2016 Best Toys for Babies

 
Baby with purple sunglassesMore than toys for any other age, picking the right playthings for babies is important — interest, entertainment, development and of course safety are all factors that come into play. This year’s ten best baby toys are excellent choices, having not only the “fun factor,” but also have received wonderful positive reviews from parents and other shoppers.

What’s here: On this page is a list of the ten best baby toys through the spring and summer of 2016, based on both popularity (by sales) and high consumer ratings. Toys included are for babies of various ages from infancy to about 2 years of age, and are focused toward child development and basic education.

For shoppers: For those of you shopping online for baby toys, one or more online merchants have been hand-picked for low prices, product availability as well as trusted and safe reputation. Links directly to product reviews are also provided, where available.

What’s Here:

1. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Activity Zoo
2. Manhattan Toy Winkel
3. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks
4. Little Tikes Activity Garden
5. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
6. Bright Starts Start Your Senses Sensory Giraffe
7. Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
8. VTech Learn and Dance Interactive Zoo
9. Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky
10. Baby Einstein Octoplush

1. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Activity Zoo

Price: $23.48
You save: $1.51 (6 %)
21 new from $22.490 used

Ages: 9 months – 3 years

Hitting the #1 spot of the top 10 baby toys in 2016 is the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Activity Zoo.

This adorable toy features three levels of educational fun, each level corresponding with your little one’s age and stage of development. There are over 50 songs, all sing-alongs, and buttons for color, shape, and number learning.

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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Activity Zoo | Euc Extra Animals

$20.00
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 9:59:25 PDT
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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Activity Zoo

$20.00
End Date: Saturday Jul-2-2016 20:17:55 PDT
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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Activity Zoo

$43.51
End Date: Tuesday Jul-5-2016 7:15:38 PDT
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2. Manhattan Toy Winkel

Price: $7.59
You save: $6.41 (46 %)
105 new from $5.914 used from $6.22

Ages: 0 – 2 years

A long-term favorite makes it to the second spot among the ten best baby toys this year.

Babies develop SO much during their first year. All of their senses are working overtime, and you have the pleasure of watching the wonder, awe, and curiosities shine through their eyes. This rattle is colorful and pliable for touch-and-teeth playtime.

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Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle And Sensory Teether Activity Toy Infants New

$13.95
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 0:48:05 PDT
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Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Learning - Boys

$13.04
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 5:57:14 PDT
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New Manhattan Baby Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy FREE SHIPPING

$10.34
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 6:03:48 PDT
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3. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks

Price: $7.59
You save: $2.40 (24 %)
1 new from $7.590 used

Ages: 6 months – 3 years

Another much-loved pick comes in at 3rd of the top toys for babies in 2016 – Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks.

These blocks are classics. I would venture to bet that we all had something like this in our earlier childhoods. The box features a tote-around handle and a removable lid with shaped cutouts and matching shaped blocks.

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Fisher Price First Brilliant Basics 5 Baby BlocksToys Shape Toy Learning Block

$19.99
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 0:43:44 PDT
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Baby's First Blocks Brilliant Basics Toy Fun Relax Sort Stack Learn Match Shape

$22.89
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 3:36:24 PDT
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Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks

$10.27
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 11:13:56 PDT
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4. Little Tikes Activity Garden

Price: $54.99
36 new from $54.780 used

Ages: 6 months – 3 years

Next up on the list – Little Tikes Activity Garden.

I love this Activity Garden because there is sooo much for babies to do. Divided into different sections, there are winding, twirling, whirling, folding, spinning, moving elements. Also includes a crawl-through arch and a shape-sorter mailbox with matching, colorful blocks.

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Garden Little Tikes Activity Playset Baby Replacement Play New Toddler N Center

$75.00
End Date: Thursday Jun-30-2016 23:59:10 PDT
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LITTLE TIKES ACTIVITY GARDEN CARROT RADISH ONION LOT

$49.88
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 7:01:30 PDT
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LITTLE TIKES ACTIVITY GARDEN REPLACEMENT FLOWER POTS HOLDERS

$39.88
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 7:01:30 PDT
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5. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

Price: $7.39
You save: $2.60 (26 %)
268 new from $4.000 used

Ages: 3 months and up

One from Baby Einstein marks #5 of the best baby toys 2016 with Take Along Tunes.

Take Along Tunes is a great way to keep babies occupied on car rides. The handle is lined with chunky, colorful beads, topped with a smiley face. The music box lights up and plays 7 familiar lullabies and baby-friendly songs.

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Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

$9.84
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 2:05:21 PDT
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Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

$10.29
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 8:40:44 PDT
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Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy Kids Babysitter Play Game New

$12.67
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 9:27:44 PDT
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6. Bright Starts Start Your Senses Sensory Giraffe

Price: $9.96
You save: $0.03 ( %)
103 new from $9.750 used

Ages: 0 – 12 months

And in 6th place on the list – Bright Starts Start Your Senses Sensory Giraffe – another long-term favorite.

What a cutie! This giraffe is loaded with sensory stimulants to engage, teach, and encourage your baby. Its legs double as toys, like a flexible, safe “mirror,” a rattle, a bead chaser, and pliable teether. Easily attaches to car seats.

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Bright Starts Start Your Sense Sensory Giraffe Plush

$20.14
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 3:06:22 PDT
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USED~Bright Starts Start Your Senses Sensory Giraffe

$8.00
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 9:06:53 PDT
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Bright Stars Sensory Giraffe Toy. New

$9.99
End Date: Saturday Jul-2-2016 7:02:18 PDT
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7. Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym

Price: $43.86
You save: $26.13 (37 %)
161 new from $33.660 used

Ages: 0 – 12 months

Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym also makes its mark among the best toys for babies in 2016.

This is the exact same playmat my son had when he was around 3 months old. He loved the bright colors, and as he grew older, brighter, and more curious, the stuffed toucan proved to be the perfect chew-and-teeth toy.

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Baby Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym Playmat Lay & play Tummy time New

$54.18
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 5:57:09 PDT
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Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies And Lights Deluxe Gym

$85.94
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 22:33:51 PDT
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Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym

$67.99
End Date: Saturday Jul-2-2016 8:31:57 PDT
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8. VTech Learn and Dance Interactive Zoo

Price: $12.88
51 new from $12.670 used

Ages: 6 months – 3 years

One of my personal favorite baby toys comes in 8th among the “best of” this year – VTech Learn and Dance Interactive Zoo.

The Interactive Zoo is headed by an adorable chimp, beneath a canopy of rainbow-colored piano keys. Each key is marked with a different animal. When pressed, the keys introduce the animals by name, sound, and defining characteristics. The chimp dances!

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VTech Learn and Dance Interactive Zoo 5 animal 5 playful songs 2 modes of play

$30.98
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 4:48:07 PDT
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Vtech Learn and Dance Interactive Zoo tested and works batteries not included

$22.94
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 10:43:23 PDT
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Vtech Learn And Dance Interactive Zoo Toy Electronic Musical 6-18 MO, EUC!

$3.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 18:24:25 PDT
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9. Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky

Ages: 0 and up

Just as much for parents as it is for the little ones – next up is the Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky.

I love the idea of this bath ducky. The concept of a rubber ducky goes back decades, and I often catch myself singing the “Rubber Ducky Song” from Sesame Street. This one reveals HOT in bold, bright letters on a safety disc when the bathwater is too hot for babies.

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MUNCHKIN WHITE HOT HEAT SENSING SAFETY BATH DUCKY BPA FREE

$4.10
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 6:09:21 PDT
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Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky

$4.92
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 12:44:58 PDT
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Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky

$3.96
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 12:47:29 PDT
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10. Baby Einstein Octoplush

Price: $9.39
63 new from $2.790 used

Ages: 3 months – 3 years

A returning favorite marks the final item on the list of the top ten baby toys this year – Baby Einstein Octoplush.

Baby Einstein is the best! This educational baby toy is a multi-lingual must-have that speaks French, English, and Spanish. Great for different cultures. The octopus has a button of each of his legs, and each button represents a different color. Babies press the buttons to repetitively learn about those colors.

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Baby Einstein Octoplush Baby Einstein 30933

$10.89
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 1:31:38 PDT
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Baby Einstein Octoplush Developmental Musical Plush Toy, 30933, *LIGHTLY USED*

$13.49
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 12:11:33 PDT
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Baby Einstein Octoplush Octopus Toy Musical Melody Developmental Stuffed NEW

$12.50
End Date: Friday Jul-1-2016 13:37:57 PDT
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 06/02/16.

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