The Nuby Ice Gel Teether keys provide your child relief by offering a variety of textures for them to chew on. Each of the three keys on this teether ring are BPA-free and will assist in the eruption of the front, middle, and back teeth. For added relief to your child’s mouth, place this teether into the refrigerator and allow it to cool. This teether is available in a variety of colors. It is lightweight and easy to transport, so you can easily take this teether anywhere you go.
Toddlers love to take apart, put back together, pull out, put in, add on, and build up. Choose toys that are “open-ended” in the sense that your child can play many different games with them. For example, wooden blocks or chunky plastic interlocking blocks can be used to make a road, a zoo, a bridge, or a spaceship. Toys like this spark your child’s imagination and help him develop problem-solving and logical thinking skills.
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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.
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.
Moreover, this toy is very interactive and educational, great for older babies and toddlers! Is plays many melodies, phrases and 45 songs that baby can sing along, and it makes different sound effects. This remote also engage role-play, therefore older babies can pretend surfing through nine channels and listen to familiar phrases like “breaking news”.
SpinMaster has created the most realistic doll ever with Luvabella. She loves being tickled – tickle her feet or tummy. She’s a really happy baby and loves playing games like Peek-a-boo. She is extremely life-like with blinking eyes and an animated mouth, head, and arms. Her life-like expressions make her come to life. What makes her so special is that she features hundreds of responses. You can even hear her little heartbeat if you put your head to her chest. The cool part? The more you play with her, the more she learns. Bring home this loveable bundle of joy!
VTech is a leader in kids electronic learning toys. The KidiBeats Drum Set promotes interactive learning that keeps little hands and minds busy. With three drum pads and a cymbal, the KidiBeats Drum Set lets toddlers rock ‘n’ roll to their own beat or to nine different melodies. The set has four different modes that teach letters, counting skills, phonics and memorization with follow-along tunes. Little rockers can feel like real drummers in free play mode as they bang out new rhythms with the included drum sticks to four different musical genres: jazz, rock, dance and pop. The drum and cymbal pads light up in follow along mode to help kids keep the beat. In free play mode, they light up every time the pads are hit. Number jams, Alphabeats, follow me, and free style will keep kids learning and jamming for hours. And when parents need a break there’s a quiet-play feature and an auto-shutoff to preserve battery life.
This activity center features tracks for wooden beads, with hidden animals that will keep tots busy for hours. “One of the things I always like to look for in a toy is one that allows kids a lot of options not only in terms of things to do,” says Lytle, “but in ways to do it, because at this age you want a child to learn by figuring out the pathway to using the toy and not necessarily direct them with a specific set of rules. A toy like this has a lot of different options, so they can do things like move the beads and just explore around the whole toy. They’ll always find a new feature and something new to do.”
The ultimate hangout spot for your LEGO Friends is the new Friendship House. This 772-piece set is a 4-level, double-sided playset with a ton of wonderful play features. It comes with three mini dolls – Olivia, Emma, and Andrea as well as 3 animal friends to play out your incredible adventures. The Friendship House is actually a converted Fire Station, so it still features a brick fascade and alarm outside. The translucent garage door really opens and closes. There’s even an outdoor garden area, Upper Foreman’s Terrace above the garage, barbeque area with slide, and a rooftop area with hottub. The working pully is great for bringing up supplies and there’s even a fireman’s pole for the mini dolls to slide down. The set is easy to build and kids will have all sorts of fun building and playing out various stories for the characters and their animal friends. There are a ton of great features, details, and accessories to inspire countless hours of imaginative play.
If you thought Chewbeads, the baby-safe jewelry for moms, were a smart idea when baby was teething, here’s the equally genius older-kid version among our Christmas gifts for toddlers. Not only does this stacker look nice enough to leave out when company comes, but the pieces are chewable, medical-grade silicone, BPA-free and can be popped in the dishwasher.
In addition to helping ease baby's pain, the Winkel rattle is designed to provide a full sensory experience. Featuring a similar structure to that of an atom this teething toy not only has an intricate and engaging design but is incredibly colorful to give your baby a complete range of pleasing aesthetics. The loops are soft and pliable. Meanwhile, the entire design is meant to be lightweight and ideal for little hands to hold and maneuver. This toy, is BPA Free, giving parents a reason to rest well, despite the disruption caused to our household and rest routine, by a teething infant. To ensure this toy does indeed engulf baby in stimulation, within the cube's center are small rattling beads that offer auditory stimulation. The Winkel Rattle, made by Manhattan Toys is an excellent aid to help soothe your baby's sore gums, safe for ages 0-24 months.
Start your engines for intense action, thrills, and excitement. This awesome Track Builder Stunt Box features more than 35 pieces that allow for endless creativity in building. Your creations are only limited by your imagination. After tinkering and experimenting with different designs, kids will have a blast racing their Hot Wheels on their own tracks.
Who wouldn’t want to train to be a superhero? In this preschool game, players take turns flipping over 3 cards. It’s a game that encourages physical activity in a fun way. All of the cards have different superhero actions printed on them. Kids have to pick one of the actions to perform, but watch out for the Green Goblin. The best part? The game comes with props to bring all of your favorite Marvel superheroes to life. Kids will use Spider Man’s web, Captain America’s Shield, Thor’s hammer, and more.
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!
The all-new Laser X Fusion blaster delivers an incredible range of 250-feet. For twice the range, add the long-range adapter. What’s cool? It’s compatible with the previous generation of blasters and allows for an unlimited number of players. It works indoors or outdoors and even day or night. The complete set includes everything you need for two players.
This shape puzzle and travel case is great for packing a bag and taking off for the weekend with baby in tow. You could even just leave it in your car for unexpected trips or doctor’s appointments. It’s ideal for the baby who can sit upright and grab onto things and is starting to try to problem-solve these types of puzzles. The colored shapes will engage him and the bag will provide plenty of hiding places for his other toys, as well.
There are many factors to consider when evaluating a toy's safety, and a good first step is to remove the potential for one of the greatest hazards small children face: choking. As choking is one of the most common causes of childhood injury (or worse), a baby toy must present no chance for accidental ingestion. Infants and toddlers alike are wont to put things into their mouths; if an object is simply too large to fit in a mouth, that hazard has been mitigated.
This year Magformers introduces a new line called Clicformers. This 34-piece Speed Wheel set allows little builders to construct different vehicles with these magnetically attaching pieces. You can create a buggy, nitro vehicle, cruiser, hot rod, desert truck, turbo vehicle and more. Wheels are included so that you can race your car into action. It’s a real game-changer in the world of Magformers.
Babies between the ages of 6 to 12 months are beginning to explore and interact with people and their surroundings, like crawling and walking across the living room. New teeth pop up through their gums, so finding durable and safe toys for them to mouth, bite and chew are important. Parents also get a little window into their thoughts, watching their baby touch and activate buttons, or place blocks into a container, or begin to turn the pages of a cardboard book.
Meet Rollie My Kissing Puppy — the newest member of the Little Live Pets family. Isn’t he the cutest puppy ever?! He’s super adorable and it will be love at first sight. When he’s happy, he’ll wag his little tail and even he responds to touch. Put out your hand, and he’ll reach out his tongue to kiss you. This is the next best thing to a real pet without all the mess.
The endless loop rings and facets will keep the baby constantly engaged in trying to find the end point! The quiet rattle has a subdued effect that’s just enough as a teaching tool in understanding cause and effect, while not loud to annoy parents and other adults. Manhattan has been a trusted manufacturer since 1979, and makes this teething toy BPA-Free, so safety and health are never a main concern.
“At 1, kids are probably starting to pull themselves up on furniture and maybe even take a couple of steps,” explains Lytle. “When they’re up and walking, they’re most interested in toys that might support them but can also be part of their playtime.” Try this classic toy that an early (or soon-to-be) walker can operate on their own, while toting around their most prized belongings-slash-some-Cheerios.
It's time to rock — and learn! The Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus is a musical sea creature that will teach your toddler all about instruments, music styles, counting and more. The rockin' toy has three play modes for math, games and music. Parents can also download the free Rocktopus app to make cool music videos with their kids. ($50; amazon.com)