Few baby toys are worth their salt, considering babies don’t need much to be entertained in their first few months. But when you need a few moments of quiet, a simple yet stimulating toy is worth its weight in gold.

Luckily, the Oball Classic fits the bill. Costing around $7, this flexible ball is simplicity at it’s best: It’s easy to for babies to grasp, even if they haven’t developed much fine motor control. And since it can be grabbed from any spot on the ball, baby is less likely to drop it, which means you don’t have to endlessly pick it up.

Oball comes in several color combinations and some models incorporate rattles. I prefer the plain Oball Classic. Stimulating, yet not overly so, this toy will grow with your child and can easily be stuffed into a diaper bag so you can take it anywhere.

Oball is available at several online retailers and at retail stores, or you can order it through www.kidsii.com/connect.

Photo by Rebecca Schneider