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Best Toys for Baby


  • ALEX Toys ALEX Jr. Busy Ball 1 of 25
    ALEX Toys ALEX Jr. Busy Ball
    Easy for baby to get a grip on, this soft, colorful orb features a handful of knots, loops and textured surfaces to encourage motor-skill development — and keep baby entertained!
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $9.99 »
  • ALEX Toys ALEX Jr. My Busy Town 2 of 25
    ALEX Toys ALEX Jr. My Busy Town
    From ABC tiles to bead mazes, rolling race cars to peek-a-boo doors, this Oppenheimer Gold Seal winner packs five sides of fun into a 12” square cube.
    Get it from ALEX, $109.95 »
  • CrocoBloco 3 of 25
    CrocoBloco
    We just want to hug it — and baby will, too — but aside from being a great pillow, CrocoBloco also includes detachable soft blocks that encourage fine-motor play and exploration.
    Get it from Amazon, $56.96 »
  • Dandelion Organic Winter Snowman Cuddle 4 of 25
    Dandelion Organic Winter Snowman Cuddle
    It may be cold outside, but Dandelion’s soft organic-cotton and velour snowman is ready for some warm and fuzzy cuddling — not to mention plenty of teething.
    Get it from Dandelion, $14.99 »
  • FAO Schwarz Elephant Walker 5 of 25
    FAO Schwarz Elephant Walker
    This sturdy (and lovely) walker features rubberized wheels for easy pushing and an interactive front section that baby can play with when she’s tired of scooting around.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $29.99 »
  • Fisher-Price Laugh 6 of 25
    Fisher-Price Laugh
    Few teething toys are as high-tech as what this rattle-adorned plaything becomes ...when Mom snaps her iPhone into its clear protective case.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $15.99 »
  • Fisher-Price Topzy Tumblers Twirlin’ Tumblin’ Fun Park 7 of 25
    Fisher-Price Topzy Tumblers Twirlin' Tumblin' Fun Park
    Delivering plenty of sound and motion to keep older tots stimulated, the Tumblin’ Fun Park also includes a ramp and balls to encourage interactive play.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $39.99 »
  • Galt Soft Blocks 8 of 25
    Galt Soft Blocks
    While we’d never discourage wooden blocks, they’re not always the easiest things for baby to grasp. Not so with these soft, vibrant cubes.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $12.99 »
  • HABA Orchard Baby Buggy Books 9 of 25
    HABA Orchard Baby Buggy Books
    Take a bite out of your favorite read — literally. The squishy teether on this adorable, stroller-attachable book is just right for the job.
    Get it from Moolka, $8.09 »
  • HABA Speedy Horse Rattling Figure 10 of 25
    HABA Speedy Horse Rattling Figure
    Also available in a ladybug design, HABA’s chubby rattling toy utilizes sturdy elastic attachments to encourage twisting and pulling.
    Get it from Maukilo, $13.49 »
  • International Playthings Earlyears Lil’ Shopper Play Set 11 of 25
    International Playthings Earlyears Lil' Shopper Play Set
    It’s never too early to get a start on healthy grocery shopping habits — and with these smiling fruits and veggies in her play yard, how could baby resist?
    Get it from Amazon, $18.11 »
  • Lamaze Freddie the Firefly 12 of 25
    Lamaze Freddie the Firefly
    Babies don’t need a lot of toys, provided they have one delightful toy that offers a lot: a mirror, squeaker, crinkles, rings, and a teether.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $14.99 »
  • LeapFrog Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout 13 of 25
    LeapFrog Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout
    LeapFrog’s talking pup Scout has kept our toddlers happy for years, so we love that Little Scout packs similar songs and stories into a super-soft, crib-friendly version.
    Get it from Amazon, $15.54 »
  • Melissa 14 of 25
    Melissa
    Cause meets effect in this sturdy wood version of the classic pounding toy, which features brightly colored balls and rolling ramps to stimulate baby’s senses.
    Get it from Melissa & Doug, $19.99 »
  • My First Green Toys Twist Teether 15 of 25
    My First Green Toys Twist Teether
    Our older kids are huge fans of Green Toys’ play sets, and with the company’s first green teether — made from food-safe, recycled milk containers — our youngest ones can join in the fun.
    Get it from Amazon »
  • Plan Toys Baby Activity Gym 16 of 25
    Plan Toys Baby Activity Gym
    Besides being totally gorgeous, Plan Toys’ hardy, happy gym features a green-minded design that uses recycled-rubberwood pieces and non-toxic finishes.
    Get it from Amazon, $75.60 »
  • Playskool Poppin Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper 17 of 25
    Playskool Poppin Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper
    The balls go in, the balls go out — of the elephant’s trunk, that is — in this adorably addictive game for kids 9 months and up.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $20.99 »
  • Playskool Poppin Park Pound ‘N Pop Carnival 18 of 25
    Playskool Poppin Park Pound 'N Pop Carnival
    Wee ones will get lost in the lights, sounds, and repetitive motion of this brightly colored playset, which smartly contains its launching balls inside a see-through tube.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $19.99 »
  • Pocoyo Bump N Go Car 19 of 25
    Pocoyo Bump N Go Car
    Even if they’re not familiar with the TV character, babies will love chasing after this motorized vehicle, which plays music and zips away with a tap of Pocoyo’s noggin.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $24.99 »
  • Sesame Street Nesting Cups 20 of 25
    Sesame Street Nesting Cups
    Nesting cups are a great tool for teaching spatial relations and basic problem solving. We like that this set in particular features some of baby’s beloved characters.
    Get it from Hasbro Toy Shop, $6.99 »
  • Skip Hop Owl and Friends Ball Trio 21 of 25
    Skip Hop Owl and Friends Ball Trio
    Skip Hop had us at owls, but we also like that these snuggly, round cuties feature soft, squishy appendages that are perfect for basic grasping play.
    Get it from Moolka, $15.99 »
  • Sprig Cone Stacker 22 of 25
    Sprig Cone Stacker
    Sprig’s ring stacker can help baby learn motor skills, shapes, and colors, while the toy’s recycled-wood and reclaimed-plastic construction has us thinking green.
    Get it from Amazon, $12.10 »
  • Teach My Baby Learning Kit 23 of 25
    Teach My Baby Learning Kit
    The award-winning Teach My Baby kit packs a complete infant curriculum into a box, with sections that help baby explore numbers, colors, senses, sound, and other basics.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $49.99 »
  • Tiny Love Gymini Move and Play Gym 24 of 25
    Tiny Love Gymini Move and Play Gym
    With an adjustable toy arch that we can raise and lower for tummy time or back play, this mat combines options for baby with convenience for Mom and Dad.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $69.99 »
  • VTech Musical Bubbles Octopus 25 of 25
    VTech Musical Bubbles Octopus
    This tub-friendly piano features large buttons and two play modes (music or learning), but its real secret sauce is the solution you add to its motorized bubble blower.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $19.99 »

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