Collection: Babies and Kids with Autism

Toys for autistic babies and children should be selected with their sensory preferences, developmental needs, and individual interests in mind. While each child is unique, here are some types of toys that are generally well-suited for children with autism:

  1. Sensory Toys: Many autistic children have sensory sensitivities, so toys that engage multiple senses can be beneficial. Look for toys with different textures, colors, and sounds. Examples include squishy toys, textured balls, light-up toys, and tactile puzzles.

  2. Fidget Toys: Fidget toys can help children with autism manage sensory overload and improve focus. Items like squishy stress balls, sensory putty, tangles, and spinners can provide calming sensory input.

  3. Visual and Auditory Stimulation: Toys that provide visual and auditory stimulation can be engaging and beneficial. Consider toys with lights, moving parts, and soothing music or sounds.

  4. Cause-and-Effect Toys: Toys that respond to a child's actions can help them understand cause and effect relationships. Interactive toys that light up, make sounds, or move when a button is pressed can be both entertaining and educational.

  5. Building Blocks and Puzzles: Building blocks and puzzles promote fine motor skills, creativity, and problem-solving. These toys can be engaging and offer a structured play experience.

  6. Communication and Social Skills Toys: Many children with autism may benefit from toys that promote communication and social interactions. For instance, board games, pretend play sets, and dolls can encourage imaginative play and social engagement.

  7. Calming Toys: Some children with autism find comfort in repetitive motions or rhythmic activities. Toys like lava lamps, bubble tubes, and calming sensory bottles can provide a soothing environment.

  8. Weighted Blankets and Plush Toys: Weighted items can provide a sense of comfort and security. Weighted blankets, vests, or plush toys can help children relax and self-regulate.

  9. Art and Craft Supplies: Artistic activities can be a great outlet for self-expression and creativity. Offer crayons, markers, playdough, or other craft supplies for sensory and artistic exploration.

  10. Technology-Based Toys: Some children with autism are drawn to technology. Interactive apps, educational tablets, and sensory apps designed for children with autism can be engaging and provide learning opportunities.

It's important to note that each child is unique, and what works well for one child may not work for another. Observe your child's interests and preferences, and involve them in the process of selecting toys. Additionally, consider consulting with a pediatric occupational therapist or a developmental specialist who can provide personalized recommendations based on your child's specific needs and preferences.

Below is a selection of our lovely toys which suite the above criteria. But feel free to look through all of our Toys for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers.