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!'
Introducing Laser X – it’s the ultimate high-tech game of tag! Select team Red, Blue or go rogue and blast anyone. Supporting an unlimited number of players, you can play one-on-one or take on the entire neighborhood. Experience pin-point laser accuracy up to 200 feet! The vests count your hits and the blaster’s power indicator shows you when to reload. An interactive voice coach keeps you focused on the game. Laser X inside or out, day or night – it’s like a laser arena right in your own backyard! It’s the real-life laser gaming experience.
Baby can shake, roll, squeeze, and chew this delightful Bendy Ball. With plastic so flexible, even a baby can bend it and explore the wonders that the Einstein Bendy Ball contains. The caterpillar in the middle of the ball has multiple colors to teach baby sights and the sounds of the rattle just add to the charm of this toy. Small enough for tiny hands to manipulate and squeeze, the Bendy Ball will certainly be a first favorite for your child.
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.
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.
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.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch is an insanely fun and entertaining experience. Hands-down, this is the best Mario Kart game in the storied franchise. The game runs super silky, features incredible course designs and gameplay mechanics, oodles of characters and tracks, a thrilling online experience, and an all-new battle mode to create the definitive version of Mario Kart. The game is accessible to all gamers – even beginners with a new mode. A must-own if you own a Switch!
Experience the most incredible recreation of the most famous starship in the galaxy with the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 75192. This 7,500-piece set from the Ultimate Collector Series is packed with amazing details to satisfy the most die-hard Star Wars fans. It’s designed for experienced builders and comes complete with an extensive user’s guide. Crew members include Han Solo, TFA Han Solo, Rey, Finn, BB-8, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C-3PO, 2 Porgs, and Mynock. Prepare to defeat the First Order. The perfect gift for any Star Wars lover.
There are many factors to consider when evaluating a toy's safety, and a good first step is to remove the potential for one of the greatest hazards small children face: choking. As choking is one of the most common causes of childhood injury (or worse), a baby toy must present no chance for accidental ingestion. Infants and toddlers alike are wont to put things into their mouths; if an object is simply too large to fit in a mouth, that hazard has been mitigated.
Another Amazon’s Choice product, the Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys have more than 2,500 customer reviews, and they are the optimal toy for your teething baby. Multi-surface teething makes the toy perfect for assisting in the eruption of the front, middle, and back teeth, and when placed in the refrigerator, the Nuby PurICE technology provides gentle cooling to sensitive baby gums.
“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.”
Featuring a highly detailed aerodynamic body, the Batman Knight Missions Air Power Cannon Attack Batmobile is any Batman fan’s dream vehicle. What’s cool? This new Batman vehicle is fully equipped with two air-powered weapons with pump-and-launch technology. The weapons are also detachable and can be held by the action figures or positioned on various ports on the Batmobile. It also fits your 6-inch action figures to bring the action to life.
Introduce your baby to the wonders of nature early with this three-piece wooden puzzle. The toy will also introduce your child to shapes (triangle, circle and rectangle), and matching pictures underneath will help your baby recognize where each piece should go. The plywood pieces are made with a non-toxic, water-based finish, according to P'kolino. (Recommended ages: 6+ months)
Why we love it: It's small enough to tuck into your changing bag but the Whoozit's BIG on baby entertainment – with loads of differently patterned and textured fabrics to see, touch and feel, and a little mirror hidden behind his nose. Our tester Marley's mum loved the dangling legs and the little Velcro strap that lets you attach the toy to your baby's car seat or pushchair.
A great choice for baby’s first rattle as it is the softest around. The feet are made of a crinkly material which crunches when chewed on or squeezed. Perfect for the first sensory toy providing sound and touch opportunities as baby grows. The vibrant colors and jingling bells will keep baby spellbound for a good while. The unique ring shape makes this toy easy for baby to hold making it a first toy for developing those motor skills.
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.
2018 is another epic year in gaming filled with hordes of games worth playing. From Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon to all the latest sports games from Madden 19 and FIFA 19 to NBA 2K19 and so much more, there are so many great games to choose from. Plus, the NES Classic Edition makes its triumphant return. Pinch me, I must be in gaming heaven. The most difficult part? Choosing which awesome games to play and making time to play them all. There’s enough gaming greatness here to keep you gaming on in 2018 and beyond!
The LEGO Star Wars BB-8 is an impressive and special new set inspired by The Last Jedi. This is an exciting set to build and it looks incredible. The set includes a cool display stand. The coolest part? When you turn a control it makes the head turn and bobble which is spectacular. Spin the other control to reveal the lighter to give the thumbs up like the scene from the movie.
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.
The endless loop rings and facets will keep the baby constantly engaged in trying to find the end point! The quiet rattle has a subdued effect that’s just enough as a teaching tool in understanding cause and effect, while not loud to annoy parents and other adults. Manhattan has been a trusted manufacturer since 1979, and makes this teething toy BPA-Free, so safety and health are never a main concern.
All of the toys reviewed here provide many levels of skill building that will teach the baby how different textures feel, how to move objects, and how to recognize shapes and colors. All of the toys chosen are colorful and loaded with activities. Sensory skills and motor skills are a benefit of almost each toy because playing should not only be fun but beneficial. All of the toys also provide multiple opportunities for the baby to chew and teeth on soft objects as well as soft plastic ones. Teething is a painful time for infants and these toys can help ease the pain in a playful way.
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)
With the Cutie Mark Crew Collectibles, there’s a fun surprise awaiting fans. Each blind pack contains a 2-inch adorable small and stackable figure. Fans will discover our fun friends are in different things, such as sandwiches and Rainbow Dash is in sushi, which is really cute! They come with stackable casings, accessories, and a background geared toward one of the two series: Party Time or School Days. Interestingly, this is the first time ever where you can get all of your favorite characters in their three forms – Equestria Girls, Seaponies, and Ponies. There will be 24 figures and accessories to collect in each wave.
Skip Hop’s cute little shakers come with an owl, hedgehog, and fox that make original rattle sounds. Each character has a different textured belly for little hands to grip and hold and we love Skip Hop because all their products are made phthalate free. With bright colors and distinctive textures these rattles are sure to stimulate your baby’s senses for healthy auditory and visual development.
Toy shopping can be similar. The makers of baby products can slap an "educational" or "developmental" label on their toys without oversight and certainly without any research or evidence to support their claims. And you may be surprised to find that many of the most popular toys on the market aren't the most beneficial for development. Luckily, most baby toys aren't harmful, per se, but there are certainly some that are more developmentally helpful for our kiddos than others.
These toys seem like they would be great for my kids to play with. I remember that I used to love playing with cardboard blocks. They were fun because I should use them to build a fort or a tower that’s any size that I want it to be. My kids have great imaginations, so this seems like a great toy for them that will let their imaginations run wild with all of the things they would build. Thanks for posting this!
The New Nintendo 3DS XL plays all 3DS games. It delivers better performance, 3D face tracking, and a new C-stick. It also features amiibo compatibility and NFC support. Play all of your favorite Nintendo games on the go from Mario to Pokémon to Super Smash Brothers and Zelda. The system offers an e-shop for playing classic games. Best of all, it offers a unique 3D experience to experience a new dimension in gaming. The 3DS is the leading portable console with no real competition in sight. Get the best portable gaming experience this holiday.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes: This product is a Baby Einstein all-time best seller, and was also named to Care.com’s “29 Best Toys for Babies Under 1.” Its large, easy-to-press button lets baby toggle through seven high-quality classical melodies. And — as the name suggests — a sturdy handle lets baby take this toy with them for music and fun on the go. It also grows with baby, giving them music and fun well after their grasping stage.
Teddy Ruxpin, the iconic story-telling teddy bear from the 80’s, is back with a tech makeover. He now features cool emotive LCD animated eyes and he’s lighter, softer, and more huggable than ever now that he’s gone all digital. And he even comes to life with a motorized mouth synched to the story. He has built-in storage with 10 stories – with three of them unlocked. Additional stories can be unlocked with a smart device. Kids can even sing along with Teddy. He’s the perfect bedtime companion. Kids can play with Teddy alone or interact with the stories via the app. It’s the perfect educational toy that combines story-telling, friendship, and reading into a fun kid-friendly package. You thought Teddy was cool before … now he’s even cooler than ever!
Lastly, communicative skills milestones become achievable for this toddler phase. The toddler should be able to be understood more clearly and learns how to use proper pronouns to express concepts such as ownership and identity. Once they are three, the milestone of being able to speak hundreds of words plus understand instructions and directions that involve multiple steps should be the achieved. This gives an easy to path to the development of friendships. The milestone of understanding and developing friendships, expressing and using their emotions in social settings and how to interact properly with different kinds of toddlers and people in general will be achieved.
Here's a hybrid toy and education tool that should be at the top of every parent's toddler toy list: the VTech® Explore & Write Activity Desk. They'll be industriously learning letters, numbers, music, colors and more while you get your own work done. Not only does the writing pad come with a light-up, traceable display, but the desk also transforms into an easel, chalkboard and art supply storage space. Place it in your own home office and both of you can keep focused on getting the job done. ($49; walmart.com)
The Farm To Table Kitchen set allows kids to pick carrots from their farm and chop and prepare them in the kitchen. The kitchen comes complete with a stove with working knobs and sound effects to make for an immersive play experience. There’s also an oven, refrigerator, sink, storage and more for endless imaginative fun. You can even hang your pots and pans for extra storage.
Everything about babies is so exciting, but when it comes to toys that’s when shopping really gets fun. However, every toy is not ideal for babies and it’s hard to know which toys are developmentally appropriate, fun and safe for infants. At Fat Brain Toys, we know there is a smarter way to play when it comes to toys for babies. We collected data on the most popular baby toys as well as the toys our customers purchase frequently to target the best baby toys for 2018. Since we understand babies explore with their mouths, we make certain the toys that make our best of list are completely safe for babies. So, parents, caregivers, friends and relatives can feel god about choosing a toy from our top baby toys of the year.
Mix, match, and stack your way to fun with Disney Doorables from Moose Toys. There’s a fun surprise behind every door. This set includes Mad Hatter’s Pet Shop, Belle’s Book Shop, and Elsa’s Ice Rink. Featuring 3 exclusive characters and 3 playsets, Disney Princess fans will enjoy creating fascinating stories and creating different scenes with this fun set.
Got a super geek who loves Voltron? Standing 15-inches tall, this is one of the most awesome LEGO Voltron figures we’ve ever seen! Built from over 2,000 pieces, the level of detailing is simply incredible. In fact, it is the biggest LEGO Mech ever. Fans will love building it and showing it off to all their friends. It is the perfect gift for any Voltron fan – sure to make them smile from ear to ear.
This is the most natural choice….I mean, literally, the most natural choice when it comes to a teething toy. All the concerns and certifications on safety out the window! It’s a simpler design for a more advanced teether -- the two looped handles of varying textures can be seen as more for gnawing than for massaging sore gums. And, the handles are more than a handful for baby’s grasp!
We encourage parents to do their own extensive research since many teething toys out there do still contain some trace levels of BPA. Even some of the cooling gels and agents used on some products to aid in relief may leak after extensive use or improper treatment. It can be a lengthy process, but your child’s health is always worth it. Also, as part of our evaluation and suggestion to parents, don’t look for a quick and easy–or cheap–fixes! The more you do this, the more likely you are to get a product with toxins, or a product that peels and is a choking hazard. Even something like food- and medical-grade silicone can be deceptive.
Now, why do we need a teething toy? Well, remember the baby teeth will be breaking out of the gums which can lead to inflammation, causing soreness, swelling, and even some pain. Teething toys serve to relieve the pressure off your baby’s gums. This helps them feel a lot better during the whole teething process. And since we are talking about babies, it is often a lot better to use a teething toy that can also help develop their other senses as well as psychomotor skills. This way, we are tending to the overall development of our babies.
The Gotrax is a self-balancing hoverboard with a stylish design and great battery life. It’s new and better that before! It provides great stability and a super smooth ride. It achieves speeds up to 8 miles per hour and operates for up to 2 hours. It features a stylish new design. The GOTRAX Hoverfly is UL certified, meaning it’s safe for riders and has passed rigorous testing. It supports riders up to 220 pounds.
It’s that time of year again—holiday shopping! (Ho, ho, ho.) Overwhelmed by the endless parade of Christmas toys in every store aisle and online catalog? To keep the holiday cheer afloat, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you, curating the latest and greatest Christmas toys for girls and boys. Now, finding the perfect holiday gifts won’t call for making a list and checking it twice. Get ready to call your holiday shopping a wrap, STAT, so you can be your jolly, festive self again.
Starlink: Battle For Atlas is an open-world, action adventure game. It features this cool, physical modular starship, where every piece you add on instantly appears in the game. This allows you to adapt and reconfigure on the fly to take on any challenge. The game features some epic boss battles and exploration of beautiful circumnavigable worlds. The Nintendo Switch version includes an exclusive Fox McCloud figure, his legendary Arwing starship, and a whole set of Star Fox missions.
Even if you don’t remember how teething goes, you can understandably imagine the discomfort that your child goes through when his or her teeth are coming in. A freezer-safe teether toy can be a huge relief to newborns as they await their incoming pearly whites. The Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys will quickly become your newborn’s favorite toy once they realize how much relief it can bring. Each key is brightly colored and features a different grooved pattern which also makes playing with this teething toy a unique sensory experience for your baby.
A soft, cuddly giraffe that glows and play soft music just cannot be beat for an infant to cling to for bedtime and naptime. Soon baby will learn that when he or she squeezes the toy, it will then reward it with music and a soft glow. This will develop its cognitive and motor skills to recreate the effect when it wants. When squeezed, the music plays for up to 15 minutes at a time, giving baby plenty of time to fall off to sleep before it stops playing.
P is for Potty — and for perfect present! The toddler years are the time when every parent is challenged with potty training. P is for Potty is a number one bestseller for kids between one and three years old and is essential to helping moms and dads ease little ones into the potty training stage. Potty-training toddlers can follow Albie and Elmo throughout their day while they practice sitting on the potty with an interactive mix of fun and learning. P is for Potty has over 30 lift-and-peek flaps on 12 pages to keep tots curious and engaged.
Babies love books. They love the pictures and the act of turning pages, and it’s very often the best way to occupy baby without actively engaging him yourself. So books are a great distraction while you’re out shopping or while you’re doing the dishes. The best part of these books is how small they are – a few of these guys will fit in the diaper bag easily! And because they come in a pack that makes them less than a dollar each, losing one or two here and there won’t break your heart. Because that adorable little baby is going to throw everything out of the stroller anyway!
Water play adds another splash of science. As John Cerio, PhD, a professor of school psychology at Alfred University, in Alfred, New York, points out, kids are capable of learning a difficult concept on a very basic level. If you pour water from one container into a different-shaped container, you still have the same amount of water. Without hands-on play, most kids would tell you that the taller container must hold more.
Next you must account for all the obvious hazards in the play area, such as electrical outlets, into which covers must be inserted when not in use. Watch out for electrical cords as well, which can present multiple dangers at the same time, namely a strangulation hazard, a risk or shock should the cord be cut or torn (or bitten), as well as the chance for injury should a lamp or other object be pulled down atop a youngster. All electrical cords should be tucked out of the way and/or secured to the wall or floor. Also watch out for any other objects that could fall down onto a child -- this includes heavy books.
Yes your kids (and you) are 100% addicted to all things Fortnite. Well, here’s a way they can still kind of play, but not on any of their devices. It’s the new Fortnite Monopoly game! It’s not really so much about what you own, it’s about if you’ll survive and for how long. And if you’re looking for fun Fortnite costumes or accessories that double as great gifts, look here!
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.
Slated for a Holiday 2017 release, Rocket League strikes its way onto the Nintendo Switch for the first time. Millions of players have already discovered the high-octane fun of these rocket-powered flying battle cars. It’s like a futuristic action sports game where rocket-powered cars battle to score goals, make epic saves, and win! Strap in and get ready for insane fun!
This wonderful play mat lights up and play music, plus the hanging toys make noises also when touched. With over 10 toys and activities to keep baby busy, this toy is really hard to beat, especially because it has three different play modes. As baby grows, the positions of play change and so the Newborn-to-Toddler Play Gym allows these changes within the same toy. Fantastic as a sensory-development toy because of the different textures and shapes that baby can handle.
Looking for a fun arts and crafts project for kids? The Cool Maker Tidy Dye Station lets kids create their own tie-dye creations with this fun kit. Wet and roll fabric, then wrap it with the color pod string to create awesome patterns. The best part? Since the color is in the string, it stays off your child’s hands. Two projects are included to get you started, then you can make your own for endless creative fun!
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 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.
It’s time to head back to the 90s! Polly Pocket is making a big return in 2018 with the Polly Pocket World Assortment. These compact Pocket Worlds are perfect for taking the fun on the go. Each has its own theme and comes along with micro dolls, accessories, and other neat surprises. Look for Polly Pocket to make its debut in fall, retailing for $4.99 – $19.99.
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 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. It's entertaining and will leave your kid with music skill to last a lifetime. If the skill really takes off, bring home this 88-key piano keyboard that teaches music in the same way.
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.
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.
These app-enabled droids are perfect for the Star Wars enthusiast. Welcome to the Dark Side with BB-9E App-Enabled Droid from Sphero! The droids look spectacular with incredible detailing to make them look life-like. He’s probably not as friendly as BB-8, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun playing with it and taking it on your own adventures. Download the app to bring BB-9E to life. Use it to control him, draw paths to follow, and even interact with a cool augmented reality function that allows you to view different ships from the perspective of BB-9E. You can even watch the Star Wars films with BB-9E.
Captain Toad is a Mario spinoff game starting Captain Toad. Because Toad can’t jump, this is a very different game from the Mario series. Each level is a puzzle area where players must locate all the gold stars. Players will have to spin the camera around to search the world’s nooks and crannies for secrets. It’s a relaxing and fun experience that offers something different than Mario. This little puzzle game is perfectly suited for the Nintendo Switch or Nintendo 3DS.
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.