Be very careful about the gifts that you and others give to your babies/toddlers. Ensure that they are safe for the child's age group and that they cannot fall apart. Many toys are dangerous because they are small enough to swallow or get caught in the child's mouth, or because they may contain dangerous or poisonous materials).
Wooden toys are great for young kids. They're robust enough to survive the knocks and are, generally, built for long life. Avoid buying second hand wooden toys that are chipped, worn or broken; splintered wood is dangerous in toys. Look for good quality, solid toys. Sometimes, you can buy them unpainted or stained and your child can have added pleasure in painting the toy themselves in their favorite colors.