In 2011 alone, thousands of new toys for babies and toddlers hit the store shelves. However, shopping for age appropriate toys for an infant can be overwhelming when you are searching for items that will entertain, but also stimulate and encourage your child.
Use the following list of top picks of infant toys for 2011 as you shop for toys for toddlers and babies this holiday season. We have listed 5 top toddler toys and 5 top baby toys separately.
Top Toddler Toys 2011
1. Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light – Turtle
Your little bundle of joy will be delighted by the starry sky projections of the Twilight Constellation Night Light Turtle by Cloud b. Perfect for use as a night light, thanks to the subtle colored light options that include amber, blue and green, your baby’s nursery or toddler’s bedroom will be transformed into a magical wonderland.
The turtle is battery-operated using standard AAA batteries, and also features a sleep timer so you don’t have to worry about it staying on long after the child goes to sleep. Twilight Turtle is ideal for children ages 2 and up.
2. Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo
Introduce your toddler to the sights and sounds of zoo animals with Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo by Fisher Price. The sturdy plastic set includes a polar bear, gorilla, lion and Zookeeper Zack, but you can also add other Little People figurines, which are sold separately.
Made for ages 1 ½ to 5, the Animal Sounds Zoo educates toddlers by sounding out the names of each animal along with the sound that each animal makes. And, you also receive an educational DVD, “Discovering ZooTalkers,” as well as a set of zoo animal stickers, to enhance your toddler’s experience with the toy.
3. LeapFrog Learn & Groove Counting Maracas
The Learn and Groove Counting Maracas by LeapFrog aims to teach your toddler basic numbers and colors in English and Spanish. As your child shakes these brightly colored, bilingual maracas, the toys will light up and make sounds depending on the activity. With three settings including Music Play, Counting, and Colors, you can use the maracas to focus on learning or for free play.
Ideal for children ages 6 months to 3 years, your toddler will have a ball dancing along with the music of the maracas.
4. Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Zig The Big Rig
Give your toddler a Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Zig the Big Rig talking truck toy for hours of fun. A part of the Wheelies vehicles and Little People collections, Zig the Big Rig includes one Wheelies vehicle—a racing car named Roberto—as well as places to hold 12 more Wheelies vehicles.
With a push to the different parts of the car, Zig lights up, talks, and moves to produce dozens of expressions to keep your toddler entertained. Zig is suitable for ages 1 ½ to 6.
5. Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo
The classic red character from Sesame Street makes an appearance in 2011 as Let’s Rock Elmo. Wearing a cool rocker T-shirt and carrying a trio of musical instruments, this plush Elmo comes to life in music and song.
Using sensor technology, Elmo recognizes the microphone, tambourine, and drums as the toddler places these in Elmo’s furry paws. The result is magical as Elmo beings to play the instrument accordingly. Each of the instruments also serves as a play instrument for your toddler ages 18 months to 4 years.
Top Baby Toys 2011
1. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
Sophie the Giraffe Teether from Vulli is the perfect gum soother for teething infants. Made from 100 percent natural rubber and food-based dyes, the teether is BPA free and Phthalate free to insure your baby’s health and safety. Also the flexibility in the material allows your baby to gnaw away on the toy without cutting his gums.
Featuring distinctive spots, the color scheme of Sophie the Giraffe stimulates even the youngest of babies while the inner squeaking mechanism turns the teether into a toy.
2. Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse Blue
Calm your baby with the plush and illuminated Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse Blue made by Fisher-Price. With a push of the Seahorse’s stomach, your little one will enjoy more than five minutes of soothing ocean sounds, peaceful lullabies and brain-boosting classical music.
The soft glow that illuminates from the blue seahorse’s belly makes the optimal nightlight as it fades away at the culmination of the musical entertainment. Your baby will want to snuggle with the plush seahorse long after the music is over.
3. Lamaze Play and Grow Freddie the Firefly
Vividly patterned, the Play and Grow Freddie the Firefly Take Along Toy by Lamaze will keep your infant entertained for hours. Hang Freddie the Firefly above the infant using either of the two clinking rings. For instance, you can hang the toy from the top of an infant carrier for stimulating your infant during car rides. As he chews happily on the toy, your baby’s soft skin and mouth will benefit from the plush body of the firefly.
The crinkle material of the wings is printed in brightly colored designs, providing your little one with visual as well as sound stimulation. This teether toy is appropriate for ages 1 month to 2 years.
4. Tiny Love Musical Stack and Ball Game
Babies as young as 6 months old can play with the Elephant Style Musical Stack and Ball Game by Tiny Love. This plush elephant takes the traditional stacking toy to the next level. Featuring an electronic component, this toy will amaze your infant with flashing lights and charming sounds. Your child can pull the soft rings off the elephant, or toss the rattle-filled balls inside the elephant’s head to get it to play music.
With so much to do, the Musical Stack and Ball Game will keep your little one happily immersed in creative play.
5. Infantino Activity Triangle
The Infantino Activity Triangle features dozens of gadgets and gizmos meant to stimulate your child’s sensory skills. From the bright colors of the toy to all of the moving objects that rotate and spin with each toss of the toy, you’ll appreciate that this toy doesn’t even require batteries.
Your infant will love to be able to twist and pull as she experiments with different motions and textures of the toy, and navigate the toy without assistance thanks to the lightweight materials.