Even little ones can get in on the Advent Calendar fun with the Little People Advent Calendar set from Fisher-Price. Each day leading up to Christmas, kids can look behind each door to reveal a different surprise. They will discover 24 Little People friends along with holiday-themed accessories. Little ones will be so excited as they reveal their gifts and get closer to Christmas.

Exciting toddlers about the notion of brushing their teeth can be quite challenging. As they are still adjusting to the idea of a foreign object in their mouths; this can cause new or uncomfortable sensations that may, for example, activate their gag reflex. The banana-shaped teething toy provides a dual purpose in helping your baby get through these critical and uncomfortable milestones. It serves as a toothbrush meant to help your little one develop good habits for a healthy mouth while simultaneously providing your baby with a soft massaging effect to soothe sore gums and help teeth to break through. The gentle silicone bristles are made of 100% food grade materials that have been FDA approved and is also free of BPA, Latex, and other harsh substances.


A play kitchen is a great addition to any home toy collection. Not only do they offer hours of imaginative play for your toddler, but they also promote learning. Parents who play alongside their children can help them identify basic foods, colors, and dishes. Your toddler will enjoy making pretend meals, washing dishes, and putting away food in their toy kitchen.


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.
The LeapFrog LeapPad3 is the perfect first tablet for your child. Kid-tough and kid-safe, the Learning Tablet is shock-absorbent for accidental drops, and the protective screen guards against scratches and shatters. As an added bonus the LeapPad3 can access the learning library where your child can hone skills in math, science, reading, writing, and more. ($90; leapfrog.com)
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.
Love escape room challenges? Then you’ll love Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment. Players will be challenged to solve puzzles and find codes to escape the room. There’s an interesting backstory: Your party of players have to figure out a way to access the antidote within an hour or you’ll all turn into werewolves. What’s cool? It’s even compatible with your Alexa-enabled speaker. You can ask Alexa for hints and time updates as you try to escape the virtual room. Will you make it out alive?!
Toy shopping is serious business. Toys that are too easy will bore your babe. Those that are too advanced will aggravate him. But pick one that's just right for his skill level, and you'll be giving him hours of education, exploration, and enjoyment "Toys are an investment in a child's development," says Marianne Szymanski, founder and president of Toy Tips, Inc. and co-author of Toy Tips: A Parent's Essential Guide to Smart Toy Choices. Ready to shop? We've compiled a list of age-appropriate toys -- as well as ones to avoid -- for each developmental level.

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.

Walk into my house on any given day, and you will find yourself at what I'm beginning to consider the world's longest-running block party. My 1-, 2-, and 5-year-olds will all be busy to the point of distraction, happily playing away with blocks. They're usually not building together, mind you (sometimes they're not even in the same room), but each one will be doing his own thing, concentrating intently, and having a blast.
Ever wish you could become Blue from Jurassic World? Well now kids can fulfill their wildest fantasies with the Jurassic World Chomp ‘N Roar Mask Velociraptor Blue. Kids will instantly transform into their favorite dinosaur and can recreate the fun of the movie. What’s cool? The mask is well-sculpted with movie-accurate details like skin texture and color as well as moving eyes and teeth. The mask also features three sound modes to bring the dino action to life.
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The LEGO City Mountain Police Headquarters is the main core set for this series for 2018. It’s a police station built atop a mountain. There’s even a large garage paved under the police station. There’s also the main police station and holding cell. There’s a functional turret that helps with imaginative play. A really cool feature is that the jail bars can be broken off so the prisoner can escape. The police station has a nice lookout area. There’s a good amount of detail inside the police station and a cave beneath the holding cell featuring fun action for the cougar. The set comes with 7 minifigures, a police vehicle, motorbike, and two helicopters.

Learning new words has never been more fun. Guided by pals Turtle, Tiger and Money, toddlers can broaden their vocabulary by touching the words on the pages to hear them spoken aloud, along with exciting sound effects and fun facts. Bonus: The words and songs can be heard in both English and Spanish, making it one of the best toddler Christmas gifts for bilingual families.
What do you get when you combine the hot trend of squishy toys with the exploding success of collectibles? Poopeez, of course! Poopeez from Basic Fun! are a collectible line of squishy poo collectible characters based on entertainment. They have names like Pooji, Skid Mark, Dumpling, T.P., The Toot Fairy, and Lil’ Squirt to name a few to amuse kids. From the world of Kerplopolis, the toilet-themed world that Poopeez call home, there are about 36 Poopeez characters to collect in all. Who’s ready to get this potty started?!
Retro gaming is all the rage nowadays. Sony announced it will launch a mini PlayStation Classic in time for the holidays. It will come loaded with 20 PlayStation hits , including Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, and Ridge Racer Type 4 to name a few. All games will be preloaded and the system comes bundled with two wired controllers. Relive the glory days of gaming or experience it for the very first time.
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.
The big kids have the Apple Watch and Fitbit – so where does that leave kids? Featuring a new sleek and stylish design, kids can get in on the smartwatch action with the Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2. In addition to telling time, it shoots photos and captures video. The watch features two cameras for photos and selfies. It features a fun monster-catching game a la Pokemon Go. Kids can play fun games and activities.
You better watch out…because, let’s face it, Christmas is around the corner.  It’s never too early to get a jump start on the coolest gifts for kids.   There’s nothing worse than being under the gun, while people continually post the countdown to Christmas on social media (the stress is real!).  We’ve scoured some of the top toy wish-lists and all-around great gift ideas .  As a result, we’ve uncovered the best selling toys and games from the top toy retailers  – and found the best prices so you don’t have to.  Shop some of the best toys below!
This isn’t your average playmat. Made for tummy time, diaper changes, naps, or simply cuddling, the DockATot Grand is for babies 9–36 months with a design that can grow with your baby. Transport the DockAtot easily from room to room so your baby doesn’t have to be confined only to the nursery or playroom. There’s a reason the DockATot is the most-registered baby product on Babylist. ($275; buybuybaby.com)
Your kid has so much fun at home, right? It's brilliant to turn play time into learning time. The toy market is so vast these days, there seems to be learning toys for everything, which is so cool. Whether you have a silly scientist who seems to take to biology, or a little learner who's an empath at heart, there are toys that encourage intellectual development across the board.
Keep things fun for your kid during bath time with the Munchkin Wind Up Swimming Penguin Bath toy. This Amazon’s Choice product has wind-up arms that, when released, make the penguin swim through the water. The easy-to-use toy encourages imaginative play, audio, and visual stimulation, and helps develop hand and eye coordination. This toy is recommended for kids nine months and up.
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)
Got a little one who loves helping you cook? This set makes one of the best Christmas gifts for budding chefs. Their imaginations will thrive as they bake, decorate, count and sort these cookies in preparation for the block's next fun tea party. All cookies fit into a handy, dandy tube, so you can throw them in your purse for an easy on-the-go toy. ($10; macys.com)

The other toy, Baby’s First Blocks, is all about sorting, matching and stacking. The top of the box has holes cut in various shapes (square, circle, star, etc.) and there are blocks that match each shape. Kids have to try to find a match to fit them in. Once they’re all in, they can dump them out and start over again. Both toys are great for learning new skills and developing hand-eye coordination, plus they’re just fun.


Got a little one who loves helping you cook? This set makes one of the best Christmas gifts for budding chefs. Their imaginations will thrive as they bake, decorate, count and sort these cookies in preparation for the block's next fun tea party. All cookies fit into a handy, dandy tube, so you can throw them in your purse for an easy on-the-go toy. ($10; macys.com)
Singing Rainbow Dash is one of our favorites! Singing Rainbow Dash sings 5 songs and features 15 different phrases. If you pull down her glasses, she will sing a song, like ‘My Little Pony’, and you can also activate her with her Cutie Mark. Here’s a cool surprise: You can also sing a duet with Rainbow Dash. How cool is that?! She also comes with her own glasses. Too cool! Singing Rainbow Dash is going to be a very fun gift if you want to sing karaoke with your favorite friend.

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!


Loved the first Snipperclips? The hit puzzle game returns in Snipperclips Plus with 40 additional stages and worlds and more than 100 unique levels. There will be a host of new challenges to solve that will stretch your imagination to new levels. Additionally, there will be new stages to cooperate and compete in. Plus, there are new random shapes everytime you play.
These magic sets have surely come a long way from the ones we had when we were little!  This one is a magic set and science kit all in one.  It comes with over 27 different tools, ingredients, and parts so your kiddos can learn to make really cool things like dancing holograms, optical illusions, disappearing coins and more! Check out all their different themes here!

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.
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.
You may wonder why we need to have baby teeth only to have them replaced by more permanent ones. Well, it’s all about developing the oral cavity of your baby. You see, it is your baby’s milk teeth that will maintain the arch length of his or her jaw. This is crucial because it is in these same places where their permanent teeth will develop. Milk teeth serve to guide the eruption pathway of your baby’s permanent teeth. It also helps in the formation and development of the jaw bones and muscles.

When playing with stacking cups with your baby, you'll use positional words like on, in, under and on top. You can talk about big and small, colors, how many cups you have, and more.  A caregiver could certainly interact with baby while using the drum but there isn't so much to talk about.  And if you assume that the alphabet is a language-promoting sound - keep in mind that the toys won't ask baby questions, make observations of what baby is doing or respond if baby happens to imitate a letter sound. Battery operated toys may speak words or letters but they lack the valuable language-enriching "circles of communication" that interactions with caregivers offer
Love arcade classics like Pac-Man? Now you can bring home the classic Pac-Man arcade experience to your tabletop with this mini arcade Pac-Man cabinet. What’s cool? They feature authentic retro-styled arcade cabinets complete with working joysticks, buttons, and full color-screens to bring the classics to life. Choose from Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaxian.
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.
70s classic toy Stretch Armstrong is returning to store shelves. Discover what made Stretch Armstrong one of the timeless classic action figures enjoyed by countless generations. Stretch his arms and legs as far as you possibly can and even tie him in twists, and it instantly returns to its original form like magic. In fact, it stretches up to four times its size. The fun never gets old. Kids will enjoy stretching him over and over and coming up with fun, creative adventures.

Last year, I shared several of our favorite toys for babies along with toys for boys ages 5-7.  Since Little Sister (21 months) is now officially considered a toddler. I thought I would share some of our favorite toys for toddlers!  Many of these we currently have, a few we will be purchasing this year, and some we have enjoyed at other locations such as friends’ houses or church!
Anki Overdrive is a videogame in real life. Imagine a real-world racing videogame and you get the idea. One of the coolest toys ever is now hitting overdrive. With ten track pieces that can be configured anyway you like, you can now build the track so it is no longer just flat. The starter set comes with two toy cars plus a 10 track pieces. You’ll just need the iOS or Android app to start those engines.
Among our picks for toddler Christmas gifts, consider this the perfect multi-purpose toy. It’ll give little ones practice counting and recognizing numbers and colors. Each pop shows a number of dots, while the cover shows the numeral and color. Plus, as your toddler slides the covers on and off, his fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination get a boost.
Looking for a great gift for your Pokemon fanatic? Consider the Pokemon TCG: Shining Legends Trainer Box. This complete set includes 10 Booster Packs, 65 Card Sleeves, 45 Energy Cards, Shining Ho-Oh Foil Card, Player’s Guide, 6 Damage Counter Dice and more. Pokemon fans will be on their way to becoming the ultimate Pokemon Master. When they open it, they will be smiling from ear to ear. Let the games begin!
It wouldn’t be a holiday without mass hysteria over the latest announcement from the Hatchimals folks.  Hot off the press (and already one of the most anticipated toys of the season) meet ‘HatchiBabies.’  That’s right.  They’re babies!  And this time you won’t know if you’re hatching a baby boy or a baby girl. It’s like a true gender reveal so get those cameras rolling! They also have a secret compartment (and companions) as an added bonus inside that famous speckled egg for extra fun this year.  They’re up for pre-order right now so you might as well get it while you can!  Learn more here.

Toy shopping can be similar. The makers of baby products can slap an "educational" or "developmental" label on their toys without oversight and certainly without any research or evidence to support their claims. And you may be surprised to find that many of the most popular toys on the market aren't the most beneficial for development. Luckily, most baby toys aren't harmful, per se, but there are certainly some that are more developmentally helpful for our kiddos than others.
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).
Overcooked 2 ups the ante with new recipes, chefs, kitchens, and levels. The game will now feature an online multiplayer mode. In addition to the original cast, there will be a handful of new characters to choose from. Cook everything from pasta and sushi to cake, pancakes, and more. A new fun twist is that you can throw raw ingredients while plates can’t be throw, adding new strategy to the game as you quickly scramble to ready orders. Even the order in which you complete orders matters for scoring combos. The game supports 1 to 4 players. Grab a couple friends and get ready for some insane cooking fun!
Starlink: Battle For Atlas is an open-world, action adventure game. It features this cool, physical modular starship, where every piece you add on instantly appears in the game. This allows you to adapt and reconfigure on the fly to take on any challenge. The game features some epic boss battles and exploration of beautiful circumnavigable worlds. The Nintendo Switch version includes an exclusive Fox McCloud figure, his legendary Arwing starship, and a whole set of Star Fox missions.
A: Quite a few of these teethers do work wonders for older kids with oral motor problems. They’ve even been known to calm down children with the developmental disorder when they act out at home or in public. Of course, you should always get your doctor or therapist’s approval beforehand. Kids with autism, for example, may need a really thick, meaty chew to calm them down when they’re at peak frustration levels. In such cases, it’s nice to have different chewing levels to fit your child’s needs.
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.
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.

Many, many toys for toddlers are ablaze with buttons, levers, lights, music, etc. Often these toys are marketed as “developmental” because the toy has so many different functions. Unfortunately, this often has the opposite effect for the child. The more a toy does, the less your child has to do. If your child can sit and watch the toy “perform,” then it is likely more entertaining than educational. In addition, these toys can be confusing to a child who is learning cause-and-effect. If a toy randomly starts playing music, or it is unclear which button made the lights start flashing, then your child is not learning which of his actions (the cause) produced the lights and music (the effect). In short, the most useful toys are those that require the most action on the part of a young child. The more children have to use their minds and bodies to make something work, the more they learn.


These blocks are amazing and are on our toy gift wish list!  They might look like ordinary wooden blocks…but they stick together because they are magnetic!  The magnets are placed inside the wood, an important safety feature.  The manufacturer says they are appropriate for children 6 months+, but I would still be hesitant to use the smallest cubes with toddlers who still put toys in their mouth.  The only bad thing about these blocks is that they are pretty pricey.  They are extremely well-made, however, and would last for years to come.
Skip Hop’s cute little shakers come with an owl, hedgehog, and fox that make original rattle sounds. Each character has a different textured belly for little hands to grip and hold and we love Skip Hop because all their products are made phthalate free. With bright colors and distinctive textures these rattles are sure to stimulate your baby’s senses for healthy auditory and visual development.
What do you get when you combine one of the year’s biggest trends — poop — with Play-Doh? You get Play-Doh Poop Troop! Kids can make over 50 different poo combinations to create all sorts of silly poo characters. You can plug in the arms, eyes, mouth and hat to complete your creation. It’s all in the name of silly fun. Maybe we have the poop emoji to blame for this.
Step into the ring for epic bot battle action! The Vex Boxing Bots are a cross between Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Segway. These buildable, self-balancing, boxing bots play to win. Your objective is to knock off your opponent’s bot’s head before they knock yours off using jabs and uppercuts. Control your bot with your smartphone and smash and bash your opponent until you’ve knocked their lights out. It’s win or go home with no-holds-barred action. What will it be? When you win, celebrate in style with an epic victory celebration. What’s not to love?
Babies and toddlers can have their very own tablet with My First Learning Tablet. Through 25 pretend apps and activities and over 20 songs and melodies, this toy introduces little kids to numbers, shapes, colors, and more. It features a touch-sensitive light-up screen and kids can even swipe on-screen. Touch an activity icon to choose an activity to play or hear phrases, music, and sound effects, depending on the mode. There are 3 modes of play: Explore, Learn and Music. The 5 dock icons introduce kids to more phrases and sounds about greetings, time concepts, pretend play, and music. This is a cute toy that helps little ones feel big with a tablet all their own. They’ll love swiping on the screen and tapping the icons just like Mom and Dad. The lights and fun sounds make the learning play fun and engaging.
For the most part, Dr. Cornett says, therapists try to avoid pop-culture toys. Why? Big names immediately set the parameters of play for the kid, thus infringing on imagination. “Every kid is going to pretty much play with Buzz Lightyear in the same way. A generic superhero is much better.” It turns out escaping the world of branded merch is nearly impossible. Whatever happened to the unlogo’d tight-wearing action figures of yore? They’re gone.  We like Nina Warriors (Set of Four) from Child Therapy Toys, which can be pretty much any sort of superhero you want them to be.
With an infant on your hands, it might feel like all you do these days is feed, change diapers and catch a nap while baby sleeps (if you're lucky). But while it may seem like baby can’t do much, it's actually never too early to start playing with your child. In the early weeks and months, she isn't exactly ready to kick a soccer ball or put together a puzzle, but there are plenty of fun ways to engage with her that’ll have important long-term benefits for her physical and mental development.
Using the grocery shopping analogy, I would say that some toys are more nutritionally dense than others and we want to make sure our babies and children are getting some exposure to those toys that encourage exploration, creativity, sustained attention, social interaction, sensory processing skills, motor development and learning. My aim is to pass along some new ways of thinking about toys so that you can balance your child's "toy diet" with some developmentally powerful toys and activities.
At the end of the day, however, social interaction between children and parents is really the most important thing to remember. “Even if you’re laying the foundation for later cognitive development, all learning happens in relationships,” she says. “Spend as much time as you can with your child to make that time as uninterrupted and undistracted as possible.” To help you parse what that means (and to make sure you’re first in line as the friend-aunt of choice), we’ve asked the parenting team over at PopSugar Moms to pick out the grooviest age-appropriate toys on the market, with Lytle explaining what makes them the best gift for a 1-year-old specifically. We’ve also made a few additional selections based on what Lytle had to say. We’ve also got gift guides for kids of all ages, including 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and 9-year-olds.
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