Freddie the Firefly has a lot to offer baby. He includes a rattling ball, clacker, mirror, and a plastic ladybug for teething. Multiple fabrics were used in the creation of this toy to increase touch awareness. Baby can learn colors, sounds, shapes while playing with Freddie and his many accessories. This toy will certainly keep your baby happy and entertained for hours whether on the go or staying at home for the day.
Instead of drinking from her bottle and wetting herself, the new Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby doll tinkles in her potty because she is potty trained. She’ll do her little potty dance when she has to go, so there are no accidents and no mess. She even farts while sitting on the potty. What’s cool? You can make her interact with Mommy or Daddy. She features over 50 sounds, phrases, dances, and interactions to take the Baby Alive experience to the next level.
They’re going to love playing ‘parent’ with this new interactive doll!  They can feed her, change her, love her and more!  She’ll give them over 80 super real expressions and cute little sounds. They can help put her to sleep by rocking her, she’ll laugh when you tickle her, and she’ll even turn to you when you call her!  She’ll even provide you with some of her very own sweet baby babble too when you talk to her.  We personally think this one is the cutest, but you can also get her with blonde sculpted hair or brown sculpted hair too!
Why experts love it: "There's more than one way to play with nesting bowls—make them fit together, stack them, knock them down, use them to pour," says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, a developmental psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and co-author of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool. "They can be taken apart and put back together, which builds imagination."
Inspired by the Unikitty show, LEGO has launched a dream kit called the Unikingdom Creative Brick Box. With over 400 pieces, fans can create simple builds. The colors and palette are vibrant and will inspire your child’s imagination. The set includes 17 buildable characters. Kids can create their own Unikitty Unikingdom and live out their adventures.

At the end of the day, however, social interaction between children and parents is really the most important thing to remember. “Even if you’re laying the foundation for later cognitive development, all learning happens in relationships,” she says. “Spend as much time as you can with your child to make that time as uninterrupted and undistracted as possible.” To help you parse what that means (and to make sure you’re first in line as the friend-aunt of choice), we’ve asked the parenting team over at PopSugar Moms to pick out the grooviest age-appropriate toys on the market, with Lytle explaining what makes them the best gift for a 1-year-old specifically. We’ve also made a few additional selections based on what Lytle had to say. We’ve also got gift guides for kids of all ages, including 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and 9-year-olds.
This adorable octopus can play music for baby in three languages. What a find for families that are bilingual! A great sensory toy with its plush, blue fur and satin designs on face and legs. Each leg teaches baby a new item, such as a leaf, star or flower. The Octoplush is a perfect size for a companion to snuggle and sleep with thus increasing the security level for baby.
While it’s not totally a toy, we had to share this one with you because of how obsessed the kids are with it!  The new Echo Dot for Kids is, well, designed and created just for the kiddos.  They can play games with Alexa, ask her to read them a bedtime story, play their favorite music, and so much more.  Plus, because it’s for kids they won’t (and can’t) run into any of those awkward situations they could run into with the regular Echo.  This one comes in blue, red, and green! More colors here.
Get ready for some serious laughs! The Pie Face Cannon game ups the ante on this wild and wacky game. Two players compete against each other. One player has the cannon full of whipped cream while the other has a pair of buttons. This is war! The catch? Now kids can block the pie attack. When you press the buttons at the right time, it will activate a large red hand in front of your face. It’s a fun twist on the popular game that people will love sharing on social.
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While eight weeks may be a little early for babies to squeeze the feet and begin a game or song on their own, they will enjoy the musical song as their auditory senses develop. And a game of peek-a-boo may bring a smile to their face. Parents like this toy since it’s less intimidating than some other peek-a-boo toys. Many people report that this toy was an instant hit with babies and older children alike — meaning that baby won’t soon outgrow the GUND Animated Flappy Elephant.

A great choice for baby’s first rattle as it is the softest around. The feet are made of a crinkly material which crunches when chewed on or squeezed. Perfect for the first sensory toy providing sound and touch opportunities as baby grows. The vibrant colors and jingling bells will keep baby spellbound for a good while. The unique ring shape makes this toy easy for baby to hold making it a first toy for developing those motor skills.


Before you invest in a large drone, the Tello quadcopter is the perfect first drone. Designed to be easy to fly and withstand crashes, this affordable drone gives you hands-on experience flying a drone. It flies for about 13 minutes on a full charge. The built-in 720p camera is a cool feature that allows you to shoot decent quality video while you fly.
Give baby the fun of an aquarium this holiday season with the sweet Melissa & Doug Deluxe Fishbowl Fill and Spill. This super-soft baby toy comes with four ocean friends including a fish, seahorse, octopus and sea star that all conveniently stash in the splash-free aquarium. Whether on the go or at home, babies will love playing with the various creatures that rattle, jingle, squeak and crinkle as they develop those motor skills. ($27; amazon.com)
At 1, kids are learning about the world around them through trial and error and experimentation. Puzzles and shape sorters are great for encouraging them to explore how things work. “Puzzles exercise children’s cognitive abilities to be able to think about both the physical manipulation of the pieces and understanding how something will fit into something else,” says Lytle. “It’s this idea of containment and fitting and what goes where.” This puzzle cube will appeal to the tactile learner, with its rubbery shapes and cutouts teaching little ones to experiment with size and fit. The tethered pieces ensure nothing will ever go missing.

For gross motor skills milestones, the toddler should achieve ability in walking, climbing and stomping around. By age two, they should be able to walk at ease, perform basic running and catch, throw, and kick objects such as balls. Another milestone of this skill for toddlers is the ability to sit upright in the very early stages of this phase as well. Lastly, walking up steps should happen without assistance and toddlers should be able to bend, squat without falling over.
Babies love taking toys apart and putting them back together. They also like to "dump and fill" putting toys in and out of containers over and over again. Look for nesting and stacking cups, as well as soft toys that attach and un-attach with velcro. These important toys help babies learn to develop their problem solving and fine motor skills, while they practice over and over again.

The book has a page for each of the first 12 months, then one page per year through the age of 5. One parent pointed out that the fill-in-the-blank spaces make it easy for even less creative individuals to make a meaningful and beautiful baby book. However, it has been noted that this book is more suited to traditional family types and often prompts photos or information about parents and grandparents that suggests that these couples are still together. Some parents may find this to be a little uncomfortable at times. Overall, though, this is a beautiful and simple to use memory book that will keep track of baby’s special moments and accomplishments for years to come!
This collection of the best gifts for toddler girls is based on real customer feedback. This has helped us discover which toys appeal to which corresponding ages and genders. The result is our incredibly accurate age rating system found on each product page that delivers even more detailed information about product features and the top ages for each toy. Click on some of the products in this collection to discover more about our best toddler girl toys from Fat Brain Toys.
Designed to be used from birth to early toddlerhood, the Newborn-to-Toddler Play Gym comes with no less than 10 toys and playtime activities on a padded and machine-washable mat. The mat itself can be converted into a put-and-take ball playset especially when the colorful arch is utilized. The play gym also has dancing lights and several toys that rattle while dangling on the arch.
This toy is for a big baby who is steady on his feet and able to hold a sitting posture. They even recommend the ages of 3 to 8 for its use. But if you are providing direct involvement with baby, this can provide a lot of fun for him and he’ll age into it nicely. It requires no pushing or batteries; its mechanical operation will allow your baby (or you, until baby can figure it out on his own) to operate this car by simply turning the wheel. And it’s durable enough that the manufacturer even suggests the parent hop on to try it out themselves.
The Farm To Table Kitchen set allows kids to pick carrots from their farm and chop and prepare them in the kitchen. The kitchen comes complete with a stove with working knobs and sound effects to make for an immersive play experience. There’s also an oven, refrigerator, sink, storage and more for endless imaginative fun. You can even hang your pots and pans for extra storage.
Who doesn’t love to cheat in Monopoly? Now Hasbro is making cheating official with the Monopoly Cheaters Edition. The core gameplay remains unchanged. So what’s changed? There are 15 special cards tailored to the sneakiest family members. If you can get away with evil deeds, you’ll be rewarded; however, if you’re caught you’ll end up in handcuffs. Now there’s no banker so you can rob the bank if you’re daring enough.
This toy is for a big baby who is steady on his feet and able to hold a sitting posture. They even recommend the ages of 3 to 8 for its use. But if you are providing direct involvement with baby, this can provide a lot of fun for him and he’ll age into it nicely. It requires no pushing or batteries; its mechanical operation will allow your baby (or you, until baby can figure it out on his own) to operate this car by simply turning the wheel. And it’s durable enough that the manufacturer even suggests the parent hop on to try it out themselves.
To help little ones get their legs and hands moving, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Kick & Play Piano is a popular choice. This toy has been around for years, taking on different forms and color combinations. The latest version is as versatile as ever, with the ability to tie it onto baby’s crib, place it flat on the floor, or use the built-in stand to prop it up when baby begins to sit and play. Happy moms and dads find that this toy can keep their little one entertained safely and provide much-needed mental stimulation.
With Ashtonbee’s five-pack of baby teething toys, you can always be prepared for the next time your child becomes fussy because of their painful gums. Each of the five teethers are free of BPA, PVC, lead, BPS, and phthalates, thus your child will not come into contact with any harmful chemicals while they are chewing. Your little one can easily grasp each teether as they are designed with a handle. Furthermore, your child will increase their fine-motor skills as they grasp the handles. The variety of curves and textures will stimulate your child’s teeth to grow as well as massage their gums. The bright colors of each teether will stimulate your child’s sensory development. The silicone material makes them easy to clean if accidentally dropped. Receiving five at one time will allow you to keep one in your car, house, bag, and anywhere else you might need to keep one. 

With an infant on your hands, it might feel like all you do these days is feed, change diapers and catch a nap while baby sleeps (if you're lucky). But while it may seem like baby can’t do much, it's actually never too early to start playing with your child. In the early weeks and months, she isn't exactly ready to kick a soccer ball or put together a puzzle, but there are plenty of fun ways to engage with her that’ll have important long-term benefits for her physical and mental development.
This cute, fun learning toy is good to go—literally. The handle on Alphie's head makes him the perfect pal for your kid on car trips or dinners out. The cards, which will help in sounding out letters, shape sorting, cause and effect and vocabulary, fit in Alphie's little backpack. You can tell your kid Alphie's kind of like the computer you use — only Alphie is way cooler! ($200; amazon.com)
Ok so Pomsies is actually pretty cute.  These little balls of fluff (we think it might be an electronic cat, but we can’t be 100% certain) can latch on to your wrist, arm, backpacks and more!  Plus they’re totally interactive, have 50 different reactions, and love it when you pet them and take care of them.  There are 4 different Pomsies to choose from in a variety of different colors.  Learn more here.
The original LeapStart was a great learning tool but LeapFrog has now improved it with a unique display that helps reinforce the learning. Using a stylus, kids can interact with every page of the specially designed books as they learn to count, read, and problem-solve. The display brings the learning to life with animation and sound. The system will work with the current Leapstart library and will support the new 3D feature of newly designed 3D books.
The Cozy Duet Baby Swing from Graco is great for a new baby. Equipped with multiple swing speeds, vibration settings, and a mobile, the swing provides entertainment as well as a comfy place for your baby to fall asleep. Keep your baby close in this swing that doubles as a rocker when you need your hands free. Bonus: It also includes five songs and sounds to soothe your little one. ($99+; hayneedle.com)
Keep things fun for your kid during bath time with the Munchkin Wind Up Swimming Penguin Bath toy. This Amazon’s Choice product has wind-up arms that, when released, make the penguin swim through the water. The easy-to-use toy encourages imaginative play, audio, and visual stimulation, and helps develop hand and eye coordination. This toy is recommended for kids nine months and up.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has garnered critical and commercial success. It’s the first must-own title for the Switch. The game has been reinvented from the ground up, making it accessible to more gamers. As Link you embark on an epic adventure to save Princess Zelda in a massive sprawling open-world environment that is simply breathtaking in scale and design and a sheer pleasure to explore. You’ll have to overcome enemies, bosses, puzzles, and so much more as you unravel the engaging narrative. Hands-down, this is the best Zelda experience ever! A can’t-miss if you’re a gamer.

Starlink: Battle For Atlas is an open-world, action adventure game. It features this cool, physical modular starship, where every piece you add on instantly appears in the game. This allows you to adapt and reconfigure on the fly to take on any challenge. The game features some epic boss battles and exploration of beautiful circumnavigable worlds. The Nintendo Switch version includes an exclusive Fox McCloud figure, his legendary Arwing starship, and a whole set of Star Fox missions.
Your kid has so much fun at home, right? It's brilliant to turn play time into learning time. The toy market is so vast these days, there seems to be learning toys for everything, which is so cool. Whether you have a silly scientist who seems to take to biology, or a little learner who's an empath at heart, there are toys that encourage intellectual development across the board.
What do you get when art collides with family game night? You get Scultapalooza, a game where players have to sculpt what’s on their card before time runs out. You scult your creations out of play foam that never dries out. The catch? You may be required to sculpt with your eyes closed or tag team with another member. Players must correctly guess what their team sculpted before time runs out to score a point. The first team to score 20 points wins.
This toddler toy gets played with at our house every single day.  Because of the cylinder shape, it is an activity that parents should participate in as little ones will get frustrated if it keeps rolling away while they are trying to put the shape in the correct spot.  I actually consider this to be a positive aspect of this toy, as it gives me the opportunity to talk about the various shapes and colors.  I debated between this one and the Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting cube, but decided against the cube after reading many negative reviews.
Hop aboard this yellow bus to explore the world of A to Z. Place it on your fridge and let your tot insert any of the magnetic letter tiles into the open window. Press it once to hear the letter's name and sound, and press it again to hear that letter used in a word and sentence. Hit the music note to sing along to the "Alphabet Song" and "Wheels on the Bus."
Another example of what Dr. Cornett calls “real life” toys, this food encourages kids to go shopping and to cook. We’re big fans of the Learning Resources Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set which, unlike many of the other options, is not just french fries (high in sodium and easily lost) and cheeseburgers. In addition, it can do double duty as a color sorting tool.

Every family that has kids should experience the magic and wonder of Elf on the Shelf. This is a Christmas tradition shared by millions of families. You’ll learn in the story that the boy or girl scout monitors children during the Christmas holidays and reports back to Santa. That explains how he knows whether children have been naughty or nice. Parents and older siblings will have fun moving the figure around for the little one. Make this joyous and fun tradition a part of your family.


We all have had the experience of buying a toy that our child plays with for two days and never touches again. You can guard against that by looking for toys that can be fun at different developmental stages. For example, small plastic animals are fun for a young toddler who may make a shoebox house for them, while an older toddler can use them to act out a story she makes up.
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This type of toys is one of my boys’ favorite! We have three different models, one made of wood and two plastic ones like this one. It’s also great for teething! Fisher-price Rock-a-stack has a bat-at rocker base and five colorful rings in different size. Top ring is shiny, has swirling, rattling beads inside and makes rattle sounds which is so much fun for kids!
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