiful
  • Meant to last for years, and repetitive use
  • Useful and teaches practical life skills
  • Designed for open-ended, independent play and learning


These toys follow the Montessori method, a learning approach created by Italian pediatrician and educator Maria Montessori.

Did you know that Montessori education has been around for over a hundred years?

Today, Montessori classrooms and even playrooms don’t just strictly follow the founder’s teachings but might also incorporate Montessori-inspired educational toys. (2)

You too can adapt the Montessori approach but also include other toys for your baby’s development that might not be strictly Montessori.


Why Are Montessori Toys So Plain?

Montessori toys promote learning using things that are based on the real world. So, they don’t make artificial sounds or movements. They don’t have electronic parts nor use imaginary characters such as dragons, fairies, and Disney princesses.

These wooden toys are plain but designed for open-ended learning.

Kids can learn to improve different aspects of creativity by coming up with ideas to make the plain toy more interesting or entertaining. (2)


When Should I Start Montessori Toys?

Montessori learning can begin with newborn babies.

You can start with a play gym that has high contrast or black and white mobiles. 

While your newborn might still be too young for spinning drums and shape sorters, you can slowly introduce them to sensory toys during tummy time or give them a wooden rattle to develop their grasping skills.

As they grow older, or at around four months old, you can get them a Montessori-inspired teether. At 6+ months old, they might be ready for the Montessori ball, simple musical instruments, stackers, and wooden puzzles with knobs.


What To Buy: Single Toys Vs. Subscription 

It’s no secret that Montessori toys can be pricey. So, it’s really up to you to either buy single toys or get a subscription based on your budget.

What’s good about a subscription is that your child gets a set of Montessori toys designed for different skills and learning options. The downside is that the brand usually picks what toys to include, so you might already have duplicates at home.

What other Montessori toys should you get your baby?

We’ve prepared this list of 11 best Montessori toys and other gift ideas for babies.


The 11 Best Montessori Toys For Babies

1. KiwiCo Atom Bead Maze (0+ months)


  • Pros & Best Features: Atom-inspired bead maze
  • Product Safety: Passes rigorous tests for all toy safety standards
  • Materials: Solid wood, metal wire, cotton string, and plastic plugs
  • Age Range: 0+ months
  • Educational Value: Fine motor skills, sensory stimulation, and early STEM learning (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Extra Features: Includes a chemistry-themed baby book
  • Certification: Certified by independent product safety testing labs
  • Made In: Not indicated
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Can be pricey
  • Customer Reviews:

I’d venture to say that this is my son’s new favorite toy. He loves to play with the beads, and the book is really cute.” – reviewer on KiwiCo

Very nicely made, good quality and great for a 7 month-old little boy!” – reviewer on KiwiCo


  • Pros & Best Features: Butterfly-shaped crinkle toy
  • Product Safety: Non-toxic, organic toy
  • Materials: 100% organic cotton shell, crinkle paper filling, and soy-based inks
  • Age Range: 0+ months
  • Educational Value: Visual development, sensory stimulation, and learning about cause and effect
  • Extra Features: High-contrast design
  • Certification: GOTS-certified organic cotton (Global Organic Textile Standard) and FSC-certified paper
  • Made In: South India
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Can be pricey
  • Customer Reviews: None yet


3. Ece Toys Box of Montessori Mobiles & Toys (0+ months)


  • Pros & Best Features: Box of different Montessori toys
  • Product Safety: Water-based paint
  • Materials: Wood, metallic paper, cardboard, cotton thread, cotton fabric, and fiber
  • Age Range: 0+ months
  • Educational Value: Hand-eye coordination, fine motor development, dynamic visual focus, concentration, and depth perception
  • Extra Features: Option available to choose the colors for the toys included in the box
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: Turkey
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about possible choking risks
  • Customer Reviews:

We purchased the box of Montessori mobiles for our newborn and are so very impressed with the craftsmanship!” – reviewer on ETSY

With the rainbow mobile, there are small parts that if it ever came disassembled baby could choke on. The little metal rings that allow it to spin freely. And the wooden rattle with the bells on the end could present a choking hazard if the bills ever became detached, although I think that would be highly unlikely.” – reviewer on ETSY


4. LOVEVERY The Looker Play Kit (0-12 weeks)


  • Pros & Best Features: Montessori play kit with a wooden baby book
  • Product Safety: Free from heavy elements and phthalates
  • Materials: Wood, fabric, cardboard, and silicone
  • Age Range: 0-12 weeks
  • Educational Value: Visual perception, memory development, hand discovery and awareness, grasping, and tracking moving objects or sound
  • Extra Features: Includes a play guide
  • Certification: Meets regulatory safety standards
  • Made In: Curated in Idaho with products made by a supplier network in Asia (exact location not indicated) adhering to the “highest sustainability standards in the industry”
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Can be pricey
  • Customer Reviews:

We loved everything about the looker play kit. It was perfect for our 2 month old! She enjoyed all the different toys and we as her parents enjoyed playtime.” – reviewer on LOVEVERY

I feel like I could’ve saved myself the $80 and gone to Walmart, spent $15 and gotten the same experience.” – reviewer on LOVEVERY


5. Manhattan Toys Artful Skwish (0-2 years)


  • Pros & Best Features: Wood rattle and teether toy
  • Product Safety: Non-toxic, water-based finish
  • Materials: Wood and elastic strings
  • Age Range: 0-2 years old
  • Educational Value: Grasping, manipulation, and fine motor skills
  • Extra Features: Baby and toddler toy with balls, beads, and rods
  • Certification: CPSIA (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), ASTM F963 (American Society for Testing and Materials), EN71 (European Toy Safety Directive and Standard), and SOR (Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and Toy Regulations)
  • Made In: Thailand
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Requires adult supervision to reduce choking risks if the strings accidentally break or if your child pushes the toy inside their mouth
  • Customer Reviews:

It’s lovely. It’s a rattle, a ball, a puzzle, a sculpture…. Your family needs one of these.” – reviewer on Walmart

The unique structure makes it so interesting to play with, and you could tell by his focus on it how it made him think and have his curiosity piqued.” – reviewer on Target


6. Loulou Lollipop Bubble Silicone & Wood Teething Rattle (for babies and toddlers)


  • Pros & Best Features: Montessori-inspired teething rattle
  • Product Safety: Free from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), BPA (bisphenol-A), heavy metals lead and cadmium, and phthalates
  • Materials: Wood and 100% food-grade silicone
  • Age Range: Babies and toddlers
  • Educational Value: Soothing tender gums while developing fine motor skills and grasping
  • Extra Features: Teether and toy
  • Certification: Exceed safety standards (safety-tested by a leading third-party laboratory)
  • Made In: Vancouver, Canada
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about quality
  • Customer Reviews:

I feel very comfortable knowing that my baby girl is playing with a product that is made safe and reliable.” – reviewer on Crate and Barrel

The wooden rings were rough to the touch and not finished. I wiped them clean and oiled them hoping it would help soften them but they are still rough so I’ll need to lightly sand them and re oil them to see if they will be usable after that.” – reviewer on Loulou Lollipop


7. 2Woods Montessori – Bell Roller (4+ months)



  • Pros & Best Features: Wooden Montessori bell roller
  • Product Safety: Lightly stained with non-toxic flax oil
  • Materials: Solid wood and a metallic bell
  • Age Range: 4+ months
  • Educational Value: Motor development or control and hand-eye coordination
  • Extra Features: Bell rattle that can also be used as a roller
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: Czech Republic
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about quality
  • Customer Reviews:

Lovely quality toy, baby is enjoying chomping on it as much as chasing it! Thank you.” – reviewer on ETSY

Forwma correct, but not smoothed nor protected by protective finish, so it loses many splinters if the baby puts it in the mouth. Not suitable for young children, too bad that the age range of use should be that!” – reviewer on ETSY


8. Heirloom Kids US Montessori Level 2 Collection (4-8 months)


  • Pros & Best Features: Set of five Montessori baby toys
  • Product Safety: Food-safe dye, water-based sealant to prevent color leakage, and beeswax and flaxseed oil
  • Materials: Wood
  • Age Range: 4-8 months
  • Educational Value: Problem-solving, grasping, and fine motor skills
  • Extra Features: Includes ring and cube rattles, interlocking shape puzzle, and ball and bell cylinders
  • Certification: CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
  • Made In: USA
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Can be pricey
  • Customer Reviews: None yet


9. PlanToys Peek-A-Boo Roller (6+ months) 


  • Pros & Best Features: Wooden roller 
  • Product Safety: Free from formaldehyde and toxic chemicals
  • Materials: Rubberwood, organic pigments, formaldehyde-free glue, and water-based dyes
  • Age Range: 6+ months
  • Educational Value: Sensory learning, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, cause and effect, visual and auditory perception, and tactile learning
  • Extra Features: Peek-a-boo “ears” 
  • Certification: ASTM and EN71
  • Made In: Thailand
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Can be pricey; some complaints about the product being too small
  • Customer Reviews:

My son is 7 months old and liked this toy immediately. As others have commented, the toy is small. For me, this is a plus. It’s the perfect size for small hands to handle. It’s also very light, unlike other wood toys he has, which makes it easy to maneuver.” – reviewer on Amazon

Too tiny I expected it to be a little bigger. My son is not a fun of it.” – reviewer on Amazon


10. Adena Montessori Full Size Object Permanence Box (6+ months)


  • Pros & Best Features: Object permanence box with tray and colorful balls
  • Product Safety: Non-toxic and water-based paint
  • Materials: Solid hardwood (according to Amazon)
  • Age Range: 1+ years old
  • Educational Value: Hand-eye coordination, science concepts (object permanence), and logical thinking
  • Extra Features: Large balls to reduce choking risks
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: China
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about quality
  • Customer Reviews:

My kid loves this toy. Such a great learning opportunity with it and keeps my baby occupied for long periods!” – reviewer on Amazon

My 6 month old barely used this, we played for about 10 minutes and I noticed flecks of paint on the horizontal wooden surface.” – reviewer on Amazon


11. LOVEVERY The Explorer Play Kit (9-10 months)


  • Pros & Best Features: Subscription-based, age-appropriate activity set
  • Product Safety: Free from fire retardants, PVC, and other toxic materials
  • Materials: Stainless steel, wood, silicone, fabric, and other non-toxic materials
  • Age Range: 9-10 months
  • Educational Value: Concentration, coordination, STEM learning, and exploring real-life objects
  • Extra Features: Includes play guide for parents and a baby book
  • Certification: OEKO-TEX-certified fabrics (tested for toxic and harmful substances) and FSC-certified sustainably sourced wood
  • Made In: Network of suppliers in Asia
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Can be pricey
  • Customer Reviews:

Our baby enjoys all of the play kits so much! The toys are interesting, high quality, and very well made. They keep his interest for long periods of times. We rotate through them and baby doesn’t get bored..” – reviewer on LOVEVERY

Good quality toys but my son hasn’t been interested in most items in the box.” – reviewer on LOVEVERY


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