We love YBike's well-designed four-wheeler, which your tot can use as a push toy or walker, then later as a scoot bike. The rubbercoated caster wheels let him ride it in the house without marking the floors.
Ages 9 months and up. YBike, $64.99
Rock & Stack Pull Toy
Simply removing the wheels transforms this pull toy into a rocking ship. And its three peg puzzles with mix-and-match pieces let toddlers build an elephant, an owl, a lion—or a new creature.
Ages 18 months and up. Skip Hop, $20
Roll & Play
This fun and educational game appealed to our testers, who liked rolling the large, plush cube and following the cues ("clap 5 times," "make a funny face") on the color-coded game cards.
Ages 18 months and up. ThinkFun, $19.99
Whoozit Blissful Bolster Toy
With silky ribbons, crinkle cloth, teething rings, a mirror, and even a mini Whoozit, this soft, roly-poly pillow engages your baby's senses and helps make tummy time more fun.
Ages 3 months and up. Manhattan Toy, $35
Budding gardeners can plant flower beds with dozens of interchangeable flower, leaf, and stem pieces, all made from recycled milk jugs.
Ages 2 years and up. Green Toys, $27.99
Originally published in the November 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine