This colorful looped grab toy is the perfect size for little hands and has a gentle texture for young ones to gnaw on. It can even be refrigerated to a cool temperature to soothe sensitive teething gums. Although it’s simple, many parents find their babies mesmerized by the rattle and colors. It’s also lightweight enough to play with from an early age.
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.
Inspired by the hit TV show PJ Masks, Cat Boy, Owlette, and Gecko fans will love this super-sized toy with three different character-themed levels. The Control Center allows kids to choose a mission, activate their favorite heroes' sayings and play the theme song. Other features include a zipline, elevator, figurines and vehicles. Needless to say, this toddler toy has been topping Christmas wishlists for a few years now. For ages 3 and up; some assembly required. ($68; amazon.com)
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.
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.
One of our favorite toddler toys for several years, Anamalz are handmade, wooden figures reminiscent of your childhood with a fun, modern twist — the perfect classic-cute combo. Toddlers’ imaginations will go wild as they play with the poseable farm, jungle and prehistoric animals. It even comes with a cloth mat to set the stage for a creative landscape. ($19; amazon.com)

Who doesn’t love to cheat in Monopoly? Now Hasbro is making cheating official with the Monopoly Cheaters Edition. The core gameplay remains unchanged. So what’s changed? There are 15 special cards tailored to the sneakiest family members. If you can get away with evil deeds, you’ll be rewarded; however, if you’re caught you’ll end up in handcuffs. Now there’s no banker so you can rob the bank if you’re daring enough.
Meet Boxer, a new interactive artificially intelligent robot companion from Spin Master. Boxer is full of personality and his moods change over time. You can stick your hand in front of him or use his ball and he will chase it around. He can play soccer or even a slingshot game. He even comes with an interactive ball, 10 game feature cards, and a remote control.
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.
Based on events in Sons of Garmadon series, Temple of Resurrection features architecture and styling that will be familiar to long-time fans. A cool feature is that this set features a couple of trap doors for creative play. The windows can even be spun around for cool effect. The best part? The Temple features a cool transformation that will reveal Garmadon. This set includes eight Lego minifigures.
It’s time to break out those musical toys and instruments! With nine instruments including a busy-bee maraca, caterpillar tambourine and jingle bells, the B. Toys Parum Pum Pum drum will turn your bundle of joy into a onesie-wearing itty-bitty band. Watch as baby enjoys music while fine-tuning their social and large motor skills. Parents love that the drum doubles as a storage bin! Warm up those voices, adults, because with this baby Christmas gift, you’ll be doing a raucous rendition of “Jingle Bells” in no time! ($22; target.com)
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?

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.
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.

Step into the ring for epic bot battle action! The Vex Boxing Bots are a cross between Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Segway. These buildable, self-balancing, boxing bots play to win. Your objective is to knock off your opponent’s bot’s head before they knock yours off using jabs and uppercuts. Control your bot with your smartphone and smash and bash your opponent until you’ve knocked their lights out. It’s win or go home with no-holds-barred action. What will it be? When you win, celebrate in style with an epic victory celebration. What’s not to love?

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).
Every Barbie world needs a medic. Featuring a working siren, the Barbie Care Clinic Vehicle races to the rescue in emergency situations. What’s cool? Not only is it an ambulance, but also it transforms to reveal a care clinic! Check in patients at the check-in stand and have them wait for their appointment in the waiting room with a fish tank. Interacting with the fish tank reveals a gift shop for get-well gifts, such as a teddy or heart balloon. The exam room is perfect for medical emergencies or check-ups. Here you can even reveal two x-rays. Accessories include a medical bag, stethoscope, arm cast, leg cast, blood pressure machine, and more to enhance your play experience.
There's no better way to get kids excited about science than with hands-on activities. The GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope can help preschoolers explore hidden worlds at a range of magnifications, from 2.5x to 8x. The two large eyepieces and chunky focusing knob are specially designed for little learners, and the large, fixed sample tray can hold flat and 3D objects. (Recommended ages: 3+ years)
Another uniquely versatile newborn infant toy is the Take Along Mobile with Animal Friends. The toy can be attached to any baby furniture such as a crib, car seat, stroller, playpen, or even bassinet. It can be conveniently clipped on to your bag so you can take it anywhere you and your baby will be going. The mobile plays 30 minutes of soft and melodic music while the rabbit, bird, and frog characters circle overhead.
Next look for toys that are free of potentially harmful materials such as lead, BPA, phthalates, and other dangerous chemicals and compounds. Reading all labels and literature that accompany a toy should be enough to figure out whether or not the toy meets your standards, and be on the lookout for words like "organic" and "nontoxic." Also check the place of manufacture of a product and be aware of inexpensive imports, which may not be entirely trustworthy in their labeling.
VTech is a leader in kids electronic learning toys. The KidiBeats Drum Set promotes interactive learning that keeps little hands and minds busy. With three drum pads and a cymbal, the KidiBeats Drum Set lets toddlers rock ‘n’ roll to their own beat or to nine different melodies. The set has four different modes that teach letters, counting skills, phonics and memorization with follow-along tunes. Little rockers can feel like real drummers in free play mode as they bang out new rhythms with the included drum sticks to four different musical genres: jazz, rock, dance and pop. The drum and cymbal pads light up in follow along mode to help kids keep the beat. In free play mode, they light up every time the pads are hit. Number jams, Alphabeats, follow me, and free style will keep kids learning and jamming for hours. And when parents need a break there’s a quiet-play feature and an auto-shutoff to preserve battery life.
Who doesn’t love to cheat in Monopoly? Now Hasbro is making cheating official with the Monopoly Cheaters Edition. The core gameplay remains unchanged. So what’s changed? There are 15 special cards tailored to the sneakiest family members. If you can get away with evil deeds, you’ll be rewarded; however, if you’re caught you’ll end up in handcuffs. Now there’s no banker so you can rob the bank if you’re daring enough.
Calling all animal lovers and future veterinarians! Here's one of the best toys for toddlers who are attached at the furry hip to their dog or cat. This Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set from Melissa & Doug consists of two plush animals, plus a 24-piece pretend vet set including stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, cast, bandages and more in a handy tote. Toy experts recommend it for helping children develop empathy. ($30; amazon.com)
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."
One of the more interesting and creative sets for younger kids is the Magformers Sky Track Adventure Set. Magformers is the leader in magnetic construction toys, which are perfect for introducing children to STEM concepts like math and engineering as well as developing spatial reasoning, critical thinking and creativity skills. What’s cool is that the Sky Track Adventure set allows kids to build several cool configurations and race a battery-powered rocket along the track.

Bright Starts Hide 'n Spin Monkey: This fun game is for the most curious-minded babies. A playful monkey is home to a number of brightly colored balls that baby or mom can pick up, drop in, and watch spin round and round. By pressing the bright lights on the monkey’s belly, baby will hear the names of colors, and activate silly monkey sounds, melodies, and lights. It’s great for sitting or standing play, and is one of Bright Starts' bestsellers.
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.
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.
Some research suggests simply some TLC as a form of relief to trade off extensive use of teethers. Simply holding your child, speaking to them, rocking them when fussy, or the gentle pressure of your finger in their mouth and on their gums can be more than enough in conjunction with the teething toys. By far it will make this first transition much simpler and smoother.

Along with the teether, you will receive a hygienic carrying case that makes transporting it super easy. If the teether does get dirty, the silicone material is easy to clean. You can hand wash it or throw it in the dishwasher. The case will also help keep the teether clean. The fish-shaped design makes this teether great for front and back teeth. There are no added parts, thus you won’t have to worry about anything breaking off

The rings have different sizes and color which stimulate baby’s vision and help to develop motor and cognitive skills. The rings can be put in any order therefore this toy is great for babies that can’t sort objects by size yet – but this toy will help them to learn how to do this! It’s very durable and provides super fun to toddler and even preschoolers.
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