Best Toys of the Year

Best Toddler Toys of 2013

Haba Play-Tent Tepee

Haba Play-Tent Tepee

The trendy toy this season: a tent for hide-and-seek, quiet moments, or playtime. Haba's version goes up in minutes and is big enough to fit a friend inside. 18 months+, $80; habausa.com

Chicco Sit 'n' Ride Train

Chicco Sit 'n' Ride Train

Your new walker can push Chicco's train or sit on it and scoot himself around. The seat opens up to reveal a secret compartment for stashing toys. 12 months+, $55; amazon.com

Melissa & Doug Slide & Seek Egg

Melissa & Doug Slide & Seek Egg

When your curious kid pulls this egg apart, he'll delight in finding the birdie inside and then want to do it again! 12 months+, $6; melissaanddoug.com

Alex Toys Collage by Color

Alex Toys Collage by Color

Is your toddler ready for her first big art project? This set by Alex, a mini study in primary colors, makes it easy and fun with precut, ready-to-stick pieces. 18 months+, $15; alextoys.com

Playskool Big Hugs Elmo

Playskool Big Hugs Elmo

This newest endearing version of the now-classic Sesame Street plush toy encourages and responds to hugs, suggests games, and snores while sleeping. 18 months to 4 years, $60; toysrus.com

Playskool Pop 'n Pick Up Elefun

Playskool Pop 'n Pick Up Elefun

It's hard not to laugh while pushing this Playskool toy as it spits out balls. Roll over each one and the elephant picks them up again. 18 months+, $30; hasbrotoyshop.com

Skip-Hop Fold and Play Book

Skip-Hop Fold and Play Book

The origami-like design of this wooden toy will fascinate your tot, who can use her newly nimble fingers to change the scene just by folding corners. 12 months+, $10; skiphop.com

Vtech Shop & Cook Playset

Vtech Shop & Cook Playset

Be wowed by this shopping-cart toy from VTech that morphs into a kitchen with 20 pieces of pretend utensils and food. Play activates mini lessons on numbers, colors, and more. 2 to 5 years, $50; vtechkids.com

Leapfrog Read With Me Scout

Leapfrog Read With Me Scout

Leapfrog's interactive plush pup comes with five board books. Scout can tell the stories, answer questions, and respond to your toddler?s touch. 2 to 5 years, $35; leapfrog.com

Janod Xylo Roller

Janod Xylo Roller

Janod's lovely roll toy, designed in France, has rubber rings on the wheels to protect your floors. 18 months+, $40; oompa.com

Alex Toys Musical Owl

Alex Toys Musical Owl

Not just a xylophone, this hoot of a toy has a little cymbal, drum pad, and wooden washboard. 18 months+, $36; alextoys.com

Mirari Zig-Zag Xylo Train

Mirari Zig-Zag Xylo Train

Your kid can pull Mirari's clever combo of a train and a musical toy behind him. 18 months+, $19; patchproducts.com

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