Best Baby Toys

Pirate and mermaid rattles

Ben Goldstein

4. Dandelion Pretend Play Rattle A pirate and a mermaid are just two of the adorable rattles in this eco-friendly line, all hand-crocheted using bamboo thread. They're easy for your baby to hold and shake, and safe to chew on. (from birth, $13 each; DandelionForBaby.com)

Puppy push toy

Ben Goldstein

5. Fisher-Price Stride-to-Ride Puppy Flip up the seat and it becomes a push toy to steady your new walker. Later, riding on this mobile shape-sorter is a blast: The head bobs as the wheels roll! (9 to 36 months, $50; ToysRUs.com)

VTech Alphabet Activity Cube

Ben Goldstein

6. VTech Alphabet Activity Cube "Toys like this one grow with Briggs," says Kate Graham, of Frederick, Maryland, whose son is 11 months old. "Every side has a bunch of things to do." (from 9 to 36 months, $50; ToysRUs.com)

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