Considering these toys are for babies that will get everything dirty with food, spit-up, and what-not, their toys must be easy to clean. Machine washing for the toys with fabrics is a must because otherwise with just spot cleaning, stains will never go away. Most of the toys listed can be cleaned by machine washing or by simply wiping the hard surface off with baby-safe cleansers.
Give your newborn a brand new, ultra plush pal to cuddle up with while they dream. These forest furries will keep your infant warm and comfortable. Each plush doll comes with a color-coordinated blanket. Bunnies, owls, puppies, racoons, reindeer, hippos, bears, ducks, giraffes, monkeys, lambs, and elephants all line the shelves, waiting for the chance to move into their favorite baby’s crib. The combination of the extra-soft material, sweet pastel colors, and darling baby animal lovvies will have babies reaching and grasping for their favorite blanket and buddy duo in no time. Infants develop and flex fine-motor skills when presented with the proper inspiration, and this gift is one such example of a toy they’ll want to hold onto for as long as they can. The stuffed animal is not reinforced heavily and so easily detaches from its blanket if you would prefer that they be usable as separates. Both items can be machine washed at 40 degrees Celsius, and then air-dried. BENEFITS Encourage baby to continue developing their fine-motor skills by giving them something they can’t wait to grab. These cute stuffies and blankets are the perfect security blanket for nap-happy newborns. PROS
Kids are going to enjoy going on countless adventures with the Teeny House Dollhouse, a mobile dollhouse for fashion dolls, from KidKraft. There’s just so much to do and discover that kids will love it. It comes with a walk-in shower, loft bedroom, kitchen with hideaway table and more. The ladder can be moved outside so your fashion doll can climb on up and have her own patio seating, view the stars, and go on millions of adventures.
"It's a myth that babies can't play, even if they don't seem to be 'doing much' yet—they’re still taking everything in,” says Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist specializing in child development and spokesperson for the Genius of Play, a movement to raise awareness about the importance of play in kids’ lives. “Playing is a great way for parents and caregivers to build that vital bond with their baby, while sensory stimulations helps baby's brain grow.”
Want to have fun in the dark? The Crayola Picture Projector comes with 3 translucent markers that allow kids to draw right on the surface. Because they are translucent, the color is projected onto the surface. Controls are included for resizing the image to make it bigger or smaller. Using a towel or cloth, they wet erase so you begin creating again for hours of endless fun. It’s sleek and portable and even doubles as a flashlight. Kids will love telling ghost stories with this fun projector.
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.
In addition to having an adorable zebra face, the walker includes a variety of buttons that play lessons about numbers and letters, all while improving fine motor skills. When kids are sitting in front of the Learn with Me Zebra Walker, they can flip switches, twist dials, and even play peek-a-boo. Then when they’re ready to move, tots can hoist themselves up on the sturdy design, and the walker will cheer them on with music and phrases.
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!
Oball Rattle: A classic baby toy gets a little rework with the Oball Rattle. This smooth, flexible rattle lets baby shake, rattle, and roll. With 28 finger holes, it’s easy for baby to grasp and shake. There are four built-in rattles with bright and colorful beads within, so your baby can make fun sounds as they shake it. This rattle was featured in Care.com’s “29 Best Toys for Babies Under 1.”
Tummy time will be so much more entertaining when you get down on the floor to play with baby with one of our best 2018 best baby toy picks. Choose from infant mainstays like sensory rollers, board books, colorful squishy blocks and more. Many of our best 2018 baby toy picks are also great for car trips and stroller rides. Pack the diaper bag with the top baby toy picks of the year and watch your baby smile.
The manufacturers of the items listed here were careful to keep baby in mind when choosing the materials for their toys. Knowing that infants would be teething and gnawing on these toys, most of them are made with nontoxic or BPA-free materials to keep your baby safe. The fabrics are all super soft so the baby will not be scratched or have problems with its tender skin. Even the toys with crinkly fabrics for the crunchy sounds are soft to the touch and ready for nibbling and teething infants.
When it comes to playing with babies, how much your child gets out of it is directly related to how much time and effort you put into it. "Baby's development doesn't happen in a vacuum," says Rachel Coley, a pediatric occupational therapist who blogs at Can Do Kiddo. "A big part of baby hitting key milestones and gaining skills has to do with the materials, experiences and opportunities to practice that baby receives. By choosing toys and activities that match what your little one is ready to work on, you make the most of your infant's awake times and set the stage for important early learning."
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch is an insanely fun and entertaining experience. Hands-down, this is the best Mario Kart game in the storied franchise. The game runs super silky, features incredible course designs and gameplay mechanics, oodles of characters and tracks, a thrilling online experience, and an all-new battle mode to create the definitive version of Mario Kart. The game is accessible to all gamers – even beginners with a new mode. A must-own if you own a Switch!
At first look, you may see this toy and think what we did: “This is the most expensive dog chewy I’ve ever seen.” But one tantrum in the car solved by handing this squeaky toy off to baby, and you’ll be converted, too. It’s made of food-safe silicone and paint which will ease the worries you have about your child essentially eating it. The squeak is virtually impossible to remove so it presents no choking hazard, and the squeak itself thrills baby.
This toy engages baby in many ways and stimulates it’s senses. It introduces baby with familiar sound, melodies, colors and numbers in three different languages: English, Spanish and French. It helps to develop motor skills by pressing different buttons, flipping book pages and rotating a ball with rattle beads. There are also lights and drumming sounds that rewards baby.