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.
The new Fire 7 Tablet is an awesome portable tablet that gives you great bang for the buck. Yeah, it’s not an iPad, but you get a similar experience for a small fraction of the price. It’s a great entry-level tablet that delivers great entertainment and now Alexa, the personal assistant, is included making it easier to use and better than ever. Choose between 8 and 16 GB storage capacities. Battery life is decent at about 8 hours. What more could you ask for? Choose from four fun colors now – black, canary yellow, marine blue, and punch red.
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!).
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.
Even at the most infantile age, babies need to hear sounds and music to use and strengthen their hearing skills. The toys listed here that do make sounds or music, do so in a very gentle way that will not frighten or alarm the baby. They are introductory noises and music that soothes the baby into sleep or nap time easily. Not all toys must make sounds, but those that do must encourage the baby to listen and be something that it enjoys hearing. All of these toys do that very nicely.
Teething is a phase that all babies go through and it’s not always a happy one. While welcoming new teeth is something to be happy about, for a baby, it’s something that can be painful and uncomfortable. Teething toys are so important in combating the discomfort that comes with new teeth and the Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle is perfect for doing just that. It doubles as a sensory toy to give your baby a feel for new things and encourage them to explore their new toy while giving them a safe way to deal with incoming teeth.
Infants who are less than 28 days old are generally classified as newborns or, in medical parlance, neonates; although it is not uncommon to see some parents calling a 3 month old baby still a newborn. This stage of a child’s development is very crucial as he or she is still adjusting to life outside the protection of the mother’s womb. Neonates are especially vulnerable to infections, injuries, and other illnesses. Unfortunately, it is also a very critical stage in his or her development because anything that he or she experiences or senses by this time will already be imprinted on his or her very young mind.
Tegu Magnetic Blocks – Tegu blocks are one of a kind. They are magnetic blocks, which make building more fun! They feel amazing and kids of all ages will love playing with these. They are a bit pricey, but they are unique and will last a long time! Also, make sure to watch for them to go on sale. I got ours a week ago when they were 40% off. I love that when you buy their blocks, they plant 2 trees in Honduras!
This is one of the newest (and best-selling) games so far in 2018. In fact, it’s one of Kickstarter’s 50 most backed projects of all time. Pretty impressive. This super fun/crazy unicorn-based game is for the older kids. They say 14+, but plenty of parents who’ve reviewed and played feel like 10-12+ was perfectly fine. Either way, the goal is to build your own unicorn army (mainly by betraying your friends). Be the first to to build the army of 7 unicorns and win this strategic card game!
Frozen fans rejoice there’s a brand new amazing Elsa’ Magical Ice Palace from Lego. This is the best Magical Ice Palace ever! It features a grand entrance, sliding bridge, magic revolving stairs, wonderful balcony, slide, and more! There’s even a snow fort and it’s all very colorful, inviting creative play. There’s so much fantastic play with this fabulous set. And Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Marshmallow and 4 Snowgies and several accesories are included to enhance your play experience. If you’re a Frozen fan, this is one you just can’t ‘Let It Go’!
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.
Because if your kids are giving their Hatchimals a major eye-roll, they’re probably in the market for the new creepy Fuggler. These Fugglers (which stands for ‘Funny Ugly Monster’ but we don’t see how) are said to be one of the must-haves of the year. There are dozens of these creepy little devils to choose from and they’re perfect for any kid who’s over the cute and cuddly stuffed animals that are being marketed to them all day long! Learn more here.
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.
Inspired by the T-Rex in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Super Colossol Tyrannosaurus Rex stands a whopping 3-feet tall for larger than life fun! This T-Rex is hungry and is ready to devour as many as 20 mini dinos at a time. Featuring authentic detailing and sculpting, fans’ imaginations will soar as they act out their favorite adventures from the motion picture.
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.
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!
Whether singing along with a fun musical toy, playing with classic building blocks and dump trucks, figuring out the intricacies of a bumpy ball, or working with a sit-to-stand walker, your baby will get the motor skills and sensory introduction you desire. The top 10 best toys for babies of 2017 is a comprehensive list designed to provide your baby with that foundation necessary to a lifetime of health and happiness. These toys also give your baby something to do when you are crazy-busy…or simply need to sit on the couch for a few minutes!
Children can learn to explore the world through a number of toys — or just through simple household items like pots and pans. For parents and caregivers, the important thing is to facilitate this experimentation. Says Lytle: “You really want parents to be there playing with their children, following their lead, allowing them to figure out what happens, and asking them questions about it like, ‘Oh my gosh, did you see that? Did you see what happened? Do you think that would happen if we did it again?’ If you think about it, asking those questions get at the scientific method.” No wonder this award-winning toy is beloved by parents and children everywhere. In addition to being a musical instrument, it allows kids to experiment with cause and effect.
The Scravenger is the first accessory based Zombie Strike blaster. Nerf is introducing the Zombie Strike Survival system. Similar to the Modulus line, it is all about customization. With a cobbled together look, it comes with a flashlight and spray paint can barrel, which can be swapped out with other accessories in the line. This spring-powered magazine fed blaster has a switch on the side that enables slam fire. In case you run out of ammo, the included stock contains a backup 2 shot blaster.
The Pai Circuit Conductor set is an interesting new STEM set demonstrating simple circuitry. It allows budding engineers to build circuits by snapping pieces together and powering on lights or decorative fiber optics. After building your circuit, you can control the flow of electricity using physical buttons. The companion app allows kids to visually see the flow of electricity. This set teaches electricity, cause-and-effect, and magnetism.
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."
There are a variety of developmental milestones toddlers have to achieve and each milestone should ideally be achieved by a certain age. Do not worry if your toddler doesn’t reach a certain milestone quickly as possible like other toddlers as each toddler is different and develops at their own rate. However, if there is a slight concern of delayed development, please speak with your chosen child physician.
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.
This two-in-one (ambulance and hospital) will teach Barbie a thing or two about caring for others, medically. Perfect for little ones who want to be an EMT, nurse, or doctor when all grown up, this emergency vehicle opens to reveal a doctor's office, complete with a waiting room. Don't worry, Barbie — the waiting room is loaded with trendy magazines!
Although this basketball set may look challenging for a 2-year-old, Dr. Golinkoff says that children this age can learn pretty fast once you show them how it’s done. It’s also a time when they’re improving their motor skills. “They’re also learning patience,” she says, “which is a type of self-regulation, how to wait. They are increasing their executive functionability, which is the fancy name for being able to control their inhibitions.”
Start your engines, collect your coins, and prepare for fun! The game board looks like Monopoly but is inspired by worlds straight out of the Mario Kart videogames. Each character has its own strategic abilities. Just like in the game, you can lay a banana to stop rivals in their tracks. Everytime you pass go, you’ll have an opportunity to race in the Grand Prix. The game includes a game board, 4 character kart tokens, 32 cards, banana tokens, 90 coins and 2 dice. The game is designed for 2-4 players. It’s the perfect gift for any Nintendo or Mario Kart fan!
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 Scrubbie pets are colorable and washable pets figures that kids can customize over and over again thanks to the washable Scribble Scrubbie Crayola markers. When you want to change the pattern on them, you just throw them in a tub of water and give them a bath. The set includes 4 pets, 6 washable markers and a tub. Expansion packs, sold separately, offer 12 pets to collect.
Recreate the Gyrosphere experience with this Jurassic World Gyrosphere RC from Mattel. Inside you can fit your 3.75-inch Jurassic World figures. It comes with a non-articulated Owen figure. It features a power switch to toggle it on or off, and it automatically powers down if it’s inactive. There are two buttons on the controller. The bottom one controls the motion, while the top one is for direction. You can imagine what this does to cats.
Toilet humor and gross-out fun were huge trends at this year’s Toy Fair. Eww … is the first thing kids will say when they see Spin Master’s wild, wacky, and fun Dr. Pimple Popper Pimple Pete game. It’s all about carefully extracting those pimples without activating the mega zit. If you’re not careful, you’ll activate the mega zit and lose the game. This bears a striking resemblance to Operation and will put your pimple popping skills to the test.
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.
Hot Wheels is known for its physical play, but now it is blending the physical and virtual world with Augmoto. Augmoto adds AR on top of a classic Hot Wheels race track. In order to race your opponent around the track, players have to complete mini games using an app. For example, players can earn missile attacks, which can be used to slow down your opponent. The AR component adds a strategic element to the classic Hot Wheels track, making it feel more like a video game.
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.
P is for Potty — and for perfect present! The toddler years are the time when every parent is challenged with potty training. P is for Potty is a number one bestseller for kids between one and three years old and is essential to helping moms and dads ease little ones into the potty training stage. Potty-training toddlers can follow Albie and Elmo throughout their day while they practice sitting on the potty with an interactive mix of fun and learning. P is for Potty has over 30 lift-and-peek flaps on 12 pages to keep tots curious and engaged.
These are one of the most popular baby toys, and for good reason—they’re also one of the best development toys for babies! Help your little learner improve their fine motor skills and problem-solving skills with this adorable block and basket set. This toy also introduces shapes and colors and is easily stored. Recommended for babies 6 months and up. ($8; walmart.com)
Unleash the terror and excitement of breaking loose from the UNTAMED Jailbreak playset. There’s no telling what will ensue once those raptors break loose. UNTAMED fans will love creating fascinating adventures with their UNTAMED raptors with this awesome playset that houses two UNTAMED raptors. This set includes an exclusive T-Rex and raptor. How long can you keep them captive?
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.
This book will engage your baby by the different 3D pictures and sew-ons with which he can play. A lot of people will refer to this cloth book as a “Quiet Book,” and while it doesn’t have the music and lights that some other books have, it will make some noises (like crinkling), so beware. It’s fine for a church cry room, but you wouldn’t want to sit front row at a funeral with it.
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.
Babies love books. They love the pictures and the act of turning pages, and it’s very often the best way to occupy baby without actively engaging him yourself. So books are a great distraction while you’re out shopping or while you’re doing the dishes. The best part of these books is how small they are – a few of these guys will fit in the diaper bag easily! And because they come in a pack that makes them less than a dollar each, losing one or two here and there won’t break your heart. Because that adorable little baby is going to throw everything out of the stroller anyway!
Even if you don’t remember how teething goes, you can understandably imagine the discomfort that your child goes through when his or her teeth are coming in. A freezer-safe teether toy can be a huge relief to newborns as they await their incoming pearly whites. The Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys will quickly become your newborn’s favorite toy once they realize how much relief it can bring. Each key is brightly colored and features a different grooved pattern which also makes playing with this teething toy a unique sensory experience for your baby.
The Touch & Learn Activity Desk Deluxe is an interactive learning system for toddlers. Jam-packed with 5 interactive activity pages, over 100 vocabulary words, over 20 learning activities, and over 20 songs and melodies, there’s plenty of engaging learning fun! The set includes a small stool. Expand the fun with expansion packs that expand the curriculum. The desk can even transform into a an easel and chalkboard for even more creative fun!
So you want to be a raptor trainer? It’s not going to be easy but if you have the patience and discipline to learn, it’s a whole lot of fun! Say hello to Mattel’s newest robot – Alpha Training Blue. It’s a fully interactive veloceraptor that you can control and train just like Chris Pratt’s character in the film. This is one advanced toy. In fact, it’s the most complex toy Mattel has ever created. Seven motors provide fluid, realistic animation to the neck and head while also allowing you to walk it around. It’s very responsive to controls and features the same rapor sounds from the movie. Blue loves being petted and she has touch sensors under her jaw and on the top of her nose to bring her to life. Hands-down, it’s the coolest robot toy this year. It’s so fun to play with something so detailed and fluid.