Baby Toys Buying Guide
Yes, baby toys can amuse and entertain, but they also can help children develop important physical, cognitive, and emotional skills. Play on!
Types of Baby Toys
From balls, blocks, and bath toys to teddy bears, teethers, and trains, baby toys come in an endless array of options. Here are some of the top types.
Horses, dinosaurs, penguins -- oh my! Tots love animal toys, whether they are plush or plastic, miniature or life-size.
A silky-soft bear plays peekaboo with a simple press of its foot. Brand: BABY GUND. Style Name: Gund 'Peekaboo' Bear. Style Number...: 392903. Manufacturer part number 320193 Three AA batteries includedApprox height: 9 1/2 Polyester/polyurethane; spot clean By Baby Gund; imported Read More
Poncho the Pony wears a handsome red kerchief around his neck that has a fringe that matches his tail and mane. This adorable baby... toy has a rattle in its head and hand stitched facial features. It is the perfect size for babies to hold and cuddle. Organic Farm Buddies are handmade using all natural materials, like 100% certified organic cotton, corn fiber filling, and dyes. All of the packaging is printed on recycled paper with azlon from soy ink. Farm Buddies are naturally hypoallergenic, so they are great for newborns and babies with allergies or sensitive skin. This plush toy makes a perfect gift for baby showers. Safe for children, better for the environment, and always beautifully green? that?s the Apple Park Promise. Read More
Product Features Pose your electronic pony figure to stand, sit or lie down She really moves and responds to your touch She whinni...es and makes other pony sounds Feed your pony her carrot and she'll eat it while she makes chewing sounds Groom her coat with the included brush Recommended Ages:4 and up Read More
Welcome a new baby to the world -- or celebrate a babe’s birthday -- with a thoughtful present. With gift choices ranging from blankets, bonnets, and books to diaper bags, toys, and frames, your imagination is the limit.
From big and bouncy to small and squishy, balls are great toys for kids of any age.
Whether they float, sink, squirt, stick, or spray, bath toys can make getting your baby clean a lot more fun.
Bath Toys: Fishbowl Sorter Bath Toy - - - Set of six squirting fish bath toys that helps your little ones learn their shapes and c...olors, while staying nice and clean. Safety first - BPA-free - Phthalate-free *Product Details* - Toy fishbowl with multi-colored squirting toys - Fishbowl floats or sticks onto walls with suction cup *Materials* - Plastic *Care Instructions* - Hand wash *Age Range* - 18 mos. and up Read More
Bath Toys: Blue Whale Bath Toy - - Blue - Bathtime + Whale = Whale of a bathtime. We even double checked the math. Safety first - ...BPA-free - Phthalate-free *Product Details* - Whale floating bath toy - Great for pool or bath *Materials* - Plastic and rubber *Age Range* - 1 and up Read More
Bath Toys: Green Rainball Bath Toy - - Green - It might look complicated, but our Rainball Bath Toy is pretty easy to use. Just fi...ll it up with water, use your finger to open and close the top nozzle and make it rain. Safety first - BPA-free - Phthalate-free *Product Details* - Great for the tub or pool - Just fill with water and let it rain *Materials* - Vinyl *Age Range* - 2 and up Read More
Bath Toys: Green Toy Tugboat - - Green - Our buddy Tubby has a lot of pull around the tub. After all, he's not just a fun bath tim...e toy. He also doubles as a useful, extra wide spout. Safety first - Phthalate-, BPA- and PVC-free - Diswasher safe *Product Details* - Eco-friendly - Great for the pool, too - Made in the USA *Materials* - Made from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs - Packaging made of recycled and recyclable materials, and printed with soy-based inks *Age Range* - 6 mos. and up Read More
From letters and numbers to animals and colors, blocks are classic toys for building hand-eye coordination, honing recognition skills, and discovering the joy of knocking down towers.
Crib toys attach to the slats of Baby’s bed or cradle, providing her with visual or musical enjoyment.
Circular or square-shaped pieces of material, baby gyms and playmats have interactive elements such as mirrors, rattles, and plush toys that amuse and entertain your little one.
Infantino Lil' Gems Twist & Fold Activity Gym & Play Mat
Part of the Boppy Gentle Forest toy collection, the Boppy Play Gym features the patented SlideLine toy adjustment system so toys c...an be perfectly placed along the gym arch for baby's enjoyment. Comes loaded with fun accessories, including a soft coordinating toy box to hold all baby's forest friends. The oversized play pad offers room to stretch, scootch and roll. A mini Boppy Pillow is included for tummy time and lounging. Includes lights and music for play time fun! Find more of the Boppy Gentle Forest Collection, including a Boppy Gentle Forest slipcover for the award-winning Boppy pillow, at Babies R Us. Read More
Indoor climbers bring the playground inside, offering plastic or foam pieces for Baby to climb on, climb through, or slide down. Made out of plastic or wood, play tables provide a pint-sized place for your child to draw, build, or snack.
A lovey is a favorite stuffed animal or blanket that your child finds comforting.
Fun for all ages (but especially for infants), mirrors can offer entertainment, engagement, and a chance to become familiar with facial features.
Musical toys come in a variety of forms, from crib toys and stroller toys to handheld toys and activity centers. Some versions provide pre-set musical options while other allow you to hook up your own digital music device.
Fun for infants 8-24 months, push and pull toys motivate new walkers and help them improve their balance.
Melissa & Doug Peek-a-Boo Panda This wooden panda baby toy loves to play peekaboo! Hear the click and clack as its paws flap up to... cover the cheerful face, then push them down again to say, Hello! Even babies can bring about a big visual change with just a simple motion, so they're encouraged to keep exploring as fine motor skills grow naturally. Made with select hardwood and child-safe dyes, First Play Peek-a-Boo Panda makes a heartwarming baby-shower gift.Product Measures: 6 x 4.1 x 1.35Recommended Ages: 6 years & up Read More
Wonderworld Twisty Crab This Wonderworld Twisty Crab wooden push-along walker toy is a great early play toy for your child. With t...his wooden push-along baby toy, your child can push around to enjoy the movements and sounds of the colorful beads. Your child will have lots of fun and the exercise is furthering his or her balancing skills and equilibrium because it provides a steady hold while baby develops his or her foot arch and foot alignment.Product Dimensions (inches): 7 (L) x 4 (W) x 22 (H)Age: 18 months and upRecommended Ages:2 – 5 Read More
Baby Toys: Snail Pull Toy - - - We knew kids would love these colorful pull-along toys, so we talked to a few people, called in a ...few favors and, bingo, you can order them now. Finished with non-toxic, child-friendly colors. No need to thank us. *Product Details* - Gator makes rhythmic click-clacking sound, Snail crawls up and down - Imported *Materials* - Natural, chemical free rubberwood construction *Age Range* - 19 mos. and up Read More
Rattles are easy for little hands to hold. Aside from entertaining babies, they help improve hand-eye coordination and reinforce principles of cause-and-effect.
Sterling Silver Twisted Handle Baby Rattle 3 Inch Long Rattle - 17.5mm Melodic Ball End - in Sterling Silver -
A supersoft stuffed lamb doubles as a playful rattle to delight your little one. Color(s): white. Brand: BABY GUND. Style Name: Ba...by Gund 'Winky' Rattle. Style Number: 696401. Manufacturer part number 058133 6 height100% polyester Machine wash cold, dry flat By Baby Gund; imported Kids' Wear Read More
Bright bold colors and high-contrast black and white handles with beads and rings are sure to grab babies' attention.
Baby Toys: Pink Knit Mushroom Rattle - - Pink - Our hand-crocheted Mushroom Rattles are made with 100% cotton yarn. They're great ...for teething and helping with your little one's motor skills. *Product Details* - Nod exclusive - Sold individually or as a set of 3 a savings of $9.85 - Hand-crocheted so sizes may vary slightly - Soft Knit rattles are wonderful for teething - Rattles inside and bright colors on the outside *Materials* - 100% cotton yarn - Poly stuffing *Care Instructions* - Hand or machine washable *Age Range* - 0 and up Read More
In addition to the rocking horse, there are now rocking moose, motorcycles, and pandas to help your child develop balance and coordination. Ride-on toys suited for inside or outside come in a variety of animal and vehicle styles, including ladybug, dinosaur, tractor, and car.
This Radio Flyer trike lets children pedal in style. The sturdy steel frame is topped with flashy chrome handlebars. Riding on rou...gh terrain is a cinch with its steel wheel spokes and rubber tires. Product Features This classic tricycle is perfect for any toddler looking to ride in style The body is constructed with sturdy steel and the handlebars are fashioned with classy chrome Steel spoked wheels and rubber tires are durable and give children a smooth ride on even the toughest terrain The seat is adjustable so the tricycle can grow with your child Bell included! Additional Features Ages: For ages 2 years and up Body: 17.71 x 8.07 x 15.15 Weight: 15.98 lbs. Weight Capacity: 42 lbs. Model: #34G We have been selling Radio Flyer products since 2007. They are one of our favorite companies because not only do they make quality products but they truly care about their customers just like we do. The manner in which companies treat their customers is so important to us and Radio Flyer is a truly ethical and compassionate company. This item ships directly from the Radio Flyer warehouse in Illinois normally within 4 business days after the order is placed. If you are needing this for a specific date such as a birthday please indicate this in the comments section during checkout. Our mission at Jacobs Room is to make children smile not disappoint them! Read More
This Radio Flyer trike lets children pedal in style. The sturdy steel frame is topped with flashy chrome handlebars. Riding on rou...gh terrain is a cinch with its steel wheel spokes and rubber tires. Product Features This classic tricycle is perfect for any toddler looking to ride in style The body is constructed with sturdy steel and the handlebars are fashioned with classy chrome Steel spoked wheels and rubber tires are durable and give children a smooth ride on even the toughest terrain The seat is adjustable so the tricycle can grow with your child Bell included! Additional Features Ages: For ages 2 years and up Body: 17.71 x 8.07 x 15.15 Weight: 15.98 lbs. Weight Capacity: 42 lbs. Model: #34B We have been selling Radio Flyer products since 2007. They are one of our favorite companies because not only do they make quality products but they truly care about their customers just like we do. The manner in which companies treat their customers is so important to us and Radio Flyer is a truly ethical and compassionate company. This item ships directly from the Radio Flyer warehouse in Illinois normally within 4 business days after the order is placed. If you are needing this for a specific date such as a birthday please indicate this in the comments section during checkout. Our mission at Jacobs Room is to make children smile not disappoint them! Read More
What child wouldn't loved being whisked away for a ride on the Pharmtec My Very Own House Cardboard Carriage Playhouse? Crafted of... cardboard and free of color, this carriage playhouse includes 8 jumbo markers so kids can color it any way they like! But don't stop there ... feel free to paint, glue, and bedazzle your way to a signature carriage design. With an easy-to-assemble collapsible design, this playhouse is constructed of eco-friendly, bio-degradable, formaldehyde-free, and completely recyclable cardboard. There are two doors, two windows, and two horses to pull the carriage. Every inch of the house has been meticulously designed to provide the strongest, safest play area for your child. There are no tabs or sharp edges inside and reinforcement flaps along the bottom walls provide a safe, sturdy coloring center. This playhouse is meant for interior use and is made in the USA. The instructions for assembly are printed right on it so you'll never lose them.About PharmtecPharmtec is based in Richfield, Ohio and designs, manufactures, and markets a variety of consumer products such as The Gaurden™, My VeryOwnGuarden™, and My Very Own House™. Their mission is to bring you easy-to-use, versatile, high-quality products at the best value possible. Through innovative design, and quality workmanship and materials, they strive to meet or exceed customer expectations. Read More
Shop for Push and Pull Toys from eRockingHorses.com! About Wonderworld by Smart GearAs a strong advocate of protecting the environ...ment, Wonderworld insists on using only rubber-wood that is a replenishable source that's widely accepted throughout the world as an environmentally-friendly material. Rubber-wood is a by-product from the culling of rubber trees in excess of 25 years of age that can no longer produce latex for commercial application and need to be replanted. This means, not only is deforestation avoided, but every part of the tree is used to its fullest. Wonderworld strictly adheres to their policy of only non-toxic colors and lacquers on their toys. Wonderworld uses only water-based wood paint for their wooden toys. This minimizes child exposure to chemicals, use of underground fossil fuel, CO2 emission, and chemical waste released into the environment. Read More
Perfect for infants 18 months and older, shape-related toys and puzzles help toddlers learn the difference between a circle, square, triangle, and octagon.
Wonderworld Waggy Garden Sorter the Wonderworld Waggy Garden Nature Themed Shape Discovery and Play Set is a fun toy that encourag...es learning the dynamics of geometric shapes. The Wonderworld Waggy Garden Nature Themed Shape Discovery and Play Set is a slightly slanted cylinder shaped container that facilitates a child's actual sorting motion. The adjustable top of the container opens and closes and has different shaped slots to fit the colored garden creature inspired blocks. It can also be rolled along on its side to make a ratting sound. The Wonderworld Waggy Garden Nature Themed Shape Discovery and Play Set opens the door to learning with a fun and exciting process that is sure to keep your baby entertained for hours. Recommended Ages: 18 months & up! Read More
Wonderworld is going back to nature with the Color From Nature Series of toys! The colors are made from natural botanical extracts... such as flowers and leaves. The Wonderworld Natural Shape Sorter includes six different geometric shapes and color blocks to let children play & learn by sorting them in the matching shape holes in the box sorter. This educational toy encourages learning the dynamics of geometric shapes. The Wonderworld Natural Shape Sorter opens the door to learning with a fun and exciting process that is sure to keep your baby entertained for hours. Made in Thailand from rubberwood and strictly using Non-Toxic Paints, Dyes and Lacquers and Formaldehyde Free Glue. Packaging is made from at least 70% recycled paper.Product Measures: 6 x 6 x 4Recommended Ages: 18 months and up Read More
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Cookie Shape Surprise The Cookie Shape Surprise is an adorable cookie jar character that helps to devel...op baby's sorting skills while also teaching colors, numbers, shapes, manners and more! As baby shape sorts the four included cookies, he will be rewarded with fun SFX, rich learning content, and sing-along songs. The open belly of the cookie jar is perfect for fun, put-and-take play. As baby reaches into the cookie jar's belly, he will be delighted with the surprise of additional songs, tunes & phrases! Press down on the lid of the cookie jar to activate even more fun songs, tunes & phrases!Recommended Ages:1 – 3 Read More
Ease to grasp and harmless if thrown, soft toys are ideal for squeezing, cuddling, and helping young children develop their fine-motor skills.
Stacking toys help children develop their fine-motor skills through lining up rings, blocks, beads, or other shapes. Sorting toys hone a child’s understanding of similarities and differences through dividing objects by shape, color, size, or another common feature.
The VTech Sort and Go Baby Helicopter will help encourage early learning, imaginative play and visual and auditory stimulation in ...toddlers. Push or pull the helicopter to activate bright flashing lights, playful phrases and 20 different songs and melodies to keep your child engaged. This toddler helicopter is approachable from any angle it is played with. One side of the body has up and down and stop and go buttons to teach opposites. The back and top have two spinning propellers featuring numbers. Three shape sorter slots are on one side of the body while the fourth is on the other side. Each sorting block is a different shape and color and has a different animal for a variety of learning options. On the front, the windshield lights up and has a puppy pilot for added fun. On the side of this battery operated helicopter are high/low volume controls and an on/off switch. Read More
A timeless classic baby will love! Colorful plush stacking ring teaches size and shape while helping little ones develop problem s...olving spatial relations and hand-eye coordination. Read More
Nest the blocks, build a tower, and take shape-sorting fun to new heights! These multifunctional blocks have something new to expl...ore on every side: a family of faces, drop-through tops, shape-sorter sides, and a school of sea creatures offer lots to discuss as children build vocabulary, hand-eye coordination, and motor skills. The sturdy plastic materials and contoured rims make it easier for little ones to place each block, building confidence along with coordination and balance. Creative cutouts in the cups and lid and a collection of shape pieces add to the fun, letting kids create their own shape-sorting activity or build a tower and drop the shapes all the way through! A felt flap in the base provides sensory reinforcement as children reach in to retrieve the pieces, encouraging little hands to keep exploring, discovering, and learning with this exciting baby and toddler toy. Melissa & Doug K's Kids toys nurture early childhood development in three key skill areas: physical, cognitive, and social. With interactive designs and multisensory features, K's Kids promotes constructive play and effortless learning, keeping interest high and new skills flourishing throughout the baby and toddler years! Read More
Baby Toys: Tower of Babble Stacking Blocks - - - Will this tower prepare your child for heavy geopolitical discussions? Perhaps no...t, but it should, however, encourage dialogue about animals, shapes, numbers, seasons and colors. *Product Details* - Ten stacking blocks - Each block features colorful images, words and numbers *Age Range* - 2 and up Read More
From mobiles to plush animals, stroller toys attach to the buggy’s canopy or bumper bar and provide on-the-go entertainment for your child.
Join Squirt, the fun-loving baby sea turtle from the Disney movie Finding Nemo, on his journey down the crazy EAC with this great ...Squirt Developmental toy. Hang this Squirt plush from a stroller or crib and watch your baby's eyes light up from all the fun and developmental features! It includes a soft mirror, a textured ring and 2 teethers for curious teething babies. It also features a crinkle texture and an exciting chime noise inside! Read More
WubbaNub Red Dog WubbaNub Red Dog is a cheerful and adorable plush dog. This cute pacifier can win every kid's heart. Babies can e...asily enjoy this pacifier whether lying on the side or back, the car seat, sling or stroller. This cute pacifier is machine washable and air dries. Why You'll Love It: WubbaNub Red Dog is an ideal companion for babies. They can keep it with them all the time. Features Light in weight Hygienic for babies Long lasting Well constructed shape Free from BPA, PVC and phthalates Read More
For over 80 years, MICKEY MOUSE has delighted and inspired generations of Disney fans worldwide! No other character occupies a sim...ilar space in the hearts and minds of consumers globally. Hang this MICKEY MOUSE Activity Toy from a stroller or crib and watch your baby's eyes light up from all the fun and developmental features! Features include a bead rattle, rings, ribbons, crinkle textures, a chime, and teethers for your teething baby. Read More
Secure-A-Toy 2 pack: Best Seller. Never lose another baby toy. These simple straps provide a safe attractive method for keeping b...aby's toys close at hand. Just snap one end to the child's toy and the other end to car seat, stroller, high seat, etc. Machine washable. Assorted colors. Made in USA. Read More
Does your kid love snow leopards? Go crazy for kangaroos? If you can think of an animal, there’s a good chance you can find a plush, stuffed version of it for your tot. Stuffed animals are also available in a variety of sizes, from miniature to full.
Plush Toys: 14 Knit Crowd Bunny - - - One doll's a pal. Two is company. And three's a crowd. Especially when they're these super s...oft, hand knit animals with clever accessories. *Product Details* - Nod exclusive, designed by us - Cat is sporting a grey mouse backpack - Dog is wearing a soft spiked collar - Bunny is adorned with a carrot shaped scarf - Accessories are not removable - Makes a great shower or baby gift *Materials* - Super soft cotton with poly fill *Care Instructions* - Hand wash *Age Range* - All ages *Style Options* - Dog - Bunny - Cat Read More
Plush Toys: 14 Knit Crowd Cat - - - One doll's a pal. Two is company. And three's a crowd. Especially when they're these super sof...t, hand knit animals with clever accessories. *Product Details* - Nod exclusive, designed by us - Cat is sporting a grey mouse backpack - Dog is wearing a soft spiked collar - Bunny is adorned with a carrot shaped scarf - Accessories are not removable - Makes a great shower or baby gift *Materials* - Super soft cotton with poly fill *Care Instructions* - Hand wash *Age Range* - All ages *Style Options* - Dog - Bunny - Cat Read More
Plush Toys: 14 Knit Crowd Dog - - - One doll's a pal. Two is company. And three's a crowd. Especially when they're these super sof...t, hand knit animals with clever accessories. *Product Details* - Nod exclusive, designed by us - Cat is sporting a grey mouse backpack - Dog is wearing a soft spiked collar - Bunny is adorned with a carrot shaped scarf - Accessories are not removable - Makes a great shower or baby gift *Materials* - Super soft cotton with poly fill *Care Instructions* - Hand wash *Age Range* - All ages *Style Options* - Dog - Bunny - Cat Read More
Makes a lovely gift for a new father a beloved toy for animal lovers! At the South Pole, emperor penguin babies stay close to thei...r fathers in their earliest days. This fuzzy gray chick is attached to his by a satin ribbon. The polar stuffed-animal duo will warm hearts with an endearing pairing of softness and strength. Read More
Whether they are classics like Paddington Bear or personalized versions created at build-a-bear workshops, teddy bears make excellent gifts.
Once your child starts teething, she will want to chew on anything and everything. From refrigerated, gel-filled soothers to chew-proof necklaces, teethers will provide some relief for your little one as those baby teeth work their way out.
Teethers & Rattles: Multi Stripe Knit Barbell Rattle - - Multi Stripe - Shaking these barbell rattles might not help babies get an...y bigger, but they will definitely keep them entertained and give them something to teeth on. *Product Details* - Nod exclusive - Sold individually - Hand-crocheted so sizes may vary slightly - Soft knit baby rattles are great for little hands and teething mouths *Materials* - 100% cotton yarn - Poly stuffing *Care Instructions* - Hand or machine washable *Age Range* - 0 and up *Color Options* - Multi stripe - Red stripe - Blue Stripe Read More
Royal relief. Just cool this Disney tiara teether in the refrigerator to soothe your little princess' sensitive gums. In pink/purp...le. Disney Product Features: Tiara design offers enchanting style. Product Details: 5H x 3W x .5D Ages birth & up Plastic Hand wash Imported Read More
Elmo's the ringleader on this teething key set, adding popular Sesame Street characters to play time. Product Features: Soft key t...eeth provide relief to sore gums. Elmo ring offers an easy grip. Product Details: 5.5H x 8W x 1.75D (packaged) Ages 6 months & up Hand wash By Munchkin Model no. 74075 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Infant. Pattern: Novelty. Read More
This Kids Preferred Disney Baby Teether can help children get through teething in comfort. Each is modeled after Disney princesses..., providing your little one with a cute and safe option for relieving tooth and gum pain. Teething begins anywhere from four to seven months, and having a safe teething toy can help to relieve symptoms without medication. Your little one can benefit from this Princess Keys to the Kingdom Disney Teether. In addition to helping with your little one's mouth, it can make playtime more fun. Each Disney Princess Keys to the Kingdom Disney Teether has multiple textures for just the right bite, teaching baby to chew and strengthening the muscles inside and around her mouth. Read More
Toys sets simplify gift giving, combining a series of related pieces in one package.
Baby Toys: New Beginnings Baby Gift Set by Aden + Anais - - - Featuring swaddle blankets, burpy bibs and more, our New Beginnings ...Gift Set is perfect for babies who are just beginning their own journey. Made by Aden + Anais, each piece is made from 100% cotton muslin, making it super comfy and soft. *Product Details* - Made by aden + anais - ImportedSet includes - Two pre-washed 47 x 47 swaddles: 100% Cotton Muslin breathable blankets that are as versatile as they are beautiful- complete swaddling instructions included - One pre-washed burpy bibr: A bib and burp cloth all in one to provide maximum coverage during feedings - One pre-washed Musy Mate lovey: A cuddly muslin companion that puts a fun twist on traditional security blankets at bedtime and beyond - One Swaddle love Book: an entertaining guide full of heartwarming humor that explores the history and techniques of swaddling *Materials* - Swaddles and burpy bib are made from 100% cotton muslin - Musy Mate lovey made of cotton muslin with 100% polyfill *Care Instructions* - Machine washable Read More
This traveling trio is just the right size for little hands and little mouths. Two teethers, a clacker, and lots of fun by land, a...ir or sea! The Airplane Teether is ready for take-off! Easy for baby to grasp and hold with friendly spinning passengers and a handy link. The Sailboat Teether is a wave of teethable fun for baby. Easy for baby to grasp and hold with a handy link to sail along anywhere! The Clacker Car has clacking beads on the top, colorful beads in the wheel, and a handy link this little car is fueled up for take-along fun. Read More
Inspire your child's dreams with this adorable layette set. The set features suspenders, black and yellow booties, red hat and lay...ette outfit. Read More
From toddler-powered choo-choos like Thomas the Tank Engine to Tyco’s more serious electric model train sets, trains, tracks, and stations fascinate children of all ages.
Be they dump, garbage, monster, or fire, trucks appeal to kids of all ages and genders.
From music boxes and chattering teeth to crawling critters and swimming scuba divers, wind-up toys entertain kids while teaching them cause-and-effect.
Be they wooden, plastic, metal, or cloth, baby toys are designed with your tiny player in mind. Some are best suited for indoors, while others are much better for outside or for when you and your Baby are on the go.
Some baby toys may be geared for a certain play location such as indoors, outside, or in the water.
Baby toys can be made out of plastic, metal, wood, foam, or fabric. All toys sold in the U.S. are required to meet material safety regulations set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Some baby toys may have loops, rings, or Velcro to attach the toy to a crib, stroller, highchair, or baby carrier. These attachments make it easy to take the toys from place to place and prevent them from getting lost.
Some baby toys are easy to clean in the washing machine or dishwasher.
Many toys, such as blocks, sorting toys, and animals, support various types of play.
Whether with lights, music, noises, or movement, many baby toys are interactive, entertaining children and teaching them about cause-and-effect.
Babies put nearly everything in their mouths, so baby toys are designed to withstand drool and chewing; some even have antibacterial surfaces. However, still be cautious of toys with small parts that may break off and pose a potential choking hazard.
Aside from entertainment, baby toys can teach children about letters, numbers, shapes, sounds, colors, object names, and textures.
Before you buy a baby toy, keep in mind its age range, durability, versatility, and educational value. Also consider its storage requirements.
Many toys will list a recommended age range for those who use it. If you have more than one child in the house, be sure the toy is safe for all of them or that it is kept out of reach of younger children.
Kids are notoriously rough on toys. Select toys that look like they can withstand a few flights through the air or trips down the stairs.
Kids are great at repurposing objects, and toys are a natural fit for this. Choose options such as blocks, which can be played with in a variety of ways -- and at different ages and stages -- to build creativity and prolong use.
There’s nothing wrong with toys that are purely fun. Yet take advantage of the sponge-like nature of kids at this early stage and select toys that will help develop their cognitive, linguistic, and/or fine-motor skills.
Before you buy a baby toy, consider if you have adequate space and containers in which to store it. No one wants a pile of life-sized stuffed animals crowding up her living room.