And just like that, we're gearing up for the holiday season. Already exhausted just thinking about making those lists and researching the perfect toy for your baby or toddler? Well, we did all the heavy lifting for you by sifting through hundreds of top-rated toy and gift options to ensure your babe is merry through the holidays and beyond.The products on this list are all rated above four stars, under $80, have tons of reviews, and cover ages 0-5. We've got you and baby covered, mama.
With nearly 4,000 reviews and close to 5 stars, the Barbie Glam Getaway Portable Dollhouse has enough going on to engage multiple little kids at once. It's a great on-the go toy thanks to the latch and carrying handle as well, which means your little one will have an easier time keeping everything in one place!
While there are a handful of similar versions on Amazon, we couldn't believe this rattle and toy set had over 6,000 5-star ratings! We attribute such success to the stimulating variety of colors, grips and textures to keep baby interested. The numerous sounds these toys make will expand your baby's sensory memory and experiences, ensuring they won't get bored.
Age: 6 months-3 years
Cute alert! Melissa & Doug's cuddle jumbo plush stuffed animals come in 10 different animals (the dinosaur is beyond adorable). Plus, they'll give your child an extra dose of comfort during every cuddle sesh. Our favorite part: Each animal comes with a sewn-on collar and name tag to personalize.
Make learning a fun activity with Osmo's Little Genius Starter Kit. All you need is an iPad to access four brain-stimulating (and engaging) games for your little one. From the silicone rings that help with letter forming to the ABC game, this four-pack starter kit is a great way to sneak in some learning time without feeling like you're pulling teeth.
This sit-me-up floor seat toy is perfect for babies who are old enough to have endless curiosity but too young to be able to physically explore those curiosities! Sit your little one in this super plush and comfortable seat and she'll love the two bright linkable toys that rattle and shake. Coming in themes like pacific pebble and panda paws, your baby will love hangin' with mama in this supportive floor seat.
Get those creative juices flowing with an extra large doodling mat that can seemingly do it all—without the mess of a typical art project. Your little tyke can stencil and draw their heart out, and in 10 minutes, the ink disappears and they can start all over again. With over 8,000 reviews and a nearly-perfect 5-star rating, this mat will be the main attraction long after the last holiday cookie is eaten.
If your child is a fan of collectibles, they can actually collect all 12 of these Basic Fun cutetitos fruititos (and you'll be happy because each one is under $10!). With adorable names like bearito, a battito, a beeito, a toucanito and chinchillito, these plushies come with special fruit "wraps" collector cards that will tell your little one about each animal's birthday, species and name.
With over 8,000 ratings and under $15, this interactive toy firefly can come with you and baby wherever you go. We love the mirror, which helps baby with skills like tracking and identifying, and super soft texture and crinkle underneath to keep baby interested. This little cutie will clip onto any stroller and can hang on any hook, making it portable and easy to keep track of.
2012 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Winner Magformers Carnival set is the perfect gift for little future architects and designers. Aside from all the fun carnival ride accessories, the 46-piece set includes 24 squares, 12 triangles and two hexagons. (We sense a mini math lesson!) Your little builder can customize their own carnival rides and learn basic mechanics all at once!
With over a whopping 16,000 ratings of almost a perfect score, this LeapFrog animals book will teach your child about the animals of the sea, desert, rainforest, and more. The book is bilingual and has interactive soundbites like the animal name, the sound they make and fun facts. Your little brainiac will love learning about the animal kingdom at home or on the go, thanks to the easy-grip handle.
Age: 18 months-4 years
I scream! You scream! Your little one will scream over this adorable scoop and service ice cream counter toy by Melissa and Doug. The station comes with 28 pieces featuring a scooper and stackable, multi-colored scoops. Kids can take orders and play with money, engaging different areas of the brain while making them feel like a true boss.
When there are so many rattle toys out there, you can rest assured that the Manhattan Toy's classic wooden rattle and teether won't disappoint. With almost 2,000 ratings, this toy can easily squish down, which helps soothe sore gums, while the beads slide back and forth on the dowels, acting as the audibly stimulating rattle. Your baby will be drawn to the dynamic colors and textures on the toy, and it's easily graspable thanks to the no-slip sustainable wood.
Age: 3 months and up
Sometimes, there's just nothing better than a fresh pack of Play-Doh. After 60 years of specializing in that satisfying dense clay, this variety pack offers every textured Play-Doh you can imagine, from slime to foam. Your kid will love the varying textures and colors of the pack (and will probably want to mash them together—but that's why you're there to supervise!).
Little Tikes easy score basketball set
She shoots, she scores! If your toddler likes to throw, they'll love this classic basketball set by Little Tikes. With over 12,000 ratings, this easy-to-assemble set comes with 3 balls and offers your little one a true slam dunk experience. We love the adjustable hoop height, which can grow with your child, and offers the opportunity to work on coordination and motor skills!
Spark your child's musical creativity with this symphony and orchestra set by B. toys. They can place up to six musical instruments in the orchestra pit on the board to play up to 15 different melodies ranging from Beethoven to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". Each shape has a distinct base making for super easy placement. Your little one will know which instrument is playing once it lights up, and the set comes with a booklet of information on the songs, lyrics and composers.
The perfect toy to bring to an actual play date (or solo), Fisher Price's baby playdate set folds on the go and offers two sides of play, making lots of fun for two little ones. Your child can mimic caring for a baby through familiar actions like feeding, nap time and both inside and outside playtime. Multiple press or twist points correlate with a variety of lights and sounds for baby to discover.
Hey now, your child will be a total rockstar with Melissa & Doug's band-in-a-box. Your little tyke will love the 10-piece instrument set that offers multiple sensory experiences from pieces like the triangle and clacker. The best part? Multiple kids can get involved! All you'll need to do is figure out the band name.
Your little daredevil is gonna thrive in this hot rod. Radio Flyer's design boasts a comfortable, secure seat, super sturdy wheel and honking horn. We love that the rubber tires ensure a smooth, safe ride in and outdoors, and that the seat even offers ergonomic support. Your baby will sharpen their fine motor skills with each twist and turn.
If you have a little helper on your hands (or a mini-me who loves to mirror mom), this exact replica Dyson Ball toy vacuum will help to instill the idea of chores and cleaning up. Colored balls whiz around the inside compartment of the vacuum when turned on, simulating the real deal, and it even twists and turns just like its original version. Your kid will be running around the house with this vacuum excited to clean up, which means it's time for you to kick back and relax.
Any Peppa Pig fan will fall in love with this super cute two-story playhouse and campervan combo pack. The set comes with the four main characters and three house scenes including Peppa's kitchen, bathroom and closet that magically turns into a bedroom! The campervan even comes with a removable canoe and swinging hammock. Our favorite feature: The house collapses with all the pieces stored safely inside, which means easier cleanup.
Age: 2 years and up
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