12 Best Baby Toys in 2017
When looking for a gift for new parents, there are a lot of ways you can turn. Clothing, strollers, and bottles are never a bad idea, and diapers are always in shorts supply even if they are an unexciting gift. That said, baby toys are the best way to go if you want to choose something meant for the child, not the parent.
Our guide of the best baby toys includes picks for kids that are in the newborn stage, so you won’t find any toys for toddlers or older children. While all our choices are deemed baby safe, our table below lets you know if they are BPA free. We have also listed the toys by type to help speed up your buying decision whether it’s a gift for your own or someone else’s child.
Table of Contents
- Top 12 Baby Toys Comparison Table
- How to Find the Right Toy!
- BPA Free
- Age Range
- Top 5 Best Baby Toys Reviews
Top 12 Baby Toys Comparison Table
|Design||Name||BPA Free||Toy Type||Rating (1-5)|
|1. Nuby Wacky Teething Ring||Yes||Teething||4.7|
|2. Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy||Yes||Play||4.7|
|3. VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Moosical Beads||NA||Musical||4.6|
|4. Bright Starts Grab and Stack Block Toy||Unknown||Play||4.6|
|5. The First Years Star Teething Blanket||Unknown||Teething||4.6|
|6. VTech Baby Rattle and Sing Puppy||Unknown||Rattle||4.5|
|7. Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball||Unknown||Play||4.5|
|8. Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile||NA||Mobile||4.4|
|9. Fisher-Price Rattle and Rock Maracas Musical Toy||No||Rattle||4.3|
|10. Tiny Love Sweet Island Dreams Mobile||NA||Mobile||4.3|
|11. Nuby (600) IcyBite Hard/Soft Keys||Yes||Teething||4.3|
|12. Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother||Yes||Soother||4.1|
How to Find the Right Toy!
It doesn’t matter if your baby is still in the staring stage or just starting to crawl. Baby toys should be at the top of every parent’s list, but you will want to keep a few things in mind before tossing any toy into the crib.
Babies tend to love bright and shiny objects, and we have all seen plenty of “cool looking” baby toys when browsing the aisles or online. Just because something looks like fun, doesn’t mean it is a toy you want to turn your child loose with. Every parent knows what to stay away from, but you’ll still want to pay attention to what is on the tag and the box.
When looking for the best baby toys, always keep the materials in mind. Whether it’s a cloth blanket or hard plastic rattle, pay attention to the dyes used, fabric and even the type of plastic in some cases. If you are unfamiliar with the brand or toy, check their history to see if there have been any recalls issued in the past. While you can’t know what your new baby may be allergic to, knowing what materials are being used is half the battle.
Unless you are buying a plush or soft baby toy, there’s a good chance it may contain plastic which means BPA may be involved. BPA stands for Bisphenol-A, and it is a chemical used in plastics including water bottles, food containers, and even toys. When it comes to baby toys, however, you can find toys labeled BPA-free more often than not.
For our list, we noted any products that were BPA free according to the manufacturer. Where we have listed “NA” it means not applicable as it’s not a product that they will handle (or put their mouth on) often or contains no plastic at all. Any marked unknown eluded as no concrete information could be found on those products. Is BPA is actually dangerous for your child? We will leave that up to you and bright minds like those at the Mayo Clinic so you can decide for yourself.
This one may seem simple, but it isn’t if you are a new parent. A baby “toy” can fall under many categories, and manufacturers are a bit lax with their age ratings for infants. A newborn freshly home from the hospital isn’t going to have much use for a spinner that sticks to a highchair with a suction cup. A 6-month old on the other hand is an entirely different story. In other words, when looking for the best infant toys think about the actual age of the child you’re buying for in months, and don’t always trust the manufacturers recommended rating.
Top 5 Best Baby Toys Reviews
Children can start teething at different ages, but it generally ranges anywhere from between 3 to 6 months in most cases. That is definitely in the baby range, and while a teething ring may not seem like a toy, it could quickly become their new best buddy.
Teething rings are made to go in the mouth, so we went with the Wacky Teething Ring from Nuby which is BPA-free and rated 3-months old and up. The actual ring has ridges on one side and a flatter section on the other with a large chewing surface on the bottom. The hardness varies from soft cloth to harder plastic, and it’s a good size for your child to hold. Those soft parts up top also make a crinkling noise which is sure to draw your baby’s attention.
There’s not much else to say about the Nuby Wacky Teething Ring as it’s a fine choice if you have a baby getting ready to teeth. While not a cold teething ring, it will provide some comfort while helping them break those new chompers in.
Manhattan Toy is responsible for our first multiuse baby toy thanks to the Winkey Sensory Activity Toy. It looks like a fidget toy adults might enjoy although it is 100% built for babies. It’s also 100% BPA-free which is great as it serves as a teething ring full brightly colored loops.
Whether you baby wants to bite or play, the Winkel has them covered. In the middle of the contraption is a cube that acts as a rattle so baby can shake it around when they need a break from teething. Due to the amount of loops, it is a fantastic clutching toy that will help build motor skills as well. Not a fan of the colors? Well, you will get a few interesting options with this baby toy.
The Winkel Rattle is available in the Original style with orange, purple, blue and green loops. There is another option available with green, orange, yellow and red hoops with a blue and white striped block as well. If you are feeling patriotic, there is a red, white and blue Winkel to go along with multipacks for parents with twins or triplets.
VTech makes thousands of products for children, and plenty of them are geared toward kids that are still fairly immobile or in the crawling stage. The VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Moosical Beads toy is one of them, and a lock for our best baby toys list due to its cuteness alone. While we think parents will love the baby cow as well, this toy can do more than most.
This is an excellent tactile toy for toddlers as the cow is soft but holds a hard plastic ring with three different sections. Two take care of numbers and letters, but all are interactive and play music, sounds, songs, and phrases. There are over 30 audio interactions included to go along with a spinning bead. If you want to take a break from the noise, you will be pleased to know there is an off-switch as well.
While this is an excellent way to go for an interactive toy, we couldn’t find any solid information on BPA, and it will require batteries. It’s rated for newborns and up, but may not be the best bet for babies that are still in that newborn phase.
One of the few toys on this list to make the transition from the baby world to the realm of adults are building blocks. Most of us had the simple toy when we were little before moving on to LEGO’s in our teens. Some adults still play with blocks, but these are most certainly for babies and should keep them busy for hours on end.
The Grab and Stack Block Toy comes from Bright Stars and is a set that consists of four soft blocks. These are referred to as tactile blocks, and while they are soft, each one will feel a little different to your child due to the materials involved. There is a block with little tags that hang from the edges and another that rattles while the others crinkle and jingle. All feature a cute animal on one side to go along with a number, letter, and pattern.
If you are looking for a good baby toy for children that are just beginning to play, the Bright Starts Grab & Stack Blocks are well worth a look. They are large, come with sewn-in loops, and can be cleaned with the wiping method, but are not machine washable.
We’ve shown you teething rings and actual toys that let your teeth while you play. Now we are going to take a look at a new kind of teether dubbed a teething blanket. No, it’s not big enough to cover up your baby like a real blanket, and it probably won’t keep them very warm at night. That said, it will help those new teeth break in and offers up several different types of surfaces to munch on.
The Five Stars Teething Blanket has five points all of which can be chewed and drooled upon. It even has a loop so you can attach it to a crib or stroller, but the real action lies in the tips of the star. They crinkle, squeak, and vary in texture from terry cloth to satin. It is a great toy for younger babies sans their teeth as well considering it’s tactile and interactive to a degree.
This toy has a lot going for it, but we couldn’t peg down if it contained any BPA unfortunately. That said, it is machine washable, which is definitely an advantage considering its intended use.