This cute, fun learning toy is good to go—literally. The handle on Alphie's head makes him the perfect pal for your kid on car trips or dinners out. The cards, which will help in sounding out letters, shape sorting, cause and effect and vocabulary, fit in Alphie's little backpack. You can tell your kid Alphie's kind of like the computer you use — only Alphie is way cooler! ($200; amazon.com)


Inspired by the Disney Junior TV show, Fancy Nancy Ultimate Dress Up Trunk delivers the Fancy Nancy fans know and love. This 13-piece complete dress-up set is perfect for fans of the show. It has everything from dresses to tiaras to accessories and more. They will love recreating their favorite moments from the show or coming up with their own original ideas.
Here's the gift that won't stop giving: It's an activity table stacked with wheels, canals, a cup, boats and a tower. And though it was meant for water, we think it'd be just as fun with sand, dry noodles or rice, soap bubbles or mud. Babies like it just as much as bigger kids (as old as 5) do, so it's one of those super versatile toddler toys that will provide years of entertainment. ($44, walmart.com)
If your child is itching to pick up a new instrument, but you're not sure if you have the time or cash to shell out for lessons, bring home this quality 61-key keyboard. It functions just like a regular piano keyboard, but it also features the ability to teach your child new music by connecting to an app. The keys will light up and show your kid how to play songs. 
Another obvious hazard to be confronted are sharp corners. These are present on desks, tables, chairs, and more and can lead to serious injuries. Use padding to soften the edges and angles of furniture and, when needed, simply move a given piece of furniture out of the area. Watch out for loose carpets, especially if they are set on hard flooring. Carpets can create a tripping hazard when an edge rolls up, and they can slide underfoot when on a smooth surface. You can use a high friction pad under the carpet to prevent it from bunching or sliding and to help absorb the impact if and when a child does topple over.

The other toy, Baby’s First Blocks, is all about sorting, matching and stacking. The top of the box has holes cut in various shapes (square, circle, star, etc.) and there are blocks that match each shape. Kids have to try to find a match to fit them in. Once they’re all in, they can dump them out and start over again. Both toys are great for learning new skills and developing hand-eye coordination, plus they’re just fun.
What kids don’t love their Hot Wheels tracks!  This one is the super crazy Corkscrew with the ginormous 3-loop challenge!  Your kiddos will try to launch their cars into the track and complete the loops without crashing.  Eh, maybe they want to crash.  Isn’t that half the fun?  Even better is that if they have other Hot Wheels tracks this one is compatible with others!   This one comes with one Hot Wheels car, but you can buy more of the cars here!
Want to have fun in the dark? The Crayola Picture Projector comes with 3 translucent markers that allow kids to draw right on the surface. Because they are translucent, the color is projected onto the surface. Controls are included for resizing the image to make it bigger or smaller. Using a towel or cloth, they wet erase so you begin creating again for hours of endless fun. It’s sleek and portable and even doubles as a flashlight. Kids will love telling ghost stories with this fun projector.
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.
This year Magformers introduces a new line called Clicformers. This 34-piece Speed Wheel set allows little builders to construct different vehicles with these magnetically attaching pieces. You can create a buggy, nitro vehicle, cruiser, hot rod, desert truck, turbo vehicle and more. Wheels are included so that you can race your car into action. It’s a real game-changer in the world of Magformers.
Ready for a fun engineering adventure? The Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure offers fun STEM projects and experiments. Highlights include learning how a block-and-tackle pulley system works, learning how to wire up a chain of LED lanterns, and learning how to build and use a catapult. Who knew learning engineering principles could be this fun?!
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.
The Pai Circuit Conductor set is an interesting new STEM set demonstrating simple circuitry. It allows budding engineers to build circuits by snapping pieces together and powering on lights or decorative fiber optics. After building your circuit, you can control the flow of electricity using physical buttons. The companion app allows kids to visually see the flow of electricity. This set teaches electricity, cause-and-effect, and magnetism.

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Get ready for some serious laughs! The Pie Face Cannon game ups the ante on this wild and wacky game. Two players compete against each other. One player has the cannon full of whipped cream while the other has a pair of buttons. This is war! The catch? Now kids can block the pie attack. When you press the buttons at the right time, it will activate a large red hand in front of your face. It’s a fun twist on the popular game that people will love sharing on social.

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)


This article will provide insight into the different phases (age ranges) of developmental milestones and what abilities a toddler should have. It’ll also provide understanding in developmental issues and how to properly treat them. We have made sure that the info on developmental milestones for your toddler has been thoroughly researched with quality sources so you can have a better and confident understanding of your toddler.
Dance with your personalized cartoon! Just take a picture with the built-in camera and select one of 11 funny cartoon characters to create your own personalized cartoon creation. Then laugh and sing along as your character dances with you on-screen. My Toon TV includes five songs, but use the auxiliary plug-in to play additional songs from any device.
These magnetic shapes stick to each other, allowing your child to build their very own creations. The magnetic tiles can be built in 3-D shapes or on any magnetic surface. Your son or daughter will have so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re learning, as this set helps them build fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, and sharpens their math skills. ($29; jet.com)
Teething is a phase that all babies go through and it’s not always a happy one. While welcoming new teeth is something to be happy about, for a baby, it’s something that can be painful and uncomfortable. Teething toys are so important in combating the discomfort that comes with new teeth and the Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle is perfect for doing just that. It doubles as a sensory toy to give your baby a feel for new things and encourage them to explore their new toy while giving them a safe way to deal with incoming teeth.
Yes this is the magic Harry Potter wand your kids (and you!) have been waiting for.  They’ll actually build this themselves and learn to code all at the same time!  From there their magic wand will be able to do things like make pumpkins grow, make feathers fly, multiply your magical goblets, make fire flow, create spells and so much more! Plus, did we mention this will all interact via their tablet or computer?  Pretty amazing.  Learn more here.
Take your Treasure X experience to a whole new level with Treasure X Legends of Treasure Set. What makes this different from the standard sets is that real gold-dipped treasure is actually included. The others give you an opprtunity to find gold-dipped treasure, but you are not always guaranteed to find it. This pack features 3 legendary gold hunters with nine to collect in the series.
They still may want your keys in the store, but this key ring toy has enough similar features that they may be distracted enough from yours that you can stop worrying about the car alarm going off in the parking lot being yours. The buttons, lights, and sounds will make baby happy, and they have a great little ring that will let you use just about any fastener to strap it to the cart, stroller, or car seat to prevent loss.
Black Panther was a big hit at the box office and made an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. This 12-inch Legends Series action figure features a premium sculpt and details along with accessories to enhance your play experience. Kids will love reenacting their favorite scenes from the movies and bringing the action to life with more than 30 points of articulation.
Scribble and Write includes an attached stylus designed for little hands, and the screen lights up to help kids trace both uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers. Kids will start out on Level 1, where scribbling is encouraged as they get used to holding the pencil, and then they’ll slowly progress to Level 2, where the goal is letter accuracy.  

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.
Collectible Minifigures Series 18 – the Party Minifigure line – features party figures celebrating Minifigures’ 40th anniversary. In this Special Limited Edition series, there are seventeen figures to collect in all. Like previous series, each collectible Minifigure will retail for $3.99 when it launches this April. Every character is dressed up for a costume party and has its own unique personality. Collect all your favorites from this limited edition series.
This cute, fun learning toy is good to go—literally. The handle on Alphie's head makes him the perfect pal for your kid on car trips or dinners out. The cards, which will help in sounding out letters, shape sorting, cause and effect and vocabulary, fit in Alphie's little backpack. You can tell your kid Alphie's kind of like the computer you use — only Alphie is way cooler! ($200; amazon.com)

There’s a reason this book is so popular. It’s a great “wind down for sleep” book, and its variation from color to black and white pages reminds us that when babies are very small their eyesight can only pick up a few colors. The black and white pages may stand out better for babies, and reading the book in a low, almost-whisper will have baby thinking about bedtime enough that you might just read her right into a gentle sleep.
Inspired by the Unikitty show, LEGO has launched a dream kit called the Unikingdom Creative Brick Box. With over 400 pieces, fans can create simple builds. The colors and palette are vibrant and will inspire your child’s imagination. The set includes 17 buildable characters. Kids can create their own Unikitty Unikingdom and live out their adventures.
Exciting toddlers about the notion of brushing their teeth can be quite challenging. As they are still adjusting to the idea of a foreign object in their mouths; this can cause new or uncomfortable sensations that may, for example, activate their gag reflex. The banana-shaped teething toy provides a dual purpose in helping your baby get through these critical and uncomfortable milestones. It serves as a toothbrush meant to help your little one develop good habits for a healthy mouth while simultaneously providing your baby with a soft massaging effect to soothe sore gums and help teeth to break through. The gentle silicone bristles are made of 100% food grade materials that have been FDA approved and is also free of BPA, Latex, and other harsh substances.
This adorable octopus can play music for baby in three languages. What a find for families that are bilingual! A great sensory toy with its plush, blue fur and satin designs on face and legs. Each leg teaches baby a new item, such as a leaf, star or flower. The Octoplush is a perfect size for a companion to snuggle and sleep with thus increasing the security level for baby.

This includes a sturdy wood block puzzle, but if we had to pin down a theme for this set it would definitely be “banging.” Between the xylophone and the pound-a-ball, the child has plenty of appropriate ways to fine-tune that “bam-bam” skill. The xylophone is always a great toy for a kid because of this, and the pound-a-ball actually allows the child to see the physical change to the toy by dropping the ball into the pit below.
Education is another important milestone for this phase. During this phase, toddlers should start learning basic counting, sorting and categorizing. This is also when they achieve the milestone of being able to not only recognizing colors and shapes but how to use them for various purposes. Educational milestones include not only traditional schooling but what is learned at home as well. Toddlers should achieve milestones such as cleaning up behind themselves and helping around the home. Since this is the age most toddlers start preschool, it’s imperative that at-home milestones have been achieved so they can properly flourish in the preschool environment.

While it may seem like choosing toys for toddlers should be easy, as you walk into a toy store today, the only thing that’s easy is feeling overwhelmed. There is a huge array of toys that have been developed for the toddler market. How do you choose which are right for your child? How can you tell which are high quality and which will last? Which will engage your child’s interest for more than a few days or weeks? Below are some ideas for choosing toys that will grow with your child, challenge her, and nurture her overall development (her thinking, physical, language and social-emotional skills).
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)
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