What do you get when you combine the hot trend of squishy toys with the exploding success of collectibles? Poopeez, of course! Poopeez from Basic Fun! are a collectible line of squishy poo collectible characters based on entertainment. They have names like Pooji, Skid Mark, Dumpling, T.P., The Toot Fairy, and Lil’ Squirt to name a few to amuse kids. From the world of Kerplopolis, the toilet-themed world that Poopeez call home, there are about 36 Poopeez characters to collect in all. Who’s ready to get this potty started?!
Besides, parents also give their children toys and products earlier than the recommendation states. Even if the baby doesn’t get the toy’s purpose yet, he/she can already have super fun and start learn with it. Of course under the supervision of parents! 🙂 Besides, age recommendations are only approximate, because each baby develops at different pace and different things are attractive at each developmental stage.
It’s all about the interactive toys this year.  Introducing ‘Lil Gleemerz!’  There are currently three different ones to choose from and they have over 100 different reactions and interactions like purring, growling, farting (of course), light shows, light up tail, and so much more.  Oh, and did we mention they can say funny things, their eyes glow, and you can simply press their nose to enjoy them three different ways (game mode, light party, or hangout).  They’ve already been named one of the top toys of the year, so get ’em while you can!  See all the different color options here!
Cardboard blocks are great, says Dr. Cornett, since a kid can build forts, walls, and towns with them. Sounding like a parent, Dr. Cornett notes that you want to look consider, “durability and affordability.” We like Melissa & Doug’s Jumbo Extra-Thick Cardboard Building Blocks. This set of 30 blocks, from toy whisperers Melissa & Doug, are, well, extra-thick and come in three sizes.
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!

Mattel’s new partnership with Crayola brings the inspiring creativity of Crayola to the wonderful world of Barbie. Now Barbie fans can design their very own fashionable skirts for Barbie with this design studio. Everything from washable Crayola Gel markers to washi tape and stickers are included for your fashion designer. A Barbie doll, skirts, hangers, pom poms, and more are also included in the set. Fans can look forward to this exciting set launching this spring.
Young toddlers who are starting to practice their walking skills will get a kick out of this push toy and activity walker. For ones who aren't quite walking, this toy will help them learn to keep their balance. For when they are officially on the move, they'll love to zoom this around the house (and probably into your walls and furniture, so watch out!).
Bright Starts 3-in-1 Step ‘n Ride Lion: With this fun, game-inspired toy, baby can sit and play, walk behind, or sit and ride. Even the youngest baby can sit and feed balls into the lion’s mouth, then lift the door to rediscover them. It easily converts to a ride-on with a sturdy seat and easy-to-grip handles, and it plays sounds and music to keep baby even more entertained. The Step ‘n Ride Lion received the UK's “Highly Recommended Rainbow Toy” award.
In all honesty, deciding what is safest for your baby requires speaking with your pediatrician. He or she can make recommendations based on your baby’s unique medical and developmental needs. Babies with certain conditions, for example, may need to avoid very specific contaminants, and perhaps even certain shapes and textures that can pose physical hazards. Your pediatrician may also recommend specific cleaning and sterilization methods, such as boiling in hot water and air drying, rather than using the dishwasher.
Baby can mouth the cups, bang the cups on the floor or table, bang two cups together, put them on her head, cover her eyes with cups to play peek-a-boo, nest them together, stack them, roll them, pretend to drink from them, hide toys under them, put toys in them, shout into them and more. With the drum, baby bangs the drum and it says a letter. Baby bangs with two hands and it says a letter. Baby pushes his face into the top of the drum in an attempt to bite it - it says a letter. Baby bangs hard - it says a letter. Baby bangs soft - it says a letter. Baby bangs it with a toy hammer - it says a letter. I think you get the point that this toy isn't very responsive to baby's discovery and exploration. Baby can't put anything in it or under it, stack it on top of anything else, roll it, or take it apart. This toy is made for one thing only - banging - and it is effectively a giant button. 

Baby clothes are a gift that, when practical and adorable, are always a parent pleaser. The babyGEAR Santa Fleece Footie outfit is one of those Christmas gifts for newborns and even older infants that will bring on the oohs and ahhs. Baby can comfortably sport their holiday wear so much so that you can almost guarantee yourself a “sleeping Santa” picture under the Christmas tree. Just make sure you remember to put on the matching cap! ($12; buybuybaby.com)
So you want to be a raptor trainer? It’s not going to be easy but if you have the patience and discipline to learn, it’s a whole lot of fun! Say hello to Mattel’s newest robot – Alpha Training Blue. It’s a fully interactive veloceraptor that you can control and train just like Chris Pratt’s character in the film. This is one advanced toy. In fact, it’s the most complex toy Mattel has ever created. Seven motors provide fluid, realistic animation to the neck and head while also allowing you to walk it around. It’s very responsive to controls and features the same rapor sounds from the movie. Blue loves being petted and she has touch sensors under her jaw and on the top of her nose to bring her to life. Hands-down, it’s the coolest robot toy this year. It’s so fun to play with something so detailed and fluid.
Hooray! It's Marshall's Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck to the rescue. For all the tiny PAW Patrol fans out there (we know there's a lot of 'em!), heroic adventures await. Featuring an extendable ladder, mini fire cart, water cannon launchers and more cool gadgets making this the ultimate rescue vehicle and one of the hottest toddler toys this Christmas. ($44; target.com)
Now your kiddos can practice their claw machine skills right in their very own home!  It’s just like the one in the arcade, but they have a much better chance at winning.  It lights up, plays music, and has two different modes of timed-play.  It also comes with 6 little surprise packs that you can refill once they win them all. Super fun and something that you may want to play yourself!

Toy shopping is serious business. Toys that are too easy will bore your babe. Those that are too advanced will aggravate him. But pick one that's just right for his skill level, and you'll be giving him hours of education, exploration, and enjoyment "Toys are an investment in a child's development," says Marianne Szymanski, founder and president of Toy Tips, Inc. and co-author of Toy Tips: A Parent's Essential Guide to Smart Toy Choices. Ready to shop? We've compiled a list of age-appropriate toys -- as well as ones to avoid -- for each developmental level.
Bright Starts 3-in-1 Step ‘n Ride Lion: With this fun, game-inspired toy, baby can sit and play, walk behind, or sit and ride. Even the youngest baby can sit and feed balls into the lion’s mouth, then lift the door to rediscover them. It easily converts to a ride-on with a sturdy seat and easy-to-grip handles, and it plays sounds and music to keep baby even more entertained. The Step ‘n Ride Lion received the UK's “Highly Recommended Rainbow Toy” award.
There are a variety of developmental milestones toddlers have to achieve and each milestone should ideally be achieved by a certain age. Do not worry if your toddler doesn’t reach a certain milestone quickly as possible like other toddlers as each toddler is different and develops at their own rate. However, if there is a slight concern of delayed development, please speak with your chosen child physician.
At a loss for what to buy or overwhelmed with too many choices? Consider buying a subscription to a toy rental service, like Sparkbox Toys that will deliver educational toys to your home, based on your child's age level and interests. Love the toy, pay a portion of the retail price and keep it. Or return all the toys in the box with pre-paid postage and receive a new box of toys the following month.
Exersaucers and jumpers encourage babies to take weight through their feet in a standing position while they play. For babies that are the recommended age range, who can not climb out, they give baby a contained place to play. However, developmentally, parents should be mindful of the time babies spend in exersaucers and always balance their playtime with floor time so baby can learn other developmental skills, too.
Love Barbie and coloring books? Your two favorite play patterns merge with Barbie + Crayola Color-In Fashions, taking creativity to a whole new level! Using 5 Crayola Supertip markers, you bring your creativity and designs to life. What’s cool? Since these markers are washable, you can design and re-design over and over again for endless fun. This set includes one Barbie doll, 5 washable fashions, 2 accessories, one dress form, and 5 washable Crayola Supertip markers.
This is a great toy for tummy time or for in the crib, especially if baby needs to hang out in the crib not sleeping while you pop in the shower quickly or run to the bathroom. He’ll be safe and sound in his crib and entertained by the rolling ladybug ball and twisting bee. As for tummy time, his own little face will have him looking up and strengthening his neck muscles for much longer than he would without this motivator.
Why experts love it: "There's more than one way to play with nesting bowls—make them fit together, stack them, knock them down, use them to pour," says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, a developmental psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and co-author of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool. "They can be taken apart and put back together, which builds imagination."
Shadows In The Forest is a surprisingly refreshing and clever game. You play the game in the dark and light and shadows are a core part of the game. One player is the lantern, a pursuer represented by a small LED lantern. Other players are the Shadowlings, who crave darkness. The Shadowlings have to gather under the tree, while the lantern has to freeze Shadowlings in its light. The catch? Shadowlings can’t cross light beams projected by the Lantern. It’s the perfect game for sleepovers and requires chess-like strategy and cooperative play.
This game is seriously a riot!  You gotta see it, for real.  All you have to do is add your favorite foods (think fruit, marshmallows, etc) to each fork and then place the hat on your head, turn it on, and when the music starts the snacks spin and you have to eat as many and as much as you can before the music stops.  This is the game this year that will make almost any family famous on Instagram!

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Inspired by Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters on April 27th, the Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown, a 3-level New York City building, is a real blast to assemble. Fans will love creating their own thrilling battle scenes based on the movie with this 1,004-piece set. The coolest part? Without revealing any spoilers, the set features a ton of Easter eggs, surprises, and even allows for customization. The set comes packed with a great assortment of minifigures from members of Black Order Cull Obsidian, Ebony Maw, and Dr. Strange to Iron Man and Iron Spider-Man.
Gift the toddler on your list a playset with a paleontological twist. The Playful Dino features bead mazes, spinning gears, swirly eyes and other fiddly bits that will keep the 1-and-up set engrossed. Toddlers will develop fine-motor skills and learn about cause-and-effect as they manipulate the playset's wooden features — and exhausted parents can celebrate the lack of loud noises or strobe-light effects.
After more than a decade, Tickle Me Elmo is back! This little cuddly friend created quite a toy craze back in the day. Elmo is softer than ever, features four levels of laughter, and more activation areas than ever. When kids tickle Elmo’s tummy or foot, he’s full of giggles and fun. He loves nothing more than to laugh! Haha! Hee! Hee! Keep tickling him for endless laughs and fun!

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.
Who doesn’t love Mickey? Kids will love as Mickey performs his signature Hot Dog Dance as featured in the show. He dances, spins, and wiggles like no other mouse. Who knew Mickey had moves like that?! Kids will love dancing along with Mickey. In addition to dancing and entertaining kids, Mickey also plays Freeze Dance and What’s That Sound? game. Who’s ready for some fun with Mickey?
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?!

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.
It's never too early to get a jump-start on memorizing the 50 states and capitals. This oversized jigsaw floor puzzle makes it so fun, your kids won't even realize they're learning while putting it together. The 51 sturdy and extra-thick pieces are just right for little hands to hold, and, once assembled, it's a great size to display in their room.
Collaborate and use the family’s abilities and powers to construct massive LEGO structures in LEGO Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles. The game offers an open-world experience and you’ll tackle iconic villains and action-packed side missions along your adventure. What’s cool? Players can even customize their look and abilities in the game. The game will be available on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
Your kid has so much fun at home, right? It's brilliant to turn play time into learning time. The toy market is so vast these days, there seems to be learning toys for everything, which is so cool. Whether you have a silly scientist who seems to take to biology, or a little learner who's an empath at heart, there are toys that encourage intellectual development across the board.
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.
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.
Featuring a Barbie chef doll, kitchen counter, appliances, cooking and dining utensils, and 5 dough colors for creating food, the Barbie Ultimate Kitchen is the feature set to look out for when it arrives this fall. This kitchen features a cutting board, stovetop, pot, pie baking sheet, and oven. What will you cook up in the Ultimate Kitchen? You can make veggies, sandwiches, fries, and even dessert. There are molds and several cool interactive features like a light-up stove, buttons, and sounds.

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.

The Nintendo Switch is the ultimate hybrid console in the world of gaming that totally lives up to the hype! It truly is a beautiful piece of hardware. Play all your favorite Nintendo games at home or on the go. There’s amazing content for every gamer and for all ages and its library continues to expand. Plus, eventually you’ll be able to play classics! The Switch literally switches up conventions and lets you play anywhere. The Switch is in extremely high demand with stores unable to keep shelves stocked since launch day. With Nintendo ramping up production for the holidays, this should make it a tad easier to get your hands on what is expected to be the hottest gift this holiday season. Consider yourself lucky if you can score one!


There more than likely isn’t a more adorable teether than Sophie the Giraffe. Composed of natural rubber and colored with natural dyes, this giraffe is perfectly safe to go into your child’s mouth. She is designed with two teething rings, each with a different texture. The ring near Sophie's head is designed with raised bumps, while the ring near her feet is designed with ridges. This teether arrives in an adorable gift box which makes it the perfect baby shower gift. 

Music is a wonderful tool for encouraging language development with toddlers.  In addition to learning important components of language such as rhythm and rhyme, music also has been proven to use many different parts of the brain.  Finger plays, simple songs, and exposure to various musical instruments are all excellent ways to promote language development!
Babies at 10-months-old are generally pulling themselves up to a standing position at the coffee table or couch. There are many options for sturdy walking toys that include shopping carts and strollers. Many walking toys in this age range have great long-term use, transforming into ride-on toys. They are a good investment, often being passed on to another younger brother or sister.
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!

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!

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.

Your little scientist will love exploring and discovering with the STEM Jr. Wonder Lab from Little Tikes. With 20 fun hands-on experiments, it ignites your preschooler’s creativity and promotes STEM learning. More than 50 accessories, sounds, and phrases serve to engage kids and bring the set to life. From the Wizard’s Brew and Circuit Center to the Bubblin Beaker and Ball Drop Maze, there’s so much to learn and discover. What will you discover today?
Toy vehicles provide kids with a mobile aspect of play that’s fascinating. Toddlers are drawn to anything with wheels or that moves on its own. There are plenty of vehicle options, from trucks that help with digging to cars that transport dolls, so you’re sure to find one that your tot will love. Just avoid cars that have small or loose parts that could be a choking hazard.
Love hatch and play surprises? Launching this fall the Jurassic World Hatch ‘N Play Dinos Assortment brings the hatching fun to life with cute Jurassic World baby dinos that hatch from eggs. Who will you hatch? Each egg will feature a unique dinosaur species and each figure will have a special feature unique to its species. What’s cool? Kids can have endless hatching fun and the eggs can also be used to store your baby dinos.
It seems like babies are constantly growing and changing — and keeping track of all the memories can be a tall task! After eight weeks, parents are (probably) starting to get a little more sleep, and it might seem more within reach to begin making a keepsake memory book. The First 5 Years Memory Book from C.R. Gibson is a popular choice for recording all the moments and memories that are too precious to forget.

For all the future ornithologists out there, may we present the Rock-A-Too Show Bird. Much like a real feathered friend, this animatronic avian wonder boasts over 50 sound-and-motion combos, plus he sings, dances, does impressions and tells bird brained jokes. As toddler toys go, this one is sure to soar to the top of the "must play" list! ($80; target.com)
Anki Overdrive is a videogame in real life. Imagine a real-world racing videogame and you get the idea. One of the coolest toys ever is now hitting overdrive. With ten track pieces that can be configured anyway you like, you can now build the track so it is no longer just flat. The starter set comes with two toy cars plus a 10 track pieces. You’ll just need the iOS or Android app to start those engines.

Gift the toddler on your list a playset with a paleontological twist. The Playful Dino features bead mazes, spinning gears, swirly eyes and other fiddly bits that will keep the 1-and-up set engrossed. Toddlers will develop fine-motor skills and learn about cause-and-effect as they manipulate the playset's wooden features — and exhausted parents can celebrate the lack of loud noises or strobe-light effects.
Proceed with caution. Most products that make these claims have not been proven to increase children’s intelligence. In fact, safe household items (plastic bowls for filling and dumping, pillows for climbing and piling up to make a cave, old clothing for dress-up) are often the best learning tools. Remember, the more your child has to use her mind and body to problem solve and develop her own ideas, the more she learns.
In the first year of a baby's life, the brain doubles in size, according to a 2007 study. The hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped structure deep in the brain that is used in memory processing, reaches its adult size by 10 months of age. These anatomical changes go hand-in-hand with rapid development:  Motor skills, language, and even social understanding all advance by leaps and bounds.  
Spyro is being remastered in full high-definition for the PS4 and Xbox One so a whole new generation of players can discover the wonderful worlds of Spyro. The first three original Spyro games will be included on one disc packed with over 100 levels. In addition to graphical enhancements, the game will also feature improved game controls for a better experience.
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.
We’ve all seen basic globes before, but now the Geosafari Jr. Talking Globe steps into the 21st century with a smart globe offering an interactive learning experience. This interactive globe features the voice of Bindi Irwin and teaches kids about continents, countries, U.S. states, animals, and nature. Using the smart pen, kids press on a spot to hear fun facts, play quiz games, and more.

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.
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 amazing set includes Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit. It’s a fascinating kit for learning about computers and even coding. It’s really fun to tinker with it. Who would think you could pack so much power into a credit card sized chip? Simply amazing! The best part? Since it can be programmed, the creative possibilities are virtually endless. It’s the perfect gift for budding creators.
Inspire a world of creativity and imagination with the Crayola Fabulous Art Kit from Crayola. The Fabulous Art Kit contains 24 Crayons, 12 Colored Chalks, 12 Short Colored Pencils, 16 Glitter Crayons, 6 Paint Pot Strip Special FX, 10 Coloring Pages, 8 Fine Line Markers, 1 School Glue, 1 Paint Brush, 1 Color Your Own Sticker Sheet, 1 Desktop Caddy, and 1 Reusable Storage Tub. It has everything for your various art projects and makes a great gift idea for artists.

It is a great educational toy for toddlers from 1 to 3 years old. It grows with the baby: at first it can be used as a floor toy, then a ride on, baby walker or pull wagon for other toys! There are 10 different activities like clock, alphabet blocks, storybook, gears, all of it help baby to learn the letters, numbers, colors, melodies, phrases, animals and objects and develop motor skills.
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