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Best pram toys for newborns and beyond

A newborn pram toy is a must-have for any parent to help keep your little bundle of joy entertained while on the go. Here’s our pick of the best.

By Laura Cooke | Last updated Jan 11, 2022

baby playing with pram toy

Whether they crinkle, squeak or rattle, newborn pram toys are a great buy, either as a baby shower gift or for your own new arrival.

Not only can a good pram toy keep your baby engrossed and calm while out and about, it can also help with their sensory development.

But with so many newborn pram toys on the market, it can be tricky to know which toy is best suited to your tot.

So we’ve trawled expert review sites and the Mumsnet forums to find out which newborn pram toys parents recommend. This ensures that we bring you the most honest and in-depth recommendations, carefully vetted by the very people who use these products daily.

Here are the best newborn pram toys to buy in 2022.

1. Lamaze Captain Calamari

Captain Calamari

Price: £14.85 | Buy now from Amazon

“He also has this hanging off the hood of the pram and it’s a big hit: Lamaze Captain Calamari.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user LakeShoreD)

“Captain Calamari is the king!” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Getawriggleon

“Lamaze toys are great - the butterfly and good old Captain Calamari are our faves!” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Blippibloppi)

“As for toys. you can't go wrong with Lamaze. DD's personal favourites were Captain Calamari and Jacques the Peacock.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Dyra)

Perhaps the least-threatening pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas, Lamaze’s Captain Calamari engages all the senses, with eight knotty activity legs, a crinkly hat, clacking rings and a surprise mirror all waiting to be discovered by little hands. He’s super soft so is perfect for cuddles too.

The charismatic captain comes with a chunky clip so he can be easily and securely attached to pushchairs and lightweight buggies. You would have to have a heart of stone not to be charmed by this baby favourite.

Pros

  • High-contrast colours
  • Big enough to grasp easily
  • Lots of activities to stimulate the senses

Cons

  • A bit pricey

Key specs

  • Recommended age: Up to 6 months

2. Mamas & Papas Welcome to the World Travel Toy Charm Tractor

Mamas & Papas tractor travel charm

Price: £12.80 | Buy now from Mamas & Papas

“We had the Mamas and Papas travel charm.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Fivemoreminutes1)

This gorgeous little link toy, featuring a soft tractor, sheep and carrot, is easy to attach and remove, so it can be moved quickly between prams and carrycots. 

Extra soft bamboo cotton and grey chambray fabrics mean this toy is gentle on a baby’s delicate skin. And it even comes with a teether to help soothe sore gums during the teething stage too.

Pros

  • Includes a teething ring
  • Made from super soft bamboo cotton

Cons

  • No design choice

Key specs

  • Recommended age: From birth upwards

3. Where's Mr Lion? Buggy Book

Where's Mr Lion buggy book

Price: £5.27 | Buy now from Amazon

“Have a look at ‘Where’s Mr Lion?’ felt flap books. They are very nice.” (Vetted by Mumsnet user Kokosrieksts)

Who’s lurking beneath the colourful felt flaps? Your child will love discovering Mr Lion, Mrs Giraffe and the rest of the gang in this brand-new buggy version of the bestselling baby book Where’s Mr Lion?.

This brightly-coloured board book can be easily attached to pushchairs with the handy strap, so your little one can always enjoy this childhood favourite no matter where you go. 

Pros

  • Easy to grasp
  • The surprise mirror at the end is always a hit

Cons

  • Nearly the same price as the full-sized book

Key specs

  • Recommended age: Up to 3 years

4. Lamaze Freddie the Firefly

Lamaze Freddie the Firefly

Price: £12 | Buy now from Amazon

“Mine enjoyed the Lamaze pram toys from about six weeks. Freddie the Firefly was a particular hit.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user MolotovMocktail)

Who doesn’t love Freddie the Firefly? This smiley, colourful and multi-textured bug features a wide range of activities so baby can crinkle, squeak and rattle to their heart’s content.

Freddie also comes with a tethered teether to help provide relief for sore gums. Easy to attach to buggies and prams, Freddie the Firefly makes the perfect addition to play mats and activity centres too.

Pros

  • Comes with teether
  • Lots to stimulate the senses

Cons

  • Pricey

Key specs

  • Recommended age: Up to six months

5. High Contrast Stroller Flashcards

High Contrast Stroller Flashcards

Price: £3 (was £8) | Buy now from JoJo Maman Bébé

“You could add some flashcards in black and white and some colour ones [...] I have been using them since my baby was a few weeks old and they helped her to focus her eyes. At 14 weeks she kicks when I bring them out.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Sceptre86)

Black and white toys are great for developing a baby’s eyesight, as the contrast between the two colours helps to grab their attention and improve focus. 

These monochrome High Contrast Stroller Flashcards also include charming cartoon animals that are educational and are sure to appeal to little ones. A chunky plastic ring makes for easy attachment to pushchairs and prams. And, at just £3, it’s a great value buy for any new parent.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good for vision development

Cons

  • Doesn’t crinkle, rattle or jingle, so may not be exciting enough for some babies

Key specs 

  • Recommended age: From birth upwards

6. Jellycat Avocado Book

Jellycat Avocado Book

Price: £15 | Buy now from JoJo Maman Bébé

"I got two fabric books for DS. He wasn't so interested in the Lamaze bug one (although I rate their toys - he loves them). He is mad for the Jellycat Avocado Book though!” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user YawnyOwl)

It’s difficult not to smile when presented with the quirky Jellycat Avocado Book, complete with a cute pair of dangly feet.

Your baby is sure to love lifting the flaps in this fun crinkly fabric book to find out how an avocado grows up. And if avocados aren’t your thing, Jellycat also does a carrot and a sweetcorn version too. Ideal for priming them for all those lovely vegetables when weaning eventually comes around.

Pros

  • Velcro strap allows for easy attachment to buggies and prams
  • Lovely illustrations

Cons

  • Pricey

Key specs

  • Recommended age: From birth upwards

7. Tiny Love Sunny Stroll Activity Arch

Tiny Love Sunny Stroll Activity Arch

Price: £24.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“The Tiny Love toy bar is a big hit.” (Vetted by Mumsnet user Inmypjsagain)

The Tiny Love Sunny Stroll Activity Arch is guaranteed to elicit some gummy smiles from baby, who will be entertained by the rattle toys, mirrors and the fascinating baby-activated fan that will certainly draw their attention.

The flexible plastic arch can be easily attached to most buggies using the chunky plastic clips and can also be clipped to car seats. Just don’t use it while driving as the car seat handle acts as a roll cage to protect your baby in the event of an accident. A toy attached to this bar may stop this safety feature from working as well as it should do.

Pros

  • Develops fine motor skills, senses, and language and communication
  • Comes with a teether
  • Folds up well for travel

Cons

  • More expensive than other pram toys

Key specs

  • Recommended age: From birth to 4 months-plus

8. Bright Starts Take Along Toy Bar

Bright Starts Take Along Toy Bar

Price: £10 | Buy now from Amazon

“I bought this for my four-month-old DD - best tenner spent yet, and the sounds are not actually that irritating.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user WonkyDonk87)

The Bright Starts Take Along Toy Bar is a real feast for the senses. Featuring larger-than-life jungle characters which are familiar to fans of this particular brand, this toy bar rattles, spins,  lights up and plays four tunes, which your baby is sure to love. It will be a sure-fire hit, all for the bargain price of just a tenner.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Velcro straps make the toy easy to attach and remove

Cons

  • Noise may prove irritating for parents after a while
  • Requires batteries

Key specs

  • Recommended age: From birth upwards

9. Lamaze Activity Spiral

Lamaze Activity Spiral

Price: £15.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“It's made by Lamaze and they seem to do lots of good toys for babies. Mine loved the Activity Spiral.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user SandyDanny)

Lamaze, the makers of Mumsnet’s favourite octopus Captain Calamari, are also the brains behind this multicoloured activity spiral.

Easily wrapped around pram bars, this tactile toy is soft, crinkly and springy, and features some brightly-coloured, friendly animal faces to keep your little one company on journeys both long and short. And they’re great for cuddles too.

Pros

  • Easy to attach to prams and carriers

Cons

  • Spiral can slip to the side if pulled
  • Fewer activities than on other pram spirals

Key specs

  • Recommended age: From birth upwards

10. Peter Rabbit Buggy Book

Peter Rabbit Buggy Book

Price: £3.50 | Buy now from JoJo Maman Bébé

“I tend to buy books with associated gifts sometimes. E.g. I might theme it Peter Rabbit and buy a board book, bath book and buggy book, and maybe a cuddly toy.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user StColumbofNavron)

This charming buggy book is filled with beautiful illustrations from Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, showing exactly how this mischievous bunny originally looked before the James Corden film.

Nice and chunky for little hands, the book can be easily attached to buggies and car seats via the large plastic clip. The Peter Rabbit Buggy Book is a great price to boot, making it the perfect baby gift for newborns and beyond.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Beautiful classic illustrations

Cons

  • Paper can be chewed or torn off

Key specs

  • Recommended age: From birth upwards

What are the benefits of using a pram toy?

There are several benefits to using a pram toy. A quality toy which crinkles, rattles, squeaks, plays music and so on can help to encourage sensory development. Those that come with a teether are perfect for sore gums too. Pram toys help to keep babies occupied and happy while on the go, which makes for calmer and happier journeys all round.

How do I choose the best pram toy?

There are a number of things to consider before buying a newborn pram toy.

  • Is it age-appropriate? Make sure the pram toy you buy is suitable for the age of your baby. For example, older babies may appreciate a toy that includes a teether to gnaw on.
  • Attachment: Where does the pram toy attach? Is it a spiral that wraps around the bar? Does it fix over the top of the pram with the toys dangling down for baby to play with? Most pram toys are pretty easy to attach, but if you want to prevent baby from pulling it off when they get a bit older and stronger, go for something that attaches securely and can’t be easily tugged off.
  • Function: What does the toy do? Is there enough there to keep your little one entertained?
  • Budget: Always think of your budget. Some of the pricer toys may be all-singing and all-dancing, but your baby may be just as happy with a cheaper option.

What is the best pram toy for newborns?

Mumsnetters love the cute and cuddly Lamaze Captain Calamari. With his crinkly hat, knotty legs and concealed mirror, he is a hit with young babies and would be a welcome addition to any pram.

How we chose our recommendations

Our list of the best pram toys has been compiled by an experienced parenting journalist. We scoured Mumsnet forums to find out which pram toy for newborns our users, i.e. real-life parents, rate highly - and which ones they weren’t impressed by.

We also consulted consumer watchdogs and took note of what they looked for in pram toys for newborns and which brands they were recommending to their readers.

Finally, we collated all that information and then cross-checked our shortlist with other expert review sites to see which pram toy for newborns had received the best recommendations from hundreds of parents up and down the country.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

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