Find Out The Hottest Toys For Newborns, Infants And Toddlers
Kids remind us what the spirit of the season is all about. Watching the joy on their faces as they unwrap the toys that they have been coveting for months now is priceless. And if they are too young to actually unwrap the toys themselves, you'll have fun helping! So, you better check your list twice and make sure that you have the hottest new gifts for the little bundles in your life. Jamie Beal, senior public relations manager for Babies"R"Us, reveals some of the most in-demand gifts for newborns, babies and toddlers under two.
- Garden Floral-Themed Toys from Skip Hop, Inc.
Play is endless with vivid green, pink, yellow and blue toys that squeak, rattle, reflect, crinkle and vibrate to keep baby’s attention. The blooming-with-fun collection includes an Activity Playmat (ages 0+ mo.), Criss-Cross Pattern Ball (ages 0+ mo.), Touch-n-Play Blocks (ages 3+ mo.), Rattle Bouquet (ages 0+ mo.), See-Me Convertible Mirror (ages 0+ mo.), Portrait Rattle Mirror (ages 0+ mo.) and Petal Stacker for older babies ages 6 months plus.
- Outer Space-Themed Toys from Skip Hop, Inc.
Perfect for the tiniest aspiring astronauts, these blue and green toys will launch babies into a new world of play. The sound, touch and visual components of these multi-sensory toys create hours of out-of-this-world fun. The collection of toys includes an Activity Playmat (ages 0+ mo.), Bumpy Playball (ages 0+ mo.), Alien Rattle (ages 0+ mo.) and See-Me Convertible Mirror ( ages 0+ mo.). The Attach-N-View Blocks (ages 3+ mo.), and Orbit Stacker (ages 6 months plus) are great for older babies.
- Baby’s Play Place from Kids II Bright Starts
The award-winning Baby's PlayPlace (pictured) from the Kids II Bright Starts collection is a cheerful environment that adapts to the needs of growing babies, providing them with endless ways to play. The mat measures 47 inches by 39 inches and has 8.5-inch high walls that easily reconfigure for baby's development: newborn, tummy time, crawling and sitting. Eighteen-inch toy bars attach in a variety of ways and allow the toys to adjust to baby’s reach. An electronic bee has eight melodies and nature sounds that provide 25 minutes of continuous play, which works with the ring rattle for auditory development. A plush caterpillar develops fine motor skills, the water-filled bee teether soothes gums, the 10 fun bug links let parents customize the mat with baby's favorite toys, and an extra-large mirror encourages self-discovery. The play mat folds easily for quick storage and can be wiped clean. It is constructed from 100 percent polyester and is machine washable. It is perfect for newborns and up to 18 months.
- Laugh ‘N Learn Jumperoo from Fisher-Price®
This farm-themed activity station features interactive toys that jumpstart developmental learning with matching and counting skills. A sit-and-spin seat gives babies 360 degrees of access to activities where they can sing along to songs, repeat spoken words, read a flip book and play with a barnyard of friends, including pigs, ducks, cows and roosters. For ages four-months-plus or up to 25 pounds.
- Pretty in Pink Activity Jumper from Bright Starts™
Play can be trendy for even the littlest fashionistas. A 360-degree spinning seat provides access to eight floral-themed activity stations that bloom with fun, including a light up piano, bead chaser with mirror, a spinning bee, teethable flower stalk, rotating flower with teethable edges and spinning beads, flowers that crinkle and reflect, and links to attach more of baby’s favorite toys. The jumper (pictured) offers a world of pink fun with six height adjustments for “grow with me” fun and a stability platform so babies and toddlers can safely jump and play. For ages four-months-plus or up to 25 pounds.
- Laugh & Learn™ Fun with Friends™ Musical Table from Fisher-Price®
Encouraging baby’s learning and play, this bilingual activity table, which was featured on the 2008 Toys“R”Us Hot Toy List, offers interactive characters with light-up faces that have unique and expressive personalities. The set features an interactive “First Words” book, counting phone with detachable receiver and piano keys. The table has four modes of play in both English and Spanish that teach letters, numbers, opposites, shapes, colors, greetings, first words, songs and tunes. After baby stops engaging in one activity, another activity will light up to promote continued play. Also, the included laptop opens and closes for realistic role-play, while the legs of the table are detachable for younger-age floor play. Ages 6 months to three years can enjoy this toy.
- Crayola Beginnings™ Baby TaDoodles Rainbow Tower from Crayola™
With the TaDoodles Rainbow Tower, children can explore colors, lights and music by stacking and nesting the easy-to-grasp TaDoodles puppy, kitten and mouse on the musical base. These friendly faces combine to make new colors and music when one is placed on top of the other. Babies’ colors will shine when they mix and chime with this skill-building toy that is designed for ages six months and up.
- Busy Ball-Tivity Center from Playskool
Air-powered action brings this musical jungle to life. The put 'n take swirling ball pool, floating ball-cano, and peek-a-boo monkey add to the fun of the Busy Ball-tivity Center (pictured). Activity brings stacking animals magically to life for children nine months to two years.
- Brilliant Basics Roll-Along Musical Pony from Fisher-Price®
The Musical Roll-Along Pony by Fisher-Price (pictured) is baby's first pony ride-on! Comfortable contoured seat and easy grip handles steady baby's ride. Softgoods mane and tail add to the fun. Baby is rewarded with music and sound effects as he rides along or when he pushes the pony's cheek. Ideal for ages 18 months to three years.
- Sesame Street® Elmo Live! from Fisher-Price®
For the first time, Elmo seems to step out of the TV screen and into kids’ living rooms with the help of animatronics. This lifelike version of everyone’s favorite red monster opens and closes his mouth as he speaks, moves his arms, dances, crosses his legs, sits and stands as he tells stories and jokes. Children can activate their furry friend with a tickle or a squeeze of Elmo’s foot, tummy, back or nose. Ages 18 months and up will love this interactive version of Elmo.
- Laugh & Learn Smart Bounce and Spin Pony from Fisher-Price®
Active learning begins with a bounce. The Laugh & Learn Smart Bounce and Spin Pony (pictured) bounces, spins and rewards your child with lots of music and sounds, even without the TV. When you set up the wireless TV connection, your child's actions make big things happen on screen. The learning continues through three levels as your child grows. Saddle up to enjoy lots of game play, animation, music, sounds, friendly characters, tons of sing-along songs, and a long trail of exciting things to learn. There are three levels of learning to choose from. Level 1 teaches action and reaction for children 12 months and older. Level 2 teaches letters, numbers, and other lessons for children 18 months and older. Level 3 teaches game play, word recognition, and counting for children 24 months and older.
Armed with this fantastic list of the perfect toys for your little loved ones, holiday shopping should be a breeze this year. Just don’t wait until the last minute! These toys are in-demand, after all, and will be flying off the shelves.