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Best Crib Toys for Your Baby’s Nursery

by Amy L. Hogan


Best Crib Toys for Your Baby’s Nursery
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A crib isn’t just the safest and most comforting place for baby to sleep, it’s also where they’ll learn to self-soothe, start developing their senses and fine-tune their motor skills. That’s why it’s important to have some interesting baby crib toys for little ones to look at and interact with while they’re down for a nap.

 

There are tons of types of baby crib toys available, ranging from classic hand-crank mobile crib toys to soothing music machines that can be controlled by an app. There are items meant to be looked at that hang high above baby and some that even project friendly shapes onto the ceiling; other crib toys can help ease baby back to sleep and or encourage interaction.

 

And while safe sleep — that means putting baby on their back on a firm surface with nothing else in the crib, to help protect against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) — is always the most important part of the bedtime routine, we’ve rounded up the safest and smartest baby crib toys to help make sleeping a dream for everyone in the family.

 

 

  • Best Infant Crib Toy

 

Pure Enrichment Baby Cloud Portable Sound Machine And Color-Changing Night Light

 

 

Play Baby Toy Magic Sleep Through The Night Soother

 

 

WubbaNub Little Stretch Giraffe Pacifier

 

 

  • Best Mobile Crib Toy

 

Musical Infant Stimulation Mobile

 

 

VTech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile

 

 

Mini Tudou baby Musical Mobile

 

 

  • Best Hanging Crib Toy

 

X-star baby Travel Play Arch

 

 

SHILOH Kid Activity Spiral Wrap Around

 

 

  • Best Crib-Side Attachment Toy

 

Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother

 

 

  • Best Musical Crib Toy

 

VTech baby Musical Dream Light Projector

 

 

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

 

 

Manhattan Toy Lullaby Squirrel

 

 

Lamaze Discovering Shapes Activity Puzzle & Crib Gallery

 

 

Brilliant Beginnings Baby You’re Driving Me Crazy Crib Driver

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Best Infant Crib Toy

Pure Enrichment Baby Cloud Portable Sound Machine and Color-Changing Night Light

Price:$20.00

It’s true that good things do come in small packages. This cute little cloud plays 15 soothing sounds, with a choice of 5 different volume settings, to help your newborn drift off to dreamland. But that’s not all! The petite, battery-powered infant crib toy can also be used as a nightlight that gradually changes to 8 different colors.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I’m insanely happy with this sound machine. I feel it’s med all of my needs and is a quality machine.”

“I just bought a second one so my twins don’t have to fight over it anymore because I now have a newborn at home.”

“I especially love how easy it is to move from crib to carriage to anywhere I may need it. I’m able to easily slip it into my diaper bag.”

Image Credits: Walmart

Play Baby Toy Magic Sleep Through The Night Soother

Price:$25.00

Sweet melodies and a soft light will help soothe even the fussiest newborn to sleep. It plays music for 10 or 20 minutes and offers softly glowing lights to help soothe baby. The moon and clouds sway from side to side to a gentle lullaby, which also helps to develop a baby’s visual skills.

Specifications:
Great product. My preemie really benefited from the addition of this to her nursery.
We love this adorable nightlight.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Great product. My preemie really benefited from the addition of this to her nursery.”

“We love this adorable nightlight.”

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Image Credits: Walmart

WubbaNub Little Stretch Giraffe Pacifier

Price:$18.00

Sure, there are dozens of pacifiers, but we especially love this sweet, polka-dot giraffe, a Mary Meyer Limited Edition design. But what makes it best for the newest babies is that the Philips Soothie is medical grade and distributed in hospitals and NICUs nationwide. It’s easy to clean and the cute giraffe makes it easy for tiny hands to grasp.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The only pacifiers my son will take. He was a preemie and this was a game changer.”

“Our daughter absolutely loves her WubbaNub. We have tried other pacifiers but always go back to this one.”

“At It’s brilliant! The pacifier almost never falls on the ground and it’s so easy to find! I’ve purchased 3 and the giraffe is the favorite.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Mobile Crib Toy

Musical Infant Stimulation Mobile

Price:$30.00

This mobile by Genius Baby Toys Inc. uses high-contrast fabrics in black, white and red and visually graphic patterns to stimulate baby’s vision. It also plays Brahms’ Lullaby to help lull baby into a peaceful slumber. Research suggests that classical tunes actually stimulate brain development, so that’s music to a parent’s ears.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My baby loves this toy and gets really excited when she sees it. It’s worth every penny!”

“My son loves to look at this. When he cries or fusses, I wind the crank and he’d stop crying. I love watching him follow the movements of the pyramids with his eyes.”

“It didn’t match out décor at all but since black, white and red are good for brain development, I got it and our son loved it. He was obsessed with this.”

Image Credits: Walmart

VTech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile

Price:$35.00

The friendly cast of sea creature characters will set babies sailing off to dreamland. The combination of calming tunes (music plays when baby cries), subtle light projection (colorful images dance on the ceiling) and the smiling sea life (how cute is that crab?) makes it the perfect addition to any nursery.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We love it so much. And if she wakes up it sings her back to sleep because it’s motion detected!”

“This has been amazing. Not only is my son putting himself back to sleep but he’s also sleeping through the night.”

“I like how this comes back on if the baby moves but it goes off after a while. I’d give this 10 stars if I could.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Mini Tudou Baby Musical Mobile

Price:$40.00

This is not your mama’s crib mobile! It’s hip and high-tech and combines music and motion with a projector. Oh, and it’s remote controlled, with 20-, 40- and 60-minute timer options to customize the songs, melodies, instrumental tunes and nature sounds to baby’s sleep needs. The projector shows soothing images and doubles as a night light to help comfort tots during quiet time and naps, while the gently rotating characters help exercise baby’s eyesight.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is the cutest best crib mobile I’ve ever seen. Our baby girl loves it. It’s the only way I can put her in her crib at night and not have her cry. Such a lifesaver! I bought another one just incase this one ever breaks.”

“Super cute design, music is great and it’s very colorful. My six week old loves to watch it and coos at it. I’m pleased with my purchase.”

“This is a great mobile. I’ve had a hard time finding one that moved and had lights and sounds. The horses are cute and cartoony. The music has very good sound and adjustable levels.”

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Best Hanging Crib Toy

X-star Baby Travel Play Arch

Price:$23.00

Lions and zebras and monkeys, oh my! Baby hanging toys on the crib don’t come much cuter than this wild animal arch. Parents love that it stimulates baby, safely, plus it’s completely portable and fits most standard cribs as well as strollers and carriers. That’s a lot of bang for your buck.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Fantastic purchase! I bought it for my rock and play and it keeps baby entertained in something I can drag around the house with me!”

“This arch is fantastic, exactly what we needed it for. The way the claws twist to tighten or loosen is really convenient.”

“My baby grandson loves them! He is somewhat cross-eyed so this has given him something to focus on.”

Image Credits: Amazon

SHILOH Kid Activity Spiral Wrap Around

Price:$26.00

Every day is sunny with this plush, toy-filled baby crib toy. The soft spiral effortlessly wraps around any crib railing, which comes in handy when parents have no extra hands or haven’t slept since 2018. Four soft toys offer different delights for baby’s budding senses.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My baby girl absolutely loves this item. The colors are very attractive and the toys keep my 3 month old busy long enough for me to do some chores.”

“My baby at 2 months old learned to pull and hold thanks to this toy!”

“This toy is just what I needed to help preoccupy baby. The whole thing is very soft so no chance of bating hurting herself.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Crib-Side Attachment Toy

Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother

Price:$80.00

Babies will drift off to sleep dreaming of undersea adventures thanks to this adorable Baby Einstein crib toy. A friendly turtle and his fishy friends come to life among the bubbles with motion, music and lights in four different calming modes.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“If my baby is fighting sleep. He will fall asleep within minutes of us putting this on…every time.”

“I just love Baby Einstein baby toys and this crib toy is a keeper!”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Musical Crib Toy

VTech Baby Musical Dream Light Projector

Price:$47.00

This has got everything a parent could want in crib toys to help baby sleep: It has a timer that can be set for 5-, 10- or 15-minute increments, a sensor that resumes playing if baby cries, plus a ceiling projector and a light on the front. If it could change a dirty diaper, we’d hire it to babysit.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Love love love this product. My son uses it every night to get to sleep.”

“This is amazing. My son loves to watch the bear go around on the ceiling from the projector and also likes the calming sound of the nature option.”

“My son loves this projector. When he wakes up in the morning he will play with it for 30 minutes before wanting to get out of his crib.”

Image Credits: Walmart

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

Price:$9.00

This tiny toy packs a lot of learning inside. Babies will be entertained in their crib as it plays seven classical songs with just the press of an oversize button. The beads make an appealing rattling noise, and it’s the perfect size for curious newborns to teeth on without any safety concerns.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My son loves this toy.”

“I love it. The musical sounds just right for young ears.”

“My baby loves this toy so much and follows it around. I would recommend this for any baby!”

Image Credits: Amazon

Manhattan Toy Lullaby Squirrel

Price:$21.00

Not every toy needs to light up, and this adorable noisemaker is a bit more back to basics. Babies will delight in tugging the sweet squirrel’s furry tail out of the acorn to hear the cradle song by Brahms. His crinkle ears add an extra touch of sensory development and Velcro-like straps make it a cinch to attach anywhere on the crib.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is such a cute, different toy. It catches the baby’s eye and she really enjoys playing with it.”

“Just too cute! Music is loud enough to hear. Overall, extremely pleased.”

“It’s so sweet and larger than I expected.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Lamaze Discovering Shapes Activity Puzzle & Crib Gallery

Price:$15.00

It’s baby’s first puzzle! This adorable, soft, activity-filled toy is great for playing in the crib as well as during tummy time. The reversible prints (one side is black and white, the other is full color) are eye-catching to little ones, and they will delight in figuring out how to tuck the little critters into their proper pouches.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My baby has loved this more than any other toy or rattle, since day one. He can spend 30 minutes just looking at it and pulling on all the little toys that are attached.”

“My baby is just as mesmerized by the black and white as the color side. I enjoy that her favorite toy is stimulating!”

“This is the first crib toy that my baby actually entertained herself with. Every morning when she wakes up she likes to brush her hands against the rattling animals.”

Image Credits: Walmart

Brilliant Beginnings Baby You’re Driving Me Crazy Crib Driver

Price:$16.00

This bright and fun toy will have little ones craving more crib time. The blinking lights and realistic sound effects keep baby mesmerized for way more than a moment. Plus, it has different patterns and fabrics to help stimulate baby’s brain and all five senses.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My 9 month old really loves this toy. I think she really feels like she’s driving her daddy’s car.”

“My granddaughter loves this. It’s the perfect toy for a boy or a girl.”

“It’s hard to find interactive crib toys these days. This toy has brought me an extra 15 minutes of free time after naps. I consider it totally worth it for that extra time to get things done!”