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Reviews of Top 10 Baby Toys (6mo - 1yr) - Side by Side Comparison

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Rating: 4.5 - 5 stars: Excellent; 4.0 - 4.5 stars: Very Good; 3.0 - 4.0 stars: Good; 2.0 - 3.0 stars: Fair; 0 - 2.0 stars: Poor
1
$19
4.70 starsExcellent
  • Fosters imaginative play
  • Comes with colorful accessories
  • A learning tool for infants and toddlers
  • Teaches shape sorting, manners, colors, music
  • Has a volume control
  • Great toy for daily play
  • A great gift idea
  • Colors are geared toward girls only
  • Once accessories are out of the basket, it's a little difficult to put it all back in
  • Can be a gagging hazard for crawlers
  • Easy to lose some pieces; need all pieces to play with this toy
  1. Great toy for pretend play Comes with several pieces Plays adorable music
  2. Entertaining and colorful toy for young ones especially girls Comes with a little blanket for picnic
  3. Educational toy - teaches shapes, numbers, music, colors and food varieties Fosters imagination in kids
LeapFrog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket is a fun educational toy that helps little learners explore shapes, numbers, colors, music, sorting and much more! The musical and interactive responses of the basket teach children to listen, understand concepts and build their language too. This versatile and durable product can be used for a long time as it teaches new things at every stage, from infancy to 'preschoolhood'.See More
2
$8
4.70 starsExcellent
  • Bright colors and nice textures
  • Easy for baby to hold
  • Does not require batteries
  • Portable and take along toy for car rides
  • Encourages learning and holds kid's attention for good amount of time
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable
  • Sometimes babies can get their foot or arm stuck in the outer rods
  1. Good toy for long car rides Keeps kids' attention for good amount of time Helps develop kids' fine motor skills
  2. Colorful and makes lot of sounds Kids love to shake it around
  3. Babies love this toy
The Bright Starts Clack & Slide Activity Ball is a great toy with lots of sounds and colors to spike a baby's curiosity. It is an infant toy that is interesting to look at and fun to touch and play with. It features plenty of amusing activities that include bead chaser, rattle ball, squeaker, and spinning paddle with mirror.See More
3
$9
4.60 starsExcellent
  • Music is calming and lulls baby to sleep
  • Softly radiates and glows
  • Volume can be adjusted
  • Music lasts for more than five minutes
  • Seahorse looks good and is soft to touch
  • Value for the money
  • Great for gifts; Highly recommended
  • Stopping the music isn't intuitive
  • Battery replacement process can be a safety hazard as it produces sparks and smoke
  • Need to replace batteries often
  1. Plays soothing music helping baby to calm down or go to sleep Emanates a soft glow
  2. Music plays for longer intervals The toy has two sound levels Need to press and hold the horse's belly to stop the music Plays quality music
  3. Helps babies to sleep alone in their room May put adults to sleep fast too
The Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse in pink or blue is the new age 'security blankie' and cuddle companion for your little ones as it lulls them to sleep with soothing melodies and soft glowing light. The mesmerizing light creates a peaceful environment along with the classical instrumental music that the seahorse performs when activated. When gently pressed in the middle, this nighttime buddy plays 8 lullabies along with relaxing ocean sounds that can calm even the most fractious meltdown in minutes.See More
4
$14
4.50 starsExcellent
  • Good learning tool for little ones
  • Holds kids' attention for long time and good for long car rides
  • Interactive toy, stimulates kids' senses
  • Pleasant sound, music and lights
  • Colorful toy and comes in Blue and Pink color
  • Has a movable mouse sized right for little hands
  • Good value for money
  • Sound can be loud and annoying for some parents
  • Not so durable and may break easily
  1. Perfect toy for little ones Little mouse is good size for little hands Nice light and sound
  2. Well worth the money Well built Good Christmas gift
  3. Good learning tool Interactive Colorful Pleasant sound and music
VTech - Baby's Learning Laptop is an interactive toy which features a colorful keyboard and a bright light-up screen to teach shapes, common objects and feelings. It is a good learning tool for the little ones and holds their attention for good amount of time while entertaining with various sound effects and melodies. The moveable mouse is sized just right for the little hands to develop their motor skills.See More
5
$17
4.40 starsVery Good
  • Well made and durable toy
  • Can be thouroghly washed
  • Cute, colorful and makes good sounds
  • Highly recommended educational product
  • Instant hit with young ones
  • Good teething toy
  • Develops motor skill among babies
  • Pricey
  • Not easy for little hands to pull out the bugs from the bag
  1. Durable Good quality product Easy to wash
  2. A tactile and auditory toy Highly loved toy
  3. Spider stands out amongst other bugs in the bunch Chewable toy
The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Bug Jug Fill & Spill Soft Baby Toy introduces your little ones to four bug buddies - a butterfly, grasshopper, ladybug and the most loved purple spider! This educational toy stimulates tactile senses, while developing fine motor skills, language skills and hand/eye coordination. Each brightly colorful bug has a unique characteristic to attract your baby's attention - they rattle, crinkle, jingle or squeak.See More
6
$9
4.30 starsVery Good
  • Holds kids' attention for good amount of time
  • Teaches shapes, colors, size and hand-eye coordination
  • Easy to carry around
  • Fun bright colors
  • Perfect size blocks for smaller hands
  • Introduces logical thinking and problem solving
  • Durable and well priced
  • Lid does not snap on and falls off easily
  1. Colorful toy Durable Teaches shapes, sizes, colors, hand coordination and patience
  2. Lid does not snap in Lid comes out easily and defeats the purpose of toy
  3. Fun classic shape sorting play Blocks come in 5 different shapes Nice for price
Fisher Price Brilliant Basic Baby’s First Blocks is a fun toy for many stages of development. It comes with ten colorful blocks, in 5 different shapes: cylinders, triangles, cubes, stars, and a plus sign for extra fun. The blocks are easy to grasp, hold and store inside a take-along bucket with a sturdy carry handle.See More
7
$7
4.20 starsVery Good
  • Bright colorful, fun and engaging toy
  • Has good suction and sticks well
  • Wheels spin very well and spins for good amount of time
  • Interactive toy that promotes learning
  • Gender neutral colors
  • Durable and reasonable price
  • Great toy for high chair
  • May not stick properly sometimes
  1. Has good suction Sticks very well and stays on
  2. Bead filled wheel spins very fast Kids have fun spinning the big wheel and small wheels inside
  3. Easy to spin Wheel spins for good amount of time Makes rattle sound
Sassy Developmental Wonder Wheel Suction Toy is a vibrant colorful and fun toy that can keep little babies engaged when they are on their high chairs. The toy has a spinning wheel filled with beads. The wheel spins easily and has multiple colored textures blend together for visual stimulation.See More
8
$5
4.20 starsVery Good
  • Fun, simple and cute first car toy
  • Great for crawling infants; Rolls at just the right resistance
  • Rolls nicely on low pile carpet and wood floor
  • Colorful popping balls are fun and can be used as rattle
  • Perfect size for little hands
  • Can hold infant's attention for some time
  • Sturdy, durable and value for money
  • Sometimes does not roll on certain kind of floors
  • Small balls do not pop sometimes
  1. Perfect size for little hands Rolls nicely on low pile carpet and wood floor Rolls at just the right resistance for a crawling baby
  2. Fun and simple toy Cute Pull-N-Go car
  3. Great toy for crawling infants
Sassy Pop-n-Push Car is a fun, simple and cute first car toy which inspires exploration and promotes cause and effect learning in infants. It is fun to watch babies pull the easy to grasp car back and watch the popping beads that hit the cars top. The car is great for crawling infants as it helps develop motor skills and promotes crawling.See More
9
$14
4.10 starsVery Good
  • Fun toy for young children
  • Engages the little ones and keeps their attention
  • Plays educational songs and phrases
  • Teaches cognitive skills
  • Easy to push buttons
  • Cute and entertaining take-along toy
  • Has a power off switch for quiet times
  • Buttons are ultra-sensitive therefore it keeps switching between songs
  • It is not machine washable
  • Buttons on ear break after sometime
  • May become annoying toy
  1. The ear button stops working after some time Should have heavy duty wire in the ear for better durability
  2. Plays several different songs Helps young children to learn ABC's and 123's Switches from song to song with the slightest touch Makes a good gift
  3. Easy to push buttons Puppy identifies body parts, colors and sings fun songs Buttons are ultra sensitive to touch
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Puppy is an educational tool that includes two interactive play modes. In the learning mode there are 6 hot spots on the plush puppy that teach baby the alphabets, body parts and colors through fun phrases and songs. Whereas the game mode can encourage learning fun phrases and songs including the Alphabet Song, a color song, a counting song and a song that teaches body parts.See More
10
$8
3.90 starsGood
  • Entertaining, fun and learning toy with sounds and music
  • Develops motor skills in kids as they open and close the flip phone and press the buttons
  • Develops language skills by encouraging children to speak
  • Compact and good size for small hands
  • Songs play for short period of time
  • Portable
  • The flip cover can be hard to open for some kids
  • Can be bulky and heavy for some kids to play with
  • Does not hold kids' interest for long time
  • Kids favor the real cell phones compared to this toy
  • Cheap phone with not so good sounds
  • Not durable
  1. Good for kids who love to play with cell phones Sounds are not good Cheap phone
  2. Compact Good size for small hands Kids get bored of this phone fast
  3. Fun and learning toy Does not last long Kids favor the real cell phones compared to this toy
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Friendly Flip Phone is an entertaining, fun and learning toy with sounds and music. Each time baby flips the phone open, a mouse, kitty and puppy take turns appearing with a friendly “Hello!” When baby presses buttons on the phone, it plays 3 ring tones or musical key tones. And of course, closing the phone means it’s time to say “Good-bye.” The process of opening and closing the flip phone and pressing the buttons helps kids develop their motor skills.See More

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Baby Toys Buying Guide

Reviews of Top 10 Baby Toys (6mo - 1yr) - Side by Side Comparison

It is important to select age-appropriate toys for your child. A good toy should challenge child's level of development. Buying a toy that is too advanced for the child, especially newborn, can lead to a frustrated child and could be a possible safety hazard.[1][2] Many baby toys are specifically designed to help babies develop, using motor skills, visual comprehension, and language.[3]

Newborn Toys (0-6 months): A newborn experiences everything for the first time. While they have not yet developed visual focus or muscular control, newborns sense the new world around them. Newborn toys should facilitate a baby's learning and stimulate their senses.[1][3] Babies enjoy looking at the world around them like lights, shapes, patterns, and colors.[4] They gravitate toward bright or high-contrast colors with simple designs and changes in sound.[5] This is the best time for a crib mobile that the baby cannot reach. By about 8 weeks, the baby is ready for rattles and teethers, cloth toys, soft squeeze balls, and musical and chime toys.[5]

Before making your purchase, read the safety guidelines and instructions. The major safety concern during this period is choking and suffocation. Make sure stuffed toys are nonflammable, non-toxic, and washable.[2]

Baby Toys (6-12 months): At this age the babies start to sit and crawl. They can reach for and grasp objects, exert control over objects, move them from one hand to the other, and play with their feet.[3][4] Hand-eye coordination begins to improve, and the baby may start babbling that sounds more like real conversation.[6] Suggested toys for babies of this age include stuffed animals, lightweight balls, push toys, activity toys, blocks, toys with wheels and baby books.[3][4][7]

Again, before making your purchase, read the safety guidelines and instructions. The major safety concern during this period is choking and suffocation. Make sure stuffed toys are nonflammable, non-toxic, and washable.[2]

Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) closely monitors and regulates toys. Any toys made in, or imported into the United States after 1995 must comply with CPSC standards.[9]

Always choose age-appropriate toys for your baby. Do not get toys that are very loud, have small parts, loose buttons or eyes, or long strings for your baby.[8] Read and heed the warning labels on the toys. They are there for a reason and are often prompted by an accidents.[5] The major safety concern for children less than 3 years old is choking and suffocation. 

Do not buy toys with magnets. If the toy breaks and magnets come off, they can be accidentally swallowed, causing organ damage.[4][8] Toys with long strings or cords can get caught around a new baby’s neck, and cause strangulation.[8] Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they've been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.[9]

Recommended Age

It is important to select age-appropriate toys for your child. A good toy should challenge child's level of development. Children enjoy toys that they can master and that are right for their particular stage of development. If the toy is too sophisticated, it frustrates the child; if it is too simple, it bores the child.[2] Age grading relates to the safety of the toy as well as its play value.[4] 

The same toy can carry through many different development stages.[10] For example, blocks can help infants in muscle development and coordination. As child grows, blocks help in many other skills like imagination, creativity, planning, construction principles, etc. WebMD recommends not to rush to replace old toys with new ones.[10]

WebMD also suggests different types of toys that kids benefit from most as they go through different ages. 6m to 1yr old babies can hold small toys. They are learning about cause and effect and they will repeat activities over and over in order to master them. Age-appropriate toys include push and pull toys, blocks, nesting cups, rings on poles, shape sorters, and simple take-apart toys.[10]

Improving Skills

Different types of toys are beneficial in developing certain skills in the child at different ages. For example, in case of older babies, toys like seated activity sets, stacking toys, push and walk toys, and sand toys improve gross motor skills. Toys like soft blocks, floor based activity mats, and balls help develop fine motor skills. Toys like rattles, soft and board books, and Pop-up books help develop hand-eye coordination in older babies.[3] Ebay Buying Guide maps skill development to toys for different ages.

Check for Recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC protects consumers from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC works to ensure the safety of consumer products—such as toys, cribs, power tools, etc.[11] In recent years, the CPSC has recalled numerous toys for various reasons.[4]

SaferProducts.gov is the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Through SaferProducts.gov, consumers can submit reports of harm involving consumer products. Completed Reports and manufacturer comments are published online at www.SaferProducts.gov for anyone to search.[11]

Top Sellers

1. Amazon.com - Baby Toys

2. Ebay.com - Baby Toys

3. Walmart.com - Baby Toys

4. Target.com - Baby Toys

5. Diapers.com - Baby and Infant Toys

6. Toysrus.com - Baby Toys

7. Sears.com - Baby Toys

Buying Guides References

1. shopwiki.com - Baby Toys Buying Guide: How to Choose by Age

2. ConsumerReports.org - Toy buying guide

3. Parenting.com - Baby Toy Buying Guide

4. EBay.com - Baby Toys and Educational Toys Buying Guide

5. HowStuffWorks.com - How to Choose Toys for a Child

References

  1. ShopWiki.com - Baby Toys Buying Guide: How to Choose by Age
  2. Howstuffworks.com - How to Choose Toys for a Child
  3. Ebay.com - Baby Toys and Educational Toys Buying Guide : eBay Guides
  4. ConsumerReports.org - Toy buying guide
  5. Parenting.com - Baby Toy Buying Guide
  6. BabyCenter.com - Milestones: 7 to 12 months
  7. BabyCenter.com - Checklist: Toys for your baby
  8. ChildSafetyLink.ca - Toy Safety Keeping Your Newborn Safe with Toys
  9. KidsHealth.org - Choosing Safe Toys
  10. Webmd.com - Choosing the Right Toys for the Right Age
  11. SaferProducts.gov - About SaferProducts.gov
  12. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks
  13. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks
  14. Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball
  15. Bright Starts Clack & Slide Activity Ball
  16. Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse, Blue
  17. Fisher-Price Soothe & Glow Seahorse, Blue
  18. Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother - Pink.
  19. LeapFrog Shapes And Sharing Picnic Basket
  20. LeapFrog Shapes & Sharing PicnicBasket
  21. VTech - Baby's Learning Laptop
  22. VTech - Baby's Learning Laptop - Pink
  23. VTech - Baby's Learning Laptop
  24. VTech - Baby's Learning Laptop, Pink
  25. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Bug Jug Fill & Spill Soft Baby Toy
  26. Sassy Pop N Push Car
  27. Sassy Pop N Push Car
  28. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Friendly Flip Phone (6 Months +)
  29. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Puppy or Love to Play Sis
  30. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy
  31. Sassy Developmental Wonder Wheel Suction Toy

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