The toddler’s language skills start to develop during this phase. They should be able to achieve language milestone of speaking several basic words by eighteen months and then speak simple phrases and sentences by twenty-four months. This is also the time they start to be able to understand very simple instructions and directions and another milestone is they’ll easily pick up new words from everyday conversations and other verbal sounds.
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!
Connect 4 is a classic game played and enjoyed by generations. Experience the disc-droppin’ fun and excitement of Connect 4. It’s a game similar in nature to Tic Tac Toe. You have to try to get four of the same colored coins in a row to win. They can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. The game is easy to learn and play but challenging to win. It will require a bit of strategy and observing your opponent’s moves to win. Endless classic fun for the whole family!
There are three levels, first one for babies from 6 to 12 months and the second one for kids from 12 to 18 months and the third one for children over 18 months. At the first level baby can practice tapping pegs, opening and closing the toolbox and batting the roller. Each activity rewards baby with shape and color names, funny sounds, words and songs!
This isn’t your average playmat. Made for tummy time, diaper changes, naps, or simply cuddling, the DockATot Grand is for babies 9–36 months with a design that can grow with your baby. Transport the DockAtot easily from room to room so your baby doesn’t have to be confined only to the nursery or playroom. There’s a reason the DockATot is the most-registered baby product on Babylist. ($275; buybuybaby.com)
The SNES Classic was long rumored after the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition. It’s official the SNES Classic Edition will feature 21 built-in games including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2. The console will feature two SNES controllers. The stellar lineup includes favorites like Super Mario World, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out!!, F-Zero, Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox, Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Mario Kart, Contra III and more! Now this is classic gaming heaven!
When babies are older and can crawl after the ball, they are working on spatial awareness -- How far away is that ball? Where is my body in relation to it? As toddlers become preschoolers, spatial awareness leads to logical thinking. Now that they're getting the hang of throwing and catching, they have to start figuring out how hard to throw and in which direction. In other words, they have to estimate the parameters in which they can throw and catch.
Bright Starts Zippity Zoo 3-in-1 Around We Go: This activity station packs a lot of bang for the buck. It is designed for three types of play: sitting, standing, and walking, so it can grow with baby through the toddler years. Before baby can walk, a secure seat lets baby "walk" 360 degrees around the perimeter of the table. Later the seat can be taken out completely to become a toddler activity table. It has over 15 activities, including a piano station, flipbook, and music. Pregnancy and Newborn magazine featured the Zippity Zoo, saying it was a great option for "self-propelled motion."
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!
A play kitchen is a great addition to any home toy collection. Not only do they offer hours of imaginative play for your toddler, but they also promote learning. Parents who play alongside their children can help them identify basic foods, colors, and dishes. Your toddler will enjoy making pretend meals, washing dishes, and putting away food in their toy kitchen.
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!
Get their minds working overtime and have fun all at the same time! Already named as one of the top toys by Walmart and Amazon, this Avengers Hero kit has 18 pieces where they can invent a variety of really cool things. We’re talking about things like night vision, speed trackers, and light powers! Once you snap everything into place and turn your circuits into super rad inventions you’ll connect to your smartphone or tablet app and they’ll be able to control these inventions. Mind blowing. Learn more how it works here!
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)
Stacking cups may look simple, but they offer baby a chance to use vision, touch and the pressure & stretch sense (proprioception) to perceive subtle differences in sizes - a valuable sensory processing skill. Successfully learning to perceive these differences results in the ability to stack, nest and sort the cups as baby gets older. One of the key features of sensory play is that it promotes a skilled or purposeful response from your child. The drum lights up and makes sounds in a cause and effect fashion but not in a way that is responsive to your child's different purposeful actions.
Frozen fans can recreate their favorite magical moments from the movie with Frozen Icy Lights Elsa. Attach the snow flurry to Elsa’s hand and wave it to see the snow flurry in her palm light up icy-blue to bring the action to life. Place Elsa’s hand on Olaf’s head and press down to see him light up blue and speak 2 fun phrases! Icy Lights Elsa comes with Olaf, outfit, cape, and shoe accessories.
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.
Who knew it could be so hard to chow down? Chow Crown from Hasbro Games is a new game that puts a twist on viral food eating challenges. You start by loading the six hanging forks with various food items, like candy and such, and place the crown on your head. Your challenge is to eat as many snacks before the music stops to keep the crown. It’s simple and wacky fun! Who will be the Chow Crown Champ?
Who’s ready to get totally grossed out!? One of the most anticipated toy/games of the year is Pimple Pete by Dr. Pimple Popper. Yes, that Dr. Pimple Popper. Carefully try to pull out the gross pimples but, be careful, because if you pull too hard Pete’s nose will squirt you with water. Gain points from a variety of difficult tasks and whoever gets the most (without getting squirted) wins! Gross and fun all at the same time.
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.
“Instruments are great because kids can do anything with them and collaborate with others,” says Dr. Golinkoff. “With maracas you can get up and walk around with them and play with mom and with friends. They’ve got to start learning how to collaborate with others, how to share, how to have impulse control — these predict a lot of what’s gonna happen as they approach school. Forming relationships is the basis of everything.”
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.
Looking for something fun, exciting, and new in the world of collectibles? Meet Sizzle. This oddball-looking creature comes locked up in a box that states: “CAUTION!!!” Dare you to open it with the play crowbar. Beware: If you pull his tongue, he vibrates, makes noises, and his eyes glow. What’s cool? The crate is reuseable and he reacts differently based on his orientation.
Paw Patrol fans will love the PAW Patrol Advent Calendar. It’s jam-packed with 24 fun surprises hidden behind various doors. Each day leading up to Christmas, kids can uncover a new surprise. From holiday-themed Paw Patrol characters to friendly animals and accessories, there’s so much fun awaiting fans. Kids will be inspired to create their own Paw Patrol missions in Adventure Bay.
“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.
"It's a myth that babies can't play, even if they don't seem to be 'doing much' yet—they’re still taking everything in,” says Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist specializing in child development and spokesperson for the Genius of Play, a movement to raise awareness about the importance of play in kids’ lives. “Playing is a great way for parents and caregivers to build that vital bond with their baby, while sensory stimulations helps baby's brain grow.”
That’s right folks, the people that brought you Hatchimals present, LuvaBella, an interactive baby doll that laughs when you tickle her, learns how to say certain words when you feed and play with her and, well, just about has the most life-like reactions and features we’ve ever seen on a doll. Some say creepy, we say “futuristic.” These were all the rage last year, but are much easier to get this year.
Just when you thought the Fingerlings couldn’t get any cuter, we get the new Fingerlings Glitter Panda. Isn’t Archie the Panda so adorable? Like the original Fingerlings, Archie features over 40 interactive sounds and motions to bring him to life. Other colors are available too. Blow Archie a kiss, and he’ll blow some back! Aww … isn’t that so cute!
Your baby will be able to use the Grow-with-Me Activity Gym and Ball Pit until the time when he or she is already standing up and playing more actively with you. The play gym comes with 4 sea friends that can be linked together, 40 highly colorful balls that are conveniently stored in the turtle’s big head, and a colorful play and naptime area that doubles as a ball pit and activity gym all rolled into one.
Lights, camera, action! The Kidizoom Action Cam 180 is perfect for capturing life’s adventures as they happen. It features a 180-degree rotating camera allowing kids to shoot photos, selfies, and video. You can even mount the camera on your adventures. The water-resistant case even allows you to go on 6-feet deep underwater adventures so there’s no limit to your adventures.
Welcome to the Heartlake City Resort. It’s a great place to get away from it all and have some fun and adventure. It features a striking design that instantly captures your attention. There are waterslides, jet skis, sail boats for some fun water adventures. There’s even a convenient monorail to transport you quickly through the resort. LEGO Friends fans will have fascinating adventures with this phenomenal set that will spark their imaginations and inspire countless stories.
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.
What if you could transform a skateboard into a scooter in seconds? Imagine one board that lets you skate, ride, balance, and bounce. The MorfBoard is a high-performance deck that transforms in seconds. Using lock-and-release technology, it allows you to easily swap out the components. It was absolutely wild to watch the demonstration and see the board instantly transform. It’s like a Swiss Army knife for skateboards.
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.
Babies between the ages of 6 to 12 months are beginning to explore and interact with people and their surroundings, like crawling and walking across the living room. New teeth pop up through their gums, so finding durable and safe toys for them to mouth, bite and chew are important. Parents also get a little window into their thoughts, watching their baby touch and activate buttons, or place blocks into a container, or begin to turn the pages of a cardboard book.
You could make your own DIY slime kit that contains all the necessary ingredients but you are going to be googling slime recipes all night. Original Stationary has done the work for us. This slime kit contains everything you need in the perfect ratios to make just about every type of slime from fluffy slime to fruit slime. You get glue, clay, glitters, shaving foam, slime activator, scents, and even containers. There’s a reason it’s called the ultimate slime kit!
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.
For more casual, in-the-moment drawing, try these twisty crayons, whose shape makes it easier for kids to grip them. “Drawing starts teaching things like symbolic activity, even with scribbles,” Dr. Golinkoff says. “You might think that what comes out is mush, but they’re starting to have intent, and they have enough control to put dashes on the paper. Imagine how cool it is to be a 2-year-old and actually put something on a piece of paper and see art emerge on the other end.”
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.
We always love a ‘toy’ where the kids can actually learn. Go figure!? This is one of the latest must-haves of the season and will come with 5 award winning games that allow your kids to transform their iPad into a hands-on learning tool. It helps with things like math, spelling, and more! It’s perfect for children between the ages of 5 and 12, but the only thing we don’t love about it is that it’s only compatible with the iPad. So if you have another brand’s tablet, it’ll be a no-go.
The Bumpy Ball is so cute and colorful, plus it is a great teaching tool for baby to learn how to use those tiny fingers. It has multi-textured fabric and plastic nubs that are easy for baby to hold, grasp, and even throw when a bit older. A wonderful teething toy on the fabric nubs and a rattling joy in the plastic nubs to entertain baby with the plastic beads inside. Baby’s senses will be alive with visual and audio effects that the Bumpy Ball provides.
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.
New for Happy Places this fall is Happy Places Shopkins. With the Rainbow Beach play set, you will be able to play with all your favorite Shoppies inside. There is also the new rainbow convertible and new rainbow RV. It allows you to take all of your favorite Shopkins on a road trip. Open it up and there is a fun doll house inside. It pairs perfect with the rainbow convertible (sold separeately) and comes with fun accessories.
A floor mirror is a perfect tool to help babies become aware of not only themselves but of a human face in general. Mirrors are a great way to let them explore the world around them and see their own features which will help them grow cognitively. This mirror features several fun things to appease their senses, such as textured leaves and various cute insects that will encourage their sense of touch.
Love playing pretend grocery shopping? You’ll love it even more with the Fresh Mart Grocery Store from Melissa & Doug. This realistic grocery play set has tons of play features to inspire endless creative, open-ended play. Constructed of wood, the set includes a scanner that beeps, conveyor belt, credit card swipe machine, cash drawer, display shelving, refrigerator, and more. Combine with play food or your own food to bring the experience to life. Kids can play the role of the cashier or the shopper and they’ll have loads of fun on their shopping adventures.
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.
Storytime is a beloved activity for many young children. Listening to stories and looking at pictures can be mesmerizing for little ones and is a time-honored bedtime tradition. Read books to your toddlers while they’re young to help them develop a love of reading in the future. Board books are a must for younger toddlers who are still learning to be gentle with books.
Overcooked 2 ups the ante with new recipes, chefs, kitchens, and levels. The game will now feature an online multiplayer mode. In addition to the original cast, there will be a handful of new characters to choose from. Cook everything from pasta and sushi to cake, pancakes, and more. A new fun twist is that you can throw raw ingredients while plates can’t be throw, adding new strategy to the game as you quickly scramble to ready orders. Even the order in which you complete orders matters for scoring combos. The game supports 1 to 4 players. Grab a couple friends and get ready for some insane cooking fun!
Take even a cursory glance at the regularly updated reports from the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission and you'll see toy recalls occurring at least on a monthly basis, and sometimes weekly. The CSPC notes for example a building playlet that posed a choking hazard despite being designed by a manufacturer reputed for safe toys. The agency tracked baby costumes recalled due to strangulation hazards. And they alerted consumers of a child's toy recalled due to the risk of it catching fire. All of these recalls occurred in a three month period -- as did dozens more.
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)