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Creating opportunities for active learning.

From infancy to childhood, learning is a play-based occurrence. That's why toys are so important during your child's critical development years. From babies to toddlers, we have everything you need to keep your little one entertained and engaged. As baby grows, check out our arts & crafts, outdoor and imaginative play items. Learning is a lifelong lesson.

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Baby Toys Buying Guide

According to child development experts, toys aren't just for big kids. Babies and toddlers can learn about the world through toys that are age and developmentally appropriate. BabyEarth.com offers a wide selection of entertaining and educational toys categorized by age and type. This guide is designed to help you pick a toy that is perfectly suited for the precious little one in your life.

First and foremost, always consider your child's age when selecting a toy. Age is not only an important developmental factor - it is a safety issue too, as some toys for preschoolers contain small parts that may be a choking hazard to infants. For newborns to 6 months old, the senses of sight and sound are most thrilling. Toys that have highly contrasting colors or that make noises, such as rattles or mobiles, are sure to engage your baby. Be careful, though, not to over-stimulate your newborn. Watch for signs that she is ready for a break, such as fussiness or turning away. Many babies also cut their first tooth sometime between 4 and 6 months, so soothing teethers can bring welcome relief and be a fun plaything for your infant. Munchkin's Fun Ice Teether Babies do double duty as both a teether and plush rattle toy, and parents love them because they can conveniently and safely go in both the freezer and washing machine.

By 6 months, most infants have developed the gross motor skills necessary to grasp, roll, and bang objects together. Toys that stimulate these skills, such as Sassy's Hug & Tug Horse, Poppin' Push Car and Classical Keys offer lasting play as your baby becomes mobile. At 12 months, toys that encourage your child's physical abilities, like walking, pushing, and riding, help develop agility and keep your little tike entertained. The Step Start Walk 'N Ride offers two toys in one, as a sturdy walker that converts to baby's first ride-on toy. When your toddler is around 2 years old, foster her hand-eye coordination and independent play by providing simple puzzles and blocks, such as Peg Puzzle Shapes by Melissa & Doug or the popular ride-on Wheely Bug by Prince Lionheart. By 3 years old, children are enthralled with imaginative play. Props and toys that help kids act out grown-up roles, such the Rose Petal Cottage series of play-appliances, the KidKraft Deluxe Wood Easel and the Band in a Box by Melissa & Doug, are perfect companions in the art of make-believe.

In addition to searching for toys by age, you may want to select a specific type of toy that is suited to your baby's temperament or developmental stage. BabyEarth groups toys by type to make your search easier. Activity toys are designed to stimulate interaction, movement, and exercise and are highly entertaining to most babies and toddlers. A time-tested toy for ages 4 months to walking is the Graco Baby Einstein Discover & Play Entertainer, a stationary activity center that provides 360 degrees of interactive toys that teach developmental milestones such as cause and effect and object permanence. For even more fun surprises, ExerSaucer Switch-a-Roos such as the Spinny Fish and Crinkle Bee can be swapped out with the ExerSaucer and other Evenflo products to bring fresh attention to a familiar toy.

For toddlers, Arts & Crafts provide a fun outlet for creative energy. The popular My Crafty Kit by Alex includes everything you need to introduce your munchkin to craft projects, while My Drawing Station contains all the necessary supplies for your budding artist. For easy clean-up, don't forget the Baby Bjorn Eat & Play Smock. Much like Arts & Crafts, Pretend Play encourages creativity and imagination and, for toddlers and older children, can provide hours of entertainment. For your little princess, KidKraft's Coffee Maker Setis a great way for her to make tasty pretend treats for mom & dad. Little boys may prefer KidKraft's 101 Piece Deluxe Train Set, which offers an amazing variety of tracks, bridges, figures, towns, and other pieces for kids to create and explore.

If you are looking for a toy that will stand the test of time, Plush Toys are one of the few options that will delight both infants and older children. The Cloud b Twilight Turtle serves as a soothing bedtime companion by projecting a starry night sky onto your nursery walls and ceiling. Due to the popularity of Cloud b Twilight Turtle, now he has Sea Turtle and Ladybug companions!

For newborns and infants, Rattles are a favorite baby toy that provides just the right amount of stimulation without being overwhelming, or too heavy on the pocketbook. Sassy's Wrist Rattles are perfect for babies who are too young to grasp a rattle but can still enjoy the different sounds that each rattle makes by moving their wrists or ankles. The Hello Baby Phone is an updated classic rattle that features bright colors, a soft rattle noise, and chewy textures for teething. Other favorite toys for newborns and infants are Playgyms & Mats, which provide soft, safe places for baby to play and explore. The Tiny Love ActiviTot Developmental Gym is a stimulating play area with linkable toys that can be repositioned to encourage tummy time. For simple transport, the mat folds up and the arch becomes an easy-to-carry handle. For kiddos who are mobile, Playards are a lifesaver for new moms and dads. These playpens provide a secure play-space for baby and piece of mind for parents. Today's playards are more functional than ever, with convenient features to make life easier for new parents. The Chicco 4 in 1 Lullaby LX Playard includes both a bassinet and changing table, plus a toy gym that can be used on the bassinet or as a playmat. Music, vibration, and a nightlight help your baby snooze, while the compact fold and matching cargo bag make this playard a breeze on the road.

When it comes to playtime for your child, remember that age and developmental stage are key to choosing the perfect toy. And, don't hesitate to join in the fun-sometimes the best entertainment of all is just time with mom and dad! For more great baby and toddler toys, be sure to browse our huge selection.