These blocks are super soft and each has a different picture: numbers, cars, animals and other objects. Baby can play with them in many different ways: built up and knock down, pair numerals and quantities (for example cube with number 10 and cube with 10 butterflies), match everyday shapes and animal halves (put together head and tail of zebra or panda).
These toys are great for the baby who is learning how to reach out and pull or bat at things. You connect them to a car seat, stroller, or activity center, and he’ll keep heading back to them over and over. The colors will engage him as he develops the ability to differentiate between them, and the sounds will help him to make connection between his action and sounds.
Let your little one’s imagination soar with the Barbie Baby Doctor set. Barbie is the doctor and ready to give the little babies a checkup. The set comes complete with Barbie in her doctor outfit, two babies, and several accessories to bring your play adventures to life. Kids will have limitless fun creating all sorts of scenarios while igniting their imaginations.
Ok so these spiders actually are pretty cute!  They’re new, from Hasbro, and there are 10 different ones to collect!  They’re interactive, voice activated, and move faster or slower based on how loud (or soft) you are!  All are different colors and have different personalities, plus they can totally interact with each other when all put in a setting together.  Think of how much fun it will be to race them!  Learn more about Yellies here.
All your kids unicorn dreams are coming to life this season!  Yep, this is an actual electric unicorn that your kiddo can sit on and ride around the house (or outside).  This magical wonder goes backwards and forwards by using the reigns and can go up to 3 mph. Plus the unicorn horn lights up.  Awesome!  This is a hot item so feel free to check availability on Amazon here.  And you can learn more about My Lovely Unicorn here.
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?
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.
Try these translucent shapes, which are far more interesting than blocks and have hundreds of possible combinations. “Kids see these and want to learn how they work, how they go together, that there’s unlimited possibilities,” she says. “You don’t want to teach your child that there’s only one right answer or one way to put the block together. That’s constraining them too much and doesn’t allow them to have a free will and imagination to create something new. When kids are playing with things like blocks, they’re learning things — like how tall can you go before it falls down? Why do these things stick together in the way that they do? They want to experiment.”
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.”
Developmental disabilities are usually permanent and are rarely outgrown or able to catch up in. While developmental disabilities are not the same as a learning disability, it can greatly impact the ability to learn. These disabilities usually require constant monitoring, teaching and caring of the toddler by parents, guardians, caregivers and teachers. Some disabilities require specialized classes or schools. Conditions such as Down syndrome, Autism, and complications from brain injuries can cause developmental disabilities.
Luckily, we have evolved more as a society and tend to avoid giving our children toxins as we did in the past!  As with many things that have come to light, we can now see teething as an integral learning phase for both parents and children. Not only do teething toys help to alleviate gum pain, but the pressure also aids in strengthening the incoming teeth….this is one of the reasons that it is so vital to finding a teething toy which can also reach the back molars as well as the front teeth coming in!
Picking up a few toys specifically created for infants is not only a great way to spend time with your baby and nurture your growing bond, but depending on the type of toys you pick out, you can also help with your baby’s development and really start honing in on his specific interests. Here are a few of the best infant toys out there based on what you’re specifically looking to do with that toy.

This is a type of evolution from the glow worms you may have had as a child. The light provides a focal point for baby in the dark which may soothe them to sleep or just distract them from the anger of being put to bed. And the music will have a similar effect, making sure baby focuses on a calming toy rather than whatever could be making him cranky or distracted.

He's baaack!  The plush animal kingdom's smartest, cuddliest and most magical bear has returned just in time for the holiday season. Teddy Ruxpin's advanced features make him one of the best toddler gifts this Christmas. His color LCD eyes include 40 animations, and touch sensors let kids control the story and songs. Play with or without the free app. ($60; amazon.com)
Paint all day -- mess-free! This interactive plug-and-play system includes a base and a wireless paintbrush. Kids can choose from a variety of activities, including painting in one of eight themed worlds (each with unique brushes, stampers, and effects) and creating colorful spin art. Then print your digital art to brighten up the refrigerator door!
Kids will be amazed at how cool science can be with this fun science kit from Scientific Explorer. Your little chemist will learn the differences between acids and bases, as s/he conducts 11 different mind-blowing science activities. With help of a parent, s/he will mix chemicals to create everything from a fizzing volcano to jiggly crystals. Are you ready to be blown away with science?
A great choice for baby’s first rattle as it is the softest around. The feet are made of a crinkly material which crunches when chewed on or squeezed. Perfect for the first sensory toy providing sound and touch opportunities as baby grows. The vibrant colors and jingling bells will keep baby spellbound for a good while. The unique ring shape makes this toy easy for baby to hold making it a first toy for developing those motor skills.
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.
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!
Why we love it: There's something different to crinkle, move, touch, watch, rustle and squeak on each page – and it's machine-washable (hurrah!). Our tester's mum was impressed by the toy's bright colours and the sounds it makes. 'Hugo loves the mirror and squeaker best,' she says. 'And, as you can see in his video, he is also rather interested in eating it!'
Paint all day -- mess-free! This interactive plug-and-play system includes a base and a wireless paintbrush. Kids can choose from a variety of activities, including painting in one of eight themed worlds (each with unique brushes, stampers, and effects) and creating colorful spin art. Then print your digital art to brighten up the refrigerator door!
Cardboard blocks are great, says Dr. Cornett, since a kid can build forts, walls, and towns with them. Sounding like a parent, Dr. Cornett notes that you want to look consider, “durability and affordability.” We like Melissa & Doug’s Jumbo Extra-Thick Cardboard Building Blocks. This set of 30 blocks, from toy whisperers Melissa & Doug, are, well, extra-thick and come in three sizes.
Ever dreamt of playing in Romeo’s Lab? Well now you can with Romeo’s Lab Playset. The set features a light and sound panel, working crane, laser launcher and rolling lab charger to bring your adventures to life. The set includes a Romeo figure, Romeo’s robot figure, lab charger, and three tools. What’s cool? It can also be transformed into a mobile lab by attaching the wheels.
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.
What’s harder than playing Jenga? Playing Jenga without a table. Jenga Pass Challenge moves Jenga off the table for a new twist. Players stack the blocks on the platform to build their tower while holding onto the platform handles and passing to their opponents after each turn. The last player to successfully stack a block and pass the platform without crashing the tower wins. Do you have what it takes to become the Jenga Pass Challenge Champion?!
The Grossery Gang Series 5 Time Wars introduces a completely new theme to the line. The new collectible figures are from the future so the gross is gone. They come back in time and are sucked up from The Grossery Gang. The only way the guys can fight back is if they call all their brothers throughout time to galvanize together to do battle against Cyber Slaught Pizza. Who’s ready for war?!
Nyko has a cool Labo-inspired PixelQuest Arcade Kit coming this fall. It builds a cardboard mini arcade cabinet using your Switch. You can play supported games like Mario Kart 8, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, Metal Slug 3, and more. The pixel art looks fantastic. What’s cool? There’s a joystick and two buttons to create a six button layout.
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.

This is a great gift for when parents are introducing their baby to solid foods. Because regular bibs are primarily made of fabric, that means a whole lot of laundry needs done while baby’s learning to eat. Being able to just wipe these bibs clean is a tremendous time-saver, and the cupped bottom will allow food sliding down and stray crumbs to be caught.
Let’s face it most of us take our hands for granted. Handimonium is a tiny hands challenge game from Mattel. There are 112 challenges featured in this game and two different ways to play. Simple things become outrageously difficult with the tiny hands. Players have to act out various things with the tiny plastic hands for comedic effect. You’ll have loads of fun. And, yes, the tiny hands are included!

Standing 43-inch tall and featuring four levels of play, kids can explore Donatello’s lab, Raphael’s Weight Training Room, Leo’s Rotating Weapon storage wall, Michaelangelo’s arcade, and more with their Turtles action figures in this Epic Sewer Lair Playset. There are seven rooms of play and each of the Turtles has their own room. There is something interesting going on in each room and lots of cool play features. It’s really cool becuase you can literally go from the top to the bottom of the playset.


“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.”
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.
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!
Experience endless creative fun and possibilites with Sphero Bolt. It’s a next-generation app-enabled robotic ball. Featuring advanced sensors, an LED matrix, and infrared communication, kids can create and customize games, discover a range of activities, or simply drive and play. The best part? Kids will have so much fun they’ll forget their learning.
What happens when you combine a bicycle and motorcycle? You get the Razor Drift Rider! With colors straight out of Star Wars, the Razor Drift rider is for anybody who can’t learn to balance on the Razor Turbo Jetts. This 3-wheeled electric scooter has 360-degrees of steering. You can steer it left and right like a normal scooter but what makes it unique is that you can even tilt the steering wheel for some crazy cornering and drifting action.
One of the more interesting and creative sets for younger kids is the Magformers Sky Track Adventure Set. Magformers is the leader in magnetic construction toys, which are perfect for introducing children to STEM concepts like math and engineering as well as developing spatial reasoning, critical thinking and creativity skills. What’s cool is that the Sky Track Adventure set allows kids to build several cool configurations and race a battery-powered rocket along the track.
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."
The Nintendo Switch is the ultimate hybrid console in the world of gaming that totally lives up to the hype! It truly is a beautiful piece of hardware. Play all your favorite Nintendo games at home or on the go. There’s amazing content for every gamer and for all ages and its library continues to expand. Plus, eventually you’ll be able to play classics! The Switch literally switches up conventions and lets you play anywhere. The Switch is in extremely high demand with stores unable to keep shelves stocked since launch day. With Nintendo ramping up production for the holidays, this should make it a tad easier to get your hands on what is expected to be the hottest gift this holiday season. Consider yourself lucky if you can score one!
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.
A: As a general rule, we would advise going with silicone, although there are other FDA-approved thermo polymers that can be made perfectly safe. The benefit to silicone is that it’s extremely durable and flexible at the same time. It’s also freezer-friendly and chills quickly. The safest, highest grade of silicone is medical-grade, like Bebe By Me’s cookie teethers. However, 100 percent food-grade silicone has been approved by the FDA as being safe, especially when it’s free from contaminants like BPA, phthalates, and PVC.
This plush fish is one of our favorite toys for babies! It’s designed to intrigue your little one while helping them develop motor skills and more. The washable fabric toy is made of different fabrics and hidden features like mirrors and crinkling components to keep baby’s interest. Recommended for babies 1 month old to toddlers up to 3 years old. ($17; macys.com)
Infant activity toys are amazing because they give parents a break from the action while still allowing baby to explore and entertain themselves. If you’re in search of baby Christmas gifts that do just this yet don’t require a lot of space and can even be taken on the go, we’ve got your pick! The Lamaze Soft Sorter Toy is like a squishy version of Tetris. With a silky sorter and rattling shapes, it helps baby boost brain power as they solve the great what-fits-where mystery. Different textures and colors encourage little eyes to explore and tiny hands to touch as babies develop their visual, tactile, fine and gross motor skills. ($24; amazon.com)
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