This little gift is great for a few reasons. Our favorite reason is that it will prepare baby for the act of brushing his or her teeth and get them used to the idea before they’re old enough that you’ll have to fight to get it into their routine later. The other big benefit is that it’s great to hand to a drooling baby who wants the sensation of pressure on his gums while teething.
The Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar is not only an adorable character that comes to life with lights, sounds, and actions, but he also helps little learners be big thinkers by enhancing their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. It comes with 8 individual segments as well as a motorized head. At an early stage, kids can explore and discover different possibilities of putting these different segments together. This creates a code or sequence to take him on his journey. Each segment represents motion or a reaction. Now as your child gets more advanced with their coding, they can challenge themselves with the two target discs. So you would have to generate the code to go from start to finish. And if that wasn’t fun enough, a companion app adds more fun games, more learning content, and it brings the Code-A-Pillar to life with new animation.
Every Barbie world needs a medic. Featuring a working siren, the Barbie Care Clinic Vehicle races to the rescue in emergency situations. What’s cool? Not only is it an ambulance, but also it transforms to reveal a care clinic! Check in patients at the check-in stand and have them wait for their appointment in the waiting room with a fish tank. Interacting with the fish tank reveals a gift shop for get-well gifts, such as a teddy or heart balloon. The exam room is perfect for medical emergencies or check-ups. Here you can even reveal two x-rays. Accessories include a medical bag, stethoscope, arm cast, leg cast, blood pressure machine, and more to enhance your play experience.
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Experience the lights, sounds, and phrases of this massive 22-inch Peppa Pig Lights ‘N’ Sounds Family home. This four-story house is beautifully detailed and cheerful with four levels of fun and 7 rooms sure to encourage endless imaginative play. Fans of the show will be astounded by this larger than life playhouse and will love decorating the home with 15 accessories.
This Fisher-Price activity center features lights, sounds and music to stimulate your baby's senses and help your bundle of joy develop fine motor skills, balance and coordination. The convertible play gym is designed to "grow" with your child, meaning babies can start by lying on the machine-washable padded mat, before graduating to sitting down and playing, and finally standing at the activity center. (Recommended ages: Birth and up)
Calling all animal lovers and future veterinarians! Here's one of the best toys for toddlers who are attached at the furry hip to their dog or cat. This Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set from Melissa & Doug consists of two plush animals, plus a 24-piece pretend vet set including stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, cast, bandages and more in a handy tote. Toy experts recommend it for helping children develop empathy. ($30; amazon.com)
When finding the proper teething relief for our babies, there are some significant health factors we must consider. For example, we understand our teeth lie in our mouths, which is the ultimate route to our digestion and immune systems. This means anything we put in our mouths will eventually find its way into our bloodstream. With this knowledge, it has become pertinent in recent years to combine efficiency and safety in order to give our children items with which to play, chew or eat that won’t in the future cause them bodily harm. Some products on this list do contain a few unavoidable toxins, so it is recommended that you do your own research and pay close attention to each product individually. However, we’ve taken extra care to ensure these toys are some of the safest for use in your household.
Now’s the time to start them on a wonderfully classic set of wooden train tracks. “Kids love running cars on tracks,” says Dr. Golinkoff. “They’re not very sophisticated at putting the track together, but they love to take the different engines and cars to run them around. As they get older they grow with it and can start to rearrange the tracks themselves.”
More than toys for any other age, picking the right playthings for babies is important — interest, entertainment, development and of course safety are all factors that come into play. This year’s 10 best baby toys are excellent choices, having not only the “fun factor,” but also have received wonderful positive reviews from parents and other shoppers.
Little kids can get a smart home of their own. Like other Laugh & Learn products, it is designed to grow with your child. As babies crawl though the door, they enter a world of learning. There are so many different activities for baby to explore. Not only can they play pretend kitchen, but babies will learn numbers, shapes, weather, and more. The pretend fridge is actually a cleverly designed shape sorter. It’s just like Mommy and Daddy’s smart home.
If you’re in the market for a retro arcade experience that doesn’t break the bank, Arcade1Up’s new arcade cabinet fits the bill. You’ll save hundreds to thousands compared to the original arcade machines. Standing 4-feet tall, the company offers 5 custom cabinets with 3 to 5 games. The game library ranges from Street Fighter II, Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command, among others. This Street Fighter arcade includes Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Super Street Fighter II, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
A parent's first and more important responsibility in life is to keep his or her children safe. But a parent also wants their kids to take pleasure in every stage of life -- indeed in the first few years of life, playtime directly equates to learning and development. Thus it is that many parents embark on a search for baby toys that are both amusing and safe.
Who isn’t obsessed with Unicorns? Started on Kickstarter, Unstable Unicorns is a card game that raised an ungodly amount of money. In Unstable Unicorns, you must build a unicorn army. The player that is the first to collect seven unicorns in their hand is the winner, but thanks to the “Neigh” cards there are numerous obstacles in your way. It’s much a game of strategy as it is a game of betrayal. Add rainbows and a little sparkle to your game night.
When you come to Fat Brain Toys, you can peruse our collection of the 2018 best baby toys to find the ideal one for your baby. Whether you are shopping for your little one or for a gift for a relative of friend's baby, our selection of top baby toys has a mix of the classics and the hottest toys for baby. Shopping for a shower gift, baby's first birthday, upcoming holidays or just because is fun and easy at Fat Brain Toys. We even offer a flat shipping rate of $3.99 and ship the same day if you order before 3 p.m. CT.
Rock-A-Too, the Show Bird, is a vibrant animatronic parrot. Rock-a-Too sings and dances and repeats phrases just like a real parrot. Kids will also be entertained by his many jokes and imitations. 50 sounds and motions bring Rock-a-too to life, and he moves his head, body, mouth, and wings. Like other FurReal pets, Rock-a-Too responds to sound, light, and touch with different reactions to delight children. He has a fun personality that will likely appeal to kids.
Lights, camera, action! The Kidizoom Action Cam 180 is perfect for capturing life’s adventures as they happen. It features a 180-degree rotating camera allowing kids to shoot photos, selfies, and video. You can even mount the camera on your adventures. The water-resistant case even allows you to go on 6-feet deep underwater adventures so there’s no limit to your adventures.
What’s in it? The Teach My Toddler Kit includes flashcards, puzzles, posters, and board books to keep things fun and interesting for young children. In addition to picking up core preschool skills, kids will improve their spatial reasoning and hand-eye coordination while playing with the kit. It’s also a great way to get kids away from the TV and incorporate some screen-free time into their routine!
This includes a sturdy wood block puzzle, but if we had to pin down a theme for this set it would definitely be “banging.” Between the xylophone and the pound-a-ball, the child has plenty of appropriate ways to fine-tune that “bam-bam” skill. The xylophone is always a great toy for a kid because of this, and the pound-a-ball actually allows the child to see the physical change to the toy by dropping the ball into the pit below.
Ok we’re totally geeking out of this new interactive Chewie because we’re the biggest Star Wars fan. And if you’re kids are (or you!) you’re going to love this toy of sorts! Chewie has over 100 sounds and motions!! Plus he totally interacts with you by raising his arms and giving our a giant roar, reacts to you when you’re on the go, and even responds when you talk to him. Oh, and did we mention he even laughs too? He’s officially our favorite member of the family.
It is even shown that teething toys and pacifiers have been helpful in speech and auditory development. This all has to do with the movement and placement of the infant’s tongue. What a child has in his or her mouth effects what sounds they are able to perceive–discerning each vowel and consonant that comes in more distinctively than older children and adults.
The perfect doll for kids aged 3 years old and up, this baby doll speaks to her mini mommy or daddy in either Spanish or English. Baby Alive's realistic, adorable phrases include childhood classics like "Time to go potty!" and "Yay, I did it!" Not only that, she'll "pee" when given a baby bottle and can even sing a song. Eww or aww, your child will adore her. ($39; amazon.com)
Combine exercise, learning, and fun. The Smart Cycle Extreme is one of the hottest new video games on the market. Just plug the stationary bike into your TV and choose one of three ways to play: Driving, Learning Arcade Games, or The Big Race. Once you've maxed out the included software program (Learning Adventure Extreme), you can get moving again with six other titles including Hot Wheels, SpongeBob, and Toy Story.
It wouldn’t be a holiday without mass hysteria over the latest announcement from the Hatchimals folks. Hot off the press (and already one of the most anticipated toys of the season) meet ‘HatchiBabies.’ That’s right. They’re babies! And this time you won’t know if you’re hatching a baby boy or a baby girl. It’s like a true gender reveal so get those cameras rolling! They also have a secret compartment (and companions) as an added bonus inside that famous speckled egg for extra fun this year. They’re up for pre-order right now so you might as well get it while you can! Learn more here.
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.
Music is a wonderful tool for encouraging language development with toddlers. In addition to learning important components of language such as rhythm and rhyme, music also has been proven to use many different parts of the brain. Finger plays, simple songs, and exposure to various musical instruments are all excellent ways to promote language development!
Babies and toddlers can have their very own tablet with My First Learning Tablet. Through 25 pretend apps and activities and over 20 songs and melodies, this toy introduces little kids to numbers, shapes, colors, and more. It features a touch-sensitive light-up screen and kids can even swipe on-screen. Touch an activity icon to choose an activity to play or hear phrases, music, and sound effects, depending on the mode. There are 3 modes of play: Explore, Learn and Music. The 5 dock icons introduce kids to more phrases and sounds about greetings, time concepts, pretend play, and music. This is a cute toy that helps little ones feel big with a tablet all their own. They’ll love swiping on the screen and tapping the icons just like Mom and Dad. The lights and fun sounds make the learning play fun and engaging.
Now, why do we need a teething toy? Well, remember the baby teeth will be breaking out of the gums which can lead to inflammation, causing soreness, swelling, and even some pain. Teething toys serve to relieve the pressure off your baby’s gums. This helps them feel a lot better during the whole teething process. And since we are talking about babies, it is often a lot better to use a teething toy that can also help develop their other senses as well as psychomotor skills. This way, we are tending to the overall development of our babies.
You thought the Porsche model was the most detailed, but you’ve seen nothing yet! The new Bugatti Chiron is the most detailed Technic car to date with 3,599 pieces. It features an aerodynamic body with functional engine, suspension, working steering, and a rear spoiler. The final build looks incredible with meticuous attention to detail. You’ll definitely want to show this beauty off to your friends. Fantastic gift for your Lego enthusiast.
This colorful looped grab toy is the perfect size for little hands and has a gentle texture for young ones to gnaw on. It can even be refrigerated to a cool temperature to soothe sensitive teething gums. Although it’s simple, many parents find their babies mesmerized by the rattle and colors. It’s also lightweight enough to play with from an early age.
Kids will get revved up when they open up this sweet toddler gift. The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn 3-in-1 Smart Car teaches your increasingly mobile child how to confidently develop from walking and bouncing to riding and "driving," plus many more motor skills. The interactive dashboard entertains as your mini roadster listens to fun sounds and songs about the alphabet, opposites, counting, and beyond. ($40; walmart.com)
Tiny tots are rapidly developing new connections, refining motor skills, acquiring new speech and honing their balance so they can eagerly explore the exciting world around them. And we’ve found the top gift ideas and some learning toys that will not only help build those social, emotional and cognitive foundations, but are fun, engaging and entertaining.
A toddler will start to achieve milestones in the realm of creativity as well. They’ll start to understand simple fantasy stories and how to develop and use their own creativity for pretend play. During this period, since the imagination becomes very active, it is crucial that the toddler learns how to separate fantasy from reality and an issue with nightmares might develop as well. In response, if your toddler achieves the milestone of simple problem solving and learning what is and isn’t correct, the issue shouldn’t expand into something more.
We encourage parents to do their own extensive research since many teething toys out there do still contain some trace levels of BPA. Even some of the cooling gels and agents used on some products to aid in relief may leak after extensive use or improper treatment. It can be a lengthy process, but your child’s health is always worth it. Also, as part of our evaluation and suggestion to parents, don’t look for a quick and easy–or cheap–fixes! The more you do this, the more likely you are to get a product with toxins, or a product that peels and is a choking hazard. Even something like food- and medical-grade silicone can be deceptive.
No two toddlers are the same; all toddlers developed at different speeds in different ways. Just because your neighbor’s toddler entered toddler phase two when they were a year-old doesn’t mean your toddler is behind the times. However, there are times when a toddler can take too long to develop and it can cause concern for possible developmental issues developing.
Muchin’ Rex is a pet baby dinosaur. Now kids can have their own pet dino! Coming this fall, Muchin’ Rex is chock full of excitement. He hops around and demands your attention if he needs to eat or is simply excited to see you. He loves nothing more than broccoli and caveman cookies. Feeding him his favorite food activates various responses like spitting sounds, slurps, and even burps. Rex features 35 sounds and motions that magically bring him to life, and he also responds to sound and touch.
One of the most popular teething toys in our list is the Baby Teether Toys by Ike & Leo. This set of 4 teethers and pacifiers is what you will need for your baby as he or she can still use it until he or she reaches toddlerhood. It comes with a pacifier clip so you won’t have to worry about the teething toys getting lost. All toys are made of silicone which has been rated and approved by the FDA as 100 percent food grade. It is also free of any harmful chemicals like phthalates, PVC, and BPA.
Young toddlers who are starting to practice their walking skills will get a kick out of this push toy and activity walker. For ones who aren't quite walking, this toy will help them learn to keep their balance. For when they are officially on the move, they'll love to zoom this around the house (and probably into your walls and furniture, so watch out!).
Here's a hybrid toy and education tool that should be at the top of every parent's toddler toy list: the VTech® Explore & Write Activity Desk. They'll be industriously learning letters, numbers, music, colors and more while you get your own work done. Not only does the writing pad come with a light-up, traceable display, but the desk also transforms into an easel, chalkboard and art supply storage space. Place it in your own home office and both of you can keep focused on getting the job done. ($49; walmart.com)
Looking for a fun arts and crafts project for kids? The Cool Maker Tidy Dye Station lets kids create their own tie-dye creations with this fun kit. Wet and roll fabric, then wrap it with the color pod string to create awesome patterns. The best part? Since the color is in the string, it stays off your child’s hands. Two projects are included to get you started, then you can make your own for endless creative fun!
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Bright Starts Lights, Lights Baby Learn and Giggle Activity Station: This brightly-colored activity station features a flipbook that interacts with a corresponding windowpane. Baby can press buttons to light up the activity station, and hear various sounds, phrases, shapes, and colors. There are over 65 sounds, melodies, and phrases. With two modes of play — sitting and standing — it grows with baby, too.
The LEGO Technic Racing Yacht is an impressive 2-in-1 set that many fans have been looking forward to for a while. It features a bright color scheme and looks very interesting indeed. It has a rather interesting pivoting action steering wheel. What’s cool? You can even steer the steering wheel and it all feel very smooth. The two winches actually are functional. Overall, the lines, colors, and mechanisms all look and feel great. There’s a great amount of detail, given that the set only uses 330 pieces in the build.
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How do you tackle an unpredictable race? The Air Hogs Drone Power Racers 2-in-1 RC is exactly what you need. Speed it across land or take to the skies. When you crash your vehicle, the detachable stunt drone pops out so you can finish the race in the air. What’s cool? You can even pull off insane stunts with a stunt button. Get ready for a total blast with the Air Hogs Drone Power Racers!
Toddlers love to take apart, put back together, pull out, put in, add on, and build up. Choose toys that are “open-ended” in the sense that your child can play many different games with them. For example, wooden blocks or chunky plastic interlocking blocks can be used to make a road, a zoo, a bridge, or a spaceship. Toys like this spark your child’s imagination and help him develop problem-solving and logical thinking skills.
Once your baby starts learning to sit up and crawl, a whole host of new toys can enter the scene. The VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker—an Amazon’s Choice product—is recommended for kids from nine months to three years of age, and comes with all the bells and whistles to keep him occupied for hours at a time while also developing those important sit and stand skills.
Infants are constantly developing their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. At the same time, they're rapidly taking in the colors, sounds, textures, and even tastes around them. Some of the best toys and baby products for infants allow them to safely explore those curiosities without proving too challenging or frustrating for their developmental stage. And if a toy can grow with them and last through a few stages, all the better.
What’s cooking? It’s time to bake up some Play-Doh treats with this magical Play-Doh oven. With lights, sounds, and cooking accessories, kids will feel like master chefs with this fun Play-Doh set. The coolest part? Kids will love putting their “dishes” in the magical oven and pulling the lever. The oven turns red making it look like the Play-Doh dish is cooking inside. There is even a ding when it’s ready. The only ingredient necessary? A little imagination!
Next you must account for all the obvious hazards in the play area, such as electrical outlets, into which covers must be inserted when not in use. Watch out for electrical cords as well, which can present multiple dangers at the same time, namely a strangulation hazard, a risk or shock should the cord be cut or torn (or bitten), as well as the chance for injury should a lamp or other object be pulled down atop a youngster. All electrical cords should be tucked out of the way and/or secured to the wall or floor. Also watch out for any other objects that could fall down onto a child -- this includes heavy books.
Anki Overdrive is a videogame in real life. Imagine a real-world racing videogame and you get the idea. One of the coolest toys ever is now hitting overdrive. With ten track pieces that can be configured anyway you like, you can now build the track so it is no longer just flat. The starter set comes with two toy cars plus a 10 track pieces. You’ll just need the iOS or Android app to start those engines.
Love Barbie and coloring books? Your two favorite play patterns merge with Barbie + Crayola Color-In Fashions, taking creativity to a whole new level! Using 5 Crayola Supertip markers, you bring your creativity and designs to life. What’s cool? Since these markers are washable, you can design and re-design over and over again for endless fun. This set includes one Barbie doll, 5 washable fashions, 2 accessories, one dress form, and 5 washable Crayola Supertip markers.
It’s time for another tried and true baby gift -- Maracas! Since babies are stimulated by their five senses as each develops differently and according to their age, maracas can be a great toy for helping to sharpen those senses. They’ll give babies a sense of sound and control as they slowly bridge the connection between their own movements and the sounds that they’re hearing.
If there is probable cause that a toddler could have a developmental delay or developmental disability, a trained, certified specialist can give a proper evaluation (in some cases, more than one) to get a good idea of what could possibly be wrong. This can help direct the parent to proper organizations, services and support groups that can help to educate and function through this experience.
Snap Circuits Bric: Structures is a culmination of what kids have been asking for for a long time. It takes ordinary bricks and you can mount your Snap Circuits onto them. The Bric-2-Snap adapters enable you to connect your Snap Circuits to the bricks so you can light up any structure you build. You can make your structure light up with a circuit or you can build something that moves like a racecar with ordinary bricks and a Snap Circuits photo transistor and watch it go by adding a light source. The set comes with 140 regular building bricks, 20 Snap Circuit pieces, and 75 Bric to Snap adapters.
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.
The last but still very important milestone is health. By this phase, the toddlers should have already been weaned off from breastfeeding and have some experience in consuming table food. This milestone focuses on habits such as regular brushing, bath taking and simple, toddler friendly exercise. Since this is the phase where toddlers start to grow in pounds and height, it’s essential for proper nutrition to be included and frequent access to other kids means regular doctor visits for check-ups. The most common milestone is normal growth and physical ability.
This is the phase where toddlers grow into elementary bound children and what milestones they achieve during this phase can determine if they’ll properly function and succeed in the older children category. The first important milestone for this phase is the behavior milestone. At this phase, they have already achieved the socialization milestone from the previous phase but now it’s time to achieve the milestone of appropriate behavior when socializing. The toddler has to learn how to transition and adjust into settings where there is no longer one-to-one interaction but now multiple interactions. Achieving this milestone will help toddlers function in future environments without having temper tantrums.
This weird-looking Swiss-designed Bilibo is for every preposition: sitting in, climbing over, filling up with stuff — whatever comes to the imagination. “This is cool. It can be a hat or a chair, that’s fun,” says Dr. Golinkoff. “I go by certain principles, and my first principle is that the toy shouldn’t control too much of what the child is going to do. Ask: Is this 90 percent child and 10 percent toy, or 90 percent toy and 10 percent child? If there’s only one thing to do with it, then the toy is controlling everything. This one’s more open-ended, so he gets to make his own world.”
Learning new words has never been more fun. Guided by pals Turtle, Tiger and Money, toddlers can broaden their vocabulary by touching the words on the pages to hear them spoken aloud, along with exciting sound effects and fun facts. Bonus: The words and songs can be heard in both English and Spanish, making it one of the best toddler Christmas gifts for bilingual families.
The big kids have the Apple Watch and Fitbit – so where does that leave kids? Featuring a new sleek and stylish design, kids can get in on the smartwatch action with the Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2. In addition to telling time, it shoots photos and captures video. The watch features two cameras for photos and selfies. It features a fun monster-catching game a la Pokemon Go. Kids can play fun games and activities.
Star Wars teamed up with FurReal to bring everybody’s favorite Wookie to life. Chewie has been brought to life with his famous expressions and signature roar. When you talk to him, he will respond to your voice. With a built-in accelerometer, he responds to movement too when you pick him up. You probably didn’t know this, but he is incredibly ticklish. The cutest part? After fighting the Empire all day, he even can be put to sleep.
You have one week until the party of the season: Your first college friend to become a mom is throwing a first-birthday party for her first child. But you’re at a loss. What do 1-year-olds even do these days? “You’re looking for toys that’ll help this particular child develop,” says Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle, director of outreach and education at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. “They’re starting to explore complex concepts like gravity through trial and error and trying new things, oftentimes repetitively, just to figure out how the world works,” so you want toys that allow for some experimentation.