baby development

The best baby light and sound toys on the market

Toys with lights and sounds can help stimulate your baby, here are some of the best

The best light and sound toys for baby around

Take a look at our selection of the best light and sound toys around for your baby

Baby with toy

The Lowdown

When your child is a newborn, the first toys that you’ll buy are often very simple, such as a comforter or a soft cuddly bear suitable from birth. As soon as their vision starts to improve and they can focus more clearly, investing in some more stimulating toys could be a great idea. Anything that has flashing lights and sounds that can be activated are going to be a winner!

What to look for 

Look for toys with easily push-able buttons or levers that activate different features as it will help to teach your child about cause and effect.

Need to know

Remember to stock up on batteries so you’ll never have a disappointed child on your hands, and will save you making emergency late night visits to the shops as you’ve run out!

1. Bright Starts Lights and Sounds Fun Pad
RRP, £12.99
Baby’s first tablet introduces them to animals, shapes, colours, and numbers, with large, soft buttons on the fabric screen that are easy for little fingers to press. There’s also a slider switch that activates other fun sounds and five colourful lights that flicker across the screen to give your child visual stimulation and also keep them amused.

2. Fisher-Price Groove and Glow BeatBo
BeatBo is a great way to introduce your baby to colours and music, press his tummy to activate five songs and he has lights that ‘dance’ along to the melody, too. He’s also plush and very cuddly. He’s small enough to travel with, and babies will love his friendly face.

3. Taf Toys 3-in-1 Musical Boat Cot Toy
An innovative toy that can be used initially as a night-time soother in the early weeks, then as a tummy time trainer and then as a fun push-along that’ll encourage your baby to get mobile. There’s relaxing music for the night-time mode and upbeat tunes for daytime fun. It can also project colourful stars for a soothing bedtime treat.

4. Lamaze Shine and Sounds Shelly
RRP £19.95
Shelly has a large mirror to encourage your baby’s natural curiosity, which shows images when pressed. Either lullabies or fun melodies will play, depending whether you’re in either daytime or night-time mode, and her shell also glows. There’s soft fabric to explore and chewable ribbons to add to the fun.

5. Vtech Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball
RRP £12
This clever ball has a built-in motor causing it to roll around so your baby can crawl after it, and it has been designed to develop language and sensory skills. There’s lots of buttons to explore, when pressed animal sounds and music is activated. Your baby will be fascinated by the spinning lights and soft tactile ribbons.

The best baby light and sound toys on the market