Why we love it: It's very easy for even small babies to grab and is lovely and soft to hold. 'Sophia could give it a good squeeze and hold on to it well,' says our baby tester's mum. 'She loves the mirror side and prefers holding it where she can see that. As she gets older, it will be an ideal toy to do throwing and catching with as it's soft but big enough for her to grab on to. I think she will enjoy it for a while to come!'
Launching this fall is Mecard Mega Dracha. This large-scale Mecardimal fighting dragon comes with an extra powerful game card. Roll a Deluxe Mecardimal down its back to watch it transform into its awesome dragon form. What’s cool? If you can roll your Deluxe Mecardimal far enough to reach a card, you can experience a double treat — a transforming Dracha and Deluxe Mecardimal that transforms into a powerful warrior.
The Baby Einstein Discover & Play Piano: This soft piano responds easily to baby’s touch. It has three modes: Instrument, Numbers, and Animals. In Numbers Mode, baby can hear numbers in English, Spanish, and French. There are over 20 classical melodies and fun sounds, and a bright, light-up display. There is a built-in volume control too, so you can listen to baby play and still maintain your sanity.
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 Ninja Nightcrawler is based on the TV series. It is actually a lot larger than you would expect based on the pictures. It features a muscular racing-type look. Overall, the build quality is very good and it feels sturdy. The wheels are made of rubber and as you roll them and push down on the top of the vehicle, you can fire the studs. It features a spacious cockpit, seating one driver. The set is not particularly difficult to assemble. Set comes with three minifigures and a small motorbike. Kids will really enjoy having this set.
Kids will get revved up when they open up this sweet toddler gift. The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn 3-in-1 Smart Car teaches your increasingly mobile child how to confidently develop from walking and bouncing to riding and "driving," plus many more motor skills. The interactive dashboard entertains as your mini roadster listens to fun sounds and songs about the alphabet, opposites, counting, and beyond. ($40; walmart.com)
Snap Circuits Bric: Structures is a culmination of what kids have been asking for for a long time. It takes ordinary bricks and you can mount your Snap Circuits onto them. The Bric-2-Snap adapters enable you to connect your Snap Circuits to the bricks so you can light up any structure you build. You can make your structure light up with a circuit or you can build something that moves like a racecar with ordinary bricks and a Snap Circuits photo transistor and watch it go by adding a light source. The set comes with 140 regular building bricks, 20 Snap Circuit pieces, and 75 Bric to Snap adapters.
Super Mario Odyssey is the big holiday title for the Nintendo Switch. It’s a hotly anticipated title that will allow gamers to play Mario on the big screen as well as on the go for the very first time. The game will return to the sandbox-style gameplay made popular by Super Mario 64. Fans are eagerly awaiting to get their hands on what could the best Mario since Mario 64 and the Galaxy series. Expect one incredible adventure traversing through new worlds and expect a few new moves and surprises along the way.
The Baby Einstein Discover & Play Piano: This soft piano responds easily to baby’s touch. It has three modes: Instrument, Numbers, and Animals. In Numbers Mode, baby can hear numbers in English, Spanish, and French. There are over 20 classical melodies and fun sounds, and a bright, light-up display. There is a built-in volume control too, so you can listen to baby play and still maintain your sanity.
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!
With an infant on your hands, it might feel like all you do these days is feed, change diapers and catch a nap while baby sleeps (if you're lucky). But while it may seem like baby can’t do much, it's actually never too early to start playing with your child. In the early weeks and months, she isn't exactly ready to kick a soccer ball or put together a puzzle, but there are plenty of fun ways to engage with her that’ll have important long-term benefits for her physical and mental development.
Mattel’s new partnership with Crayola brings the inspiring creativity of Crayola to the wonderful world of Barbie. Now Barbie fans can design their very own fashionable skirts for Barbie with this design studio. Everything from washable Crayola Gel markers to washi tape and stickers are included for your fashion designer. A Barbie doll, skirts, hangers, pom poms, and more are also included in the set. Fans can look forward to this exciting set launching this spring.
Toddlers are naturally curious, which is why it's smart to get them educational toys that challenge their minds and encourage them to use their imaginations. These developmental toys for toddler boys are designed to stimulate their intellect and challenge them to develop new skills. This is a crucial stage for kids, so it's important to pick out toys that provide meaningful results rather than simply distracting them with trendy characters, flashing lights or loud noises. When you look at the product details for any of the toys for toddlers in this collection, you'll see helpful information about how these games, puzzles, books and more can provide a unique learning experience for your child.
This has all the hallmarks of a great education and socialization toy, along with its practicality!  The key ring not only keeps all of the teethers in one place and graspable, the fact that they are aligned on a ring aids in developing functions in counting, causal relationship, and the subtle manipulation of objects through the selection of one teething key over another.  In addition, the varying colors of the keys provide visual stimulation, adding to the soothing quality of relief from sore gums.
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.
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."
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.

We love the empowering and compassionate message where Barbie is helping people!  This ‘Care Clinic’ on wheels is also a hospital playset that comes with over 20 medically themed pieces. Our favorite?  The X-Ray machine that also turns into an eye chart with one simple pull of the lever!  Oh, the lights on the ambulance and siren work too! Barbie is truly saving the day!


Things to create with—large and small crayons and markers, large and small paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large and small paper for drawing and painting, colored construction paper, preschooler-sized scissors, chalkboard and large and small chalk, modeling clay and playdough, modeling tools, paste, paper and cloth  scraps for collage, and instruments—rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines
“Infants are really learning about their place in the world, so the best toys give them some sense of feedback,” said Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of “How Toddlers Thrive,” citing the classic baby rattle. “'I hit this and it moves’ is the beginning of having a sense of their place in the world.”

Launching this December, gear up for epic superhero adventures with the Spider-Man Mech vs. Venom Mech set from LEGO. Step into Spider-Man’s mech suit and get ready for an epic showdown. The build quality is excellent and they feature nice attention to detail that fans will truly appreciate. Fans will not only love building this awesome 600+ piece set, but also they will love playing out the battle between Spider-Man and Venom in their mech suits. Who will win the showdown?
Pomsies could be the next big hit to take on the Fingerlings. Kids don’t even know they want this yet, but it’s sure to make their wish lists. They are cute, cuddly, interactive wearable pets that wrap around your wrist and feature 50 different sounds and reactions. They sing, dance, and can be worn on clothing or attached to your backpack or hair. You know when they are happy, sleepy, or hungry by the color of their eyes and cute kitty sounds, and they even respond to your voice and touch. What’s cool? The more you touch and play with it, the more it reacts. Kids will enjoy taking their new BFF wherever their adventures lead them.

The holiday season will be upon us soon, and it's time once again to start navigating the season’s softest, silliest and smartest of baby playthings. Whether you’re searching for the best baby Christmas gifts for your own bundle of joy or another little one that you love, make sure your list includes these adorable Christmas gift ideas for baby from Melissa and Doug, Fisher-Price, LEGO, Lamaze and more!
Can you keep a “sea”-cret? From the creators of Exploding Kittens comes a new board game called You’ve Got Grabs. This is a family-friendly game for kids over 7. Played in teams of two, this game combines crabs with deception. The game is super simple: Before starting, you and your teammate must come up with a secret signal. You must collect 4 of the same card and secretly notify your partner. Your teammate must then yell, “You’ve got crabs!” The catch? If the other team finds out and yells “You’ve Got Crabs” your team loses.
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.
Fortnite has become the biggest phenomenon in gaming. Show your fandom by picking up your favorite Fornite character as a POP figure. Due to the immense popularity of the game, Fortnite POPs are expected to be the most popular gaming POPs this year. Choose from the Black Knight to Omega to Merry Marauder and more! It’s the perfect gift for Fornite fans who can’t get enough of the game.
The K’NECTED Bionic Blast Roller Coaster is one of the coolest new construction STEM sets. Not only can you build a full rollercoaster, but you can actually ride it in virtual reality via the included VR viewer. Be prepared to be blown away! The set features over 800 parts, including tracks, a coaster car, chain lift, cardboard VR viewer and a companion app. This is fantastic for developing STEM skills while rewarding builders with a thrilling ride on their very own creation.
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!
Love arcade classics like Pac-Man? Now you can bring home the classic Pac-Man arcade experience to your tabletop with this mini arcade Pac-Man cabinet. What’s cool? They feature authentic retro-styled arcade cabinets complete with working joysticks, buttons, and full color-screens to bring the classics to life. Choose from Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaxian.
There are some babies who just love to ride in the car. They sleep easily in their car seat, they watch the cars zoom by, and they don’t fuss. But if your kid is not one of those kids, this gift may make your (and baby’s) life easier. If you secure this to the baby’s car seat, boredom will not strike nearly as quickly or as hard. You can use rings to secure favorite toys or allow baby to play with the toys attached to its bar. And when you decide to take baby with you into the mall, you can easily remove it and secure to the stroller and placate baby there, as well.

Give baby the fun of an aquarium this holiday season with the sweet Melissa & Doug Deluxe Fishbowl Fill and Spill. This super-soft baby toy comes with four ocean friends including a fish, seahorse, octopus and sea star that all conveniently stash in the splash-free aquarium. Whether on the go or at home, babies will love playing with the various creatures that rattle, jingle, squeak and crinkle as they develop those motor skills. ($27; amazon.com)
Some experts believe that listening to classical music can do a world of good for your baby, including making your baby smarter and happier. As if that isn’t good enough reason to add a little classical listening to your baby’s playlist, think about what a nice change of pace a little classical music will be from the usual “The Wheels on the Bus” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” that you likely have on heavy rotation.
It’s hard to imagine anything better than a cold winter’s night snuggled up with a sweet babe in a soft baby blanket. This adorable Sock Monkey Blanket ranks at the top of our list of baby Christmas gift ideas because it’s sure to have baby settling into your arms for a long winter’s nap in no time. As a gift giver, you can also feel good about the fact that this super-soft blanket is made of 75 percent recycled cotton, which means you’re also helping to save the planet. We call that a win-win! ($44; uncommongoods.com)
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