Color Me Happy

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Hold on

Your baby will enjoy these playthings that feature basic shapes and shades.

The wooden balls on Haba's Magica Clutching Toy, $11, are easy for little hands to grasp, while their bright colors will hold her gaze. Newborn and older.

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Cool Cutouts

Crafted from 100 percent sustainably harvested wood, the Kid O Recognizing Shapes puzzle, $15, features a square, triangle and circle with easy-to-grasp knobs. 12 months and older.

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Bath time

Your baby can mix and match the tops and bottoms of the colorful Boon Creatures, $14. The fish-inspired tub toys are also BPA-, PVC- and phthalate-free. 9 months and older.

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Shake it up

The tactile fabrics on the Manhattan Toy Shake-A-Shape Set, $22, feel good to little hands. Plus, each soft shape has a jingle ball or squeaker inside. 3 months and older.

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Walk On

The Mega Bloks 3-in-1 Build 'N Go Walker, $25, folds flat for stacking blocks of all shapes. For walking mode, flip the handlebar upright and snap into place. 9 months and older.
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Star search

Choose amber, blue or green lights to project the night sky (including eight real constellations) with the Cloud B Blue Twilight Turtle, $30. 3 years and older. (Note: not for crib use.)

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Have a ball

Your baby will hear one of eight different sounds when you roll, toss or bounce the soft and bumpy Lilliputiens Musical Humps Ball, $30. 6 months and older.

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Hug Me

The eye-catching colors and patterns on Mix n' Max from ALEX, $17, will draw your baby's attention. Textured details will keep her holding on tight. Newborn and older.

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Go Fish

Older babies will feel accomplished when they match the six wooden fish shapes to the correct colored and sized slot in the P'kolino Fishing Hole Size Sorter, $25. 6 months and older.

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