The Best Baby and Toddler Toys

by Kate Kurka

The Best Baby and Toddler Toys
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Parenting editors’ picks for the 25 best new toys for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Check out toys for 0-12 month olds, 1 year olds, 2 year olds, 3 year olds and 4 year olds.


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FurReal Friends JJ the Jumpin Pug


Man’s best friend just got a little easier to care for with JJ, My Jumpin Pug. When you pat JJ’s head or wave at him, he jumps and barks just like a real dog would. Your child will love playing with their new best friend, and you’ll love that you won’t have to take care of a new puppy.

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Mini Margaret The Doctor Doll


This soft and cuddly doll is a great toy for any aspiring physician. From playtime to bedtime, Minimargaret The Doctor is sure to be by your child’s side. This doll will inspire your child to be whoever she wants to be. 

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Woody Talking Action Figure


From the beloved family movie, this Woody talking action figure is the perfect addition to any toy box. Your kids will love that he says their favorite quotes from the movies and will be able to laugh and play with the toy they saw come alive. Just as Woody was Andy’s favorite toy, he’s sure to be your child’s favorite as well. 

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Black Panther Action Figure


If your kids can’t get enough of the blockbuster film Black Panther, then be sure to surprise them with this gift. This Black Panther action figure is ready to march into battle and defeat Wakanda. Plus, this toy has the option to add on the Titan Hero Power FX pack to activate character-specific sounds and phrases.

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Fire Engine Pop Up Tent


Young kids will love to play pretend with this fire engine pop-up tent. The fire truck design invites your children’s imagination to go wild as they make-believe fighting fires and being heroes. This toy is perfect for a rainy day or a cold, snowy winter. 

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Meadow Medley Stuffed Calf


This sweet calf stuffed animal is a great addition to any farmhouse-inspired nursery. Super soft and cuddly, your baby won’t want to put down their new best friend. This sweet snuggly toy is even complete with a “moo” sound that can be heard when the belly is pressed.

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Curious George Plush Toy


The perfect toy to accompany your child’s favorite book, this Curious George plush toy is a darling addition to any playroom. From cuddling to playtime, your baby will grow up with this iconic stuffed animal always by their side.

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LaMaze Freddie the Firefly


Freddie the Firefly is a car seat toy designed for babies up to a year old . Equipped with a stroller strap and links to connect to playmats and other toys, the bright colors and sounds will help your baby’s development and stimulate the brain. 

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Sleep Well Music Box Bear


This stuffed bear is the perfect companion for your child as they drift off to sleep. The Sleep Well Bear Music Box is more than just a stuffed animal; it’s a cherished keepsake. The plush bear can soothe a fussy baby, while the soft music helps lull your child to sleep.

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Coffee Cup Rattler and Teether


This two-in-one rattle and teether is the dairy-free and caffeine-free midday pick-me-up that is sure to suit your baby. This rattler is the perfect shape for little hands to grasp and the different textures work out your baby’s tactile senses as well.

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Guess Who?


With this beloved game from the 1980’s, give your children the gift of sharing your own favorite childhood memories. Your kids will love trying to guess who’s on their opponent’s card, and you’ll love the memories that you’re making with them.

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Infant Gift Set


This set of three classic infant toys includes a xylophone, a stack of rings, and a shape sorter. Each of these toys can help support important functions in your baby’s growth and fosters hand-eye coordination and hand dexterity.

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Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Set


Perfect for the aspiring chef, this Play-Doh Kitchen Creations set allows toddlers and young kids to knead, chop, and shape their way to the perfect meal. (Note: These foods are just pretend; they’re not supposed to be eaten.) The best part about this Play-Doh set is when your chef is done making their creations, there are no dirty dishes for you to clean up.

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LEGO DUPLO Town Family House


Enhance your child’s role-play and motor skills by gifting them this LEGO DUPLO building set. From acting out morning routines to daily chores, your child can build their very own world with these endless play opportunities. 

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HiHo! Cherry-O


With HiHo! Cherry-O your preschooler can have fun while also practicing their math skills. Children take turns picking cherries, apples, and blueberries from trees, adding and subtracting when they put them in their basket. First one to pick all of their fruit from the tree wins!

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Lincoln Logs Building Set


A classic building block set kids of all generations have loved building houses with their very own Lincoln Log set. Watch as your children unplug from the world around them and delve into the past when they build with Lincoln Logs. From towers to cabins, this Lincoln Log set is great for any young builder.

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Superhero Costume Set


If your kids can’t stop talking about the latest superhero movie and are convinced that if they believe hard enough they’ll be able to fly, this costume set is for them. Complete with capes and masks, your kids, and even their friends, can combine the best of the DC and Marvel universes with their favorite superheroes.

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Stick 'N Stack Shape Mags


These magnetic shapes stick to each other, allowing your child to build their very own creations. The magnetic tiles can be built in 3-D shapes or on any magnetic surface. Your son or daughter will have so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re learning, as this set helps them build fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, and sharpens their math skills.

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Uno Card Game


Gather around the table and share this classic card game with your entire family at your next game night. It’s recommended for ages 5 and up, but it’s never too early to help your toddler learn colors and numbers—and some friendly competition. This fast-paced card game will bring hours of family fun to your home.

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LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate


The LeapFrog LeapPad3 is the perfect first tablet for your child. Kid-tough and kid-safe, the Learning Tablet is shock-absorbent for accidental drops, and the protective screen guards against scratches and shatters. As an added bonus the LeapPad3 can access the learning library where your child can hone skills in math, science, reading, writing, and more.

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DockATot Deluxe


This isn’t your average playmat. Made for tummy time, diaper changes, naps, or simply cuddling, the DockATot Grand is for babies 9–36 months with a design that can grow with your baby. Transport the DockAtot easily from room to room so your baby doesn’t have to be confined only to the nursery or playroom. There’s a reason the DockATot is the most-registered baby product on Babylist.

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Baby Bjorn Bouncer


This bouncer is a great option for an infant. Your baby can use their bodyweight to make the seat bounce up and down for hours of entertainment. With reclining positions and places to attach additional toys, this bouncer is sure to keep your baby occupied.

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Ocean Tummy Time Toy


This tummy-time toy is the perfect addition to any nursery or playroom. With parts that crinkle, rattle, and squeak, the marine-theme tummy-time toy helps develop your baby’s senses. Watch as they explore the ocean without ever leaving the comfort of home. 

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Constellation Play Mat


Start teaching your child to reach for the stars early with this celestial baby play mat. The cushioned mat is perfect for tummy time with star, moon, and animal rattles that hang above your child’s head for even more fun and motor-skills development. 

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Cozy Duet Baby Swing


The Cozy Duet Baby Swing from Graco is great for a new baby. Equipped with multiple swing speeds, vibration settings, and a mobile, the swing provides entertainment as well as a comfy place for your baby to fall asleep. Keep your baby close in this swing that doubles as a rocker when you need your hands free. Bonus: It also includes five songs and sounds to soothe your little one.