Last Updated on May 4, 2022 by Danielle
What are the top toys for babies in 2016? Here is a list of the best infant toys and best baby toys for your growing baby. We’ve got tons of new and cool gift ideas for babies that are suitable for baby showers, birthdays, and even Christmas.
Infants and babies are changing at such a rapid rate. It’s amazing how quickly babies develop. It seems like every day is a new adventure.
What are the best toys for babies? Babies can’t exactly tell you what they want but they can definitely show you what they think of your presents through a cute smile. When you are looking for toys for newborns choose toys that stimulate their minds, bodies, and five senses. Toys can help babies discover color, sound, and movement. As your baby grows, toys can help them build eye hand coordination, gross motor skills, and fine motor skills.
Below you will find the best gifts for babies of 2016 arranged by age. We’ll help you find the perfect toy at the right time as you guide your baby through key milestones in their development. Just remember that babies develop at different rates.
Newborn – 3 Months
During the first couple of months, newborns are just starting to awaken their 5 senses. What are the best toys for infants? Look for toys that capture baby’s attention, stimulate their senses, and encourage early development.
Anything with bright bold colors will catch baby’s eyes. Squeakers and crinkly fabrics will attract their ears. Music will also help soothe them, helping to ease their transition to sleep. Playing on their tummy at this stage will help them develop motor skills. Check out these cool baby toys for newborn infants.
The delightful Mortimer The Moose says hello to infants with his big friendly eyes and colorful body. Babies can squish his tummy and he will let out a friendly squeak. He is sure to please baby for months to come with wonderful textures for little fingers to grasp. Featuring teething antlers, clackety rings, clip clopping hooves, this toy has so much of fun stuff for baby to discover.
How adorable is this little guy? Babies will love this adorable and cute oversized plush rattle that has so many activities to keep baby entertained. Babies will love sliding the beads along the green tube, shaking him, and pulling the taggies. The cutest part? His clunky rattling feet.
This sweet hippo literally shoots stars onto the ceiling of your baby’s room to create a soft comforting environment for baby to fall asleep. He automatically will turn off after either 15, 30, or 45 minutes depending on which setting you choose. The best part? He plays calming music too. There is something magical about falling asleep under the stars.
This little turtle shoots moving waves of water on the walls as soft gentle music plays. There is something so calming and dreamy about it. Even you might fall asleep.
During tummy time, this mirror from Infantino can keep your baby amused for hours. As they talk and smile at it, their reflection might soon become their best friend. Because the mirror can stand on its own, hang, or even be attached, it is perfect for keeping babies entertained in the back seat of the car, in the crib, and during tummy time. The best part? When babies smile at it, it smiles back.
The Lamaze Cloth Book is a soft touchy feely book ideal for tummy time on the floor. It has bright and visually stimulating colors. The best part? Each page has fun peek a boo flaps with fun animal surprises underneath each one. Babies love its texture, sounds, and happy face characters.
There is nothing more that infants love than soft books. No they don’t love reading them. They love chewing them. With beautiful illustrations, the Melissa & Doug Peekaboo activity book is too cute and very interactive. As you read the story, it has interactive peek a boo flaps with little animals underneath them.
With the Infant Optics DXR-8 , finally you can get a good night’s sleep without having to worry about baby. As a first time parent, seeing your baby is okay is beyond comforting. The coolest part? It has an interchangeable lens system that includes 2 lenses including a 2X optical zoom lens. It’s easy to swap between the lenses on the fly. Parents can even pan and tilt the camera remotely to get a better view. The best part? It even works in the dark thanks to night vision.
These oversized bibs are not only fashionable, but super absorbent. Designed to fit over the shoulder, it’s like a little cape for infants.
These blankets are ridiculously cute and the perfect baby shower gift. With 28 different animal designs to choose from, these blankets are part animal and part blanky. Our favorite is the monkey. Warm and cuddly, babies love these blankies so much that they want to use them everywhere. Luckily, they come in a 3 pack. You can keep one at your house, grandma’s house, and even at the daycare.
Ages 3 Months – 6 Months
At around 3 months, textures and teethers appeal to babies growing sense of touch. During this stage, babies love sucking their fingers and putting anything and everything in their mouth. Here are the best teething toys for babies and toys to encourage their development.
There’s nothing more pleasing for a baby than chewing on a soft plastic ring when her gums are store. Babies will love the award winning Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether from Manhattan Toy. It can be refrigerated to provide cool relief for teething. The best part? It’s got several rings which makes it easy for baby to grab it and put it in her mouth.
When they are teething, babies just won’t be able to keep the Suri Teething toys out of their mouth. We can see why! Each of the fun marine characters has various sensory textures and grooves in just the right places to provide little gums the relief they need. Made of medical grade silicone, they are free of harmful chemicals and bpa free too.
With different textures, sounds, and bright beautiful graphics, this large baby mat from Tiny Love is a never ending place for baby to explore. The weather proof exterior means you can take it anywhere baby goes inside or outside on. Spread it on the floor and your baby has their very own place to play.
What do you call a cow that can sing? A MOO-sical cow. This singing cow is not only the cutest cow ever, but also a fantastic baby distracter with lights and sounds. At 6 inches, he’s a good sized plush too. Babies will love spinning the beads and pressing the light up buttons to hear the fun sounds and music. The best part? He sings the entire ABC song.
Ages 6 Months – 9 Months
At 6 months, your baby really develops her fine motor skills with much more precision. This is the time your baby will be able to sit up. Soon they will start scooting around on their stomach, exploring the world around them by grasping, touching, and chewing. The following top rated baby toys can help baby explore his developing senses.
This little radio might seem like a miracle when your little one won’t stop crying and screaming. Featuring 7 wonderful classical tunes and an incredible light show, there is something completely mesmerizing about this toy that immediately calms down babies. With an easy to hold handle, it has got a big button on it for baby to push. You’ll want to take this everywhere.
Balls are fun even for babies. With different textures, colors, and sizes, these colorful balls are perfect for little hands to grasp. Roll them back and forth between the two of you.
VTech Count & Wobble Cody loves to rock and roll literally. Little ones will love batting this friendly wobbling dog around. When he wobbles around with his maracas, he plays fun sounds and music. With songs like “This Old Man,” “Oh, Susanna,” and “Hickory Dickory Dock” you might even find yourself rocking and rolling with him.
Beep! Beep! Baby driver is behind you. Your little speed demon will love this pretend steering wheel from VTech. The steering wheel comes to life with over 60 sounds and phrase, teaching kids everything from animals to vehicles. There’s a gear, turn signal lever, and even honking horn. The coolest part? The wheel turns the little puppy dog. Just wait until your baby gets his or her driver’s license.
This is no ordinary turtle toy. There is a little symphony inside this turtle. When you press the button on the top of the turtle, he plays a fun classical song as his shell lights up. Babies will love pressing all the musical tiles to make them light up. The coolest part? You can remove instruments from the song simply by pressing the musical tiles on his shell.
Why buy baby food when you can make your own? Once your baby is about 6 months, your baby is ready for solid food. It is impossible not to fall in love with the NUK Mash & Serve Bowl. This masher can smash and blend just about any food. You can serve the food right out the bowl. It is super easy to clean too since there are no blender blades you have to worry about. The best part? It is portable enough to throw in your bag and take with you. This should be a staple in your diaper bag.
Ages 9 Months – 12 Months
By the time your baby is 9 months or 10 months, she can already get around by scooting or crawling. With improving language skills, your baby might start to say their first words and understand short sentences. By 12 months, your baby might begin standing or even walking. Look for toys that help them use their developing walking skills as well as shape sorters, blocks, and pretend toys.
Now is the time to introduce your baby to blocks. Babies will love these super squishy number blocks from B.Toys. Each of the blocks has a number from 1 to 10 and corresponding animal. They are really bright colors and super soft and squishy so baby won’t get hurt. Babies will love chewing, biting, and stacking them. Show your baby how to stack a few blocks and watch her knock them down over and over again.
Here is a classic shape sorting toy from Fisher Price. At this age, teensy hands can poke the shaped blocks through the corresponding holes in the shape sorter. Just putting the right shape into the right hole is a huge accomplishment for little ones as they are learning early problem solving skills.
How cute is this walker? It is the perfect way to encourage baby to walk. The coolest part? After they learn to walk, babies will enjoy pushing their baby doll around in the stroller.
Here’s a fun walker that grows with your child. With the removable activity center, babies can first play with this toy on the floor. There are so many fun buttons to press that light up, play music, and sound effects. Once they are ready, they can push up on it to stand and play. It is perfect for babies just starting to learn to walk but not ready to do it on their own.
Ages 12 Months – 18 Months
At 12 months, your baby is already exercising their minds and body as they are starting to walk around and move around. They are using their senses to explore the world. They need toys that meet the needs of their increasing energy levels, mobility, and curiosity. One year olds love experimenting and imitating what parents do. Look for toys with a lot of repetition.
Choo! Choo! Babies will love hopping on the Ultimate Alphabet train from VTech. Designed to grow with baby, this action packed train is a floor toy, walker, ride on, and pull cart. As they learn the alphabet, kids will love the interactive storybook, double side blocks, moveable gears, and light up buttons. The happy tunes and train noises almost sound like you are in Disneyland.
Dressed in her cozy light purple pajamas and with her little lamb, Baby Stella is looking for a goodnight hug. When little ones give her a hug, she releases a soft lavender scent. Your little one will have sweet dreams of her own.
Between 12 and 18 months, babies are ready for their first real set of building blocks. Working with these award winning blocks from MegaBloks, your baby will develop fine motor skills by grabbing, stacking, and sorting. Once they figure it out, they will start building towers as high as the ceiling like there is no tomorrow. These large sized MegaBloks are great to start with because they are a little easier for babies to handle than Legos.
The Step2 Water Wheel table provides hours of splish splashing fun. Kids will spend hours pouring water over the water wheel, making it spin. The water spills out into the two harbors, giving children a place to float the 2 included boats.
First 100 words is one of the most popular board books for babies. It is easy to see why it is so popular. This book is easy for baby to hold in her lap and put in her mouth. It’s full of beautiful pictures of objects that you are going to see around the house and outside. Each page is themed making it a fun activity for parents to share with baby.
What baby boy doesn’t love cars and vehicles? This is no ordinary truck. This fun truck is loaded with so many fun activities for babies to explore. On the side of the truck, it’s got so many colorful buttons that make all sorts of noises when pressed. As kids play, they will be introduced to colors, numbers, and music. The coolest part? Babies will love loading the cars on the truck with the moveable ramp.
Even babies appreciate a good set of wheels. Truck lovers will love this dump truck from VTech. Babies will love pressing all the buttons to activate the lights and sounds. This dump truck comes with “rocks” which are actually little colorful balls. Little ones will love putting the balls in the back of the dump truck by pushing the balls in the hole in the top of the truck. The fun part? Dumping them out and doing it all over.
Ages 18 Months – 24 Months
Little ones over 18 months are using their hands to explore the world around them. They love flipping switches, opening and closing doors, and fiddling with anything that they can get their hands on. What are the best toys for 18 month olds? Look for pretend toys, shape sorters, and bath toys. These cool gifts for baby will leave a big smile on her face.
Daddy (or Mommy) mow the lawn so why can’t baby? Baby will love following daddy around with this pretend mower from Little Tikes. Just like a real mower, baby can pull the cord to get the lawn mower going. There are no batteries needed. Too bad it can’t cut grass.