My Giant Floor Puzzle
My Giant Floor Puzzle, from ALEX starts as just a fun floormat for a baby to crawl on, with lots of bright graphics to look at. As a child grows older, she can take apart the pieces and use it as a big beginner's puzzle.
Tiny Love ActiviTot 360? Play-a-Round
Part bouncer, part activity mat, the Tiny Love ActiviTot 360? Play-a-Round is roomy enough for twins. The pillow is to facilitate tummy-time play but can also help support a sitting baby. It's easy to switch both the toys and the arches around, to make baby's playspace a little different each time he's there.
Peek 'n Play Discovery Dome
Playskool's Peek 'n Play Discovery Dome encourages baby to be active by giving him toys to reach for, a door to open and close and crawl through, and sturdy walls to use to pull himself up.
Chicco's 4 in 1 Ride On Car
Chicco's 4 in 1 Ride On Car is a new twist on an indoor baby seat. It's built like a ride-on toy with a handle, so Mom can easily move her baby around as she, for instance, moves from the kitchen to the living room to do chores. It rocks back and forth for a young baby, and has an engaging toy console.
Infantino Baby Beach Band
Keep baby occupied with all the pieces in Infantino's Baby Beach Band, a bright collection of plush instruments, including an octopus drum, fish shaker, and lobster maraca.
Learning Hoops Basketball Set
Leapfrog's Learning Hoops Basketball Set is a cool way to teach a child to count to 100 using 1's, 2's, 5's, or 10's -- the number grows each time he makes a basket. Switch modes and the toy will teach how to count backward from 100 too.
I Can Play Piano
Fisher-Price's I Can Play Piano is a cool use of television to teach music. It gently leads kids through games that play with notes and, almost subliminally, it starts to teach kids how to read music, or at least gives them a great understanding of the concept.
All prices and product information were accurate at time of publication (February 2006). Please check with individual manufacturer for latest details.
Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, February 2006.