Coolest Baby on the Block
Sure, your little one doesn't need to have the best toys around, but no doubt, he will be more entertained if he does have the coolest toys on the block. Whether it's a super great redo of a classic, or something new and interesting, these great toys are sure to keep your baby entertained, and possibly buy you a small break!
Infantino Grow-With-Me Activity Blanket
An activity blanket is practically an essential for the new mom. Not only will it help entertain baby for those moments when you have to put him down, but it also provides a safe and stimulating environment.
The Infantino Grow-With-Me Activity Blanket goes beyond the standard overhead arch of dangling toys however, and turns into a ball pit. While the ball pit feature scores major points for being fun, the other nice thing is the activity blanket is great for infants and then grows to occupy older babies who can sit.
Reviewers on Amazon give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars, and the blanket made it on The Bump's list of best activity blankets for babies, winning the 'Coolest' category.
The blanket comes with four sea creatures for hanging and 40 plastic balls that store in the turtle's head. It retails for about $37.
Musical Building Blocks
Every nursery playroom needs blocks - they are a quintessential toy of childhood. However, these musical blocks take this classic toy up a notch. Every time baby picks one up she can shake and rattle music until her heart's content.
Noted by Parenting as being a 'great learning toy' for your baby, the blocks retail for around $20.
Eric Carle Elephant
World-renowned author Eric Carle has built a virtual empire off of his colorful, tissue paper illustrations. That empire extends to the world of baby toys with this super cute 'developmental' elephant. The elephant is meant to be attached to the handle of the car seat, a stroller bar, or your baby's activity blanket. It features a mirror, a rattle, teethers, and other interesting features for your baby to explore. Plus, it won the Oppenheimer Toy Silver Award in 2015. It retails for about $14.
Oball Rainstick Rattle
Babies who can sit can make the coolest sounds around with this ball-turned-rattle toy. Oballs are great for little ones because the design allows for uncoordinated baby hands to grasp the toy easily. On top of that, when baby hasn't learned to let go, the rainstick inside the ball does double duty as a rattle. The toys is recommended by the MomOT blog (OT standing for occupational therapist) for its versatility in things babies can learn from such a toy. Reviews are generally positive noting that this ball is baby's favorite toy. The Oball retails for less than $8.
Nuby Teething Keys
Keep baby's gums cool as he tries to break in those teeth with this great teething toy from Nuby. The ring features different textures with pureICE technology so you can put the teething ring in the fridge, and it will remain colder longer than water-filled teethers. There's nothing better than sweet, cool relief to a teething baby. Noted as best teething toy by BestProducts.com, the Nuby teething ring has also won nine out of ten Bronx stars from Practical Parenting and Pregnancy. The ring retails for around $4.
Although the TP Bubble Bouncer may make your tot the envy of the neighborhood, she's not going to want to share. This toy is a cross between a trampoline and a walker. With a bouncy center and a handle to hold onto, it helps build muscles and keep active babies, who are learning to stand and walk, happy. Featured on the Yoobaby blog for 'smart and cool babies only,' this ingenious toy retails at Amazon for less than $50.
Mirari Pop Pop Piano
Give your budding Mozart this fun piano that shoots stars as your baby plays notes. With two sound modes, your baby can play notes that sound like a piano or hit the keys and hear funny sounds. Beware - this toy may just inspire a fit of giggles as the stars pop from one pipe to another when your baby plays.
Recognized as a finalist in the prestigious 2014 Toy of the Year Award, this piano retails for under $25.
Oribel PortaPlay Activity Center
It's rare to find a toy that will carry your baby through infancy into childhood, but when you do, you can rest assured it's going to be a gem. The Oribel PortaPlay Activity Center is an exersaucer, toddler play station, and table all in one. The toy features five snap-on activity learning toys, and a bouncy seat that has plenty of give for bouncing tots. Reviewers on Amazon take special note of its sturdy construction. A winner of the National Parenting Product Awards, this great toy retails for around $150.
Green Stacking and Nesting Cups
Few things can hold a baby's attention like a set of stacking and nesting cups; they are the quintessential classic baby toy. Parents can especially get into these stacking cups from Green Toys, Inc. because they are made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers, so they are environmentally friendly. Winner of the Gold Parent's Choice award, these cups retails for around $10.
Babi Corolle Doll
If you're on the lookout for a baby doll for your little one, you can't go wrong with Baby Corolle, a name synonymous with award-winning dolls. Miss Fresh Riviera has a vinyl face, realistic details, a light vanilla scent, and a soft body with sewn on clothing. She's also an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold winner. For extra fun, you can also get the soft-sided dollhouse so your child can take her doll everywhere. This machine washable classic retails for less than $20.
Whether you're looking for something active, educational, or essential and classic, there are many options and ideas to choose from. If you can't find that perfect fit in the store, you can always go for something homemade. That way, you'll be sure to have the most unique toys on the block!