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.
“One-year-olds are starting to notice routines and patterns in the world around them, so to the extent a 1-year-old is getting into a car or taxi and going somewhere,” explains Lytle, “that’s a fairly basic routine that they might like to role-play with toys that reflect their experience.” They might appreciate this Taxi Push Toy by Manny and Simon, which is known for its ecoconscious, American-made toys. It’s perfect for city babies who’ll learn how to hail a taxi before they can speak a full sentence.
Christmas toys that encourage imaginary play are always a smart bet—and this cute talking cash register is just the thing for little cashiers to ring up their customers. It has all the features of the real thing, from a barcode scanner that beeps and flashes to a scale that plays a tune as kids load it up with pretend product. It even offers a quiz mode that tests kids on their numbers, letters, math skills and more.
Get ready for fierce at your fingertips with UNTAMED T-Rex Iron Jaw. They’re the distant cousins of the Fingerlings. They’re interactive and respond to sound, motion, and touch like the original Fingerlings. Over 40 sounds help bring them to life. They also roar, chomp their jaws, and let out a little gas. Kids will love recreating their own exciting prehistoric adventures. Collect all your favorites.
"When your toddler cooks dinner for his furry friend or gives him a bath, he is practicing adult roles in a way that helps him make sense of the world," says Amy Flynn, director of the Bank Street Family Center, in New York City. Preschoolers get even more dramatic by giving their dolls and stuffed animals human qualities as they act out conflicts and frustrations. You may walk in on your 3-year-old as she's angrily telling her stuffed animal, "You're going in to time-out!" (You won't be the only mom who feels slightly horrified, wondering if that's how you sound to your child!) Next, you may see reenactments of events, but with an outcome that suits your child better -- for example, letting all her dolls have cookies before dinner.
70s classic toy Stretch Armstrong is returning to store shelves. Discover what made Stretch Armstrong one of the timeless classic action figures enjoyed by countless generations. Stretch his arms and legs as far as you possibly can and even tie him in twists, and it instantly returns to its original form like magic. In fact, it stretches up to four times its size. The fun never gets old. Kids will enjoy stretching him over and over and coming up with fun, creative adventures.
Love discovering hidden treasures? Then you’ll love Treasure X available in a single or double-pack. It allows kids to dig and fizz their way to their hidden treasure. There are over 24 action figures to collect and discover. What’s cool? You could even possibly find real gold-dipped treasure. Will you find the golden-dipped treasure on your adventure?
Every kid needs a Baby Einstein toy, and this one is music to our ears. One of the best toys for toddlers at Christmas or any other time of year, the Take Along Tunes inspires a lifelong love of music. Your budding Bach or Beethoven can choose between seven different melodies. Don't worry, mom and dad keep tabs on the volume control. ($9; amazon.com)
This is a great combination toy pack for babies just sitting up. The puzzle box of shapes introduces baby to colors and teaches problem solving from a very early age. And the stacked rings will help baby work on motor skills by putting the rings back on the stand. Both of these toys are trusted standbys for parents, and getting them both at once is just convenient.

Let’s Dance Elmo loves nothing more than to get your child movin’ and groovin’ to different songs. There’s three different remixes. Press the rainbow to learn about colors and Elmo’s heart lights up different colors to reinforce learning. The paw print teaches kids about different animals. So, for instance, he’ll say ‘Let’s hop like a kangaroo’ to get kids moving around. Since the headset doubles as a handle, kids can take their buddy with them.
When baby has dead, scaly, or dry skin, it can really irritate him without him really knowing how to express it. This soft loofah-like brush will help exfoliate all that new skin peeling and help fight the dry skin of winter. But our favorite use for this brush is definitely the help it can give to getting rid of cradle cap – which can otherwise last for months!

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.
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