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Top 2011 Baby Toys

  • Jon Whittle

    The Alphaberry has all the sensory stimulation of Daddy's BlackBerry without the cluttered inbox. Press a letter and baby hears it repeated and sees it on the digital screen (which changes to blue, orange and red when you scroll the color wheel). It also plays the ABC song in versions including country, blues and rock 'n' roll. ($20; amazon.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Bedtime in a box! The Apple Park Picnic Pals Gift Crate includes a baby cloth, teether, finger puppet and book. Choose from five fun pals. ($39; applepark.com) Storytime comes alive with the matching Picnic Pal Beanie. ($28; applepark.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Set Bright Starts' Having a Ball Roll and Chase Bumble Bee to “chase and play” mode and it tumbles in different directions, prompting baby to crawl along. Set it to “learning” mode for lessons about colors, shapes and numbers. ($15; toysrus.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    From baby to big girl, BuckleyPanda and BuckleyLion grow with her. During the early months, it's a soft and snuggly lovey. Once she starts flexing her mad motor skills, the buckles foster critical thinking and dexterity. ($30 for 17-inch doll, $20 for 12-inch doll; buckleyboo.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    The Caterpillar Truck N Mixer Shape Sorter lets your toddler play trucks like the big boys while sharpening his problem-solving skills. Drop the shapes into the clear red plastic “mixer,” then push this sturdy yellow rig to the job site. ($15; kmart.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Chicco's Funny Vehicle Fire Truck and Dump Truck are more than just pretty faces. A movement sensor sets off sound effects (including sirens and songs), which encourage baby to push, pull and move these little trucks around the room. ($19 each; albeebaby.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Fisher-Price calls it Go Baby Go! Poppity-Pop Musical Dino but we prefer Cause and Effect: The Original Soundtrack. With eight tunes to choose from, your tot will bop as he drops the balls in the dino's tail (which promotes hand-eye coordination) and watches them pop over the side or roll out the mouth. ($25; toysrus.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Haba makes some of the best wooden toys we've ever played with (uh, we mean reviewed in a professional manner). Its latest, Habaland Play Blocks, comes with 25 beech wood pieces that can create a city (tower!) or the countryside (trees and tractors!). ($63; maukilo.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Get a tricycle with a longer shelf life. The customizable Joovy Tricycoo has a removable parent push handle and toddler side railing to help keep him secure. When he's ready to ride solo, unlock the front wheel pedals and watch him go. ($100; amazon.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    He's the latest in tactile technology; Rusty the Robot by Lamaze has five different textures plus multiple patterns and a mirror to engage baby's sense of sight and recognition. Rusty also has plastic rings for teething or attaching to a stroller or diaper bag. ($17; amazon.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Write a children's story one block at a time with Lego Duplo Winnie the Pooh's House. Should your tot build Pooh's house or just serve pots of honey to Piglet and Eeyore? Forty oversize pieces tune fine motor skills and develop independent thinking. ($30; lego.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Let's Rock!
    Elmo takes six of his favorite kiddie classics (including the Elmo's World theme) and revamps them as arena rockers. While Elmo plays the drums, your tot can shake the tambourine—garage band goodness at its most interactive. (kmart.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Record your voice onto Cloud B's Mimicking Monkey or choose one of its prerecorded sounds to lull baby to sleep. The Velcro hands make hanging around crib-side a cinch. ($32; bedbathandbeyond.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    If the Alex Jr. My Busy Town is in fact a city, then it has five distinct neighborhoods: bead mazes, peek-a-boo doors, spinning letter tiles, mix-and-match animal blocks and wiggly vehicle rollers. This activity cube will keep baby moving and encourage fine and gross motor skills. ($110; alextoys.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Playskool Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper develops hand-eye coordination and stimulates his senses. The 360-degree rotating trunk sends balls to the belly pouch for sitters, to the orange arm for standers or forward for more mobile tots to chase. ($30; babiesrus.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    The cheerful, crocheted, handmade Rainbow Rattles by Yellow Label Kids are perfectly sized for little hands. They're eco-friendly too; the yarn is made from organic bamboo. (set of three, $29; yellowlabelkids.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    He head-bangs, duck-walks and plays guitar solos with his nose: Rock Star Mickey promotes music by putting on a killer show. While his set list is only three songs long, the coolest feature is the “rock star 101” mode where Mickey teaches his moves. ($55; rockstarmickey.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs Duets is the Björk of musical toys: quirky, mesmerizing and totally original. With each squeeze of the tummy it belts out a new note (press the hand for different tones and octaves). When played alongside any other Sing-A-Ma-Jig, they harmonize. ($19; amazon.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Equal parts huggable doohickey and sensory thingamajig, the Skip Hop Hug and Hide Dog is chock-full of crinkly, jingly attached playthings (read: won't lose pieces in the sofa cushions). ($17; amazon.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    A lot of tots carry a stuffed animal and a blanket, so consider Haba Baby Doll Luca a two-for-one special. The doll is super-plush for snuggling and develops gross and fine motor skills with a removable onesie, kerchief and shoes. ($29; amazon.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    BPA- and PVC-free Green Toys Stacking Cups, made from recycled milk containers, scoop water at bathtime, stack sky-high in the living room and sort like Mommy's measuring cups. (set of six, $11; greentoys.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    With a rattle tail and squeaky nose that are totally giggle-worthy, the tactile-tastic Alex Jr. Stretchy Puppy wears enough patterns and eye-popping designs to entertain a circus clown. ($28; alextoys.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    Alex Jr. Stretchy Sandwich is fun for your little foodie. The sandwich is a virtual cause-and-effect buffet: It pulls apart to reveal colorful, crinkly fillings and features a teething ring and rattle at one end. ($22; alextoys.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    The Fun Travel Activity Nest by Chicco folds and zips for easy transport while traveling. Lay flat for tummy time, raise the bar for fun with dangling toys or lift the mesh canopy (shown) to keep baby cozy during playtime. ($60; qvc.com)

  • Jon Whittle

    With its eye-popping colors and patterns, the covetable Alex Jr. Mix 'n Max Zoom Around Rocker is one toy you just might design a nursery around. A solid wood frame provides super support. It's a plush lovey you can ride! ($132; alextoys.com)

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