Top 10 Developmental Toys for Twins or Multiples

Not Just Playthings! Toys that Help Twins Learn and Grow

There's only one of you and many of them -- parents of multiples are extra challenged when it comes to promoting developmental play with their babies. These toys are good options to consider for your twins, triplets or multiples. Not only do they encourage cognitive development and motor skills, but they can be used interactively or effectively shared by more than one child, perfect for twins or multiples!

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Soft Blocks

Bright Starts Grab and Stack Blocks Toy
Bright Starts Grab and Stack Blocks Toy. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Soft blocks are great toys for infants yet also have play potential for older babies and toddlers. Choose brightly colored blocks with lots of contrast and pattern for visual stimulation. These Bright Starts Grab and Stack Blocks Toy come in a set of four (enough to share with twins) with a vivid patterns and colorful images.

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2
Play Gym Mat

Taf Toys Curiosity Activity Gym and Play Mat
Taf Toys Curiosity Activity Gym and Play Mat. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

The Curiosity Activity Gym and Play Mat from Taf toys features hanging toys activities to stimulate several senses and a soft mat for baby to lie on. Plenty of bright colors, stimulating graphics, interesting textures, music and lights help stimulate babies' senses and gross-motor skills. This extra large, oversized mat is perfect for twins. The arches dangle hanging toys and can be removed to use the play mat separately. It only comes with one pillow, so you'll need an extra one for tummy time to encourage babies to lift their heads and shoulders.  

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3
Soft Toys with Clips

Lamaze Play & Grow Take Along Travel Toy Twin Pack with Links
Lamaze Play & Grow Take Along Travel Toy Twin Pack with Links. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Link Along Friends from Lamaze are a handy addition to the diaper bag. Clips let you attach them to the stroller or car seat. Brightly colored details stimulate your babies visually, while a soft plus texture provides encourages tactile exploration. In addition, each of the characters has a unique sound feature, such as a crinkle or squeaker. This convenient twin pack has two toys, a bunny and a moose, perfect for twins. 

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4
Shape Sorters

Kiddopotamus King of the Shape Sorters Toy
Kiddopotamus King of the Shape Sorters Toy. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Older babies will enjoy sorting toys, which teach them cause and effect, enhance their fine motor manipulation skills, and enhance hand-eye coordination. Kiddopotamus King of the Shape Sorters Toy includes a variety of shapes that reward babies with pattern and  surprises and conveniently store in a colorful bowl. 

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5
Pop Up Toys

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Boppin Activity Bugs
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Boppin Activity Bugs. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Pop up toys never fail to delight. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Boppin Activity Bugs features colorful bug characters, reinforcing the relationship between cause and effect while encouraging exploration with knobs, levers and buttons. This style of toy is more difficult for multiples to share among themselves, but this model should suffice to satisfy two at a time.

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6
Puzzles with Knobs

Melissa and Doug puzzles with knobs
Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles. Images courtesy of Amazon.com
Puzzles are an excellent way to develop visual spatial and cognitive skills. Choose products with large chunky pieces, durable wooden construction and knobby handles for younger children. Look for products packaged in sets for multiples who are reticent to share. Geometric and animal shapes can also help enhance vocabulary.

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7
Keys/Ring Toys

Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys
Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Keyring-style teether toys appeal to young babies, developing their fine motor skills as they learn to grasp and manipulate them. Look for BPA-free, soft plastic items with a variety of visual and textural stimulation that are free from any small parts that might become dislodged. This set from Nuby can be chilled in the refrigerator for a soothing coolness. 

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8
Ride On Toys

Step 2 Wagon for 2
Step 2 Wagon for 2 for twins. Photo courtesy of Amazon.com.
Older, mobile children will enjoy ride-on or pushing toys that encourage their gross motor skills. Look for safety features like soft edges, as well as dual purpose toys that will meet their needs as they grow up. For example, some toys feature a handle so parents can push younger babies, but convert to a self-powered vehicle for older ones. Wagons that accomodate two children are perfect for twins, but watch the weight limits.

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9
Books

Jellycat Soft Book for babies
Jellycat Soft Book Goodnight Baby. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Jellycat soft books are chock full of elements designed to stimulate hand-eye coordination, tactile exploration and self discovery. Each page features something new, like a mirror, squeaker or crinkling sound. Books are more difficult to share between multiples, so it's nice to have a variety on hand.

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10
Soft Dolls

Gund Baby Kaylee Stuffed Baby Doll
Gund Baby Kaylee Stuffed Baby Doll. Image courtesy of Amazon.com
Dolls impart a sense of comfort and security to young children, but you have to be careful that your doll of choice is appropriate for babies. Look for soft-bodied dolls with no loose pieces and features embellished with embroidery rather than adhesive. This simple doll is particularly durable. Cuddling a doll helps babies stimulates tactile exploration, and enhances grasping skills. When it comes to dolls, to each his own -- don't even think about sharing! Plan to buy one for each multiple.

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