Christmas is my favorite. Like a kid in a candy store, I just get so excited about the holiday season. Trees are up, holiday movies are on TV, houses are decorated, and gifts slowly start to gather under the tree. But better yet, I get to shop my heart out for my 5 kids. This year will be extra special because Grayson will be old enough to really enjoy the special moments of the holiday. Last year, at about two months old, he was hooked up to a heart monitor and pretty much slept through everything as a preemie. So this year, I’ve been spoiling him probably a little too much. As I do with all of my kids, I just love seeing their faces on Christmas morning.
Anyway, enough about me rambling on with my love affair for Christmas. Let’s talk about the goods. I’ve done the shopping for you and hand-selected my favorite things as a mom of 10 years. The best of the best and must-have baby toys under $50 — score!
Click through 25 baby toys that you should check off your wish list for baby.
Making Your List, Checking It Twice 1 of 19
Don't know what to get that sweet bundle of joy this holiday? Click-through 18 must-have baby toys under $50! We've done the shopping for you!
Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car 2 of 19
If you have a car-obsessed tot like me, this is a no-brainer and is sure to keep our little one occupied every day. With over 75 tunes, phrases and three modes of play, it's sure to be a fun-filled vehicle for hours of fun with all-around learning, interactive lights and sounds to keep baby busy.
Buy it from Fisher Price for $50
Bright Starts Get Cookin’ Kitchen 3 of 19
Baby can be just like you and get cooking with a kitchen just their size. With over 50 silly sounds and melodies, this learning toy has never been so fun! Drop balls in the faucet, or flip the light switch on and off. We love how the kitchen folds up and stores the balls easily for on-the-go fun! You don't have to worry about looking everywhere for the balls.
Buy it from Target for $34.99
Baby’s First Book Set 4 of 19
Start them young! Board books under the Christmas tree is a must. Including four classic books that you'll read for years to come, complete with a super-soft knit rattle and packaged up all ready to go. Fancy bow included!
Buy the set from The Land of Nod for $49
Green Toys Stacking Cups 5 of 19
What baby doesn't love to stack things? This is a toy that is great for years to come! From stacking as a baby to teaching math concepts and colors as a toddler, it's made to last. Even better — they are made from eco-friendly 100% post-consumer recycled plastic right in California.
Buy them from Green Genes for $11
Bright Starts Sit N Stride Walker 6 of 19
If your little princess is gearing up for those first steps, this is a great gift to encourage her to balance as they learn walk. If she feels like sitting, she can play with the interactive spinner on the elephants belly or play with the bead chaser. Have a little boy? You can get it in blue, too!
Buy it from Walmart for $19.98
Skip Hop Xylophone 7 of 19
When it comes to keeping babies interested, it's ALL about the pull-toys. With eight unique notes, you can pull this reptile along the floor as his mouth clicks and clacks. Your little one will love making music with his crocodile.
Buy it from Skip Hop for $25
Dwell Studio Puzzle 8 of 19
Learning should always start from the baby stages. Six numbered owls sit atop a tree creating a classic wooden puzzle.
Buy it from Layla Grayce for $14
Fisher Price Blocks 9 of 19
Shape-sorting is a great way for baby to learn to identify and match shapes, and this toy is a great price! 10 brightly hued blocks are easy for little hands to store inside the basket. You can even carry it around with the handle for on-the-go fun.
Buy it from Amazon for $8
Rainbow Stacker 10 of 19
From the bookshelf to the playroom, this colorful Rainbow Stacker helps baby learn their colors and develop good hand-eye coordination. Better yet, it ships for free!
Buy it from The Land of Nod for $49
Music Band Table 11 of 19
Music to the ears! With 4 amazing gold seal awards under its belt, you will see why it's a top pick in my book. Not your average activity table, this fun new table offers 3 instrument activity centers to promote musical awareness as baby plays. The best part? All 3 components are removable so baby can sit and play for hours too! Lights, action, music!
Buy it from Chicco USA for $49.99
Playskool Poppin Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper 12 of 19
Baby will love crawling across the floor or chasing after this ball-popping adorable elephant! They will sure to giggle, and playtime will be so much fun as the balls pop out of the elephant's trunk.
Buy it from Hasbro Toys for $34.99
Little G Plush Toy 13 of 19
Little Giraffe's Little G is the world's most sought-after stuffed giraffe toy, thanks to Suri Cruise. It will provide immediate comfort and soothe your little one. Made from Little Giraffe's oh-so-soft Luxe Dot fabric, they may never put it down.
Buy it from Little Giraffe for $45
City Squirties Bath Toys 14 of 19
Christmas is the perfect time for new bath toys! I absolutely adore these bath toys that skirt water for bath time fun with baby! They arrive in a package filled with 8 colorful vehicles.
Buy them from Piccolini for $16
Wooden Castle Blocks 15 of 19
Designed exclusively for Disney Store by the classic namesake, Melissa & Doug, this assortment of timeless blocks will encourage your little one to stack shapes and build dreams.
Buy them from The Disney Store for $24.95
Musical Phone from Chicco USA 16 of 19
Every baby wants to be just like you, and now they can imitate you while having a blast with this entertaining pull-along phone with fun-filled activities for tiny hands. Feating 3 different lights, 6 sounds and 9 fun tunes you will bring musical awareness and teach coordination skills. It's a fun learning toy you both will love!
Buy it from Chicco USA for $19.99
Hammer Balls 17 of 19
A fun one for both little girls and boys, this toy helps improve hand-eye coordination.
Buy it from Plan Toys for $26
Bird Rattle 18 of 19
If your little one is just a few months old, a hand-knitted rattle makes the perfect gift. This may be the sweetest bird I've ever seen — so adorable!
Buy it from Blabla Kids for $24
Move and Crawl Ball 19 of 19
A fun-filled, interactive learning toy from Vtech makes crawling even more fun, while keeping baby occupied and active. Press the 6 colorful animal buttons, and listen to their sounds while learning about them.
Buy it from Target for $12
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