Best Baby Toys of 2017

Take a pause from researching infant gear and go toy shopping with these 21 winners for your sweetie's first year.

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What Babies Want

Jeff Harris

What Babies Want

Rise Up

Grab Baby’s attention when you pull down on this Lullaby Squirrel Musical Pull Toy. It ascends into the acorn to Brahms’s “Cradle Song.” 3 months+, $21.

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Have Balls of Fun

Jeff Harris

Have Balls of Fun

Play Catch

Fisher-Price’s Zoom ‘N Crawl Monster spins and spills balls, inviting chase. 9 to 36 months, $35.

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Have Balls of Fun

Jeff Harris

Have Balls of Fun

Touch It All

Edushape’s Sensory Ball Set has nine balls of varied shapes, sizes, and surfaces. 6 months+, $50.

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Have Balls of Fun

Jeff Harris

Have Balls of Fun

Give It A Whirl

Balls spin and lights flash in B. Toys’ Escar-Glooooow top-like toy. 6 months+, $13.

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Clip Onto Baby Gear

Jeff Harris

Clip Onto Baby Gear

See, Hear, Feel

Sensory Sweet Peas have a teether and rattling, textured balls. Birth+, $11.

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Clip Onto Baby Gear

Jeff Harris

Clip Onto Baby Gear

Wrap and Go

Clutching Figure Rainbow Worm dangles toys down to Baby. 6 months+, $13.

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Clip Onto Baby Gear

Jeff Harris

Clip Onto Baby Gear

Joy Overhead

Tiny Love’s Meadow Days Sunny Stroll Arch spans the stroller seat. Birth+, $25.

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Gotta Love Wood Toys

Jeff Harris

Gotta Love Wood Toys

Twist and Turn

Baby Cubes, on an elastic cord, can be squished into formations. It’s a teething toy too! Birth+, $16.

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Gotta Love Wood Toys

Jeff Harris

Gotta Love Wood Toys

Get A Move On

The Bright Walker With Blocks can steady your little cruiser. 12 months+, $80.

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Gotta Love Wood Toys

Jeff Harris

Gotta Love Wood Toys

Auto Pilots

Animal Stacking Cars make perfect first vehicles. 12 months+, $13.

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Use From Day One

Jeff Harris

Use From Day One

Dive In

Can't wait to introduce Finding Nemo? Start with Kids II's Mr. Ray Ocean Lights Activity Gym. Birth+, $80.

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Use From Day One

Jeff Harris

Use From Day One

Welcome Mat

The Vibrant Village Smart Lights Activity Gym puts on a show with music and glowing colors. Birth+, $85.

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Use From Day One

Jeff Harris

Use From Day One

Hello Ladybug

Get belly laughs on the Charley Harper Mat. Birth+, $100.

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For “Aha” Moments

Jeff Harris

For “Aha” Moments

Shake It Up

VTech’s Lil’ Critters Shake & Wobble Busy Ball calls out words and plays happy songs. 3 months+, $13.

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For “Aha” Moments

Jeff Harris

For “Aha” Moments

Lift A Cloud

When Baby rattles B. Toys’ Rain-Glow Squeeze, it lights up. 3 months+, $8.

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For “Aha” Moments

Jeff Harris

For “Aha” Moments

Get Busy

Kid O’s Activity Board lets Baby control sounds, lights, and vibrations. 6 months+, $40.

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For “Aha” Moments

Jeff Harris

For “Aha” Moments

Be Surprised

The Dolce Activity Zebra is full of discoveries, like ears that crinkle and a foot that rattles. Birth+, $40.

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Make Baby Giggle

Jeff Harris

Make Baby Giggle

Get Silly

Brush the tail of Yoee’s Baby Monkey over Baby’s skin for a funny tickle. Birth+, $25.

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Make Baby Giggle

Jeff Harris

Make Baby Giggle

On Repeat

Say a phrase into B. Toys’ Happy Yappies Rascal and he’ll parrot it back. 10 months+, $15.

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Cuddle With Friends

Jeff Harris

Cuddle With Friends

Bear Hug

Camping Cubs Activity Bear has a teether and entertaining picture pages. 3 months+, $18.

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Cuddle With Friends

Jeff Harris

Cuddle With Friends

Sly Guy

This Organic Fox Teething Toy can help soothe sore gums. Birth+, $18.

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