It's easy to get bogged down when faced with an ever-growing selection of toys. Is the latest innovation groundbreaking or a one-note gimmick? Which toys are truly educational? How about really fun?
A wrong guess is more than a matter of wasted money. After all, toys aren't just things. They're vehicles for learning, for entertainment, and for making lasting memories -- which is why a poor choice is disappointing and a good one is worth all that time in the store or online.
Barbara Rowley, a contributing editor, is the author of Baby Days.