It’s best not to underestimate your baby’s strength, even at just a few months old. Early teethers may have fragile gums, but they can still gnaw through weak, poorly made toys. We want to assure you that we’ve chosen teethers with proven durability, thanks to innovative construction methods and durable materials. Solid constructions can come from numerous processes, such as individual knotting for beads, one-piece construction for loops and beads, or the usage of premium-grade silicone.
Splatoon 2 is the sequel to the original game on the Wii U. Don’t let the bright, colorful colors fool you! It’s a fun game for all ages 10 and older. Yeah, it features some of the same paint-splatting fun of the original – but it’s addictively fun! It’s somewhat like paintball but a lot more fun. In the 4-on-4 matches you’ll need to cover the majority of the turf with your team’s paint color. You constantly want that ‘one more game’ which is a mark of a great game. In addition to a solid multiplayer online mode, the game will also feature a solo campaign and a handful of new weapons. Let the turf wars begin!
Does your girl love unicorns? This 15-inch plush Gund Unicorn Head makes for fantastic wall décor and adds personality to your space. The unicorn features a sparkly horn and beautiful rainbow-colored mane. The package includes a wall mount for hanging on nurseries, bedrooms, and play rooms. It’s great that the unicorn is surface washable for ease of cleaning.
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.
Instead of Words With Friends, we call this one Words With Tots. Take your little one's spelling session outdoors with this super-sized version of the popular crossword puzzle game. It's a race to see who can use up all of their jumbo letters as fast as possible. The water-resistant tiles pack up neatly into the banana-shaped tote for trips to the park.
Especially suitable for kids who are experiencing or otherwise coming into contact with the healthcare system, doctor’s kits are also just plain fun. They encourage a range of imaginative play that can help a child enact the role of caregiver. The Battat B. Deluxe Doctor’s Kit for Toddlers, which we dig, includes a sturdy carrier kit and is almost scarily thorough. With nine pieces such as a stethoscope with heartbeat sound, an otoscope, a blood pressure cuff with gauge, a safe syringe, (kid) scissors, a thermometer, and a beeper. A beeper!
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."
Featuring a Barbie chef doll, kitchen counter, appliances, cooking and dining utensils, and 5 dough colors for creating food, the Barbie Ultimate Kitchen is the feature set to look out for when it arrives this fall. This kitchen features a cutting board, stovetop, pot, pie baking sheet, and oven. What will you cook up in the Ultimate Kitchen? You can make veggies, sandwiches, fries, and even dessert. There are molds and several cool interactive features like a light-up stove, buttons, and sounds.
A: Both solid and gel-filled toys provide their own lists of benefits, so choosing between the two is easier than you think. Consider your baby’s developmental level. To determine which is best for your little one, consider at which stage of teething they are currently experiencing. For example, your baby, aged 3 months, may experience increased tenderness as their teeth are brand new and still breaking through the gum’s surface. A solid teething toy may apply too much pressure to your baby’s delicate gums. Additionally, consider how experienced your baby is with chewing or gumming as new objects in the mouth can be a little off-putting or frightening, a softer or gel-filled toy will be less abrasive. If your baby is a little older and has already been exposed to some solids, then a firmer toy is likely to be more effective.
Dr. Golinkoff likes this cleaning set because it not only promotes being active, it also encourages them to be helpful. “Kids always want to be like big people. So if they see you using something, they’re going to want to do it, too,” she says. And if they can play with another kid, even better: “[This and the other toys below] require children to be active and can spur the development of the imagination as well as increase social interaction when used with another child.”
Is it super difficult to get your kiddo to calm down and pay attention? We hear you! Bring home an educational activity table so your little one can take all of that energy out in a productive way. This option features more than 70 learning responses, sounds, and songs, plus activities that will increase your kid's knowledge of numbers, letters, colors, and shapes!
Interactive features include: Open and close refrigerator and oven with lights and phrases, whoosh sound when the toilet seat is lifted, a music player with four fun songs, peek-a-boo kitty or pop-up weather report and an alarm clock to help Emma wake up. When it’s time to pack up, all of the pieces fit inside the dollhouse that can be closed and latched for secure storage. An easy-carry handle makes this house ready for on-the-go fun.
Want a fun new way to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? The upcoming Labo Vehicle Kit will allow kids to build their own Toy-Con Car steering wheel and control their kart of choice in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The included pedal can be used for drifting and revving up your engine at the beginning of races to get a boost start. Honking the horn will allow players to throw an item. If that wasn’t enough fun, you can also build a Toy-Con submarine and plane.
Ready to take your battles to the next level? With the Switchstrike Battle Tower launching this fall, players can choose two or even four-player epic battles with multi-tiered battling action. One side is designed for two players, while the flip side supports up to 4 players! This set is compatible with the companion Beyblade Burst app. This set comes with one Beyblade Burst Switchstrike Battletower, 2 Beyblade Burst Switchstrike right-spin launchers, and 2 Beyblade Burst Switchstrike right-spin tops.
This 2-pack version conveniently comes in two different flavor/sensations! There is the soft and chewy red raspberry version for a lighter gum massage with little pressure; or, the harder dark chocolate version of this cookie teether! Both are designed so each ridge and floral pattern on the cookie has a different firmness of texture or “bite” to it. It has a detachable cord that nursing mothers can wear around their neck, or simply hang within reach of their child when needed.
“Instruments are great because kids can do anything with them and collaborate with others,” says Dr. Golinkoff. “With maracas you can get up and walk around with them and play with mom and with friends. They’ve got to start learning how to collaborate with others, how to share, how to have impulse control — these predict a lot of what’s gonna happen as they approach school. Forming relationships is the basis of everything.”
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
Choo! Choo! Gear up for fun adventures with Mickey in Go! Go! Smart Wheels Mickey Choo-Choo. Pass over 5 Smart Point locations on the track to activate over 40 fun phrases, songs, and sounds. Press Mickey to hear fun phrases. Kids will love revealing the fun peek-a-boo scene. The coolest part? Kids can combine this set with other Go! Go! Smart Wheels sets to expand the fun.
It seems like babies are constantly growing and changing — and keeping track of all the memories can be a tall task! After eight weeks, parents are (probably) starting to get a little more sleep, and it might seem more within reach to begin making a keepsake memory book. The First 5 Years Memory Book from C.R. Gibson is a popular choice for recording all the moments and memories that are too precious to forget.
Want your kids to learn coding in a fun, magical way? The Harry Potter Coding Kit from Kano lets kids build a wand, learn to code, and make magic! There are over 70 creative challenges for kids to engage with. Make feathers fly, goblets multiply, fire flow, pumpkins grow, and more. What’s cool? Wave your coding wand to see the magical effects on-screen. Play on tablets and computers. Who’s ready for fun?
This cute, colorful product includes a child-sized stool where little ones will sit for hours. The interactive activity desk has five learning pages to teach numbers, counting, letters, fruits, and colors. Toddlers can touch different spots on each page to learn about the pictures, and if you want more skills, additional expansion packs are available.
LEGO Disney Princess Ariel’s Royal Celebration Boat is an awesome new set for 2018. It features a Build and Swap design so you can easily transform the design into various configurations. It’s such a pretty and beautiful looking set that fans will be proud to display and build. It’s all the small little details that make it stand out. The set includes Ariel, Prince Eric, and Sebastian mini figures. The special pieces beneath the boat allow you to easily play with it on any surface without scratching it.
Your toddler is getting good at figuring out how objects in her world work—like television remotes or light switches. She is also interested in playing with your “real” stuff, like your cell phone, because she is eager to be big and capable like you. Toys like this help children problem-solve, learn spatial relations (how things fit together), and develop fine motor skills (use of the small muscles in the hands and fingers).
Who knew it could be so hard to chow down? Chow Crown from Hasbro Games is a new game that puts a twist on viral food eating challenges. You start by loading the six hanging forks with various food items, like candy and such, and place the crown on your head. Your challenge is to eat as many snacks before the music stops to keep the crown. It’s simple and wacky fun! Who will be the Chow Crown Champ?
A: Extreme temperatures, as mentioned above, can cause damaging effects. There are some products that state they are designed to withstand that kind of heat. If you find yours is not one of them, or just don’t care to take that kind of risk, you can rinse them in warm soapy water. Let them soak for a few minutes. Scrub in a circular motion as this action can help to agitate and lift bacteria from the toy’s surface. Finish with a rinse and let them sit to air dry. Be sure the toy is completely dry because moisture creates a perfect environment for lingering bacteria to regrow.
The options are truly endless when it comes to bath toys. There are interactive toys that suction right onto the actual bath walls, and of course there's an enormous variety of fun squirt and water toys. Some toys are inspired by television characters, while others encourage educational play. Take a look at our top picks, and bring home some bath toys to make sudsy memories that'll last a lifetime.
These app-enabled droids are perfect for the Star Wars enthusiast. Welcome to the Dark Side with BB-9E App-Enabled Droid from Sphero! The droids look spectacular with incredible detailing to make them look life-like. He’s probably not as friendly as BB-8, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun playing with it and taking it on your own adventures. Download the app to bring BB-9E to life. Use it to control him, draw paths to follow, and even interact with a cool augmented reality function that allows you to view different ships from the perspective of BB-9E. You can even watch the Star Wars films with BB-9E.
Go on your own thrilling Jurassic World adventures with the Power Wheels Jurassic World Jeep Wrangler. Featuring authentic Jurassic World decals and styling, kids will love recreating their favorite Jurassic World moments. The vehicle features cool dino and Jeep sound effects to heighten overall the experience. A working light bar allows kids to see the terrain day or night. It’s capable of traversing hard terrain to grass and more and cruises along at 2.5-5 MPH.
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)
Kids love toys! Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or a birthday celebration, we’re always searching for ideas – especially for the kid who seems to have everything. It’s time to put on your Santa hat, and start checking items off your nice (naughty?) list. To get ready for the gift-giving season, we’ve picked toys that run the gamut. From toys that sync, to toys that don’t require batteries. As always, we’ll clue you in on some of the hottest items of the season, but we’ve also chosen toys that aren’t on all the “hot lists.” Because off the beaten path is nice, and we think old school toys – like pogo sticks, knee hockey, and bikes are cool too! And let’s face it, sometimes the (stressful) hunt for the “it toy” just doesn’t work out. Check out our favorite new releases and, time-honored classics below.