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Best Toddler Toys and Gifts for Christmas

  • Best Toddler Toys LeapFrog My Own Leaptop Best Toddler Toy
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    LeapFrog My Own Leaptop
    A great gift for toddlers, this laptop for little ones announces personalized e-mails and lets you customize a playlist of songs. Hours of games to play, too. ($22; amazon.com)

     

  • Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set
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    Pet Vet Play Set
    Calling all animal lovers and future veterinarians! Here's one of the best toys for toddlers who are attached at the furry hip to their dog or cat. This Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set from Melissa & Doug consists of two plush animals, plus a 24-piece pretend vet set including stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, cast, bandages and more in a handy tote. Toy experts recommend it for helping children develop empathy. ($30; amazon.com)

  • Best Toddler Toys Anamalz Moose
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    Anamalz Moose

    One of our favorite toddler toys for several years, Anamalz are handmade, wooden figures reminiscent of your childhood with a fun, modern twist — the perfect classic-cute combo. Toddlers’ imaginations will go wild as they play with the poseable farm, jungle and prehistoric animals. It even comes with a cloth mat to set the stage for a creative landscape. ($19; amazon.com)

  • Baby Alive Potty Dance Doll Gift for Toddlers
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    Baby Alive "Potty Dance" Baby Doll  
    The perfect doll for kids aged 3 years old and up, this baby doll speaks to her mini mommy or daddy in either Spanish or English. Baby Alive's realistic, adorable phrases include childhood classics like "Time to go potty!" and "Yay, I did it!" Not only that, she'll "pee" when given a baby bottle and can even sing a song. Eww or aww, your child will adore her. ($39; amazon.com)

  • Dance & Play Mickey Mouse Best Toy for Toddlers
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    Rock Out Mouse
    We predict a slew of Mickey-inspired dance parties with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Hot Diggity Dance & Play Mickey. This plush Disney doll is dressed in a funky light-up T-shirt and impresses people of all ages wtith his dynamic dance moves! Whether he's bopping along to the hot dog song or playing freeze dance, Dancing Mickey is a rockin' delight. ($40; amazon.com)

     

  • Best Toddler Toys Alex Little Hands Peg & Layer Jungle
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    Alex Little Hands Peg & Layer Jungle
    Toddlers will think this is one of the best Christmas gifts ever because they get to make their own jungle scene by stacking soft foam shapes, complete with monkeys, trees and flowers. ($24; amazon.com)

     

  •  Teddy Ruxpin Best Toddler Toys
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    The Return of Teddy Ruxpin 
    He's baaack!  The plush animal kingdom's smartest, cuddliest and most magical bear has returned just in time for the holiday season. Teddy Ruxpin's advanced features make him one of the best toddler gifts this Christmas. His color LCD eyes include 40 animations, and touch sensors let kids control the story and songs. Play with or without the free app. ($60; amazon.com)

  • Best Toddler Toys Fat Brain Toys Tobbles
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    Fat Brain Toys Tobbles
    Is it art? Is it a toy? Is it one of the best toys for toddlers? Yes, yes and yes! Babies and toddlers will love stacking the bright, round textured blocks and you'll enjoy playing, too. This is one toy you won’t mind keeping out on display. ($27; target.com)

     

  • Best Toddler Toys The Rock & Roll Alphabet
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    The Rock & Roll Alphabet
    A is for Apple? Boring! How about A is for Aretha? The Rock & Roll Alphabet is one of the best Christmas gifts for the kid (and parents) who are a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. Sing the whole way through the ABCs, all the way to Z is for Zeppelin. It’s the two-in-one alphabet and music lesson every kid needs. ($15; amazon.com)

  • Baby Einstein Musical Toy Toddler Gift
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    Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
    Every kid needs a Baby Einstein toy, and this one is music to our ears. One of the best toys for toddlers at Christmas or any other time of year, the Take Along Tunes inspires a lifelong love of music. Your budding Bach or Beethoven can choose between seven different melodies. Don't worry, mom and dad keep tabs on the volume control. ($9; amazon.com)

     

  • Sesame Street Let's Cook! Book Toddler Gifts for Christmas
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    Sesame Street Let's Cook! Book

    Sesame Street Let's Cook! is one of our favorite toddler gifts for Christmas. Fun and informative, this kids cookbook features the "ABCs of Healthy Foods," as well as 50 easy and healthy recipes for children ages 2 to 5 years old. Breakfasts, main meals and snacktime will be that much more delicious when your budding chef is learning all the steps and nutrition tips, plus counting, matching, and alphabet skills. ($4; walmart.com)

  • Disney Finding Nemo Bath Toys for Toddlers
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    Finding Nemo Bath Squirt Toys
    These First Years Disney Finding Nemo Baby Bath Squirt Toys aren't just for babies. Toddlers and older kids will love sharing the tub with Nemo, Dory, and their turtle friend. The 3-pack makes for a great stocking stuffer. We think your kid will agree that bath toys are some of the best Christmas toys. ($7; amazon.com)

     

  • Little Tikes Red/Blue First Slide Best Toddler Toys
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    Little Tikes Red/Blue First Slide  

    Weeee! Here's one of the most fun toddler toys on the market. This Little Tikes First Slide is great for tiny tots, and it is perfectly sized (3-feet long) for younger kids. It is equally appropriate for indoor or outdoor use, plus parents will appreciate how easily the slide folds down without tools and is compact enough for quickie storage. ($35; amazon.com)

     

     

  • Squishmallow Hans the Hedgehog Pillow Toddler Toys
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    Hans the Hedgehog Pillow 
    Is anything cuter or cozier than a Squishmallow? When it comes to Christmas gifts for toddlers, this stuffed animal pillow named Hans the Hedgehog has stolen our hearts. He's more than just a bedtime buddy: super soft, easily washable and oversized for extra comfort, Hans and pals are made from super soft marshmallow-like material, perfect for comfort, support and warmth at home, at a sleepover, while traveling in the car and beyond. ($26; amazon.com)

     

     

  • Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Super Chef Suite Best Toys for Toddlers
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    Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Super Chef Suite
    Play-Doh is a classic toddler toy for a reason! Shorty chefs will cook up a colorful, creative storm with the Kitchen Creations Super Chef Suite. From make-believe appetizers to main courses, and don't forget dessert(!), this kit includes everything your mini Martha Stewart or petite Wolfgang Puck needs. ($45; amazon.com)

     

  • Best Toddler Toys Singamalings
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    Singamalings
    These squishy pals caused quite a frenzy in our office and are one of the best Christmas gifts we'd like for ourselves! They each sing their own song. Squeeze their tummies and those little mouths open wide for each note, revealing teeny teeth. Squeals of delight (from you and your kid) are guaranteed. ($9 - $14; amazon.com)

  • Laugh and Learn & Movie Music Station
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    Toddlers trigger instrument sounds, animal noises and more than 50 tunes. It also connects to your TV, letting your child activate learning games and animation onscreen. fisher-price.com

    "It's just so fun to watch them sing and dance next to it. They play with it every day."—Lacey Blan, mom of Celyse and Sarina, 18 months, Green Bay, WI

  • Splashing JoJo
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    Equally enchanting in the tub or at the pool, these funny fellas float, sing and spritz water. Enough said. walmart.com

    "My kids fight over it! I like that it's very simple to operate-and that it doesn't squirt too far or high."—Kate Hamilton, mom of Alex, 1, and Justin, 3, San Antonio, TX

  • Ready, Set, Go! Trike
    Toys of the Year pick
    We're all for products that transform for different stages—more bang for your buck! This swanky ride morphs from a parent-propelled seat to a trike. alextoys.com

    "Her eyes lit up when she saw it. And I really like how it grows with her. Genius!"—Kristina Erstad-Sankey, mom of Evelina, 17 months, St. Paul, MN

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  • Doodle Match
    Toys of the Year pick
    Here's that classic preschool pleaser, a matching game, with a twist: The tiles are colored before the game, then wiped clean after. The car that was green this round could be blue the next. Tricky! shopwildplanet.com

    "Collin felt as if he were making a game, not just playing with one."—Melissa Curran, mom of Collin, 4, Florence, KY

  • Imaginext Big-Foot the Monster 
    Toys of the Year pick
    A remote-controlled mythical creature who stands on his head? Bring him on! He laughs, roars, throws a ball, even works out before snoring off to sleep. fisher-price.com

    "Bigfoot gives me time to make dinner. I like any toy that does that."—Stacy Tidwell, mom of Dylan, 4, Auburn, GA

  • Weebles Musical Treehouse
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    Remember Weebles? These days, they're hosting dance parties, spiraling down slides and hiding out in a treehouse. And they're still as irresistible as ever. playskool.com

    "It kept him entertained for thirty minutes. I consider it a perfect toy."—Alicia Miller, mom of John, 2, Columbus, OH

  • School Bus Activity Gym
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    Tiny tots can slide and pretend to ride and drive, indoors or out. The dashboard features clickers, buttons and a spinning steering wheel, and the stop sign folds in and out. littletikes.com

    "It's the first thing they play with when they wake up!"—Dalia Jovanovic, mom of Sophie, 4, Savannah, 3, and Sabrina, 16 months, Lake Elsinore, CA

  • My Little Pony RC Rainbow Dash's Plane Vehicle
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    A can't-fail gift for any my Little Pony fan, this remote-controlled airplane puts your girl in the pilot's seat. It's easy to maneuver and makes fun flight sounds. hasbro.com

    "A complete thrill! She said, 'I love this toy, Mama.'"—Lorie Gordon, mom of Zoe, 4, Fairport, NY

  • Chimp And Zee Shopping Cart Dash
    Toys of the Year pick
    They'll shop till they drop! Kids wheel their cart through supermarket aisles, picking up healthy foods and learning counting along the way. pressmantoy.com

    "I really enjoy playing with my girls. It's like going shopping with Mom!"—Ashley Sullivan, mom of Sydney, 4, and Taylor, 3, Grayson, GA

  • Giimmo Nightlight
    End a great evening and segue into sweet dreams with this cute, cartoony nightlight. All Giimmo buddies—Bamboo the Panda, Stego Jr. the Stegosaurus (and you thought those were extinct), Rice the Lucky Dog, Bebe the Penguin, Blue the Elephant and Indigo the Hedgehog—give off a kaleidoscopic effect before wishing your kid 'sweet dreams.' (We heard they might even scare monsters away.)

    Giimmo Nightlight from amazon.com

  • Best Toddler Toys Alex Discover Learn to Dress Monkey
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    Alex Discover Learn to Dress Monkey
    This monkey's outfit offers 11 activities, including buttoning, snapping, hooking, looping, bucking, tying, zipping and more, making it one of the best toddler toys for devleoping motor skills. Those snazzy socks and shoes are real, and the overalls and T-shirt are removable, too. ($46; amazon.com)

     

  • Best Toddler Toys Step 2 WaterWheel Play Table
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    Step 2 WaterWheel Play Table
    Here's the gift that won't stop giving: It's an activity table stacked with wheels, canals, a cup, boats and a tower. And though it was meant for water, we think it'd be just as fun with sand, dry noodles or rice, soap bubbles or mud. Babies like it just as much as bigger kids (as old as 5) do, so it's one of those super versatile toddler toys that will provide years of entertainment. ($44, walmart.com)

     

  • Best Toddler Toys Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set
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    Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set
    Got a little one who loves helping you cook? This set makes one of the best Christmas gifts for budding chefs. Their imaginations will thrive as they bake, decorate, count and sort these cookies in preparation for the block's next fun tea party. All cookies fit into a handy, dandy tube, so you can throw them in your purse for an easy on-the-go toy. ($10; macys.com)

     

  • My First Disney Princess Baby Doll
    Here's a hybrid of the two most coveted toys in little-girl land: Disney princesses and baby dolls. Each one looks just like your daughter's favorite princess, but in cute and cuddly baby form. She'll be chomping at the bit to play mommy to baby Ariel, and she'll love the ballgown-inspired onesies, which are totally frilly and fit for a princess.

    My First Disney Princess Baby Doll from amazon.com, $16.99

  • Smart Snacks Sorting Shapes Cupcakes
    Toddlers, just like their mammas, love cupcakes, and they'll have a great time sorting, mixing and matching these fun and easy-to-grab treats. The little cakes also exercise their fine motor skills and shape recognition. We love that the tray is made of heavy-duty soft rubber, so it's safe and easy to handle.

    Smart Snacks Sorting Shapes Cupcakes from amazon.com

  • Best Toddler Toys Playskool Alphie
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    Playskool Alphie
    This cute, fun learning toy is good to go—literally. The handle on Alphie's head makes him the perfect pal for your kid on car trips or dinners out. The cards, which will help in sounding out letters, shape sorting, cause and effect and vocabulary, fit in Alphie's little backpack. You can tell your kid Alphie's kind of like the computer you use — only Alphie is way cooler! ($200; amazon.com)

  • Monkey Business E-Z Bat
    Your little slugger may not be hitting home runs yet, but he can pretend that he is with the Monkey Business E-Z Bat. Yellow balls are secured on the bat, then he swings and sends the ball flying, just like he's in the big leagues. Adjust the red stopper according to how hard your little slugger hits.

    Monkey Business E-Z Bat from amazon.com

  • Flipper Frenzy
    Kids will get fired up playing this game! The friendly sea pals are spread indoors or out, then players hold the electronic handheld shark scoop and follow the shark's instructions to pick up either the seahorse, octopus, turtle or fish. (The shark will call out hints, which get more challenging as the game goes on.) After kids pick up a sea creature, the last one they grabbed drops to the floor so they end up running all over the place. Naptime here we come!

    Flipper Frenzy from amazon.com

  • Melissa and Doug Car Carrier Truck
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    Melissa and Doug Car Carrier Truck
    This wooden car carrier truck is the wheel deal and one of the best toddler toys for car-obsessed little boys (and girls). It will keep little hands busy loading and unloading the four colorful cars included. The upper ramp easily lowers for effortless loading, and the cars are compatible with wooden train tracks. ($10; worldmarket.com)

     

  • Ladybug Magazine
    Kids may be too young to appreciate a Cheese Of The Month club membership, but they'll love getting their ownan issue of Ladybug delivered just for them each month. The (ad-free) magazine for toddlers is overflowing with read-aloud stories and poems with come-back characters your kids will get to know, and pieces stories written by their favorite children's book authors. We know you'll appreciate the excuse to snuggle with them for bonus reading time.

    Ladybug Magazine Subscription from cricketmag.com

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