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.
We’ve all seen basic globes before, but now the Geosafari Jr. Talking Globe steps into the 21st century with a smart globe offering an interactive learning experience. This interactive globe features the voice of Bindi Irwin and teaches kids about continents, countries, U.S. states, animals, and nature. Using the smart pen, kids press on a spot to hear fun facts, play quiz games, and more.
When babies are older and can crawl after the ball, they are working on spatial awareness -- How far away is that ball? Where is my body in relation to it? As toddlers become preschoolers, spatial awareness leads to logical thinking. Now that they're getting the hang of throwing and catching, they have to start figuring out how hard to throw and in which direction. In other words, they have to estimate the parameters in which they can throw and catch.
These are fantastic. I got one for both of my sons and it really is something how they actually record your kid’s name into the song and it’s not all shit like with “If you’re ‘insert robotic name here’ and you know it”. It really does sound seamless. I think it’s especially great for kids that have unique names and aren’t going to find the preprinted mugs with their names on it anytime soon.
Meet Boxer, a new interactive artificially intelligent robot companion from Spin Master. Boxer is full of personality and his moods change over time. You can stick your hand in front of him or use his ball and he will chase it around. He can play soccer or even a slingshot game. He even comes with an interactive ball, 10 game feature cards, and a remote control.
This cute plush owl plays ten different lullabies and has an optional night light that projects a soothing starry light show. After 30 minutes, the owl automatically turns off — eliminating the need for parents to sneak back in to turn the unit off. It’s powered by batteries, so you will need to change them occasionally to keep the owl operational.
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!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has garnered critical and commercial success. It’s the first must-own title for the Switch. The game has been reinvented from the ground up, making it accessible to more gamers. As Link you embark on an epic adventure to save Princess Zelda in a massive sprawling open-world environment that is simply breathtaking in scale and design and a sheer pleasure to explore. You’ll have to overcome enemies, bosses, puzzles, and so much more as you unravel the engaging narrative. Hands-down, this is the best Zelda experience ever! A can’t-miss if you’re a gamer.
Let’s Dance Elmo loves nothing more than to get your child movin’ and groovin’ to different songs. There’s three different remixes. Press the rainbow to learn about colors and Elmo’s heart lights up different colors to reinforce learning. The paw print teaches kids about different animals. So, for instance, he’ll say ‘Let’s hop like a kangaroo’ to get kids moving around. Since the headset doubles as a handle, kids can take their buddy with them.
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.
Babies love taking toys apart and putting them back together. They also like to "dump and fill" putting toys in and out of containers over and over again. Look for nesting and stacking cups, as well as soft toys that attach and un-attach with velcro. These important toys help babies learn to develop their problem solving and fine motor skills, while they practice over and over again.

Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, professor of psychology at University of Delaware and co-author of the New York Times best seller Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, has one main tip when it comes to toys and gifts for 2-year-olds: “Don’t constrain them.” Leave every toy open-ended and malleable, so the child herself can learn new things, develop her imagination, and discover her own ways to have fun. At the same time, “they’re starting to put two words together, so they can talk to us, and complain if they don’t like something.” Language, she adds, also helps kids engage in self-regulation. “They understand when you say, ‘Can you count to ten? I’ll be ready then.’ If you tell your children, ‘Wait, just wait,’ then they can say that to themselves, or wait for this or that.” To aid the learning process and assuage the terrible twos, Dr. Golinkoff helped us pick out 15 great gifts for 2-year-olds. As a bonus, these toys can act as a distraction when they’re throwing a tantrum. We’ve also got gift guides for kids of all ages, including 1-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and 9-year-olds.


From the makers of Magna-Tiles comes Magna-Qubix. These are new three-dimensional building cubes that allow your child to build their spatial reasoning skills. Building in 2D is one thing, but building in 3D brings a whole new dimension to the table. It will make you think differently and it’s a whole lot of fun. The set contains 29 pieces with a variety of shapes ranging from pyramids and prisms to cubes and more. The best part? You can build just about anything you can think of. Your imagination is your only real limitation. What exciting things will you build?
With its protective rubber case, the Fire HD 10 is clearly a tablet made for very active youngsters. But that's not the only smart aspect of this device: it also boasts easy-to-use parental controls that can limit screen time (or protect young eyes from unsuitable content), while simultaneously allowing your kid to meet his or her learning goals through educational games and animated series. What more can you ask from a toddler toy? Price varies by edition. ($200; amazon.com)
Infant activity toys are amazing because they give parents a break from the action while still allowing baby to explore and entertain themselves. If you’re in search of baby Christmas gifts that do just this yet don’t require a lot of space and can even be taken on the go, we’ve got your pick! The Lamaze Soft Sorter Toy is like a squishy version of Tetris. With a silky sorter and rattling shapes, it helps baby boost brain power as they solve the great what-fits-where mystery. Different textures and colors encourage little eyes to explore and tiny hands to touch as babies develop their visual, tactile, fine and gross motor skills. ($24; amazon.com)

The rings have different sizes and color which stimulate baby’s vision and help to develop motor and cognitive skills. The rings can be put in any order therefore this toy is great for babies that can’t sort objects by size yet – but this toy will help them to learn how to do this! It’s very durable and provides super fun to toddler and even preschoolers.
From the makers of Magna-Tiles comes Magna-Qubix. These are new three-dimensional building cubes that allow your child to build their spatial reasoning skills. Building in 2D is one thing, but building in 3D brings a whole new dimension to the table. It will make you think differently and it’s a whole lot of fun. The set contains 29 pieces with a variety of shapes ranging from pyramids and prisms to cubes and more. The best part? You can build just about anything you can think of. Your imagination is your only real limitation. What exciting things will you build?
Combine exercise, learning, and fun. The Smart Cycle Extreme is one of the hottest new video games on the market. Just plug the stationary bike into your TV and choose one of three ways to play: Driving, Learning Arcade Games, or The Big Race. Once you've maxed out the included software program (Learning Adventure Extreme), you can get moving again with six other titles including Hot Wheels, SpongeBob, and Toy Story.

We encourage parents to do their own extensive research since many teething toys out there do still contain some trace levels of BPA. Even some of the cooling gels and agents used on some products to aid in relief may leak after extensive use or improper treatment. It can be a lengthy process, but your child’s health is always worth it. Also, as part of our evaluation and suggestion to parents, don’t look for a quick and easy–or cheap–fixes! The more you do this, the more likely you are to get a product with toxins, or a product that peels and is a choking hazard. Even something like food- and medical-grade silicone can be deceptive.


It’s already the #1 ‘new’ best seller on Amazon in the toy department and, go figure, it’s already so tough to come by!  This is an advent calendar of sorts where they’ll open the first little case on Dec 1st and get a fun surprise and then open up each individual case each day (up until Dec 25th) for more surprises.  There are 25 in total, plus an exclusive L.O.L doll! Learn more here!
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.
Why we love it: There's something different to crinkle, move, touch, watch, rustle and squeak on each page – and it's machine-washable (hurrah!). Our tester's mum was impressed by the toy's bright colours and the sounds it makes. 'Hugo loves the mirror and squeaker best,' she says. 'And, as you can see in his video, he is also rather interested in eating it!'
The Scravenger is the first accessory based Zombie Strike blaster. Nerf is introducing the Zombie Strike Survival system. Similar to the Modulus line, it is all about customization. With a cobbled together look, it comes with a flashlight and spray paint can barrel, which can be swapped out with other accessories in the line. This spring-powered magazine fed blaster has a switch on the side that enables slam fire. In case you run out of ammo, the included stock contains a backup 2 shot blaster.
Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 is a faithful recreation of the Marvel comic brand. The graphics, gameplay, presentation, and characters all look awesome. TT really nailed the character mini-figs and they have new abilities. It really delivers a great roster and the story is genuinely thrilling. It will also feature fun battle arenas. The cool thing is not only can you play with any character you’ve unlocked, but you can also use custom characters. It’s a kid-friendly package that’s almost hard to resist.

Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, professor of psychology at University of Delaware and co-author of the New York Times best seller Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, has one main tip when it comes to toys and gifts for 2-year-olds: “Don’t constrain them.” Leave every toy open-ended and malleable, so the child herself can learn new things, develop her imagination, and discover her own ways to have fun. At the same time, “they’re starting to put two words together, so they can talk to us, and complain if they don’t like something.” Language, she adds, also helps kids engage in self-regulation. “They understand when you say, ‘Can you count to ten? I’ll be ready then.’ If you tell your children, ‘Wait, just wait,’ then they can say that to themselves, or wait for this or that.” To aid the learning process and assuage the terrible twos, Dr. Golinkoff helped us pick out 15 great gifts for 2-year-olds. As a bonus, these toys can act as a distraction when they’re throwing a tantrum. We’ve also got gift guides for kids of all ages, including 1-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and 9-year-olds.


Stardew Valley delivers comfort rarely found in other games. Players will farm, fish, craft, mine, fight monsters, make friendships, and more. This farming adventure has plenty to offer. It beautifully combines farm simulation with RPG elements to create an intriguing, absorbing world. Although the game plays well on other platforms, it feels even better on the Switch thanks to the ability to play on the go.

LEGO DC Super Villains now allows players to play as the villians. How cool is that?! There are over 100 villains included in this game, and you’ll even be able to create your own villain to play with and level-up in the game. Players can expect a first-rate story written with DC that’s funny and engaging. The story revolves around the bad guys trying to be the good guys. Kids will have a blast reprising the role of the villain.
After more than a decade, Tickle Me Elmo is back! This little cuddly friend created quite a toy craze back in the day. Elmo is softer than ever, features four levels of laughter, and more activation areas than ever. When kids tickle Elmo’s tummy or foot, he’s full of giggles and fun. He loves nothing more than to laugh! Haha! Hee! Hee! Keep tickling him for endless laughs and fun!
Now this is one of the biggest surprises that’s most anticipated for the upcoming holiday season!  You can officially order it right now, since it’s finally been released to the public!  This one comes with over 60 new never-before-seen surprises, all with exclusive dolls and the cutest accessories ever!  This is the perfect one to add to their collection and, hopefully, you can get your hands on it before it’s gone! Learn more here!
All of the toys reviewed here provide many levels of skill building that will teach the baby how different textures feel, how to move objects, and how to recognize shapes and colors. All of the toys chosen are colorful and loaded with activities. Sensory skills and motor skills are a benefit of almost each toy because playing should not only be fun but beneficial. All of the toys also provide multiple opportunities for the baby to chew and teeth on soft objects as well as soft plastic ones. Teething is a painful time for infants and these toys can help ease the pain in a playful way.
When baby is ready to graduate to trying to pedal, the safety tray and canopy can be removed. For kids ready to trike all on their own, parents can remove the push handle and head support so the 4-in-1 Radio Flyer Stroll ‘n Trike becomes a classic tricycle for toddlers on the go. The seat is adjustable for little legs and this trike comes with a handy storage bin located at the back for kids to take their favorite things along for the ride. In the business of making iconic toys for more than 100 years, Radio Flyer has an impeccable reputation for durable, reliable, and memorable toys that withstand the test of time. 

Is anything cuter or cozier than a Squishmallow? When it comes to Christmas gifts for toddlers, this stuffed animal pillow named Hans the Hedgehog has stolen our hearts. He's more than just a bedtime buddy: super soft, easily washable and oversized for extra comfort, Hans and pals are made from marshmallow-like material, perfect for comfort, support and warmth at home, at a sleepover, while traveling in the car and beyond. ($26; amazon.com)
For the kid who loves to cook, why not get them a kitchen of their own? This gorgeous kitchen set—one of our favorite Christmas gifts for kids—boasts incredible attention to detail. It features fridge, freezer, microwave and cabinet doors that open and close, oven knobs that click and turn and a rack that slides out, raised burners, a cordless phone and a removable sink for easy cleanup.

This is a great puzzle for baby to strengthen his fine motor skills and problem solving abilities. We love how it immediately rewards the baby with visual evidence that he’s achieved his goal by physically swinging the door wide, and while baby will still be a little young for the numbers on the front, their presence alone will act as a tool to familiarize him with them. Beware this one’s age recommendations; it says 3 and up, but we’ve had a lot of experience with under-1-year-olds loving it, too.
“I love puppets. They’re a personification of this really cool-looking thing that seems to talk and engage with them. How fun is that?” Dr. Golinkoff says. “It’s great because it’s another persona that speaks and allows them to engage.” Here’s a set of animals and family members to elevate the bedtime story — and further develop your child’s language-acquisition skills and imagination.
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!
Whether singing along with a fun musical toy, playing with classic building blocks and dump trucks, figuring out the intricacies of a bumpy ball, or working with a sit-to-stand walker, your baby will get the motor skills and sensory introduction you desire. The top 10 best toys for babies of 2017 is a comprehensive list designed to provide your baby with that foundation necessary to a lifetime of health and happiness. These toys also give your baby something to do when you are crazy-busy…or simply need to sit on the couch for a few minutes!
The toddler’s language skills start to develop during this phase. They should be able to achieve language milestone of speaking several basic words by eighteen months and then speak simple phrases and sentences by twenty-four months. This is also the time they start to be able to understand very simple instructions and directions and another milestone is they’ll easily pick up new words from everyday conversations and other verbal sounds.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has garnered critical and commercial success. It’s the first must-own title for the Switch. The game has been reinvented from the ground up, making it accessible to more gamers. As Link you embark on an epic adventure to save Princess Zelda in a massive sprawling open-world environment that is simply breathtaking in scale and design and a sheer pleasure to explore. You’ll have to overcome enemies, bosses, puzzles, and so much more as you unravel the engaging narrative. Hands-down, this is the best Zelda experience ever! A can’t-miss if you’re a gamer.
Capitalizing on the rescue pets phenomenon sweeping social media, Moose Toys introduces Scruff-A-Luvs. When you unbox this little creature, he looks so helpless and starts out all scruffed up in a ball. Add a little water and brush him out to take him from scruffy to fluffy. The cool part? You won’t know what pet you have until you rescue him. You could have a bunny, dog, or cat. Who will you rescue?

Did you know that Elmer’s Liquid School Glue can also be used to make slime? While many people think of glue for their arts and crafts projects, it actually is a key ingredient when making slime. It makes wonderful slime that is nice and stretchy with fantastic consistency and it’s super satisfying to play with. Now you can make all types of slime until your heart’s content!


Big changes start to happen in baby's second month of life—especially when it comes to arm and hand movements. “Babies have a reflex that encourages them to look at their own outstretched hand as they wave and jerk it around like a tiny orchestra conductor," Coley says. As you continue practicing tummy time, baby will begin to hold his head up for very brief periods of bobbing and turning.
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.
Love playing pretend grocery shopping? You’ll love it even more with the Fresh Mart Grocery Store from Melissa & Doug. This realistic grocery play set has tons of play features to inspire endless creative, open-ended play. Constructed of wood, the set includes a scanner that beeps, conveyor belt, credit card swipe machine, cash drawer, display shelving, refrigerator, and more. Combine with play food or your own food to bring the experience to life. Kids can play the role of the cashier or the shopper and they’ll have loads of fun on their shopping adventures.
Babies get so cold during their first year of baths. And while there’s nothing cuter than a baby fresh from a bath squirming in a big fluffy towel, baby being unnecessarily chilly for the sake of cuteness just doesn’t settle with us. If you want to keep your baby warm as you dry and dress him, this hooded towel is a great option. It will keep baby’s head warm while dressing the rest of him until you can dry and brush hair or get a hat on him.
Mix, match, and stack your way to fun with Disney Doorables from Moose Toys. There’s a fun surprise behind every door. This set includes Mad Hatter’s Pet Shop, Belle’s Book Shop, and Elsa’s Ice Rink. Featuring 3 exclusive characters and 3 playsets, Disney Princess fans will enjoy creating fascinating stories and creating different scenes with this fun set.

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.”
To help little ones get their legs and hands moving, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Kick & Play Piano is a popular choice. This toy has been around for years, taking on different forms and color combinations. The latest version is as versatile as ever, with the ability to tie it onto baby’s crib, place it flat on the floor, or use the built-in stand to prop it up when baby begins to sit and play. Happy moms and dads find that this toy can keep their little one entertained safely and provide much-needed mental stimulation.

Introduce your baby to the wonders of nature early with this three-piece wooden puzzle. The toy will also introduce your child to shapes (triangle, circle and rectangle), and matching pictures underneath will help your baby recognize where each piece should go. The plywood pieces are made with a non-toxic, water-based finish, according to P'kolino. (Recommended ages: 6+ months)

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.


Vroom! Vroom! Counting down the days to Christmas just got a whole lot more exciting. Now you can count down the days to Christmas with Hot Wheels. There are 8 vehicles and 16 accessories to unbox inside. The best part? Compared to last year, this time around there are no stickers so you get actual toy accessories. It’s the perfect Advent Calendar for car lovers.
Gift the toddler on your list a playset with a paleontological twist. The Playful Dino features bead mazes, spinning gears, swirly eyes and other fiddly bits that will keep the 1-and-up set engrossed. Toddlers will develop fine-motor skills and learn about cause-and-effect as they manipulate the playset's wooden features — and exhausted parents can celebrate the lack of loud noises or strobe-light effects.
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)
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