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Adorable Baby Christmas Gift Ideas

  • Jon Whittle

    It's time once again for babytalk's annual collection of the year's softest, silliest and smartest playthings. This super-amazing showcase began with 300 toys from all over the world (Peru! Germany! Parsippany, New Jersey!). After a grueling review process conducted by our team of board-certified fun-ologists, we chose 30 toys that are not only entertaining but engage baby in many positive ways. So without further ado, here are the winners...

     

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  • Jon Whittle

    Compatible with growth spurts!
    With a product name like Ready, Set, Go Trike, Alex took the words right out of oUr MacBook. Babies can steer the bike from the high-backed seat (with headrest and safety bar) while Mom or Dad pushes the control handle. As he grows, remove the support accessories and watch your little Evel Knie-high go. ($75; alextoys.com)

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    Far beyond the moon and stars, 20 light years south of Mars, lies the Manhattan Toy Whoozit Busy Planet, which opens and closes to reveal activity elements including a mirror and teething ring. ($30; diapers.com)

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    With a busy-bee maraca, caterpillar tambourine and six other instruments (including a drum that doubles as a storage bin), the B. Toys Parum Pum Pum Drum will turn your tot into a onesie-man band. ($22; target.com)

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    Not only can baby build Rome in one day, she can chew on Rome too! B. Toys Elemenosqueeze has a soft rubber block, arch or column for every letter, each with a hand-sculpted animal in relief. ($30; onestepahead.com)

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  • Jon Whittle

    With the Melissa & Doug Mailbox Fill and Spill, deliveries are always special. Baby can pack the envelopes and add removable stamps, lift the flag and look through the clear window to see what's inside. ($25; melissaanddoug.com)

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    No worries about gas prices here. Simply pull back B. Toys Wheeee-ls! and watch them go. The four soft cars -- which include a taxi that squeaks and a race car that rattles -- come in a 100-percent recyclable box garage. ($16 for all four; target.com)

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  • Jon Whittle

    We like to call them Gwen Stuffed-fani and Gavin Stitchdale. But the good people at Blabla have dubbed these two super-soft, 12-inch dolls (hand-knit from natural fibers by Peruvian artisans) Otto Rocker Boy and Lola Rocker Girl. ($38 each; blablakids.com)

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    A pull toy with a payoff! When your little walker takes Henrietta the Pull Along Hen on a stroll, she lays three chickadees one after the other. Press the hen's comb for authentic clucks and crows. ($16; intplay.com)

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    It's baby's first remote-control car! Complete with working headlights and a simple two-button remote-control carrot, Jojo's Bump Bump will go all XGames on your living room: When Jojo crashes, he's ejected from the driver's seat. ($21; walmart.com)

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  • Jon Whittle

    The Lego Duplo Play with Numbers has colorful blocks perfectly sized for little fingers, and each has a number and corresponding counting item (five worms, six apples, seven flowers -- you get the idea). Child figure, dog, wagon and white picket fence included. ($25; lego.com)

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    Based on the blockbuster children's book starring A, B and C, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ABC Stacka Stacka has three stacking letter rings that pile up on a plush coconut tree. ($30; manhattantoy.com)

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  • Jon Whittle

    These blocks by Green Toys include 18 colors and have no BPA, phthalates or external coatings and come in an array of shapes (square, arch, triangle), which means building the world's first eco-friendly castle is totally doable. ($16; amazon.com)

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  • Jon Whittle

    Space: the fuzziest frontier. Earlyears Rocket Baby Play Set is a texture-and sound-centric toy with plenty of surprises inside: an astronaut dog that barks, a half-moon that crinkles, a UFO that jingles, a stretchy alien and a shooting star rattle. You know, all the stuff found in space. ($27; intplay.com)

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    One of illustrator Eric Carle's favorite characters, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, takes on the role of a lifetime: The World of Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar wood pull toy. ($18; kidspreferred.com)

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  • Jon Whittle

    The Lamaze Soft Sorter is like a squishy version of Tetris. With a silky sorter and rattling shapes, it helps baby boost brainpower solving the great what-fits-where mystery. ($24; learningcurve.com)

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  • Jon Whittle

    Does Starbucks serve a latte that jingles? We didn't think so. We recommend the Earlyears Tea Party, which comes with a jingly teacup, crinkly croissant and tea bags. ($27; intplay.com)

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  • Jon Whittle

    It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how, says the Cat in the Hat. A great place to start is The Cat in the Hat Grabber Zabber, an activity ball with crinkle paper discovery flaps that wiggles and jiggles when the yellow star is pulled. ($20; diapers.com)

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    Alex I Can Cook is a fill-and-spill smorgasbord. Put the pasta into the shiny silver pot, and make mealtime music with the squeaky carrot, rattle radish and jingly tomato. ($26; alextoys.com)

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    Give baby the fun of an aquarium without upkeep with this sweet Melissa & Doug Fishbowl Fill and Spill. ($25; melissaanddoug.com)

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    Rock the Stocking!

    Haba Fabric Rattles
    Each of these soft noisemakers, perfectly sized for little hands, has its own texture, color and sound. ($7 each; maukilo.com)

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    Rock the Stocking!

    Lamaze Marina the Mermaid
    Deck the stroller with this multitasking mermaid: She's equipped with a rattle star, seahorse teether and peek-a-boo mirror. ($14; learningcurve.com)

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