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.
LEGO Disney Princess Ariel’s Royal Celebration Boat is an awesome new set for 2018. It features a Build and Swap design so you can easily transform the design into various configurations. It’s such a pretty and beautiful looking set that fans will be proud to display and build. It’s all the small little details that make it stand out. The set includes Ariel, Prince Eric, and Sebastian mini figures. The special pieces beneath the boat allow you to easily play with it on any surface without scratching it.
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.
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.
It’s a baby ornament that is also fun to play with (supervised, of course)! The Baby’s First Christmas Wooden Block Ornament will become an instant baby keepsake as parents and children proudly hang it either on a Christmas tree or in a nursery. Available in three different sizes, this gorgeous ornament is customizable with one letter, the year, baby’s name, a verse, as well as options for the underside. ($30 and up; etsy.com)
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.

If your child is itching to pick up a new instrument, but you're not sure if you have the time or cash to shell out for lessons, bring home this quality 61-key keyboard. It functions just like a regular piano keyboard, but it also features the ability to teach your child new music by connecting to an app. The keys will light up and show your kid how to play songs. 


P is for Potty — and for perfect present! The toddler years are the time when every parent is challenged with potty training. P is for Potty is a number one bestseller for kids between one and three years old and is essential to helping moms and dads ease little ones into the potty training stage. Potty-training toddlers can follow Albie and Elmo throughout their day while they practice sitting on the potty with an interactive mix of fun and learning. P is for Potty has over 30 lift-and-peek flaps on 12 pages to keep tots curious and engaged.
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.
In escape rooms, players work together to solve puzzle to escape before time runs out. Now the fun of an escape room is making its way to board games. If you like narrative-driven games, Thinkfun has some great board games that vary in difficultly. For kids, there is Stargazer’s Manor, which contains easy puzzles that kids can solve on their own. If you are looking to join in on the fun, check out Dr. Gravely’s Retreat. The game contains a series of puzzles to solve in sealed envelopes.
Next look for toys that are free of potentially harmful materials such as lead, BPA, phthalates, and other dangerous chemicals and compounds. Reading all labels and literature that accompany a toy should be enough to figure out whether or not the toy meets your standards, and be on the lookout for words like "organic" and "nontoxic." Also check the place of manufacture of a product and be aware of inexpensive imports, which may not be entirely trustworthy in their labeling.

It’s best not to underestimate your baby’s strength, even at just a few months old. Early teethers may have fragile gums, but they can still gnaw through weak, poorly made toys. We want to assure you that we’ve chosen teethers with proven durability, thanks to innovative construction methods and durable materials. Solid constructions can come from numerous processes, such as individual knotting for beads, one-piece construction for loops and beads, or the usage of premium-grade silicone.
Looking for a super fun playset for playing out your PJ Masks adventures? The PJ Masks Headquarters Playset is one of our favorite PJ Masks playsets. It offers 2-sided play and features interactive lights, sounds, and music to bring the action to life. It even has a working elevator and includes one 3-inch Catboy figure. The set is compatible with your 3-inch figures and vehicles. How cool is that? Kids will love recreating their own little adventures with the PJ Masks characters.
The design makes it very attractive to the child because it is in the shape of objects that he or she already associates with things that bring pleasure or relief--baby bottles and fruits!  This naturalistic effect cements positive correlation and a causal relationship with the product.  It is made with 100 percent medical-grade silicone and comes in varying textures, so the child can find just the right pressure for relief. 

The LEGO Star Wars BB-8 is an impressive and special new set inspired by The Last Jedi. This is an exciting set to build and it looks incredible. The set includes a cool display stand. The coolest part? When you turn a control it makes the head turn and bobble which is spectacular. Spin the other control to reveal the lighter to give the thumbs up like the scene from the movie.
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!
At a loss for what to buy or overwhelmed with too many choices? Consider buying a subscription to a toy rental service, like Sparkbox Toys that will deliver educational toys to your home, based on your child's age level and interests. Love the toy, pay a portion of the retail price and keep it. Or return all the toys in the box with pre-paid postage and receive a new box of toys the following month.

Every kid needs a Baby Einstein toy, and this one is music to our ears. One of the best toys for toddlers at Christmas or any other time of year, the Take Along Tunes inspires a lifelong love of music. Your budding Bach or Beethoven can choose between seven different melodies. Don't worry, mom and dad keep tabs on the volume control. ($9; amazon.com)
How many Lego Millennium Falcons do we have to buy? Inspired by the upcoming Star Wars flick, Solo: A Star Wars Story, hitting theaters this May, the LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon set faithfully recreates the starship with incredible attention to detail. This 1,414-piece set features a detailed cockpit, laser turret, and the Falcon even opens to reveal cool inner details.
Ever wish you could take control of your LEGOs? This first Powered Up kit from LEGO allows kids to build Batman’s Batmobile and control it with their smart device using a companion app. Later the kit will be updated to support coding and allow users to alter the vehicle’s performance and sound. It’s great for teaching kids the basics of coding and making your LEGOs more interactive and fun.
Crash is back for a new generation of fans! Crash Bandicoot has returned with glorious HD visuals in this remake of the original games in the series. This 3-game bundle is a fantastic value and will take you on an exciting adventure with Crash Bandicoot. Be prepared for classic thrilling platforming gameplay with amped up challenge to put your platforming skills to the ultimate test. Now this is how to remaster a classic.
The WubbaNub pacifier is made from a medical-grade, latex pacifier with one-piece construction to reduce the likelihood of germs hiding out in cracks and crevices. Attached to the one side of the pacifier is a cute stuffed animal that babies enjoy holding or touching. Many parents also find that the addition of the plush toy enables their little ones to keep the pacifier in place easier.

Calling all bookworms! Rounding out our list of favorite Christmas gifts for kids, the Moonlite Story Projector offers a whole new way to experience stories. This pint-size projector clips onto your smartphone and using its flashlight casts amazing illustrations from classic books onto the walls the ceiling. A sweet addition to any kid’s bedtime routine.
To see if ShippingPass is right for you, try a 30-day free trial. Also, with ShippingPass, there is no need to worry about commitment. If you decide you want to discontinue the service, you can cancel your subscription at any time. No matter what your shipping needs, Walmart's got you covered. Sign up for ShippingPass so you can shop more, save money and live better.
Examples: Balls of different shapes and sizes, tricycles or three-wheeled scooters (with appropriate protective gear), plastic bowling sets, child-size basketball hoop, pull-toys (e.g., toys that your child can pull on a string), wagon to fill and pull, gardening tools to dig and rake with, moving boxes (open at both ends) to make tunnels to crawl through
Looking for a super fun playset for playing out your PJ Masks adventures? The PJ Masks Headquarters Playset is one of our favorite PJ Masks playsets. It offers 2-sided play and features interactive lights, sounds, and music to bring the action to life. It even has a working elevator and includes one 3-inch Catboy figure. The set is compatible with your 3-inch figures and vehicles. How cool is that? Kids will love recreating their own little adventures with the PJ Masks characters.
Bright Starts Hide 'n Spin Monkey: This fun game is for the most curious-minded babies. A playful monkey is home to a number of brightly colored balls that baby or mom can pick up, drop in, and watch spin round and round. By pressing the bright lights on the monkey’s belly, baby will hear the names of colors, and activate silly monkey sounds, melodies, and lights. It’s great for sitting or standing play, and is one of Bright Starts' bestsellers.
Want to make a touchscreen computer? The Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids make their own tablet. What’s cool is that you can build it yourself with the included step-by-step guide. There are over 100 creative challenges and you’ll even learn to code. You can make art, games, music, and even hack Minecraft. It’s the perfect gift for budding techies.

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!
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.
Versatility can be seen in many features, such as beads of different shapes, different grades of thickness and flexibility, and varying textures such as ridges and nubs. Our teether picks encompass one or more of these features to give babies a well-rounded chewing experience that will grow with them, even into the toddler years. Some of our picks are also appropriate for children with oral motor disorders or developmental disorders like autism. However, they should only be used for these purposes upon recommendation from a licensed pediatric specialist.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch is an insanely fun and entertaining experience. Hands-down, this is the best Mario Kart game in the storied franchise. The game runs super silky, features incredible course designs and gameplay mechanics, oodles of characters and tracks, a thrilling online experience, and an all-new battle mode to create the definitive version of Mario Kart. The game is accessible to all gamers – even beginners with a new mode. A must-own if you own a Switch!

Save your walls from crayon scribbles and give your children an approved outlet for artistic expression with an easel. While drawing at a table is easy and efficient, an art easel offers the added benefit of a large canvas that clips into place. Kids don’t have to worry about their picture sliding around, and you don’t have to worry about them “accidentally” drawing where they shouldn’t. Select an easel with a handy shelf that keeps all their art supplies within reach.
• Stackable cups. Along with helping baby practice hand-eye coordination, these developmental toys can be used to teach baby about object permanence, the concept that items continue to exist even when you can’t see them. You can hide smaller items under the cups (just watch out for anything that might be a choking hazard) and then make a game of lifting the cups up for the reveal.
Pokemon fans are going to want to catch Power Action Pikachu, a new plush interactive character. It features over 15 interactive phrases, action sensor technology, and more. Its cheeks light up, its tail lights up, and Pikachu responds with sounds. It’s the first time ever that the tail lights up. If you shake him, he’ll powerup and say “Pikaachuuu”! A simply adorable gift for any Pickachu fan.
Little kids can get a smart home of their own. Like other Laugh & Learn products, it is designed to grow with your child. As babies crawl though the door, they enter a world of learning. There are so many different activities for baby to explore. Not only can they play pretend kitchen, but babies will learn numbers, shapes, weather, and more. The pretend fridge is actually a cleverly designed shape sorter. It’s just like Mommy and Daddy’s smart home.
In addition to being safe (see Safety and children's toys below), good toys for young children need to match their stages of development and emerging abilities. Many safe and appropriate play materials are free items typically found at home. Cardboard boxes, plastic bowls and lids, collections of plastic bottle caps, and other “treasures” can be used in more than one way by children of different ages. As you read the following lists of suggested toys for children of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at an individual pace. Items on one list—as long as they are safe—can be good choices for children who are younger and older than the suggested age range.
Besides, parents also give their children toys and products earlier than the recommendation states. Even if the baby doesn’t get the toy’s purpose yet, he/she can already have super fun and start learn with it. Of course under the supervision of parents! 🙂 Besides, age recommendations are only approximate, because each baby develops at different pace and different things are attractive at each developmental stage.
×