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12 Best Baby Toys That Will Keep Them Entertained

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The words 'toy' and 'playtime' are synonymous with fun and entertainment, but your baby's toys actually hold real educational value.

A good baby toy will be engaging, able to spark the imagination and promote independent play and creativity. Many will also be sensory stimulating toys providing the means for your little one to learn problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination, develop fine and gross motor skills and to learn about cause and effect.

They can also be essential tools for teaching your child the value of sharing and playing cooperatively. In other words, toys are an indispensable part of a child's development.

So, which are the best? We've gathered together a range of the top developmental toys for girls and boys from different brands that we feel best encompass these elements. Take a look at our guide and see which tickle your fancy; soon you'll have the ultimate toy collection to keep your little one engaged and entertained!

Our Top Choice

KIDADL TOP PICK

VTech Crawl & Learn Bright Lights Ball‍

Fun and educational bright light ball with vibrant colors and mini animals that has multi function.

Vtech baby toys are always fun, innovative and educational, and this electronic Crawl & Learn Ball is no different. It's fully motor activated to move about on its own and specially programmed to stop within reach of your baby, making it the perfect tool to help encourage crawling. And there are tons of other interactive features on top of this: flashing rainbow lights, fun animal sounds, spinning parts and various learning activities make this a versatile and beneficial toy to add to your collection.

 

  • Price: £17
  • Age: 6 months - 3 years

Best For Development

Taf Toys Developmental Cube‍

Mini hanging cube with unique designs best for babies enhancer that help to their development and enhancing

Taf Toys are a brand to watch; they make beautiful, good-quality baby activity toys for boys and girls. This soft cube is jam-packed with sensory features to grab your baby's attention and help develop fine motor skills. The bright animal design is lovely, and the baby-safe mirror, pineapple teether, rattling cloud and soothing bell chime will keep your baby amused and engaged. The plastic ring makes it easy to transport, too; perfect for the cot, buggy or car seat, or for using at home during tummy time.  

  • Price: £22.53
  • Age: 3 months+

Best For Toddlers

Infantino Spin & Slide DJ Panda‍

Unique and cute spin and slide DJ panda that will creates silly songs perfect for little kids as mini maestro.

This funky DJing panda is an excellent toy for slightly older tots who are more able to engage in the push, slide and spinning features (and parents who will undoubtedly appreciate its novelty).  It's also a great option for babies who are particularly responsive to music: DJ Panda plays 16 funky tunes and original sounds for little ones to bop along to and the light-up turntables and rotating rims (which play an authentic DJ scratching sound when twisted) are a nice extra touch.

  • Price: £29.70
  • Age: 6 months - 3 years

Best Environmentally Friendly Toy

Le Toy Van Petit Wooden Activity Cube‍

Durable, fun and educational wooden cube wit set of activities that helps stimulating senses and gives fun.

This award-winning activity cube would make a lovely addition to any eco-conscious family's toy collection. Made from wood and decorated with non-toxic paint it's much more sustainable than a plastic equivalent (and looks so much better, too). It's also got tons of great interactive features to encourage active learning and cognitive development, including spinning flower cogs, sliding birds and a miniature xylophone. The pretty design makes it a great gift option.

  • Price: £30
  • Age: 1+

Best For Newborns

Taf Toys Musical Cosy Gym‍

Adorable musical cosy gym perfect for newborn that helps development.

A baby gym is a great investment for a newborn baby: it's entertaining, versatile and you can get years of use out of it. We love this Taf Toys musical gym; the padded base makes a nice comfy mat for your baby to lie on when they are small, with useful drawstrings walls to keep them safe and enclosed as they learn to wriggle around. The hanging animal attachments, as well as looking nice, also rattle, chime and play music, providing ample sensory stimulation for younger babies who not yet able to engage with proper toys. They also detach; perfect for continued use as your baby grows and develops, and ideal for tummy time play.

  • Price: £69.99
  • Age: 0 months+

Best For Auditory Engagement

Skip-Hop Egg Shaker Trio Set‍

Set of baby's egg shaker with lovable and cheerful characters that creates unique sounds.

We had to include some sort of baby rattle on our list, and this trio of egg-shaped animal shakers from Skip Hop was just too cute to pass up. Each one makes a different chiming sound as well as the classic rattle and is the perfect size and shape for little hands to grab, shake and roll. Fun textures make them extra stimulating; a great toy for babies three months and older.

  • Price: £14
  • Age: 3 months+

Best For Car Seat Toys

Tiny Love Meadow Days Take-Along Mobile‍

Innovative and portable design with attractive and calming music for babies that helps to stimulates senses.

This take-along mobile is the perfect toy to clip onto a pram or car seat. Plus, mobiles make the perfect newborn musical toys, exposing babies to music from a young age. There are five melodies on this one that play for up to thirty minutes and the sweet animal design spins slowly, perfect for providing visual stimulation, boosting cognitive development and soothing babies into sleep (ideal for long journeys). And because this mobile is travel-size it has the added bonus of being much cheaper than full-sized varieties.

  • Price: £24.99
  • Age: 0 months+

Best Soft Toy

Lamaze Play & Go Freddie The Firefly‍

Colorful firefly with different interesting designs that helps baby's sense stimulation.

Lamaze make a range of super-popular sensory baby toys in various friendly animal designs. We find Freddie the Firefly particularly engaging; its soft velour body makes it the perfect cuddle companion and every wing and segment is a different colour and texture, making it super eye-catching. There are mirrors, crinkly sounds and a little squeaker to further stimulate and a pull-out teether perfect for sore gums to chew on. The handy ring clips easily onto a cot or buggy so it's a great toy to take out and about.

  • Price: £15
  • Age: 0 months+

Best Book

Jellycat Jungly Tails Book‍

Unique and safe jungly tails books that helps children animals identifying.

We think a soft interactive book still counts as a toy, especially when it has eight furry tails for your baby to play with! The bold design is immediately engaging; each brightly-coloured and patterned tail is designed to provide sensory stimulation, whilst the different textures and crunchy sounds help further grab your little one's attention. It's nice and soft with no sharp edges and light enough that a slightly older baby can turn the pages themselves; perfect for independent play or use during tummy time.

  • Price: £12.50
  • Age: 0 months+

Best Sensory Set

Infantino Senso Balls, Blocks And Buddies‍

Colorful set and of adorable animals and shapes that helps babies earning and progress.

Colourful blocks have long been considered excellent educational toys for a baby but this 20 piece set ups the ante. There's a ball set of different shapes, sizes and textures (ideal for promoting tactile stimulation), four cute little animals and an array of squashy blocks that make great learning tools: each is a different colour and printed with various animals, perfect for your baby to name and recognise. They're BPA free, too, so double up as great teething toys. There's so much included that this really is one of the best sensory toys for babies.

  • Price: £17
  • Age: 0+ months

Best Musical Toy

Early Learning Centre Music Maker‍

Colorful music maker and baby rattle that create four different sounds.

Baby musical instruments are a great way to help enhance creativity and support sensory development. This one has four different components that each makes a unique noise: bells that jingle, mini cymbals that crash, beads that rattle and bells that chime. Each is encased in a cute, colourful frame with an easy-grip handle and, perhaps best of all, can be slotted together with another one to create different sound combinations. A great toy for encouraging auditory development and boosting hand-eye coordination.

  • Price: £15
  • Age: 1-24 months

Best For Teething

Manhattan Toy Winkel Classic Rattle And Teether‍

Colorful, unique structure and design best for babies rattle and teething toy.

This award-winning toy is perfect for teething babies. The maze of soft tubes is bright, eye-catching and easy to hold, whilst also being BPA-free and perfectly safe for your little one to chew on. The inner rattle makes for an extra engaging element. Make sure to pop it in the fridge to help further soothe tender gums!

 

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you enjoyed reading the list of our favourite baby toys, why not take a look at our top baby teething toys? Or for something different take a look at our selection of baby bracelets.

  • Price: £12.99
  • Age: 0 months+
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Olivia Ward-Smith

Originally from Manchester, Olivia has spent the last couple of years living between Toronto and Vancouver. She now works as a freelance writer in London and loves literature, travel and eating anything sweet. Her love of spending time with children began when she worked as an au pair in Paris.

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