This playmat has 17 different activities and includes such items as a mirror, crinkle and squeaker toys, a mirror, and overhead hanging toys for baby to look at. The mat is machine-washable — a definite bonus! Parents report that this playmat was entertaining and met the needs of their baby through various ages. For young babies just beginning to spend time on the floor, the set includes a tummy support pillow.
A: As a general rule, we would advise going with silicone, although there are other FDA-approved thermo polymers that can be made perfectly safe. The benefit to silicone is that it’s extremely durable and flexible at the same time. It’s also freezer-friendly and chills quickly. The safest, highest grade of silicone is medical-grade, like Bebe By Me’s cookie teethers. However, 100 percent food-grade silicone has been approved by the FDA as being safe, especially when it’s free from contaminants like BPA, phthalates, and PVC.
Connect 4 is a classic game played and enjoyed by generations. Experience the disc-droppin’ fun and excitement of Connect 4. It’s a game similar in nature to Tic Tac Toe. You have to try to get four of the same colored coins in a row to win. They can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. The game is easy to learn and play but challenging to win. It will require a bit of strategy and observing your opponent’s moves to win. Endless classic fun for the whole family!
Paint all day -- mess-free! This interactive plug-and-play system includes a base and a wireless paintbrush. Kids can choose from a variety of activities, including painting in one of eight themed worlds (each with unique brushes, stampers, and effects) and creating colorful spin art. Then print your digital art to brighten up the refrigerator door!

Kids are going to enjoy going on countless adventures with the Teeny House Dollhouse, a mobile dollhouse for fashion dolls, from KidKraft. There’s just so much to do and discover that kids will love it. It comes with a walk-in shower, loft bedroom, kitchen with hideaway table and more. The ladder can be moved outside so your fashion doll can climb on up and have her own patio seating, view the stars, and go on millions of adventures.


Bright Starts 3-in-1 Step ‘n Ride Lion: With this fun, game-inspired toy, baby can sit and play, walk behind, or sit and ride. Even the youngest baby can sit and feed balls into the lion’s mouth, then lift the door to rediscover them. It easily converts to a ride-on with a sturdy seat and easy-to-grip handles, and it plays sounds and music to keep baby even more entertained. The Step ‘n Ride Lion received the UK's “Highly Recommended Rainbow Toy” award.
We rarely think of our daily habits, such as brushing our hair or teeth, as a practical method for stimulating our brains and improving essential skills. This toothbrush and toy combo is shaped like a banana which, due to its sweetness seems to be a fruit most children will happily eat. However, consider the shape and texture of this toy will help children improve finger dexterity and fine motor skills. As our littles learn to grip or tighten their grips, their brains are stimulated in an irreplaceable manner.
A: Both solid and gel-filled toys provide their own lists of benefits, so choosing between the two is easier than you think. Consider your baby’s developmental level. To determine which is best for your little one, consider at which stage of teething they are currently experiencing. For example, your baby, aged 3 months, may experience increased tenderness as their teeth are brand new and still breaking through the gum’s surface. A solid teething toy may apply too much pressure to your baby’s delicate gums. Additionally, consider how experienced your baby is with chewing or gumming as new objects in the mouth can be a little off-putting or frightening, a softer or gel-filled toy will be less abrasive. If your baby is a little older and has already been exposed to some solids, then a firmer toy is likely to be more effective.
A: There is so much controversy around the use of plastic these days. In recent years, we’ve seen how its chemical make-up has had some undesirable effects on our health, not to mention our planet. We highly recommend using silicone-based toys as they are FDA-approved, better for the environment and may be safer and less harsh for your baby’s delicate, growing body.
Fingerlings are new baby monkey collectibles that you wear on your finger. They are interactive – reacting to motion and even touch! Your monkey friend even greets you with cute monkey babble. It can even sense its position whether its right-side-up or upside down. Hold it upside down by its tail … it loves monkeying around. It interacts with you in different ways. You can pet it and it reacts. You can blow a kiss and they even respond to sounds. You can even use it on your pen, mug, backpack and more! Your monkey can even sing and with more than one they sing together. Fingerlings are friendship at your fingers! The two-tone Fingerlings Baby Monkey is new this year.

The Fire 7 Kids Edition is the newest addition to the Fire family of tablets. This is an affordable, fully-featured tablet with a durable kid-proof design and a beautiful 7-inch display. It features the best parental controls of any tablet on the market and it’s the ultimate for learning and entertainment. One year of FreeTime Unlimited provides access to a vast library of apps, games, educational content and more from PBS Kids, Nickeledeon, Disney, and more. The tablet features 16 GB of storage for apps, games, music, and more and it is expandable to 256 GB via microSD media. The best part? Amazon offers a 2-year unconditional replacement guarantee if your child breaks it, they replace it with no questions asked! Choose from three fun color varieties – blue, pink and yellow.
5. Relevance to real life :  Babies are learning about the world around them. They're trying to associate words with the pictures in books and the toys in their world. The objects that they play with and interact with on a daily basis can contribute to that understanding of the world. I advocate for at least some of a baby's toys to be related to or resemble real life objects. Look for baby books with real photos or realistic drawings of animals and toy animals that actually look like animals (as opposed to the singing octopus pirate previously mentioned). Let your baby play with cups and wooden spoons, wooden blocks, mirrors, scarves, etc.

Paint all day -- mess-free! This interactive plug-and-play system includes a base and a wireless paintbrush. Kids can choose from a variety of activities, including painting in one of eight themed worlds (each with unique brushes, stampers, and effects) and creating colorful spin art. Then print your digital art to brighten up the refrigerator door!
“Kids love to recreate scenes they see in their daily life,” says Dr. Cornett. A cash register is a great example. (though, a Square reader would be even more realistic.) We Like Fisher-Price’s Classics Retro Cash Register. A throwback to the golden oldie Fisher-Price from 1975, is sturdily made, comes with eight coins, and kinda looks like a slot machine, a nice if subtle jab at late market capitalism.

What kid doesn’t love emojis? Uno Emoji is a fantastic new take on the original game. Kids love emojis and this game taps into that love with cards featuring cool emojis. It’s not only the emojis that have changed. There’s a special rule involving playing a special card and face card. The following player has to attempt to make and maintain that expression over the next two turns. If this player fails, they need to pick up four cards. This will be a top game your family turns to for family game night since it’s incredibly fun to play.


Stacking cups may look simple, but they offer baby a chance to use vision, touch and the pressure & stretch sense (proprioception) to perceive subtle differences in sizes - a valuable sensory processing skill. Successfully learning to perceive these differences results in the ability to stack, nest and sort the cups as baby gets older. One of the key features of sensory play is that it promotes a skilled or purposeful response from your child. The drum lights up and makes sounds in a cause and effect fashion but not in a way that is responsive to your child's different purposeful actions.
In addition to having an adorable zebra face, the walker includes a variety of buttons that play lessons about numbers and letters, all while improving fine motor skills. When kids are sitting in front of the Learn with Me Zebra Walker, they can flip switches, twist dials, and even play peek-a-boo. Then when they’re ready to move, tots can hoist themselves up on the sturdy design, and the walker will cheer them on with music and phrases.
"It's a myth that babies can't play, even if they don't seem to be 'doing much' yet—they’re still taking everything in,” says Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist specializing in child development and spokesperson for the Genius of Play, a movement to raise awareness about the importance of play in kids’ lives. “Playing is a great way for parents and caregivers to build that vital bond with their baby, while sensory stimulations helps baby's brain grow.”
Your L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls will live large in their very own L.O.L. Surprise! House. They’re moving in and ready for fun! Featuring 3-stories of fun and loaded with 6 rooms, a working elevator, pool, spa, and sandbox, kids’ imaginations will be bursting with endless fun adventures. Interactive lights and sounds elevate your experience. The set comes with a moving truck and furniture to decorate your house.
Build your Happy Holidays with LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2018 edition. This 500-piece set includes 24 gifts for fans to unwrap for each day leading up to Christmas. From a Santa mini-doll to four animal figures and more, there are so many fun surprises to discover and build. Kids will love the variety of designs and the bright color palette LEGO Friends is known for.

When it comes to playing with babies, how much your child gets out of it is directly related to how much time and effort you put into it. "Baby's development doesn't happen in a vacuum," says Rachel Coley, a pediatric occupational therapist who blogs at Can Do Kiddo. "A big part of baby hitting key milestones and gaining skills has to do with the materials, experiences and opportunities to practice that baby receives. By choosing toys and activities that match what your little one is ready to work on, you make the most of your infant's awake times and set the stage for important early learning."

This year LEGO is celebrating 60 amazing years of the LEGO brand with several new 60th Anniversary sets. One of the standout new sets from this special anniversary line is the Mission To Mars set. This colorful set allows you to engage in the creative building process, building everything from a space ship to friendly animal to a tractor and more. The creative possibilities are only limited by your imagination.


This toy is for a big baby who is steady on his feet and able to hold a sitting posture. They even recommend the ages of 3 to 8 for its use. But if you are providing direct involvement with baby, this can provide a lot of fun for him and he’ll age into it nicely. It requires no pushing or batteries; its mechanical operation will allow your baby (or you, until baby can figure it out on his own) to operate this car by simply turning the wheel. And it’s durable enough that the manufacturer even suggests the parent hop on to try it out themselves.

This is one of the newest (and best-selling) games so far in 2018.  In fact, it’s one of Kickstarter’s 50 most backed projects of all time.  Pretty impressive.  This super fun/crazy unicorn-based game is for the older kids.  They say 14+, but plenty of parents who’ve reviewed and played feel like 10-12+ was perfectly fine.  Either way, the goal is to build your own unicorn army (mainly by betraying your friends).  Be the first to to build the army of 7 unicorns and win this strategic card game!


This is a great gift idea for toddlers. It help older children to learn to tell time. For younger kids (around 1 or 2 years) it’s also very attractive and have great educational value – babies can sort colorful block with different shapes and number. They can practice motor skills, hand-eye coordination and learn to differentiate and match shapes! It’s definitely very educational toy and children at different ages can learn new things thanks to it.
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