This toy grows with baby from when he’s just learning to sit upright to when he’s walking with ease. Once laid flat, baby can bang and spin the attachments, and when raised, he can use it for crawling or to aid him in learning to walk. There are so many buttons with sounds and music that he’ll be sure to stay interested in this for much longer than his other toys.
This toy engages baby in many ways and stimulates it’s senses. It introduces baby with familiar sound, melodies, colors and numbers in three different languages: English, Spanish and French. It helps to develop motor skills by pressing different buttons, flipping book pages and rotating a ball with rattle beads. There are also lights and drumming sounds that rewards baby.
Last year, I shared several of our favorite toys for babies along with toys for boys ages 5-7. Since Little Sister (21 months) is now officially considered a toddler. I thought I would share some of our favorite toys for toddlers! Many of these we currently have, a few we will be purchasing this year, and some we have enjoyed at other locations such as friends’ houses or church!
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.
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.
Step into the ring for epic bot battle action! The Vex Boxing Bots are a cross between Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Segway. These buildable, self-balancing, boxing bots play to win. Your objective is to knock off your opponent’s bot’s head before they knock yours off using jabs and uppercuts. Control your bot with your smartphone and smash and bash your opponent until you’ve knocked their lights out. It’s win or go home with no-holds-barred action. What will it be? When you win, celebrate in style with an epic victory celebration. What’s not to love?
At the end of the day, however, social interaction between children and parents is really the most important thing to remember. “Even if you’re laying the foundation for later cognitive development, all learning happens in relationships,” she says. “Spend as much time as you can with your child to make that time as uninterrupted and undistracted as possible.” To help you parse what that means (and to make sure you’re first in line as the friend-aunt of choice), we’ve asked the parenting team over at PopSugar Moms to pick out the grooviest age-appropriate toys on the market, with Lytle explaining what makes them the best gift for a 1-year-old specifically. We’ve also made a few additional selections based on what Lytle had to say. We’ve also got gift guides for kids of all ages, including 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and 9-year-olds.
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.
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.
Love Batman? You can never go wrong with Batman action figures. Dive into missions with these detailed 6-inch Knight Missions Batman action figures. The figures are well-scultped with authentic details and feature 14 points of articulation for bringing the action to life. Choose from Batman, Robin, and more. The 6-inch figures nicely fit in the new Batmobile. Let the epic storytelling begin!
Now that we’re all on the same page in regards to Poopsy Unicorn Slime, it only makes sense that one of the up-and-comers this season is the ‘designer’ Pooey Puitton purse that comes with 2 unicorn slime powder packets (yes, it makes rainbow poop), 6 unicorn magic packets, 4 sparkle packets, 4 mystery packets, and so much more! Plus, they’ll totally want that exclusive poop character keychain because who can leave home without it!? Learn more here.
These toys are great for the baby who is learning how to reach out and pull or bat at things. You connect them to a car seat, stroller, or activity center, and he’ll keep heading back to them over and over. The colors will engage him as he develops the ability to differentiate between them, and the sounds will help him to make connection between his action and sounds.
The LEGO Technic Rally Car is the largest rally car LEGO has ever made. It’s a 1:10 scale rally car and looks really impressive with nice contrasting colors. Aside from its amazing looks, it also features a double wishbone suspension and cool engine details in the rear. The doors, hood, and rear all open to reveal inner details. What’s cool? This is a 2-in-1 set so in addition to the rally car, you can also build a dune buggy. The price to part ratio is unheard of and makes this a great value.
Why we love it: Freddie's bright colours and different sounds and textures mean he's a bit of a baby magnet: so much to see, feel, hear and chew! Our tester's mum was really taken with the toy's quality and how much it stimulated and held her baby Andy's attention. A couple of months later, she's still impressed with it. 'It's a lovely toy,' she says, 'and it washes great – it's been washed a billion times!'
It’s one of our favorite eco-friendly baby Christmas gifts. The height-adjustable frame is made of 100 percent birch and finished with nontoxic stains. The wooden teething toys are untreated Indian hardwood and buffed with vegetable seed wax. The animal rattles are hand-knit in Peru from organic cotton—and since they’re removable, they can double as stroller toys.
Featuring an innovative folding design, the Adventure Town Railway Train Set & Table from KidKraft is a dream come true for kids! It offers a massive playset sure to inspire endless creative, imaginative, open-ended play. With EZ Craft Assembly, the wooden play table can be quickly assembled. This 120-piece set features a wooden train track along with plastic and wooden accessories to enhance your child’s play experience. Get ready for a world of fun!
The ultimate hangout spot for your LEGO Friends is the new Friendship House. This 772-piece set is a 4-level, double-sided playset with a ton of wonderful play features. It comes with three mini dolls – Olivia, Emma, and Andrea as well as 3 animal friends to play out your incredible adventures. The Friendship House is actually a converted Fire Station, so it still features a brick fascade and alarm outside. The translucent garage door really opens and closes. There’s even an outdoor garden area, Upper Foreman’s Terrace above the garage, barbeque area with slide, and a rooftop area with hottub. The working pully is great for bringing up supplies and there’s even a fireman’s pole for the mini dolls to slide down. The set is easy to build and kids will have all sorts of fun building and playing out various stories for the characters and their animal friends. There are a ton of great features, details, and accessories to inspire countless hours of imaginative play.
Gear up for high-flying adventures with Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit. Launching this April, this 397-piece set builds Blue’s helicopter, vehicle, and base station and comes with 3 minifigures and one raptor to bring your adventures to life. The blades actually can be spun and the detailing on the Helicopter is very nice. The new raptor design has been improved over the original raptor design. Who’s ready for a pursuit?
At 1, kids are learning about the world around them through trial and error and experimentation. Puzzles and shape sorters are great for encouraging them to explore how things work. “Puzzles exercise children’s cognitive abilities to be able to think about both the physical manipulation of the pieces and understanding how something will fit into something else,” says Lytle. “It’s this idea of containment and fitting and what goes where.” This puzzle cube will appeal to the tactile learner, with its rubbery shapes and cutouts teaching little ones to experiment with size and fit. The tethered pieces ensure nothing will ever go missing.
These multi-textured balls are designed to acclimate your baby to different textures and stimulate her sensory skills. They’re made of a BPA material so you needn’t worry when they pop them in their mouths, and they’re large enough you won’t need to worry about chocking hazards, either. The different sizes, shapes, and textures also promote baby’s tactile development.
Nothing comes more naturally for a child than to chew on his or her blankie or pillow! It was the original chew toy before there even was a chew toy! It’s convenient because there’s no worry of slippage or of it falling. Baby can crawl around with it, sit with it, lay with it -- all within reach of hands and mouth! The five points of the star design give a variety of teething texture experiences! By far, the most playful option for a teething baby.
This colorful looped grab toy is the perfect size for little hands and has a gentle texture for young ones to gnaw on. It can even be refrigerated to a cool temperature to soothe sensitive teething gums. Although it’s simple, many parents find their babies mesmerized by the rattle and colors. It’s also lightweight enough to play with from an early age.
Finding the best baby toys for children under one can be a bit of a challenge. Newborns need simple bright toys that stimulate the mind, while six month olds may want something a little more interactive. Once they are close to one, they are moving whether that is crawling or walking so you'll want a toy that either keeps them contained or helps them master their new skills.
Here’s a nice surprise! With the Equestria Collection, it’s the first time fans can collect all of their favorite friends in one package. Available this fall, this collection features the Mane Six – Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinky Pie, Rarity, Applejack, three princesses – Princesses Celestia, Luna, and Cadance – and our favorite – Spike the Dragon.
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.
A vigilant parent therefore must take the time to research a toy carefully before its purchase, but should also check in with manufacturer and government agency reports periodically to make sure the toy is still considered safe after it has been in real world situations for an extended period of time. Infancy does not last long; it's well worth the time and effort to ensure that a young child is safe during this precious but occasionally fraught period of life.
The colorful Bead Buddy Giraffe is a wonderful sensory toy for baby that offers many textures to explore and teething opportunities on the giraffe’s ears and nose. The rattle tummy filled with beautiful beads will keep baby mesmerized for long periods, plus the neck made of rings that clink together are sure to please even the youngest baby. This toy is a perfect size for grabbing and chewing and and all-around buddy toy.
Moreover, this toy is very interactive and educational, great for older babies and toddlers! Is plays many melodies, phrases and 45 songs that baby can sing along, and it makes different sound effects. This remote also engage role-play, therefore older babies can pretend surfing through nine channels and listen to familiar phrases like “breaking news”.