Although we don’t have much room in our apartment for a lot of toys, I love scouting out the latest and greatest in toys for my girls. I have a one comes in, one goes out rule with toys. So as much as we welcome new toys, we also have to say goodbye to one that doesn’t fit our needs any longer. Because we have to give a toy away, I am always very particular with what I bring in. I always want a toy to have some educational value for my girls. It can be a toy that can provide so much entertainment, but if it’s not going to teach them something, I don’t want it taking up the space in our apartment.
I had the chance to attend Time to Play, an event here in New York City, that features some of the latest and greatest toy brands that show their newest toys recently put on the market. Yesterday I was on the hunt for great toys for both babies and toddlers. Avery is kind of in the middle stage right now and is still sort of a baby but is also merging into a toddler. She still enjoys having baby toys around, but it becoming more and more intrigued with her sister’s toddler toys.
I was lucky to find a lot of great educational and fun toys yesterday. These are definitely some of spring’s hottest toys for baby and toddler!
Spring’s Newest Toys for Baby and Toddler 1 of 13
Check out my favorite toys for babies and toddlers.
Sassy Non-sters 2 of 13
There is nothing scary about these toys. The non-sters are soft and cuddly friendly monster-like toys that your baby will love to interact with. I love that each plush character comes with a classic Sassy rattle, which is what the brand is known for.
Hedstrom Sensory Light Up Balls 3 of 13
These are the coolest toys for babies that I have seen in a while. They are sensory balls that light up and also smell. The ones with bananas and monkeys on it smells just like bananas. The strawberry balls smells like delicious strawberries. Let your baby explore their senses with these fun lightup balls!
Available soon from Hedstrom
Tiny Love Starry Night Mobile 4 of 13
I had the chance to check out this mobile this year at Toy Fair and I was excited to see it again at Time to Play. It's a mobile that hangs over baby's crib that can also be a projector and a night light with sounds. It's such a great toy that can grow with your child well beyond the baby years.
Available exclusively at Babies R Us in May, $59.99-$64.99
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Airport Playset 5 of 13
Avery loves playing with toys that roll around on the floor. I always bring her home cars and trucks that roll on the ground and she will sit and laugh as they roll away from her. This mini airport has checkpoints that will recognize the airplanes and cars that come with it and make different sounds. The cars and airplanes even sing songs and help them learn letters. A fun and educational toy for babies and toddlers!
Fisher-Price Team Umizoomi Might Matching Treeshouse 6 of 13
Team Umizoomi is a great show on Nickelodeon that teaches them math and numbers in a fun and entertaining way. This fun treehouse teaches them numbers and shapes. They can match the shapes on Milli's dress to unlock the great adventures of the treehouse. The great thing about this toy is it's not only fun for your little one, but it's also educational!
Little Kids Fubbles Bubble Guitar 7 of 13
What kid doesn't like bubbles? Both of my girls are absolutely obsessed with them. This bubble machine not only has bubbles, but it also adds in another thing that my girls love; music! Let them play the guitar and make music while bubbles automatically come out of the end of the guitar. Dance and sing along while playing with bubbles!
Crayola Sidewalk Chalk 8 of 13
The recommended age for this chalk is a little bit older, but I brought some home to my girls last night and they played with them for over an hour drawing on the chalkboard we have in our apartment. Avery is just now learning how to color on things and loved being able to do the same thing that her big sister was doing. This new chalk comes in all of the colors you would find in a box of Crayola crayons. I love that they are rectangular so you don't have to worry about them rolling down the driveway.
VTech Innotab 2 Baby 9 of 13
Harlan has the VTech Innotab 2 and is constantly trying to keep it away from Avery who is always trying to play with it. Now she can have one for her with the Innotab 2 Baby version. It includes songs, videos, and even baby sign language. Perfect entertainment for someone Avery's age.
Fisher-Price Bubble Guppies Rockin’ Micro-fin 10 of 13
My older daughter, Harlan, loves the Nickelodeon show, Bubble Guppies. The fun songs always keep her entertained and engaged. This microphone lets her sing her favorite Bubble Guppies song and even has a voice changer so that her voice sounds similar to the characters.
Mega Blocks First Builders Farm Pals 11 of 13
These Farm Pals are a new set from Mega Bloks. Avery has just gotten into the building stage and she would have so much fun building with these animals. The bright colors and the big blocks with pegs are perfect for a little one her size.
Hedstrom Sensory Shapes 12 of 13
We have several of these sensory balls in our apartment, but I've never seen the different shapes. Avery loves playing with them and these shapes would be a great way to teach her both colors and shapes while having fun squishing them.
Available soon from Hedstrom
Fisher-Price Golf N’ Go Ride-On 13 of 13
When I saw this yesterday, I immediately fell in love. I originally thought it was just a great ride-on toy. But then I saw that the seat popped off and the handle came out to reveal a mini golf game. It's the perfect toy for these warm months!!
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