Rohit Garoo took writing as a profession right after finishing his MBA in Marketing. Earlier he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Botany & Zoology from the autonomous St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. Rohit has also done a Stanford University certification course on breastfeeding. This botanist-zoologist turned writer excels at life sciences, and at MomJunction he writes everything about pediatrics and maternal care. In between writing and being overly curious, he spends time cooking, reading, and playing video games. LinkedIn profile – linkedin.com/in/rohit-garoo-263115aa
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.

Even at the most infantile age, babies need to hear sounds and music to use and strengthen their hearing skills. The toys listed here that do make sounds or music, do so in a very gentle way that will not frighten or alarm the baby. They are introductory noises and music that soothes the baby into sleep or nap time easily. Not all toys must make sounds, but those that do must encourage the baby to listen and be something that it enjoys hearing. All of these toys do that very nicely.
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.
Most kids really love to travel with their parents. It’s not only a great experience, but it can be also very educational for them. Therefor if you are looking for a gift for your babies or your grandchildren you can organize or buy a trip! Put under the Christmas tree some plane tickets or train tickets – for kids it will be even more fun than traveling by car!
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.
Crash is back for a new generation of fans! Crash Bandicoot has returned with glorious HD visuals in this remake of the original games in the series. This 3-game bundle is a fantastic value and will take you on an exciting adventure with Crash Bandicoot. Be prepared for classic thrilling platforming gameplay with amped up challenge to put your platforming skills to the ultimate test. Now this is how to remaster a classic.
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)
This cool, cozy activity chair is outfitted with educational sensory toys for infants, and it’s made of firm but soft foam that will support your little one comfortably. The removable tray has toys that squeak, crinkle, reflect and rattle to keep baby busy and teach them about texture and sound. Recommended for babies 3 to 9 months old. ($140; crateandbarrel.com)
Walk into my house on any given day, and you will find yourself at what I'm beginning to consider the world's longest-running block party. My 1-, 2-, and 5-year-olds will all be busy to the point of distraction, happily playing away with blocks. They're usually not building together, mind you (sometimes they're not even in the same room), but each one will be doing his own thing, concentrating intently, and having a blast.
How cool is this new game!  Connect 4 Shots is similar to the one that we all grew up with, but with a twist! This time you have to bounce the balls into the right slots to try and get four of the same color in a row (or diagonal) to win! This is one that you’ll not only want to play with your kids, but will probably end up taking over and playing with your own friends.  And, well, drinks may be involved.
If you’re in the market for a retro arcade experience that doesn’t break the bank, Arcade1Up’s new arcade cabinet fits the bill. You’ll save hundreds to thousands compared to the original arcade machines. Standing 4-feet tall, the company offers 5 custom cabinets with 3 to 5 games. The game library ranges from Street Fighter II, Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command, among others. This Street Fighter arcade includes Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Super Street Fighter II, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo.

Board books are the best. They are durable, short little stories that kids love. He are some of my faves that are tried and true but without the really popular ones like Guess How Much I Love You, Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny because most people have those. If you read this site for any amount of time you know how much I love I Am a Bunny. BEST. BOOK. EVER!


“Babies love looking at faces of other babies,” said Nina Lindsay, president of the Association for Library Service to Children, adding that it’s particularly important to look for diverse faces because kids learn bias from a very young age. “It’s really important for all children to see children like themselves and different from themselves in books on a regular basis.”
These super cute Little Live Wrapples do just that….wrapple around your kids wrist.  Their tail is like those snap bracelets we all used to have in the 80’s and the 90’s, so they stay on their wrist securely.  Plus, these cuties have over 50 different sounds and reactions and their eyes even light up to match their mood!  There are 4 different Wrapples to choose from.  See all the options here!
The Grossery Gang Series 5 Time Wars introduces a completely new theme to the line. The new collectible figures are from the future so the gross is gone. They come back in time and are sucked up from The Grossery Gang. The only way the guys can fight back is if they call all their brothers throughout time to galvanize together to do battle against Cyber Slaught Pizza. Who’s ready for war?!

With 878 pieces, this set includes house banners, a tower with movable spiral staircase, a potions room and treasure room.  Also includes 10 inhabitants!  Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell with dual Lord Voldemort face, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and nearly headless Nick.  Phew!

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Moon will be the latest Pokémon adventure hitting the 3DS in time for the holidays. Ultra Sun and Moon will be the follow-up to Pokémon Sun & Moon. Fans can expect new stories, characters, and Pokémon to catch, battle, and trade. This is sure to be a must-have for Pokémon fans. The game features mild animated violence. Gotta catch ’em all!


This classic board book — it was published in 1982 — has lift-the-flap options on every page, but it shows easy-to-digest animal images that kids can recognize. “One of the things we know about 1-year-olds is that they really thrive on interacting with adults, so books that encourage that interaction and allow parents to give in to that moment beyond just reading the page are the best,” says Lytle. “Books that involve sounds the parent can make and children can imitate, or a book that has windows you can open and talk about or anything else to that effect are best.”


Molded for easy-gripping by little hands, this Safety 1st Teether is the perfect fit for butterfingered babies. The design is reminiscent of an elephant, though in a more abstract manner, and comes in a vivid blue to stimulate baby’s senses. The teether is top-rack dishwasher and freezer safe, making it easy to clean, and giving you the option to chill it if your child suffers from sore gums and the cooling sensation brings some relief. The textured shape encourages little ones to touch and hold on. You may not be able to pry it away from them once they get their little hands on it.
There is something about rattles that fascinates little children. With the My First Bead Buddy Giraffe for Baby, babies can now create all the sounds they can muster with colorful beads creating the rattle in the circular ring of the giraffe’s body. The neck is adorned with colorful wavy rings and with colorful plush head and feet, this can be a great toy for infant development.
Even little ones have can their own magical unicorn pet. It features a light-up horn, interactive necklace, flapping wings, and more to bring it to life. We love that it teaches colors, words, foreign language and entertains little ones with music and sing-along songs. Kids can choose to learn in either English or Spanish. Make her dreams a reality with this magical interactive pet from VTech.
This plush fish is one of our favorite toys for babies! It’s designed to intrigue your little one while helping them develop motor skills and more. The washable fabric toy is made of different fabrics and hidden features like mirrors and crinkling components to keep baby’s interest. Recommended for babies 1 month old to toddlers up to 3 years old. ($17; macys.com)
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Featuring over 60 characters, 8-player battles, online battles and more, get ready to battle with Mario, Link and your other favorite Smash Bros. characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Its robust character roster includes everyone from past games plus Daisy, Ridley, and Inklings plus a variety of stages and graphical improvements to make this the best Smash Bros. to date. This is likely to be the biggest hit title for Switch this year. The game features mild animated violence, but it’s tame compared to other similar games. It makes the perfect gift for any Smash fan.


Wondering what to do with all those broken crayons? With the innovative Crayola Crayon Melter, you can use your old Crayola crayons in creative new ways. Forget melting your crayons the old-fashioned way, because the Crayola Crayon Melter is simpler, easier, and safer. Simply load your crayons into the back of the Crayon Melter and in under a minute you can begin creating artistic wax masterpieces. The coolest part? You can create cool layered effects.
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!

Especially suitable for kids who are experiencing or otherwise coming into contact with the healthcare system, doctor’s kits are also just plain fun. They encourage a range of imaginative play that can help a child enact the role of caregiver. The Battat B. Deluxe Doctor’s Kit for Toddlers, which we dig, includes a sturdy carrier kit and is almost scarily thorough. With nine pieces such as a stethoscope with heartbeat sound, an otoscope, a blood pressure cuff with gauge, a safe syringe, (kid) scissors, a thermometer, and a beeper. A beeper!
Star Wars teamed up with FurReal to bring everybody’s favorite Wookie to life. Chewie has been brought to life with his famous expressions and signature roar. When you talk to him, he will respond to your voice. With a built-in accelerometer, he responds to movement too when you pick him up. You probably didn’t know this, but he is incredibly ticklish. The cutest part? After fighting the Empire all day, he even can be put to sleep.
LOL dolls continue to be popular. There is something that is so fun about revealing the layered surprises inside. The latest series is the Eye Spy series, which is Series 4. The Series has secret messages on each layer that can be revealed with the included spy glass. Kids will feel like spies as they try to decode what Lil Sister is hidden inside.

Do not blame yourself if your toddler does develop a delay or disability. It doesn’t make the toddler any less intelligent nor does it mean they are destined for a life of mediocrity. However, while you shouldn’t stress out over it, neglecting or refusing to accept that your toddler does have a delay or disability could hinder them in the years to come. Just like it’s best to start the nurturing of developmental milestones early, it’s best to start the nurturing of delay and disability healing early as well.
One fundamental truth of babies is that they love to grow up. And in hand with that, they love to act just like mommy and daddy. The buttons and music with this toy remote will have baby thinking he’s just like daddy by pointing and clicking. And, while you love having baby around you, having him turn the TV channel while you’re watching a big game is not ideal. This is a great toy to use for the old switcheroo.
Love laser tag? Then you’ll love the Nerf Laser Ops Pro. This blaster boots up quickly and it’s very easy to use right out of the box. Although the app is not required, it does enhance your gameplay by allowing players to level-up the blaster to make it stronger, better defense, check the scoreboard and more. Using the laser guns without the app is great for light-hearted fun. But if you’re competitive and want to kick someone’s tail, you’ll want to get into the app.

This Melissa & Doug diner set is the ultimate gift to unwrap Christmas morning. Little boys and girls will get a kick out of knowing they have a diner of their very own. Just don't lean it up against a wall, since behind the booth (with a jukebox!) is where all the food is cooked and plated. They can play owner, waiter, customer, milkshake creator, and more! Add on accessories like a condiment caddy, breakfast caddy, or a diner play set!
Be on the lookout for toys that play music so you can soothe your little one while teaching them new tunes, toys that encourage sitting up so they can master tummy time, and textured toys that double as safe teethers. These 14 fun and educational infant toys will keep your little one occupied and engaged to the point that they won't want to put them down.
So simple, yet so perfect for baby’s first mobile. Not only does this mobile play music, but it can also rotate the toys as it does so. Colorful toys entertain your little one anywhere he or she goes because this mobile is so versatile, it will clip almost anywhere. Baby will be entranced by the music and the toys moving above the head. Great for the little one to go to sleep by.
“Babies love looking at faces of other babies,” said Nina Lindsay, president of the Association for Library Service to Children, adding that it’s particularly important to look for diverse faces because kids learn bias from a very young age. “It’s really important for all children to see children like themselves and different from themselves in books on a regular basis.”
Boost his energy and his brain. This plug-and-play learning mat will encourage your little one to walk, run, jump, and stomp through 18 different learning games and races. Let him customize his on-screen character and control its actions through the mat. He'll be having so much fun, he won't even notice that this game is focused on learning letters, numbers, shapes, and colors.
Made of high grade and premium polyester material, the Kick and Play Piano Gym by Fisher-Price provides 5 activity toys as well as soft newborn-friendly classical music and children’s songs for optimum comfort. The headboard is designed as a set of piano keys and the bed is adorned with an arch where the activity toys are left dangling. It includes an elephant clacker, a hippo teether, and 3 other fun animal characters. 

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!
Try these translucent shapes, which are far more interesting than blocks and have hundreds of possible combinations. “Kids see these and want to learn how they work, how they go together, that there’s unlimited possibilities,” she says. “You don’t want to teach your child that there’s only one right answer or one way to put the block together. That’s constraining them too much and doesn’t allow them to have a free will and imagination to create something new. When kids are playing with things like blocks, they’re learning things — like how tall can you go before it falls down? Why do these things stick together in the way that they do? They want to experiment.”
Once you are satisfied a toy is safe, also make sure to consider your child's interests. Give the musically-inclined youngster instruments like a compact xylophone with a soft and oversized mallet, for example, or a lightweight piano that sits low on the ground. It's best to hold off on stringed instruments until a child is a few years old, though.
Our church has a set of these Magna-Tiles and my kids love them.  Technically the manufacturer only recommends these toys for 3 years and older, but I would be comfortable letting my nearly 2-year old use them as long as she was being supervised.  Magnets as toys can be extremely dangerous so please use extreme caution and vigilance with children who still put things in their mouths.
Once you are satisfied a toy is safe, also make sure to consider your child's interests. Give the musically-inclined youngster instruments like a compact xylophone with a soft and oversized mallet, for example, or a lightweight piano that sits low on the ground. It's best to hold off on stringed instruments until a child is a few years old, though.
When your baby hits the 3-month mark, you'll start to notice a spike in curiosity. Whereas your newborn was content resting in your arms or hanging on a boppy, your infant now wants to play with toys. The best infant toys, however, are more than just loads of fun — they help your baby learn and grow (and the more colorful, interactive, and developmentally appropriate they are, the better.)
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.
Looking for some Christmas gifts for kids that make a big impression? If your kids have been asking for a pony, here’s your solution. This kid-size ride-on toy features motorized eyes, ears and wheels. Your horse-loving kiddos can hear munching noises as they feed Scout a tasty treat, watch the ears move as they brush the mane and go for a musical pony ride with three speed settings.
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.
“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.

Every family that has kids should experience the magic and wonder of Elf on the Shelf. This is a Christmas tradition shared by millions of families. You’ll learn in the story that the boy or girl scout monitors children during the Christmas holidays and reports back to Santa. That explains how he knows whether children have been naughty or nice. Parents and older siblings will have fun moving the figure around for the little one. Make this joyous and fun tradition a part of your family.


Meety Zoomer Hungry Bunnies — the first Zoomer that actually eats. Like other Zoomers, she has lots of interactivity, such as sensors on her forehead, you can tickle her little belly to laugh and giggle, and push her nose for 85 different sounds and interactions. She also sings songs and plays games. But the most exciting thing is that she is a hungry bunny. To keep her happy, you need to feed her. She eats paper treats and they come out the other end as confetti poop. These are ridiculously cute!
Monopoly Fortnite Edition is designed for teens. In this version of the game you battle your opponents and avoid the storm. Just like the videogame, it’s all about survival — not what you own. The game features battles and loot chests and is inspired by the videogame. It’s a fun new spin on the classic game of Monopoly. Will you be the last player standing?!
Instead of drinking from her bottle and wetting herself, the new Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby doll tinkles in her potty because she is potty trained. She’ll do her little potty dance when she has to go, so there are no accidents and no mess. She even farts while sitting on the potty. What’s cool? You can make her interact with Mommy or Daddy. She features over 50 sounds, phrases, dances, and interactions to take the Baby Alive experience to the next level.
Does your girl love unicorns? This 15-inch plush Gund Unicorn Head makes for fantastic wall décor and adds personality to your space. The unicorn features a sparkly horn and beautiful rainbow-colored mane. The package includes a wall mount for hanging on nurseries, bedrooms, and play rooms. It’s great that the unicorn is surface washable for ease of cleaning.
Keep things fun for your kid during bath time with the Munchkin Wind Up Swimming Penguin Bath toy. This Amazon’s Choice product has wind-up arms that, when released, make the penguin swim through the water. The easy-to-use toy encourages imaginative play, audio, and visual stimulation, and helps develop hand and eye coordination. This toy is recommended for kids nine months and up.
Playhouses are the perfect catalysts for pretend play, whether your toddler is playing alone or with friends. They can resemble imaginative structures, like a Victorian home, a castle, or a teepee, and some feature fold-and-collapse designs for easy storage. Keep in mind where you will set up the playhouse so you can choose one that fits best in your space.

Mattel has brought to life the flying dinosaur from Jurassic World with its cool new drone. With a ton of safety features, this kid-friendly drone has a patented design that prevents the propellers from spinning if you grab it. The coolest part? The flapping wings bring the dinosaur to life. The drone makes flying easy for little ones with its innovative auto-flight and auto-landing features.


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.
Soft and cuddly, this well-made stuffed lamb is perfect for one of baby’s first companion friends. Light enough for baby to handle and carry along, it is the perfect size for newborns and infants. A great sensory toy because of the soft fur to feel and explore, plus the rattle inside will help baby’s listening skills. Easy to clean because it is machine washable.
The new Fire 7 Tablet is an awesome portable tablet that gives you great bang for the buck. Yeah, it’s not an iPad, but you get a similar experience for a small fraction of the price. It’s a great entry-level tablet that delivers great entertainment and now Alexa, the personal assistant, is included making it easier to use and better than ever. Choose between 8 and 16 GB storage capacities. Battery life is decent at about 8 hours. What more could you ask for? Choose from four fun colors now – black, canary yellow, marine blue, and punch red.
If there is probable cause that a toddler could have a developmental delay or developmental disability, a trained, certified specialist can give a proper evaluation (in some cases, more than one) to get a good idea of what could possibly be wrong. This can help direct the parent to proper organizations, services and support groups that can help to educate and function through this experience.
Looking for epic Beyblade battles? The Beyblade Burst Evolution Star Storm Battle Set is designed with new Beyblade tech – allowing fans to change up striking powers and customize the course of battle. These tops are compatible with the Beyblade Burst app. This set features one Beyblade Burst Star Storm Beystadium, two Beyblade Burst Switchstrike right/left spin launchers, and two Beyblade Burst Switchstrike right-spin tops. Let the games begin!
The innovative design allows the seat to be used as a rocker perfect for holding your little one in a safe, semi-upright position. Many parents find it ideal for feeding time and play-time. The vibration feature also has been known to work wonders for soothing fussy babies. But the real advantage of this rocker is the fact that it can become a toddler’s seat as your baby grows.

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.
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