There are two kinds of developmental issues: Developmental Delay and Developmental Disability. While the terms are used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two but that difference can be hard to decipher within a child. Developmental delay can be caused from short term issues such as an ear infection causing sensory delay or a long term hospitalization causing a delay in motor skills. If the delay is spotted and intervened early, a toddler can quickly catch up in their developments.
There are baby rattles, and then there is the NogginStik Developmental Rattle. It’s one of those baby Christmas gifts that’s sure to bring a smile. With a textured handle perfect for tiny hands, rattling base, color-changing face and various textures, it’s perfectly suited to help baby explore and develop their senses. Great for traveling in the car or stroller, stashed in a diaper bag or even just playing with on the floor, this rattle proves good things come in small packages. Bonus: Parents even get a milestone guide to track baby’s impressive progress. ($23; buybuybaby.com)
The Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy is great because it provides baby with seven classical music tunes (including Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin, and Rossini) at the touch of a button, but there’s more to love about this toy than just the tunes. Baby’s senses will be delighted as she watches the lights dance with each note and as she learns to grip the toy with its easy-to-hold (and adorable) giraffe sidebar.
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.
The book has a page for each of the first 12 months, then one page per year through the age of 5. One parent pointed out that the fill-in-the-blank spaces make it easy for even less creative individuals to make a meaningful and beautiful baby book. However, it has been noted that this book is more suited to traditional family types and often prompts photos or information about parents and grandparents that suggests that these couples are still together. Some parents may find this to be a little uncomfortable at times. Overall, though, this is a beautiful and simple to use memory book that will keep track of baby’s special moments and accomplishments for years to come!
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.
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.

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.
By now many babies are crawling and starting to pull themselves into a standing position in preparation for cruising (aka moving alongside furniture while holding on) and walking. Your little one might also be mastering the act of picking up small objects between the thumb and index finger (known as the pincer grasp). At this age, babies are starting to use their memory recall and understand simple instructions. They're also able to tolerate more stimulation.
A floor mirror is a perfect tool to help babies become aware of not only themselves but of a human face in general. Mirrors are a great way to let them explore the world around them and see their own features which will help them grow cognitively. This mirror features several fun things to appease their senses, such as textured leaves and various cute insects that will encourage their sense of touch.
Every family that has kids should experience the magic and wonder of Elf on the Shelf. This is a Christmas tradition shared by millions of families. You’ll learn in the story that the boy or girl scout monitors children during the Christmas holidays and reports back to Santa. That explains how he knows whether children have been naughty or nice. Parents and older siblings will have fun moving the figure around for the little one. Make this joyous and fun tradition a part of your family.
Things for using their large and small muscles—large and small balls for kicking and throwing/catching, ride-on equipment including tricycles, tunnels, taller  climbers with soft material underneath, wagons and wheelbarrows, plastic bats and balls, plastic bowling pins, targets and things to throw at them, and a  workbench with a vise, hammer, nails, and saw
Dance with your personalized cartoon! Just take a picture with the built-in camera and select one of 11 funny cartoon characters to create your own personalized cartoon creation. Then laugh and sing along as your character dances with you on-screen. My Toon TV includes five songs, but use the auxiliary plug-in to play additional songs from any device.
With the Cutie Mark Crew Collectibles, there’s a fun surprise awaiting fans. Each blind pack contains a 2-inch adorable small and stackable figure. Fans will discover our fun friends are in different things, such as sandwiches and Rainbow Dash is in sushi, which is really cute! They come with stackable casings, accessories, and a background geared toward one of the two series: Party Time or School Days. Interestingly, this is the first time ever where you can get all of your favorite characters in their three forms – Equestria Girls, Seaponies, and Ponies. There will be 24 figures and accessories to collect in each wave.

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!
Perfect for the aspiring chef, this Play-Doh Kitchen Creations set allows toddlers and young kids to knead, chop, and shape their way to the perfect meal. (Note: These foods are just pretend; they’re not supposed to be eaten.) The best part about this Play-Doh set is when your chef is done making their creations, there are no dirty dishes for you to clean up. ($25; toysrus.com)
Ok so Pomsies is actually pretty cute.  These little balls of fluff (we think it might be an electronic cat, but we can’t be 100% certain) can latch on to your wrist, arm, backpacks and more!  Plus they’re totally interactive, have 50 different reactions, and love it when you pet them and take care of them.  There are 4 different Pomsies to choose from in a variety of different colors.  Learn more here.
Boost his energy and his brain. This plug-and-play learning mat will encourage your little one to walk, run, jump, and stomp through 18 different learning games and races. Let him customize his on-screen character and control its actions through the mat. He'll be having so much fun, he won't even notice that this game is focused on learning letters, numbers, shapes, and colors.
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.

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!

Frozen fans can recreate their favorite magical moments from the movie with Frozen Icy Lights Elsa. Attach the snow flurry to Elsa’s hand and wave it to see the snow flurry in her palm light up icy-blue to bring the action to life. Place Elsa’s hand on Olaf’s head and press down to see him light up blue and speak 2 fun phrases! Icy Lights Elsa comes with Olaf, outfit, cape, and shoe accessories.
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.
We recently spoke to Dr. Nick Cornett, a play therapist in northwest Arkansas — the play therapy center of the United States — to get his take on what toys he’d recommend for toddlers. According to Cornett, “the more open-ended the toy, the better.”  It’s just like how an interviewer avoids yes / no questions; they circumscribe dialogue. Cornett divides toys up by “real life” toys, “active or constructive” toys, and “creative expression” toys. Each genre offers the kid a chance to truly express himself, and therefore a therapist to observe. Here, per Cornett, are some parameters of — and our choices for — seven great toys for toddlers. 
Every Barbie world needs a medic. Featuring a working siren, the Barbie Care Clinic Vehicle races to the rescue in emergency situations. What’s cool? Not only is it an ambulance, but also it transforms to reveal a care clinic! Check in patients at the check-in stand and have them wait for their appointment in the waiting room with a fish tank. Interacting with the fish tank reveals a gift shop for get-well gifts, such as a teddy or heart balloon. The exam room is perfect for medical emergencies or check-ups. Here you can even reveal two x-rays. Accessories include a medical bag, stethoscope, arm cast, leg cast, blood pressure machine, and more to enhance your play experience.
Christmas toys that encourage imaginary play are always a smart bet—and this cute talking cash register is just the thing for little cashiers to ring up their customers. It has all the features of the real thing, from a barcode scanner that beeps and flashes to a scale that plays a tune as kids load it up with pretend product. It even offers a quiz mode that tests kids on their numbers, letters, math skills and more.
Grab a Santa hat, mittens, and a scarf. Let’s take a sleigh ride to the North Pole and look at some of the best toys of 2018 that inspire creativity, spark the imagination, and push the boundaries of fun engaging play experiences. Remember to vote for your favorite toys by clicking the heart button. No login is required! Have fun looking at our guide. We hope it helps. From everyone at Toybuzz, Happy Holidays.
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!
Love discovering hidden treasures? Then you’ll love Treasure X available in a single or double-pack. It allows kids to dig and fizz their way to their hidden treasure. There are over 24 action figures to collect and discover. What’s cool? You could even possibly find real gold-dipped treasure. Will you find the golden-dipped treasure on your adventure?
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.
It’s all about the interactive toys this year.  Introducing ‘Lil Gleemerz!’  There are currently three different ones to choose from and they have over 100 different reactions and interactions like purring, growling, farting (of course), light shows, light up tail, and so much more.  Oh, and did we mention they can say funny things, their eyes glow, and you can simply press their nose to enjoy them three different ways (game mode, light party, or hangout).  They’ve already been named one of the top toys of the year, so get ’em while you can!  See all the different color options here!
LEGO Boost is a top contender for Toy of the Year honors thanks to its brilliant innovation and design. Build five different models from a robot to a working guitar and a cat. Lego Boost allows kids to bring their Legos to life with simple programming – adding personality, sound, and even motion. The set includes over 840 pieces. And the best part is you can combine with your own pieces to create your own designs.
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Put away the clunky expensive VR headset, Merge is bringing affordable “virtual reality” to the toy market. Blending digital and physical play, the Merge 6DoF blaster immerses you in the game using just your phone and a blaster accessory. It delivers six degrees of freedom, meaning it tracks your position and orientation so when you move, it moves. It’s something you have to experience. The tracking felt surprisingly accurate, and it was a pure blast to play without any heavy headsets or cumbersome wires. There are many AR toys, but hands-down, it’s the best VR/AR toy we have seen and our Toy of the Show.
The best infant toys are the classics, like a baby gym activity center than can be placed on your floor. Reaching for toys builds baby muscles and helps develop hand-eye coordination, and these adorable plush toys are outfitted with bells, a mirror, a rattle and more to teach baby about sound, space and texture all in one. Recommended for newborns up to 6 months. ($90; potterybarnkids.com)
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.
This article will provide insight into the different phases (age ranges) of developmental milestones and what abilities a toddler should have. It’ll also provide understanding in developmental issues and how to properly treat them. We have made sure that the info on developmental milestones for your toddler has been thoroughly researched with quality sources so you can have a better and confident understanding of your toddler.

This 2-pack version conveniently comes in two different flavor/sensations!  There is the soft and chewy red raspberry version for a lighter gum massage with little pressure; or, the harder dark chocolate version of this cookie teether!  Both are designed so each ridge and floral pattern on the cookie has a different firmness of texture or “bite” to it.  It has a detachable cord that nursing mothers can wear around their neck, or simply hang within reach of their child when needed.
The K’NECTED Bionic Blast Roller Coaster is one of the coolest new construction STEM sets. Not only can you build a full rollercoaster, but you can actually ride it in virtual reality via the included VR viewer. Be prepared to be blown away! The set features over 800 parts, including tracks, a coaster car, chain lift, cardboard VR viewer and a companion app. This is fantastic for developing STEM skills while rewarding builders with a thrilling ride on their very own creation.

Hooray! It's Marshall's Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck to the rescue. For all the tiny PAW Patrol fans out there (we know there's a lot of 'em!), heroic adventures await. Featuring an extendable ladder, mini fire cart, water cannon launchers and more cool gadgets making this the ultimate rescue vehicle and one of the hottest toddler toys this Christmas. ($44; target.com)
This is our first criteria for anything that goes in a baby’s mouth. Having said that, “contaminant-free” can mean different things, depending on standards and regulations from various consumer safety agencies within, and outside of the United States. We’ve tried to be as helpful as possible by stating each product’s non-contaminants policy, but we did make sure to select baby products that are BPA-free. Most of our picks are also free of contaminants like phthalates, PVC, lead, and latex. Some even go so far as to avoid petroleum, which is admirable. However, being completely free of any and all toxins is virtually impossible.
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