Finding the perfect toy for babies can be an enjoyable experience, because these will be among the first toys that the baby will own in his or her life. The developmental milestones and potential are vast when it comes to babies, so the possibilities are almost endless. For this reason, looking for the Best Toys for Babies for Christmas 2018 can be a little overwhelming. If you don’t know exactly where to begin, this guide is a good place to start.
Infants start out not being able to sit or stand, and they will spend most of the time lying on their backs or rolling over. Baby gyms are ideal because they give the baby something to do while lying down. A baby gym is typically a soft, baby-safe mat that has an overhead arch. This arch can contain a number of items that the baby can interact with – from colorful objects to musical toys.
The baby gym serves a dual purpose because it is a place where the baby can lie down safely for some time. Aside from that though, it’s also an activity center. The bright colors and vivid shapes attract the baby’s attention and encourage interaction. It makes the baby reach out and in that way also helps develop mobile and cognitive skills.
Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym
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This baby gym by Fisher-Price gives your baby four ways to play. From simply lying down and tummy time to sit & play and even to take-along, this baby gym grows with the baby and targets multiple developmental milestones. It’s loaded with 5 carefully chosen activity toys and even a mirror, but what makes this really unique is its capacity to play music, thanks to the large piano keys that the baby can kick. This is a toy that contains multiple attractions for the baby to enjoy, and even the toys in the overhead arch has everything you want – a rollerball frog, elephant clackers, and even a teether shaped like a hippo.
Infantino Grow-with-me Activity Gym and Ball Pit
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True to its name, this activity gym and ball bit by Infantino grows with your baby and can be used from as early as 0 months. It’s an activity gym that doubles as a ball pit, so that in itself makes it unique. When the baby is young, the lay and play format provides a sensory playground with lots of hanging toys to keep the baby’s attention. This helps with the baby’s motor skills and stimulates all senses. The sit and play format is useful for when the baby grows older, and even as a toddler this can still be used in its ball pit format. With 40 colorful balls all smartly contained in the turtle’s head, there would hardly be any lack of fun and excitement.
Infantino Sweet Safari Twist and Fold Activity Gym and Play Mat
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This Sweet Safari activity gym and play mat by Infanto is recommended for younger babies because it’s designed more for overhead discovery and tummy time. The play mat itself is comfortable enough and there’s also a soft bolster that props the baby up. The overhead arch also contains four toys that the baby can reach for and play with, and these toys are completely removable as well. But perhaps the best feature of this activity gym is the fact that it can be folded up in a very compact manner, so that means easy storage as well as portability.
Rattles are great for babies because they will eventually reach the stage when they like grasping things. Usually made of plastic or wood, rattles produce noise when the baby shakes them. Having a rattle to hold and shake helps babies practice their grasp reflex, and the sound that the rattle produces also helps develop their cause-and-effect thinking. Rattles come in all shapes and designs, but they’re usually small enough for tiny fingers to grasp.
It would also be good to get a rattle that’s colorful because aside from motor and musical skills, it will help develop visual appreciation. Another thing you can think about is getting a rattle that doubles as a teether, because at that age babies not only like to grasp things, they also like to put objects in their mouth. Getting something that’s baby-safe will go a long way.
Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy
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This sensory, award-winning delight of a toy is a baby rattle and teether in one, which makes it ideal as a gift because you get to target different developmental milestones. There’s basically a middle cube that gives off that rattle sound when the baby shakes it, but from that cube comes a maze of soft tubes that surround it almost like a sphere. This promotes two-handed play and clutching, and the bright colors also provide great visual stimulation. It must also be noted that the plastic used for the tubes are BPA free and completely safe to be enjoyed as a teether.
Fisher-Price Rattle and Rock Maracas Musical Toy
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This maracas-shaped rattle is just the right size for tiny hands, and makes that delightful sound all the same. It helps babies master and strengthen their grasp, and the helps them make music while they’re at it. As the baby shakes the toy, tiny colorful rattle beads will whirl around the clear plastic section of the toy. This also has a soft pom-pom placed on the other end, adding another dimension to the toy. What this does is it adds a different kind of texture to the rattle, And because when you gift this, it comes as a pair of maracas, the baby gets one for each hand!
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This Oball shaker is another good option for a gift. It’s just the perfect size for a baby’s tiny hands, and in the middle you have a clear rattle with colorful beads that can easily be seen and also make a sound every time the baby shakes it. On the two ends of the rattle, there are two flexible Oballs that are easy to grasp and hold on to. Best of all, these Oballs are perfect for babies to teeth on – so if you get this one as a gift it serves not only as a rattle but also as a teether.
No nursery is complete without a baby mobile, and that’s why this is quite a popular gift option. A baby mobile adds just the right amount of detail, color, and activity to a nursery. This is especially useful in the baby’s earliest weeks, when he or she will be lying down in the crib most of the time. Baby mobiles are designed to hang overhead, and the items serve as visual stimulation. The items hanging from the mobile naturally rotate or move about, and the baby’s eyes will follow these vivid colors around.
Baby mobiles keep the babies occupied even as they’re lying down, not just with their vision but even with their hearing. That’s because some baby mobiles come with music, which is guaranteed to attract their attention.
SHILOH Baby Developmental Crib Toy With Arm and Musical Mobile Blue Sky
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This battery-operated musical mobile has over 60 melodies to choose from, so as it rotates the baby’s senses will have a feast. Hanging from the mobile are plush toys that are durable and non-toxic, and can be removed as individual toys. There’s also either a jingle bell, music player, or BB squeaker built-in with each plush toy, so when the baby reaches for it and presses it, the toy will squeak much to his or her delight. The holder arm’s height can also be adjusted depending on what you need it to be, so as the baby grows and is able to reach further, you can also adjust this accordingly.
Tiny Love Lullaby Electronic Mobile Toy
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This battery-operated, electronic mobile toy by Tiny Love has 5 different melodies and can play 30 minutes of continuous music. This is definitely useful in lulling the baby to sleep without your help, because the music is soothing and the soft design is perfect even for newborns. There are also cute little animal figures that the baby can look at overhead, and with their vibrant colors and interesting design, they can definitely capture any restless baby’s attention. Another feature that you can take note of is that the music is just the perfect level of sound, and there’s also a mute if you want it.
Fisher-Price Musical Mobile, Rainforest Peek-a-Boo Leaves
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This musical mobile from Fisher-Price comes with a unique rainforest design, so it’s not your typical baby mobile. Aside from the green leaves that gently wave up and down, there are cute little rainforest animals that hang overhead, including the smiling dragonfly. The best thing about this is that there are three settings to choose from. You can set it to get music, motion, and lights, or you can set it to just music and motion or music and a warm night light. You can also use the remote to play classical music pieces from the likes of Beethoven and Bach.
Once babies reach four to six months of age, teething happens and at this stage, they usually want to keep chewing on everything – including their fingers, which they now love to put in their mouths. A teether is a good gift to give because a baby can never have too many teethers. With sore gums that need soothing, a teether is a very practical toy to give that babies will surely appreciate.
There are many kinds of teethers out there – from those made of rubber or fabric to the ones you can place in the freezer. Teethers come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and this means you have many options to choose from. The most important thing is to make sure that the teether you eventually choose is safe to use and of the highest quality. That’s because more than any other toy, this one will be spending a lot of time inside the baby’s mouth.
Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether
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This award-winning teether is one of the most unique gifts you can get, owing to the fact that it doubles as a toothbrush. On that note, it’s also better and safer than plastic toothbrushes. Dishwasher and freezer friendly, this teether is easy to maintain and a hit among parents and babies alike. This teether also helps prevent cavities and develop great oral hygiene among babies, complete with thick bristles that massage their sore gums. The bright yellow color is a delight for babies, and the banana ‘peels’ that serve as the handles make this very easy to grasp.
Nuby IcyBite Keys Teether
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Thanks to Nuby’s PurICE technology, after you put this teether in the fridge you’ll get the gentle cooling action that’s ideal for the sore gums of teething babies. It’s also ideal because it has an easy-grasp design that makes it easier for babies to use. It’s designed as a key ring with multiple keys, and these keys each have a different texture. This leads to multi-surface teething, which is ideal because it helps in the eruption of teeth in the front, back, and middle. It’s also made of BPA-free material so it’s very safe to use for ages 3 months and above.
Vulli Sophie la Girafe
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Sophie the Giraffe is an iconic toy for babies, and is one of the most sought after teethers out in the market. Made from 100% natural rubber and food paint, you can be assured that this is BPA-free and phthalate-free as well. It’s not your ordinary kind of teether because for one, it’s shaped like a giraffe. That means there are multiple parts for the baby to chew on, but also that it can double as a toy giraffe that the baby can interact with. One more thing you should note about Sophie is that each toy is individually hand-painted, so you get something that’s definitely special and unique.
No child is ever too young to discover the joy of reading. If you’re a bookworm yourself, baby books are a great way to jumpstart the baby’s learning journey. Baby books are made especially for babies, with simple words and visually-enticing drawings. They’re usually colorful and filled with beautiful and geometric patterns as well as familiar images that will help them learn the beauty of language.
Baby books are essential for teaching the baby colors, shapes, what names to call certain objects, and other important aspects of speech. Baby books can also serve as a bonding activity for parents and their children, because someone has to read them those books at the beginning. If you’re planning to buy baby books to add to a child’s collection, make sure the books is age-appropriate and made with quality materials.
VTech Musical Rhymes Book
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This musical rhymes book by VTech is a great gift to give because it’s very interactive and visually stimulating at the same time. With colorful pages, this is also packed with more than 40 songs, phrases, melodies, and sounds. There are 2 modes of play – so babies can enjoy this in either music mode or learning mode. This is basically a ‘talking book’ that includes 5 piano buttons – each in a different color and featuring a different instrument. There’s also a star that lights up together with the sound, so the baby’s senses will definitely be stimulated.
Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest
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A book that helps introduce babies to the wonderful animals that they can find in the forest, this is not like any regular baby book you may have come across. This soft book has six colorful pages that are packed with colorful patterns and shapes. The pages include wonderful rhymes that make storytelling time really fun, and the peek-a-boo flaps also help in building the baby’s hand-eye coordination. Unlike other books, this one’s made of durable fabric so it’s easy to wash and clean. There are also multiple textures to play with, so this is hardly one-dimensional and the possibilities for learning vary a lot.
VTech Touch and Teach Word Book
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Designed for babies from 18 months all the way to about 4 years, this Touch and Teach Word book is perfect for interactive play. Powered by 2 AAA batteries, babies are exposed not just to words and ABCs but also to music and other sounds. This book comes with four modes of play (Letter Fun, What’s That Word?, Find It! Quiz Game, Music Time), 12 touch-sensitive pages, 90 sounds, 15 melodies, and 100 words. Each page is able to react to the child’s touch so it’s very interactive and really facilitates learning in the best way possible.
Having babies stack one object on top of the other – whether it’s a building block, a colorful cup, or some other shape – helps with their hand-eye coordination and the development of other fine motor skills. Stacking toys are usually colorful as well, so it helps in visual stimulation and grabbing the baby’s attention. With stacking toys, the baby is also faced with a challenge of sorts, so completing this challenge will often earn squeals of delight and a sense of accomplishment.
Stacking toys come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s the concept of stacking that remains the same. When you choose the stacking toy that you will be giving, it would also be good to pay attention to the quality and safety of the toy, as well as what material it is made of.
Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag
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This big Mega Bloks bag contains 80 building block pieces for babies to play with and stack on top of one another. All these pieces mean there are endless possibilities for the babies to build on, and they can start by simply stacking blocks and then continue on to building actual objects as they expand their imaginations and creativity. This one’s also compatible with all Mega Bloks sets, so even as the baby grows older this can still be used to build bigger and more complicated structures. Best of all, these blocks are tiny enough for tiny hands and come in multiple and vibrant colors.
The First Years Stacking Up Cups
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This is a set of 8 brightly colored, differently-sized cups that babies can stack on top of one another. It’s one of the best stacking toys you can give, but there are multiple ways to play with this toy as well. For one, you can find large numbers on the bottom of the cups, and this gives babies exposure to numbers and counting from a very young age. They can be stacked into a pyramid, used as containers, or used in other ways. The best part is that all the cups are dishwasher safe so they’re easily to clean.
Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks
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This set of ten stacking blocks is contained inside a bucket, making it easy to store and bring around. The blocks come in different shapes and colors, and these can be stacked on top of the other. But the best thing about this is it’s not just good for stacking. It’s also great for shape and color recognition, and of course the blocks can be played with individually. Also, because babies will need to sort and drop the shapes into their corresponding holes, it adds a whole new learning dimension that they will surely enjoy.
Baby Activity Centers
Babies tend to be very curious, and they’re practically a blank canvas that will absorb every kind of learning you expose them to. A baby activity center is an ideal gift because it doesn’t just target one skill or development area for learning – it targets multiple areas. Usually, a baby activity center has multiple items that will catch the baby’s attention and entertain them for hours. This type of toy sometimes encourages them to sit upright or even stand, so this is especially useful for the baby’s oater years as he or she transitions to being a toddler.
With baby activity centers, pay attention to the size of the thing as well as to its appropriateness depending on how old the baby is. It will keep the baby busy for sure but it also matters what type of learning you’re targeting.
ALEX Jr. My Busy Town Wooden Activity Cube
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This wooden activity cube by Alex Jr. is sure to keep babies busy because there are so many aspects to it that can surely attract their attention. The 16” x 12” x 12” cube gives babies 5 sides of fun, and this includes the curvy bead maze in the top part. The other sides feature other fun games – from ABC tiles to peekaboo doors and racing car rollers. It’s made of durable wood and its cube shape makes it sturdy enough to set on the floor. This one targets tactile and visual stimulation like no other, and is ideal for babies from 12 months onwards.
VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube
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Another great activity cube that will surely keep babies occupied is this busy learners one from VTech. Good for babies from 6 months up until they reach about 3 years of age, this comes fully assembled and jampacked with 5 sides of activities and 14 interactive features to amuse your little one for hours and hours. Powered by 2 AAA batteries, some exciting features include 25 melodies and sounds (even including animal sounds!), 4 light-up buttons, and many more. This exposes babies to multiple colors, shapes, patterns, and textures, so the possibilities for learning are endless.
Sassy Wonder Wheel Activity Center
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This activity center is unique because it doesn’t come as a cube but as a wheel instead. As a wheel connected to a center, the baby can spin it around and around, with colorful beads contained in a clear structure to tease the baby’s sense of sight and sound. There are multiple textures that babies can explore as well, encourage their tactile development. The suction cup base makes it easier for this activity center to be attached to solid surfaces, and in that way it can stay put in one place and not move around as the baby plays with it.
Babies are still developing the full potential and functionality of their senses, so sensory toys are always a great gift idea. This comes in a variety of options, because there are many senses you’d like to develop – sight, smell, touch, hearing, and even taste. Sensory toys often target two or three senses at once, and help the babies make use of these senses all at the same time. Because these toys target the senses, they often come in bright and vibrant colors, exciting patterns, fun textures, and all kinds of sounds. There are many sensory toys out there and it would be good to pick one that highlights multiple senses because it will keep the little on busy for hours on end.
Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball
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One of the best sensory toys you can give is packaged into one particularly bumpy ball. It’s basically a ball with chunky bumps – each one featuring a different pattern or color. Some bumps are even made of clear plastic, with rattle pieces inside. The bumps make it easy for the baby to grasp at different parts of the ball, and because of its design, the ball also activates the baby’s sense of sight and even hearing. The different textures also delight the sense of touch, which is great for the baby’s curiosity. It’s definitely a sensory delight.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
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This musical toy is something that babies can take with them wherever they go. Non-toxic, BPA-free, and lead-free, it’s sized perfectly and has a caterpillar-shaped handle for little hands to grasp. Powered with 2 AA batteries, babies can activate as many as seven melodies from classical masters like Chopin, Mozart, and many more. Visually, this toy is also a delight, with the bright colors and the lights that dance along to the music. This will certainly attract and retain the baby’s attention because it activates multiple senses at once, and for that reason alone it’s a great gift to give.
Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys
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Bathtime can be loads of fun especially if the baby has great bathtime toys to play with. This one is shaped as an octopus, but it’s a sensory delight as well. The design includes multiple colors and fun shapes, stimulating the baby’s visual appreciation. There are three rings that the baby can shoot in different tentacles, developing hand-eye coordination. This toy is BPA free and all pieces float in water, making it safe to play with and super fun for bathtime. This one’s recommended for babies 18 months and older.
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