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Top Baby Toys

Best Baby Toys: Activity Mats, Push Toy, Activity Toys & Baby Rattles


A lot happens for babies in their first year of life. What are the best baby toys? Do you buy a baby rattle, baby teether, baby mobile, crib toy, push toy, play gym or activity toy? All of these are great choices for this age group and these are some of my top baby toys.

1. Animal Adventures Learning Table - LeapFrog

Animal Adventures Activity Table LeapFrog

Learning tables are great for mobile babies that are learning to pull to stand, or stand and play for periods of time. This educational toy from LeapFrog has over 100 different songs, with 7 activity stations and 2 learning modes. The legs are removable for younger babies and this toy is recommended for babies ages 6-36 months.

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2. Chase & Race Speedway - Fisher-Price

This toy has 2 speeds and 3 moving discs. Kids place their ares on the moving discs or into the police station or gas station. Cars will spin, jump from disc to disc and crash into each other. This toy comes with 2 rattle cars. 3 "C" batteries are required and not included. This toy is recommended for kids ages 6 months and up.

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3. Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza - Fisher-Price

Balapalooza Fisher-Price

This large activity center encourages standing babies to place up to 8 colorful balls inside. There is ramp play, and music that encourages babies to interact with it by sitting and placing the balls in the lower ramps while babies can also crawl through the gate. 4 "C" batteries are required but not included.

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4. Flip Flop Fred - Lamaze

Flip Flop Fred

This is a turtle baby baby rattle that has high contrast colors, ribbons for baby to feel, crinkle edges and a loop that allows it to be attached to infant rings where he can dangle from a playgym or infant carseat. The larger size encourages babies to hold it with 2 hands. Great for babies newborn to 8 months.

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5. Gymini My Nature Pals Activity Mat - Tiny Love

Tiny Love Gymini My Nature Pals Activity Mat

The Gymini activity mat has arches that are part of the "smart motion system" that allows baby to play with these toys as they progress through the developmental milestones from tummy time to rolling to sitting. Toys included in this new play gym are a Lights and Music Caterpillar that hangs from the arches and plays music for 20 minutes. It's lights are activated by the baby simply touching the toy in a cause and effect fashion. The toys can also be utilized on other baby gear like diaper bags, strollers, and high chairs.

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6. Having a Ball Get Rollin' Activity Table - Bright Starts

Having a Ball Get Rollin' Activity Table - Bright Starts
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Recommended for kids ages 6-36 months, this is an activity table that builds in fun, cause and effect play babies and toddlers love with ball play. There are 60 different songs and 8 play stations. The toy features both English and Spanish phrases. The legs also detach for floor play.

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7. Laugh & Learn Apptivity Monkey - Fisher-Price

Laugh & Learn Apptivity monkey Fisher-Price

Technology toys are now even developed for infants. This is an interactive, plush learning toy that holds an iPhone or iTouch. The monkey has 10+ songs and phrases, even when there is not an iPhone or iTouch device inside. Kids can interact with the monkey when the app is activated learning about colors, numbers, animals, and shapes. Recommended for kids ages 6 months and up.

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8. Pop & Swap Gym - Infantino

Pop & Swap Activity Gym - Infantino

This is one of the most versatile baby toys. This play gym has customizable baby toys and baby teethers with interchangeable graphics. The sides of the gym can be removed and this also can be a crib toy, tummy time toy, and is a fantastic all around activity toy that baby can play with anywhere. Additional activity pods can be purchased based on the features that your individual child prefers to play with.

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9. Rocktivity Walk n' Roll Rider - Hasbro

Rocktivity ride on toy hasbro

This is a combination push toy and ride-on toy for babies ages 9 months and up. There is a blue and pink version. The new Rocktivity line by Hasbro features popular licensed songs such as "Life is a Highway" that encourages kids to be motivated to learn by moving.

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10. Sunny Stroll - Tiny Love

Sunny Stroll Tiny Love
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This activity arch can be attached to infant car seats, strollers, or played with as a tummy time toy. It includes 6 different activities that feature a crinkly sun, mirror, rattle and textures that will encourage baby to reach out and explore.

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