INFANTS: BIRTH TO 12 MONTHS

June 26, 2020

(Mindware $25.95)

Cleverly designed, this looks like a stacking toy on a rod, but it’s much more open-ended than the traditional size order stacker. Individual pieces do fit on each other, but size order is not required. It can be stacked in a multitude of zany crocked...

May 26, 2020

(Corolle $24.99)

With her painted face and sew-on permanent clothes, this little 10” huggable is a perfect first doll. The pattern on her dress and stripes on her soft body will invite investigation. Her long arms and legs are easy for baby to grasp and the furry soft t...

May 26, 2020

(Corolle $29.94)

A first doll, 12 “ Swan Royale, comes dressed in a pink romper that cannot be removed, except for her headband which is removable but firmly attached at the back of her neck so it won’t go missing. The headband has a bow, that matches her shoes and ruff...

April 2, 2020

(Mindware $16.95)

For a sitting up baby, this is a hefty mirror in a wooden frame with pieces of colorful crinkle fabric around its edges. Mirrors are fascinating to babies who study the motions and images they see in a mirror. Unlike so many infant safety mirrors, this...

We are delighted to announce the Best Toys in the Infant Category for 2019. These toys have been awarded our top honor, the  Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award! 

Infants don't need a lot of playthings, but having well-chosen props for engaging your baby in pla...

October 4, 2019

(Magformers $19.99)

A fistful of sensory play to entertain baby! A soft fabric dragonfly has wings with many different textures to touch and grasp. The patterned wings have patterns to explore visually and little ribbons and textures for little fingers to touch. One win...

October 1, 2019

(Sassy $19.99)

Oval shaped, this black and white mat is designed for photo ops and tummy time. It comes with a cushioned pillow to prop baby on. Since babies spend so much time on their backs, they do need special play times on their tummies, time to strengthen neck, ba...

September 30, 2019

(Sassy $9.99)

We showed you this toy as part of a set. It's also available as a stand alone and good fun for under ten dollars. This is one bath toy that can double as a tabletop toy, as well. With a sturdy suction cup it attaches to tub or table and a swipe of a hand s...

September 30, 2019

(Sassy $14.99)

Cleverly designed panels with high contrast images on one side and touchy-feely panels on the back, these four fabric panels can be used as a kind of fabric book. But it works best when the panels are taken apart. Separate the Velcro edging and explore th...

September 30, 2019

(Sassy $8.99)

Not only is this a fun bath toy with multiple knobs that sprinkle, spin, drip and pour, it can be played with as a ball or spilt apart and enjoyed in new ways. This kind of experimenting builds on little children’s natural curiosity about real things and h...

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