We start scouting new toys in February, request tons of them in May and June, and over the summer, test a few hundred faves with some 75 kids and their parents. The result—this annual list—is the best of the newest. We don’t play around! (Oh wait, maybe we do...)
Best Toys 2016: Babies
Pull Lamaze Munching Max down from his clip and watch him crazily wave his acorn back and forth—definitely the silliest, funniest baby toy we saw this year! Birth+, $15.
Eeboo Hue Do You Love Plush Animals are soft, vibrant-colored velour and make the crinkling sound babies love. Birth+, $13 each.
The playground that is the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center encourages small motor skills, like lifting a window and spinning a dial, and big ones, like crawling and cruising. 6 months to 3 years, $50.
Babies love it, and parents agree the Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym is nice enough to leave out in the living room. Birth+, $80.
This souped-up Little Tikes Light ’n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker has tons of games up front and shines a light on the floor; our tiny testers were thrilled to push it around. 9 months to 3 years, $40.
Got a rocker-and-roller? Create a nice, wide playspace with B. Floorchestra foam tiles. Unique to this play pad is the soundboard; snap it on for sounds and songs, or take it off for quiet play. Birth to 6 years, $30.
Hand over the Kids Preferred Amazing Baby Bumble Bee Bumpy Ball to keep your babe busy! Eight nubs just right for grasping make it easy to explore (or, likely, gnaw). Birth+, $15.