10 best toys for babies and toddlers

Check out our favourite toys for babies and toddlers, from newborn to age three, tested and picked by real families.

By Today's Parent
Shopping for baby toys can be tough—how do you know what they want when they haven't got the words to tell you? These 25 toys have been tested (and approved) by real kids for maximum enjoyment. From battery-operated to classic wooden toys, we've got you covered this holiday.

1. LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant

Leapbuilders fruit farm elephant toy Image courtesy of LeapFrog Learning about animals, numbers and colours is extra fun when you’ve got a fruit-loving elephant to help you. There are 21 easy-to-hold pieces, including 10 interactive blocks that respond with educational songs and encouraging words. Tap the question or music button to learn animal facts, or listen to one of five melodies. LeapFrog, $20,

2. Explore and more selfie phone

Explore and more selfie phone baby toy Image courtesy of SkipHop With a shiny mirror sticker, your babe can mimic the fun selfies you take together on their very own phone. This cute toy makes barking and meowing sounds and has three light-up face filters, including doggy ears and silly glasses. SkipHop, $13,

3. Magical Tales Gymini

Magical Tales Gymini baby toy play set Image courtesy of Tiny Love This play mat works at various stages of a baby’s development, stimulating the senses on day one, then making a comfy spot for tummy time. Silky ribbons and crinkly flaps to grab and pull encourage fine motor skills. You grow, baby! Tiny Love, $100,

4. Llama Soft Book

Llama soft book baby toy opened Image courtesy of Manhattan Toy company Llamas are having a moment. This soft, wordless book follows the squeaky fellow from page to page as he encounters different activities and textures. There’s something to crinkle, a baby-safe mirror to gaze into, Velcro to pull and loops to tug. Manhattan Toy, $20,

5. Lil' Cuddles Doll Gift Set

Lil cuddles doll and doll clothing Image courtesy of Madame Alexander Baby dolls are always a hit, and this sweet set is no exception. With a soft cloth body, a lifelike head that bobs and cute little fingers and toes that grasp, this baby comes with an extra outfit complete with a bib and booties. Madame Alexander, $50,

6. Cute Rider: Panda

Viking cute rider panda toy Image courtesy of Viking Hop on! Perfect for practising mobility and balance, this bear-y cute ride-on is constructed of durable recycled plastic. Parents will love that the wheels spin easily and silently(!), while kids will love the under-seat storage for stashing treasures. Viking, $80,

7. Sophie Touch Musical

Sophie touch musical giraffe plush baby toy Image courtesy of Sophie la girafe Everyone’s favourite French giraffe is back and reporting for double duty. Not only is she a soft, cuddly friend, but two special skin-contact sensors on her front hooves also play music to teach babies about cause and effect. Sophie la girafe, $50,

8. Ocean A to Z Puzzle and Playset

Ocean puzzle play set Image courtesy of Begin Again Each part of this wooden deep-sea puzzle has a pretty water-based decal that coordinates with a letter, like “O” for “octopus.” Once they’re done with the puzzle, let them use the pieces as figurines to tell an underwater story, and then tuck them away in the wooden storage box. Begin Again, $50,

9. Fantasy Bird

Colourful fantasy bird toy Image courtesy of Manhattan Toy The C-clip on this parrot pal makes it easy to fasten to your stroller. The colourful design will help stimulate their imagination, and details like a crinkly tail feather, mini mirror and teether can curb fussiness. Manhattan Toy, $19,

10. Lica Bella Unicorn

Lica bella unicorn light up toy Image courtesy of Gipsy Rainbow dreams come true with soft, fluffy Lica Bella. Full of magic and splendour, your mystical bestie’s eyes glow with pretty colours when you press her magical star. Want a little night light ambience? Press her hoof, and her body will shine with a shimmery glow. Gipsy, $40,
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This article was originally published on Nov 01, 2019

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