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)

Here's the gift that won't stop giving: It's an activity table stacked with wheels, canals, a cup, boats and a tower. And though it was meant for water, we think it'd be just as fun with sand, dry noodles or rice, soap bubbles or mud. Babies like it just as much as bigger kids (as old as 5) do, so it's one of those super versatile toddler toys that will provide years of entertainment. ($44, walmart.com)
Go BIG with your creations with the Crayola Widescreen Light Designer. This new set offers more surface area for your designs than the original. It comes with 6 gel-effects markers, which are proprietary to Crayola. They glow when you draw on the surface. It uses white LEDs and features 3 modes: on, flashing mode, and a fade-in/fade-out mode. It really brings your images to life. A wet erase cloth is included for erasing. The back panel is removable for tracing your favorite pictures. What’s cool? It even promotes social play where you can draw on one side, and your friend can draw on the other. Kids can also display their artwork with the built-in stand.
Want some glam in your life, then you will love the new Glam Glitter series of L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls. These new dolls feature the most glam styles you’ve seen yet. L.O.L. fans will love collecting these glamorous girls. They are the perfect addition to your collection. Each doll will have a special surprise: Will it be a crier, spitter, tinkler, or color changer?
Babies always need these. They get lost or used, and you can just simply never have enough. Link them together when baby is first grasping things and put them directly in her hand so she can feel the sensation of grabbing something; let her pull on them from her activity mat mobile. When she starts moving her hands more, she can shake them as a rattle. You can even use them as a chain to connect a sippy cup or pacifier to the stroller or car seat to prevent loss.
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)
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.
2. Supporting of discovery and exploration : Children are natural-born experimenters. Play for bigger babies, toddlers and beyond often involves lots of "what happens if I do this?!" moments. Look for toys that could respond differently to your child's different actions or toys with pieces that could be removed and used with different activities. This goes right along with open-endedness since these are key features of open-ended toys. 
The Cozy Duet Baby Swing from Graco is great for a new baby. Equipped with multiple swing speeds, vibration settings, and a mobile, the swing provides entertainment as well as a comfy place for your baby to fall asleep. Keep your baby close in this swing that doubles as a rocker when you need your hands free. Bonus: It also includes five songs and sounds to soothe your little one. ($99+; hayneedle.com)
Featuring a highly detailed aerodynamic body, the Batman Knight Missions Air Power Cannon Attack Batmobile is any Batman fan’s dream vehicle. What’s cool? This new Batman vehicle is fully equipped with two air-powered weapons with pump-and-launch technology. The weapons are also detachable and can be held by the action figures or positioned on various ports on the Batmobile. It also fits your 6-inch action figures to bring the action to life.
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.
Turtles like to take it slow, and your little learner can also take her time learning her 123s with this shelled friend by her side. Push the light-up buttons to hear the turtle count and say each number, then use the addition activity to practice early math skills. Ready for more? Switch to Spanish mode to do it all over again in a different language.

What’s in it? The Teach My Toddler Kit includes flashcards, puzzles, posters, and board books to keep things fun and interesting for young children. In addition to picking up core preschool skills, kids will improve their spatial reasoning and hand-eye coordination while playing with the kit. It’s also a great way to get kids away from the TV and incorporate some screen-free time into their routine!


Preschoolers and toddlers will love My 1st Wagon from Radio Flyer. While it’s not designed for sitting on, it’s designed to be safe for kids with no sharp edges and is perfect for transporting toys and more. You can even use it as a gift basket wagon for kids. What’s cool? The handle and steering actually are functional so you can take it on fun adventures to the park, around the house, or in the backyard.
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.
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.
Go BIG with your creations with the Crayola Widescreen Light Designer. This new set offers more surface area for your designs than the original. It comes with 6 gel-effects markers, which are proprietary to Crayola. They glow when you draw on the surface. It uses white LEDs and features 3 modes: on, flashing mode, and a fade-in/fade-out mode. It really brings your images to life. A wet erase cloth is included for erasing. The back panel is removable for tracing your favorite pictures. What’s cool? It even promotes social play where you can draw on one side, and your friend can draw on the other. Kids can also display their artwork with the built-in stand.
It’s time to break out those musical toys and instruments! With nine instruments including a busy-bee maraca, caterpillar tambourine and jingle bells, the B. Toys Parum Pum Pum drum will turn your bundle of joy into a onesie-wearing itty-bitty band. Watch as baby enjoys music while fine-tuning their social and large motor skills. Parents love that the drum doubles as a storage bin! Warm up those voices, adults, because with this baby Christmas gift, you’ll be doing a raucous rendition of “Jingle Bells” in no time! ($22; target.com)
Another example of what Dr. Cornett calls “real life” toys, this food encourages kids to go shopping and to cook. We’re big fans of the Learning Resources Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set which, unlike many of the other options, is not just french fries (high in sodium and easily lost) and cheeseburgers. In addition, it can do double duty as a color sorting tool.

By now you've probably had it drilled into your head that whole or real foods - usually from the perimeter of the grocery store - are healthier for your family than processed, refined foods from a box. But grocery shopping can be confusing because many of those processed food boxes (filled with easy, convenient food for busy families) claim to be "natural", "organic", "whole grain" and more. 


When finding the proper teething relief for our babies, there are some significant health factors we must consider. For example, we understand our teeth lie in our mouths, which is the ultimate route to our digestion and immune systems. This means anything we put in our mouths will eventually find its way into our bloodstream. With this knowledge, it has become pertinent in recent years to combine efficiency and safety in order to give our children items with which to play, chew or eat that won’t in the future cause them bodily harm. Some products on this list do contain a few unavoidable toxins, so it is recommended that you do your own research and pay close attention to each product individually. However, we’ve taken extra care to ensure these toys are some of the safest for use in your household.


You can look at your baby’s teething as the process by which his or her very first deciduous teeth break through his or her gums. This usually occurs by the time your baby reaches 6 months old, although it is not uncommon to see babies as young as 3 months and as old as 1 year to have their very first primary, deciduous, baby, or milk tooth. What can be expected is that by 3 years of age, your baby would have already erupted 20 milk or baby teeth. During the first eruption, your baby’s first tooth will most likely appear on the lower front of his or her gums. One to two months later, you can expect the upper front teeth.
Lego is bringing back Harry Potter in a big way and everybody is excited. There are going to be additional Harry Potter sets later this year, but the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall was the real showstopper of the show that had practically everyone drooling to get their hands on it. It comes with 11 minifigures so you get a ton of cool characters. The coolest part? It has a moving staircase.
Splatoon 2 is the sequel to the original game on the Wii U. Don’t let the bright, colorful colors fool you! It’s a fun game for all ages 10 and older. Yeah, it features some of the same paint-splatting fun of the original – but it’s addictively fun! It’s somewhat like paintball but a lot more fun. In the 4-on-4 matches you’ll need to cover the majority of the turf with your team’s paint color. You constantly want that ‘one more game’ which is a mark of a great game. In addition to a solid multiplayer online mode, the game will also feature a solo campaign and a handful of new weapons. Let the turf wars begin!
Ever wish you could ride a Jurassic World raptor? Featuring a cool Velociraptor Blue design inspired by the movie, kids ages 3-7 can race and roar into action with this exciting Power Wheels Jurassic World Dino Racer. Supporting riders up to 65 pounds, it is designed for both on road or off-road terrain so you can recreate the action from the film. It features cool movie-accurate details and sculpting, including sharp-looking teeth. It cruises at thrilling speeds up to 6 miles per hour and includes a 12-volt battery and charger.
Looking for a fun arts and crafts project for kids? The Cool Maker Tidy Dye Station lets kids create their own tie-dye creations with this fun kit. Wet and roll fabric, then wrap it with the color pod string to create awesome patterns. The best part? Since the color is in the string, it stays off your child’s hands. Two projects are included to get you started, then you can make your own for endless creative fun!
You know how I love the idea of this kind of gift. Instead of getting a gift for your newborn who is happy to stare at jingling keys, why not get them something that will save kids in other countries? Some people may not like the “no gift to open” factor on this one, but some may love the gesture this brings. (For more gifts along this line, check out my Baby Gifts That Give Back post.)
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