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.
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!
Everyone seems to be obsessed with going to Escape the Room parties. Well now you can bring the party home with Escape the Room in a Box: Werewolf Experiment. You’ll have one hour to crack some codes, solve some puzzles, and find some hidden clues. Plus, even better, you can connect this game to your Alexa (if you have it) to keep track of time, ask questions, and even play a special soundtrack that just adds to the intensity of the game. And your one hour begins….now!
Enchantimals celebrates the special bond between kids and animals. These 6-inch lovable dolls share a special connection with their animal friends. Their outfits and shoes feature bright colors, floral prints, and furry accents. The look is completed with animal-inspired ears and headpieces. The newest dolls are inspired by a headgehog, parrot, and cheetah.
By 18 months, your toddler's gait will smooth out, likely making him more interested in on-the-go play—he may even take a stab at kicking a ball around. More refined motor skills means building even taller block towers and enjoying scribbling on paper with a thick crayon. Your little one could also be more into solitary play as he grows and gains new abilities.
Who doesn’t love superheroes? There are several figures in the True-Moves series including everybody’s favorite cape crusade. This Batman figure stands 12 inches tall! Batman features a ton of moving joints for kids to create all sorts of epic battle poses. The best part? You can bend Batman’s arms and legs in almost any direction. Designed for kids 3 and up, it’s designed for rough play.
We are obsessed with this new interactive Fozzie Bear from Muppet Babies! When you press his paw he’ll tell jokes, sing a song, giggle, wiggle, and more! When he laughs his tie even lights up! We love the message of Fozzie’s ‘never give up’ attitude and know your kiddos will love him too. He’s now listed as one of the must-haves of the holiday season. Learn more about Fozzie here!
Board books are the best. They are durable, short little stories that kids love. He are some of my faves that are tried and true but without the really popular ones like Guess How Much I Love You, Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny because most people have those. If you read this site for any amount of time you know how much I love I Am a Bunny. BEST. BOOK. EVER!
2018 is another epic year in gaming filled with hordes of games worth playing. From Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon to all the latest sports games from Madden 19 and FIFA 19 to NBA 2K19 and so much more, there are so many great games to choose from. Plus, the NES Classic Edition makes its triumphant return. Pinch me, I must be in gaming heaven. The most difficult part? Choosing which awesome games to play and making time to play them all. There’s enough gaming greatness here to keep you gaming on in 2018 and beyond!
“A cape is a blank slate,” says Dr. Cornett, “a kid can use it to be royalty or a superhero or just as a blanket.” Again, you want to stay away from existent superhero logos to allow the maximum freedom for your kid. We dig this Lynda Sutton DIY Drawing Superhero Cape, which comes with a matching mask and, most importantly, can be washed after a hard day of superheroing.
When your baby hits the 3-month mark, you'll start to notice a spike in curiosity. Whereas your newborn was content resting in your arms or hanging on a boppy, your infant now wants to play with toys. The best infant toys, however, are more than just loads of fun — they help your baby learn and grow (and the more colorful, interactive, and developmentally appropriate they are, the better.)
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First impressions for Mia’s Camper Van set are that it is really colorful and pretty sizable. The stickers give it some nice extra detailing. The set also includes a raft seating two mini dolls. There’s even a sleeper section with two beds for your mini dolls after a long day of adventuring. There’s plenty of detailing inside with a stove, sink, fridge, and more. It’s definitely a nice place to be and there’s plenty of play space for imaginative story-telling.
Created by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Relative Insanity is like Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity, but you can play it in front of the family. It’s a game that you’ll love playing because you’re sure to get lots of laughs. There are punch line cards and setup cards. Someone reads the setup, for example: “When my cousin walked in with my new baby, my grandma blurted out _______.” Then players look at their punch lines and submit the one that’s going to get the biggest laugh. The setup person picks the best answer and that player scores points.
Every week I take my kid to a play therapist. My son is great and, because he’s six and also my son, has a hard time expressing his emotions through words. His play therapist is great too but out-of-network and so crazy expensive. Regardless, it’s totally worth it. Play therapy allows my son a way to express himself non-verbally and provides a professional to, to some extent, decode his play. (Like most therapists, she meets separately with us.) But you don’t need to be in a play therapist to offer your kid the ability to work through their shit — or simply express themselves in a more natural way — with toys. You just need the right toys.
All of the toys reviewed here provide many levels of skill building that will teach the baby how different textures feel, how to move objects, and how to recognize shapes and colors. All of the toys chosen are colorful and loaded with activities. Sensory skills and motor skills are a benefit of almost each toy because playing should not only be fun but beneficial. All of the toys also provide multiple opportunities for the baby to chew and teeth on soft objects as well as soft plastic ones. Teething is a painful time for infants and these toys can help ease the pain in a playful way.
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.
Keep your toddler moving, learning, exploring and growing with the help of these toddler girl toys from Fat Brain Toys. Little ones around the ages of 1 to 3 absolutely adore these fun educational toys for girls. These are unique products that are designed with your child’s development in mind. So while she’s having a blast playing, she’ll also be developing new skills and learning about the world around her. Browse our full collection of toddler toys for girls to find the perfect gift for a birthday, holiday or other special occasion.
Can you keep a “sea”-cret? From the creators of Exploding Kittens comes a new board game called You’ve Got Grabs. This is a family-friendly game for kids over 7. Played in teams of two, this game combines crabs with deception. The game is super simple: Before starting, you and your teammate must come up with a secret signal. You must collect 4 of the same card and secretly notify your partner. Your teammate must then yell, “You’ve got crabs!” The catch? If the other team finds out and yells “You’ve Got Crabs” your team loses.
Play gives children the chance to practice new skills over and over again. Toys that give kids a chance to figure something out on their own—or with a little coaching—build their logical thinking skills and help them become persistent problem-solvers. They also help children develop spatial relations skills (understanding how things fit together), hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills (using the small muscles in the hands and fingers).
Looking for epic Beyblade battles? The Beyblade Burst Evolution Star Storm Battle Set is designed with new Beyblade tech – allowing fans to change up striking powers and customize the course of battle. These tops are compatible with the Beyblade Burst app. This set features one Beyblade Burst Star Storm Beystadium, two Beyblade Burst Switchstrike right/left spin launchers, and two Beyblade Burst Switchstrike right-spin tops. Let the games begin!
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.
This playmat has 17 different activities and includes such items as a mirror, crinkle and squeaker toys, a mirror, and overhead hanging toys for baby to look at. The mat is machine-washable — a definite bonus! Parents report that this playmat was entertaining and met the needs of their baby through various ages. For young babies just beginning to spend time on the floor, the set includes a tummy support pillow.
Collectible Minifigures Series 18 – the Party Minifigure line – features party figures celebrating Minifigures’ 40th anniversary. In this Special Limited Edition series, there are seventeen figures to collect in all. Like previous series, each collectible Minifigure will retail for $3.99 when it launches this April. Every character is dressed up for a costume party and has its own unique personality. Collect all your favorites from this limited edition series.
Toys that begin to awaken baby’s visual, auditory, and tactile senses will stimulate the development of neural pathways in a baby’s rapidly expanding brain. Our panel of experts, which includes parents, childcare and education professionals and child psychologists have endorsed the following 19 products as some of the best toys for newborn babies. Consider adding them to your own baby registry, purchasing one for your newborn or gifting one to someone expecting or a set of new parents.
Baby can mouth the cups, bang the cups on the floor or table, bang two cups together, put them on her head, cover her eyes with cups to play peek-a-boo, nest them together, stack them, roll them, pretend to drink from them, hide toys under them, put toys in them, shout into them and more. With the drum, baby bangs the drum and it says a letter. Baby bangs with two hands and it says a letter. Baby pushes his face into the top of the drum in an attempt to bite it - it says a letter. Baby bangs hard - it says a letter. Baby bangs soft - it says a letter. Baby bangs it with a toy hammer - it says a letter. I think you get the point that this toy isn't very responsive to baby's discovery and exploration. Baby can't put anything in it or under it, stack it on top of anything else, roll it, or take it apart. This toy is made for one thing only - banging - and it is effectively a giant button.
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!
Moose Toys has something new up its sleeves for its hottest collectible brand, Shopkins. Introducing Shopkins Lil Secrets. They look like small lock boxes that open to reveal small hidden playsets inside. Of course, you’ll need some micro-sized characters to play out your adventures in those miniature worlds. It looks like Polly Pocket has some real competition! Each set features an exclusive Teeny Shoppie and one tiny Shopkin to bring your adventures to life.
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.
Turtles like to take it slow, and your little learner can also take her time learning her 123s with this shelled friend by her side. Push the light-up buttons to hear the turtle count and say each number, then use the addition activity to practice early math skills. Ready for more? Switch to Spanish mode to do it all over again in a different language.
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.
Build your Happy Holidays with LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2018 edition. This 500-piece set includes 24 gifts for fans to unwrap for each day leading up to Christmas. From a Santa mini-doll to four animal figures and more, there are so many fun surprises to discover and build. Kids will love the variety of designs and the bright color palette LEGO Friends is known for.
STEM is huge right now. Botley is a colorful coding robot that is designed for teaching the youngest coders, as young as 5, how to program. There is no screen or app required. It comes with a variety of pieces. Kids will have to “code” Botley to navigate through a variety of obstacle courses. It teaches basic programming skills, such as loops and simple directional commands.
Welcome to the magical kingdom of Cinderella’s Dream Castle. It utilizes the new 2018 Build and Swap modular building system. The castle itself is a sight to behold and something you can be proud to display. It features nice colors and a lot of small details that make it shine. There’s a lot of room to pose your figures and kids will have fun acting out various fun scenarios. What’s cool? With the modular design you can mix and match pieces from this set with other sets to expand the fun and even experiment with different designs. The set includes 2 minifigures, a horse, and carriage.
Love playing pretend grocery shopping? You’ll love it even more with the Fresh Mart Grocery Store from Melissa & Doug. This realistic grocery play set has tons of play features to inspire endless creative, open-ended play. Constructed of wood, the set includes a scanner that beeps, conveyor belt, credit card swipe machine, cash drawer, display shelving, refrigerator, and more. Combine with play food or your own food to bring the experience to life. Kids can play the role of the cashier or the shopper and they’ll have loads of fun on their shopping adventures.
There more than likely isn’t a more adorable teether than Sophie the Giraffe. Composed of natural rubber and colored with natural dyes, this giraffe is perfectly safe to go into your child’s mouth. She is designed with two teething rings, each with a different texture. The ring near Sophie's head is designed with raised bumps, while the ring near her feet is designed with ridges. This teether arrives in an adorable gift box which makes it the perfect baby shower gift.
Black Panther was a big hit at the box office and made an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. This 12-inch Legends Series action figure features a premium sculpt and details along with accessories to enhance your play experience. Kids will love reenacting their favorite scenes from the movies and bringing the action to life with more than 30 points of articulation.
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)
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?
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.
The Ultimate Battle ship is a fun and exciting set to build and features openings in both the front and rear. It is really nicely designed and perfect for inspiring kids’ imaginations. Kids will love recreating their favorite scenes from Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. It’s also an excellent set to display for your friends and it comes with several cool minifigures, including Thanos, Iron Man, Star-Lord, and Gamora. A total of three minifigures along with weapons, the Infinity Gauntlet, and ten Power Burst elements are included.
This wonderful play mat lights up and play music, plus the hanging toys make noises also when touched. With over 10 toys and activities to keep baby busy, this toy is really hard to beat, especially because it has three different play modes. As baby grows, the positions of play change and so the Newborn-to-Toddler Play Gym allows these changes within the same toy. Fantastic as a sensory-development toy because of the different textures and shapes that baby can handle.
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!
This simple concept soother is a plush stuffed toy attached to a Soothie pacifier. The easy-to-grab animals come in different options like elephant or giraffe, and even if your baby doesn’t like a pacifier, some like to chew on the soft rubber section. Since pacifiers are small, they notoriously get lost when flung out of a crib. But the animal part of this soother makes it easy to find and keep up with for routine nap and bedtimes.
Featuring a highly detailed aerodynamic body, the Batman Knight Missions Air Power Cannon Attack Batmobile is any Batman fan’s dream vehicle. What’s cool? This new Batman vehicle is fully equipped with two air-powered weapons with pump-and-launch technology. The weapons are also detachable and can be held by the action figures or positioned on various ports on the Batmobile. It also fits your 6-inch action figures to bring the action to life.
Finding the best baby toys for children under one can be a bit of a challenge. Newborns need simple bright toys that stimulate the mind, while six month olds may want something a little more interactive. Once they are close to one, they are moving whether that is crawling or walking so you'll want a toy that either keeps them contained or helps them master their new skills.
The holiday season will be upon us soon, and it's time once again to start navigating the season’s softest, silliest and smartest of baby playthings. Whether you’re searching for the best baby Christmas gifts for your own bundle of joy or another little one that you love, make sure your list includes these adorable Christmas gift ideas for baby from Melissa and Doug, Fisher-Price, LEGO, Lamaze and more!