Babies are learning new skills every day, as they are soon quickly motivated to interact with people and their environment. The best toys for infants help babies learn to develop attention, hand-eye coordination, motor skills for rolling and crawling. Many baby toys excite babies and encourage them to babble and speak their first words. Parents do a lot of research on the  best baby toys in order to find ways to offer their children ways to learn during playtime.
LEGO DC Super Villains now allows players to play as the villians. How cool is that?! There are over 100 villains included in this game, and you’ll even be able to create your own villain to play with and level-up in the game. Players can expect a first-rate story written with DC that’s funny and engaging. The story revolves around the bad guys trying to be the good guys. Kids will have a blast reprising the role of the villain.

Welcome to the magical kingdom of Cinderella’s Dream Castle. It utilizes the new 2018 Build and Swap modular building system. The castle itself is a sight to behold and something you can be proud to display. It features nice colors and a lot of small details that make it shine. There’s a lot of room to pose your figures and kids will have fun acting out various fun scenarios. What’s cool? With the modular design you can mix and match pieces from this set with other sets to expand the fun and even experiment with different designs. The set includes 2 minifigures, a horse, and carriage.

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)
Babies are learning new skills every day, as they are soon quickly motivated to interact with people and their environment. The best toys for infants help babies learn to develop attention, hand-eye coordination, motor skills for rolling and crawling. Many baby toys excite babies and encourage them to babble and speak their first words. Parents do a lot of research on the  best baby toys in order to find ways to offer their children ways to learn during playtime.
This 150-piece set offers young builders ages 4 and older an easy build. For younger kids this is most likely going to be the big hit for many fans, as it is an incredibly detailed Juniors set based on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for larger than life fun. Who said only big kids can have all the fun? Kids will enjoy bringing their imaginations and stories to life with this amazing new set slated for release this April. Recreating the T-Rex breakout scene will be really exciting for fans. The set includes nice set pieces based on the Jurassic World universe, a large raptor, vehicle, 3 minifigures, baby dino, and more accessories.

This activity center features tracks for wooden beads, with hidden animals that will keep tots busy for hours. “One of the things I always like to look for in a toy is one that allows kids a lot of options not only in terms of things to do,” says Lytle, “but in ways to do it, because at this age you want a child to learn by figuring out the pathway to using the toy and not necessarily direct them with a specific set of rules. A toy like this has a lot of different options, so they can do things like move the beads and just explore around the whole toy. They’ll always find a new feature and something new to do.”
What’s better than Louis Vuitton bag? A Pooey Puitton bag! Made out of poop, this might be the most stylish poop you have ever seen. Inside it contains all types of supplies for making unicorn slime poop from beads to slime powered bottles. There’s an instruction manual that walks kids through the many slime recipes. It even contains containers inside for storing slime. The best part? It comes with an exclusive Poopsey character with groovy 2019 glasses.
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.
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.
Go BIG with your creations with the Crayola Widescreen Light Designer. This new set offers more surface area for your designs than the original. It comes with 6 gel-effects markers, which are proprietary to Crayola. They glow when you draw on the surface. It uses white LEDs and features 3 modes: on, flashing mode, and a fade-in/fade-out mode. It really brings your images to life. A wet erase cloth is included for erasing. The back panel is removable for tracing your favorite pictures. What’s cool? It even promotes social play where you can draw on one side, and your friend can draw on the other. Kids can also display their artwork with the built-in stand.
Made of high grade flexible plastic materials, the Bendy Ball can be an excellent addition to your newborn baby’s arsenal of toys. It has a center band that is designed as a smiling caterpillar and a colorful smaller rattle ball inside the Bendy. With holes that make up the flexible plastic ball, even the small fingers of babies can grab on to them.
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.

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!


Want to have fun in the dark? The Crayola Picture Projector comes with 3 translucent markers that allow kids to draw right on the surface. Because they are translucent, the color is projected onto the surface. Controls are included for resizing the image to make it bigger or smaller. Using a towel or cloth, they wet erase so you begin creating again for hours of endless fun. It’s sleek and portable and even doubles as a flashlight. Kids will love telling ghost stories with this fun projector.
The Vampirina Rock N’ Jam Touring Van is based on the hit animated TV series. Preschoolers will have fun with this 2-in-1 set featuring a van that transforms into a stage for an all-star performance with the Ghoul Girls. Fans can go on tour just like in the TV show. The stage features music, rock and roll sounds, lights, signature phrases and more to bring your role-play adventures to life. The driver’s seat becomes a couch, bunk beds rotate to reveal speakers, and the spiral stairs serve as piano keys. This set includes Vampirina, Poppy, and several accessories.
This cute, colorful product includes a child-sized stool where little ones will sit for hours. The interactive activity desk has five learning pages to teach numbers, counting, letters, fruits, and colors. Toddlers can touch different spots on each page to learn about the pictures, and if you want more skills, additional expansion packs are available.
You have one week until the party of the season: Your first college friend to become a mom is throwing a first-birthday party for her first child. But you’re at a loss. What do 1-year-olds even do these days? “You’re looking for toys that’ll help this particular child develop,” says Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle, director of outreach and education at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. “They’re starting to explore complex concepts like gravity through trial and error and trying new things, oftentimes repetitively, just to figure out how the world works,” so you want toys that allow for some experimentation.
Start your engines, collect your coins, and prepare for fun! The game board looks like Monopoly but is inspired by worlds straight out of the Mario Kart videogames. Each character has its own strategic abilities. Just like in the game, you can lay a banana to stop rivals in their tracks. Everytime you pass go, you’ll have an opportunity to race in the Grand Prix. The game includes a game board, 4 character kart tokens, 32 cards, banana tokens, 90 coins and 2 dice. The game is designed for 2-4 players. It’s the perfect gift for any Nintendo or Mario Kart fan!
Featuring an innovative folding design, the Adventure Town Railway Train Set & Table from KidKraft is a dream come true for kids! It offers a massive playset sure to inspire endless creative, imaginative, open-ended play. With EZ Craft Assembly, the wooden play table can be quickly assembled. This 120-piece set features a wooden train track along with plastic and wooden accessories to enhance your child’s play experience. Get ready for a world of fun!
Frozen fans rejoice there’s a brand new amazing Elsa’ Magical Ice Palace from Lego. This is the best Magical Ice Palace ever! It features a grand entrance, sliding bridge, magic revolving stairs, wonderful balcony, slide, and more! There’s even a snow fort and it’s all very colorful, inviting creative play. There’s so much fantastic play with this fabulous set. And Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Marshmallow and 4 Snowgies and several accesories are included to enhance your play experience. If you’re a Frozen fan, this is one you just can’t ‘Let It Go’!
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.
Finding the best baby toys for children under one can be a bit of a challenge. Newborns need simple bright toys that stimulate the mind, while six month olds may want something a little more interactive. Once they are close to one, they are moving whether that is crawling or walking so you'll want a toy that either keeps them contained or helps them master their new skills.
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)
With five sides of fun, interactive play, this activity cube keeps infants entertained and strengthens fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. In includes games like a shape sorter and two electronic panels that teach colors, numbers, animals, and music. This cube also has a book page that plays two nursery rhymes and a spinner that lights up. It's a universe of activity for an infant in one compact and portable toy.
Infants who are less than 28 days old are generally classified as newborns or, in medical parlance, neonates; although it is not uncommon to see some parents calling a 3 month old baby still a newborn. This stage of a child’s development is very crucial as he or she is still adjusting to life outside the protection of the mother’s womb. Neonates are especially vulnerable to infections, injuries, and other illnesses. Unfortunately, it is also a very critical stage in his or her development because anything that he or she experiences or senses by this time will already be imprinted on his or her very young mind.
This has all the hallmarks of a great education and socialization toy, along with its practicality!  The key ring not only keeps all of the teethers in one place and graspable, the fact that they are aligned on a ring aids in developing functions in counting, causal relationship, and the subtle manipulation of objects through the selection of one teething key over another.  In addition, the varying colors of the keys provide visual stimulation, adding to the soothing quality of relief from sore gums.
It’s a baby ornament that is also fun to play with (supervised, of course)! The Baby’s First Christmas Wooden Block Ornament will become an instant baby keepsake as parents and children proudly hang it either on a Christmas tree or in a nursery. Available in three different sizes, this gorgeous ornament is customizable with one letter, the year, baby’s name, a verse, as well as options for the underside. ($30 and up; etsy.com)
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.
A: Both solid and gel-filled toys provide their own lists of benefits, so choosing between the two is easier than you think. Consider your baby’s developmental level. To determine which is best for your little one, consider at which stage of teething they are currently experiencing. For example, your baby, aged 3 months, may experience increased tenderness as their teeth are brand new and still breaking through the gum’s surface. A solid teething toy may apply too much pressure to your baby’s delicate gums. Additionally, consider how experienced your baby is with chewing or gumming as new objects in the mouth can be a little off-putting or frightening, a softer or gel-filled toy will be less abrasive. If your baby is a little older and has already been exposed to some solids, then a firmer toy is likely to be more effective.
Monopoly Fortnite Edition is designed for teens. In this version of the game you battle your opponents and avoid the storm. Just like the videogame, it’s all about survival — not what you own. The game features battles and loot chests and is inspired by the videogame. It’s a fun new spin on the classic game of Monopoly. Will you be the last player standing?!
What’s cooking? It’s time to bake up some Play-Doh treats with this magical Play-Doh oven. With lights, sounds, and cooking accessories, kids will feel like master chefs with this fun Play-Doh set. The coolest part? Kids will love putting their “dishes” in the magical oven and pulling the lever. The oven turns red making it look like the Play-Doh dish is cooking inside. There is even a ding when it’s ready. The only ingredient necessary? A little imagination!
Get ready to take a T-Rex-sized bite out of your next adventure! Designed with preschoolers in mind, the Imaginext Jurassic World Jurassic Rex stands over 2-feet tall. It features plenty of articulation points. This dino toy allows kids to play out the role of Owen with the included figure and this massive T-Rex toy. Set Owen atop the Power Pad and turn him to make the T-Rex respond. Her eyes will change from green to red, indicating it’s in predator mode. Take control of the dino by the handle to make it roar and lunge forward and take a bite into the included playset or jeep. Kids are going to love the ability to grab the jeep with its teeth. Overall, it’s jam-packed with fun, interactive lights and sound effects as well as chomping action for thrilling dino adventures.
“At 1, kids are probably starting to pull themselves up on furniture and maybe even take a couple of steps,” explains Lytle. “When they’re up and walking, they’re most interested in toys that might support them but can also be part of their playtime.” Try this classic toy that an early (or soon-to-be) walker can operate on their own, while toting around their most prized belongings-slash-some-Cheerios.
The Bright Starts Get Rollin’ Activity Table features over 60 different songs and activities across eight play areas. It encourages motor skills, while showing baby colors, numbers, opposites, and animal names. Its brightly colored and fun toys are designed to stimulate baby’s senses and provide a variety of entertaining activities. The legs of the table even detach for floor play.
If you thought Chewbeads, the baby-safe jewelry for moms, were a smart idea when baby was teething, here’s the equally genius older-kid version among our Christmas gifts for toddlers. Not only does this stacker look nice enough to leave out when company comes, but the pieces are chewable, medical-grade silicone, BPA-free and can be popped in the dishwasher.

4. Sensory simplicity : Every object in the world has sensory properties - weight, color, texture, sound when banged or tapped or rubbed or squeezed. I find that baby products labelled "sensory" are often just busy for the sake of being busy. A baby is just as likely to be be as interested in sensory exploration of a simple wooden maraca toy as a light up, vibrating, singing octopus pirate with a different whirlygig doo-dah hanging from each tentacle. 
For gross motor skills milestones, the toddler should achieve ability in walking, climbing and stomping around. By age two, they should be able to walk at ease, perform basic running and catch, throw, and kick objects such as balls. Another milestone of this skill for toddlers is the ability to sit upright in the very early stages of this phase as well. Lastly, walking up steps should happen without assistance and toddlers should be able to bend, squat without falling over.
Many, many toys for toddlers are ablaze with buttons, levers, lights, music, etc. Often these toys are marketed as “developmental” because the toy has so many different functions. Unfortunately, this often has the opposite effect for the child. The more a toy does, the less your child has to do. If your child can sit and watch the toy “perform,” then it is likely more entertaining than educational. In addition, these toys can be confusing to a child who is learning cause-and-effect. If a toy randomly starts playing music, or it is unclear which button made the lights start flashing, then your child is not learning which of his actions (the cause) produced the lights and music (the effect). In short, the most useful toys are those that require the most action on the part of a young child. The more children have to use their minds and bodies to make something work, the more they learn.
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)

The LEGO Technic Rally Car is the largest rally car LEGO has ever made. It’s a 1:10 scale rally car and looks really impressive with nice contrasting colors. Aside from its amazing looks, it also features a double wishbone suspension and cool engine details in the rear. The doors, hood, and rear all open to reveal inner details. What’s cool? This is a 2-in-1 set so in addition to the rally car, you can also build a dune buggy. The price to part ratio is unheard of and makes this a great value.
Our church has a set of these Magna-Tiles and my kids love them.  Technically the manufacturer only recommends these toys for 3 years and older, but I would be comfortable letting my nearly 2-year old use them as long as she was being supervised.  Magnets as toys can be extremely dangerous so please use extreme caution and vigilance with children who still put things in their mouths.
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.
A big surprise is going to shake up the L.O.L. world later this fall. Trust us, you ain’t seen nothing yet. This package is the ultimate dream collection for L.O.L. Surprise! fans featuring over 60 exclusive dolls and accessories! The best part? Fans will see a mix of L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls, Pets, and even Lil Sisters. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for any L.O.L. Surprise! lover. Get it before it’s all gone … this one’s going to be HUGE!
The colorful Bead Buddy Giraffe is a wonderful sensory toy for baby that offers many textures to explore and teething opportunities on the giraffe’s ears and nose. The rattle tummy filled with beautiful beads will keep baby mesmerized for long periods, plus the neck made of rings that clink together are sure to please even the youngest baby. This toy is a perfect size for grabbing and chewing and and all-around buddy toy.
Before you invest in a large drone, the Tello quadcopter is the perfect first drone. Designed to be easy to fly and withstand crashes, this affordable drone gives you hands-on experience flying a drone. It flies for about 13 minutes on a full charge. The built-in 720p camera is a cool feature that allows you to shoot decent quality video while you fly.
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'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)

We recently spoke to Dr. Nick Cornett, a play therapist in northwest Arkansas — the play therapy center of the United States — to get his take on what toys he’d recommend for toddlers. According to Cornett, “the more open-ended the toy, the better.”  It’s just like how an interviewer avoids yes / no questions; they circumscribe dialogue. Cornett divides toys up by “real life” toys, “active or constructive” toys, and “creative expression” toys. Each genre offers the kid a chance to truly express himself, and therefore a therapist to observe. Here, per Cornett, are some parameters of — and our choices for — seven great toys for toddlers. 
Give your toddler a unique toy that’s both entertaining and educational by browsing through this collection of the best gifts for toddlers at Fat Brain Toys. We’ve narrowed down our huge selection of games, puzzles, books and more to the ones that have consistently proven to be the most popular with kids during the toddler stage. When you pick from our lineup of the top-rated toys, you’re sure to find something that any little girl or boy will love. Shop for birthday gifts, holiday presents and more on our site to discover high-quality educational toys for toddlers.
Before you invest in a large drone, the Tello quadcopter is the perfect first drone. Designed to be easy to fly and withstand crashes, this affordable drone gives you hands-on experience flying a drone. It flies for about 13 minutes on a full charge. The built-in 720p camera is a cool feature that allows you to shoot decent quality video while you fly.

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)
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