A Shortcut Guide to the Best
Baby Learning Toys

Many parents randomly search or ask for baby learning toys whenever they look for some plaything to buy their child - but what exactly should we be looking for? And when will we know we've found the right one for our little one? Although there isn't one perfect answer to your question, there are a few pointers that could make searching a lot easier.

Learning toys clearly hope to teach our child something… but what?

Age Specific Educational Toys

Let's first look at a few evergreen age specific toys. Note: I've tried to simplify things a bit by giving exact age groups. Of course, these overlap… but the suggested learning toys are good starting point.

2 months - soft toys to feel, touch and discover

Cuddle and sing bear soft toy
Cuddle & sing bear
2-Piece baby wrist rattle set
Wrist rattle set
Rattling rings for stimulating very early baby development
Rattling rings

3 months - mobile, crib toy, activity mat, foot finders

Baby crib toy
Crib toy
Baby activity mat
Activity mat
High contrast foot finders
Foot finders

4 months - more objects to discover, like soft ball, rattle, bell, dangling toys

Winkel rattle and sensory teether
Winkel rattle & teether
Alphabet zoo activity gym
Alphabet zoo
activity gym
Play and glow dangling toy - Freddie the Firefly
Play and glow
dangling toy

5 months - rattles, teether to hold in mouth, objects to strike, soft toys

Hard-soft teething toy
Hard-soft teething toy
Laugh and learn love to play puppy
Laugh and learn
puppy
Age classified cloth book
Age classified
cloth book

6 months - balls to roll and hold, mouth toys, plastic cups & pots, stacking rings, nesting cups, soft blocks

Bendy ball
Bendy ball
Stacking rings
Stacking rings
Soft stacking blocks
Soft stacking blocks

7 months - music, bath toys, squeaky toys, sorters

Take along musical toy
Take along musical toy
Interactive bath toy
Interactive bath toy
Baby basic sorter
Baby basic sorter

8 months - plastic nesting cups, several toys to bash together, simple blocks

Fisher-Price Billiant Basic stack & roll cups
Stack n Roll cups
First stacking blocks for infants
First stacking blocks
A first stacker baby learning toy - great for 8 month olds
First stacker

9 months - teething toys, safe toys

Twisty figure 8 teether for 9 month olds
Twisty figure 8 teether
Baby learning laptop
Learning laptop
Popping pals for 9 month olds
Poppin pals

10 months - stacking blocks, motion toys, cloth & cardboard books

Rhyme & discover book for 10 month olds
Rhyme & discover book
Sit to stand train
Sit to stand train
Pounding bench
Pounding bench

11 months - rolling toys, objects to put into and take out of a container

First builder blocks for 11 month olds
Rhyme & discover book
Sit to stand learning walker
Learning walker
Baby first blocks sorter
First blocks sorter

12 months - toys fitting into each other, cloth books

Rainbow stackers
Rainbow stackers
Hide n squeak eggs with a few surprises... and easy for little hands to hold
Hide n squeak eggs
Farm cloth book is a soft lift-the-flap book by Lamaze
Lamaze cloth book

13 months - wooden or plastic blocks, push & pull toys, toys to take apart

Stacking blocks for nesting or building a tower
Stacking blocks
Uncle Goose clsasic ABC blocks
Classic ABC blocks
The Fisher-Price corn popper toy is probably THE most used toy in our library.
Corn popper toy

14 months - Music toys, balls to roll & play with

Xylophone pound bench - hammer the ball through the holes onto the xylophone... or take it out and play directly thereon
Xylophone pound bench
Froggio tumble n glow is a fun drop ball play with young ones - it engages them to gather and keep feeding Froggio.
Froggio tumble n glow
Poppin play piano - when any of the 8 colored keys are pressed a ball jumps up
Poppin play piano

15 months - toy telephone, activity centres and other imitation toys

Young learner's activity cube
Learners activity cube
The 10-piece Rainbow play tea set that lights up and plays sounds
Rainbow play tea set
Sit to stand multipurpose learning walker
Multipurpose activity centre

Now let's also look in more detail at a few specific baby learning toys.

We've given you a thumbnail picture of the toys which we believe are evergreen ones and continue to rank with the very best. Click on any thumbnail to automatically jump down to the short description of what we found.

3 Select Baby Learning Toys


Baby Learning Toy #1Toy

Vtech - Move & Crawl Ball

The Move & Crawl Ball can be a great aid, especially for encouraging babies to crawl. My boys absolutely LOVE this toy. Also, when they start to lose interest, this toy starts to move and make noise again to get their attention.

The Move & Crawl Ball can be a great aid, especially for encouraging babies to crawl. My boys absolutely LOVE this toy. Also, when they start to lose interest, this toy starts to move and make noise again to get their attention. 

I am a physiotherapist and a lot of kids often come to me for therapy. My constant endeavour is to find baby toys that I can use to encourage the kids to push themselves physically in order to flex their muscles and get them fully developed.

The Vtech - Move & Crawl Ball emerged as one such toy that got my little patients excited both mentally and physically.

Children unlike adults do move their limbs simply for the exercise and it is very important that their interest levels are maintained in order to keep them flexing their muscles properly.

When I bought my first Vtech - Move & Crawl Ball, I began by inspecting it from the safety point of view. It is crucial that the kids don’t hurt themselves while playing with the toys in our clinic. The ball is sturdy to say the least, since even after throwing it around for years now; the ball is still going strong. There are absolutely no small parts that could come off and pose a threat to the safety of the child.

The Move & Crawl Ball can be a great aid, especially for encouraging babies to crawl. My boys absolutely LOVE this toy. Also, when they start to lose interest, this toy starts to move and make noise again to get their attention.  From the child’s point of view, I found that the ball attracted children way above the normal soft balls did. Apart from the lovely attractive colors of the ball, there are several animals placed all over the sphere to stimulate the kid’s visual senses. The parrot’s green and the dog is white with blue ears and so on and this helps children get a fair idea about the various colors. When the ball rolls kids find the colors all coming together and try and grasp the ball in order to understand it better.

I highly recommend the ball even to those parents whose kids do not need physiotherapy, but they would like to encourage their child to crawl around.

What’s even better is that the ball comes with auditory sense stimulators too. On pressing the right button the name of the animal and its sound comes on. Another button helps teach the name of numbers and even shapes.

So, I find that over and above the physical appeal, the toy offers children a complete package in terms of stimulating the senses in more ways than one. This is one of the main reasons why I leave the ball even in the waiting room, so that kids can stay entertained with it.

The ball is a self rolling one and so I don’t need to toss it again and again as is the case with other balls. The bottom line is that the kids who come for therapy find it such an exciting package of light, sound and color that most of them consider it worth making the effort to crawl forward for a better look and feel.

While this baby learning toy is technically meant for kids about 6 months old, I find it has almost universal appeal when it comes to children. I have a lot of older children walking about trying to kick the ball or flinging it across the room to watch it come alive.

This is one of the baby educational toys I have been using for a long time now... and it has completely replaced the normal balls in my clinic. Personally, I think the move and crawl ball is fantastic for almost all children and that is one of the main reasons why I have the four balls in the storage at all given times.

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Baby Learning Toy #2

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table

I was surprized to find that two to five-year-olds are also amused by the Learn & Groove Musical Table. I would not buy it specifically for older children, but if your baby has older siblings, this will be a hit with them too.

I was surprized to find that two to five-year-olds are also amused by the Learn & Groove Musical Table. I would not buy it specifically for older children, but if your baby has older siblings, this will be a hit with them too. 

If there's one baby learning toy I must pick as an evergreen one, it's this one! We got the LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table, for our twins when we moved from San Jose.

I have to accept that the biggest appeal of the toy, to me, was the bilingual aspect. I was keen that my kids grow up with Spanish getting just as much attention as their English did, so that they can keep in touch with their cousins back home.

However, what the twins gained from the LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table was much more than a few Spanish words. I got this baby learning toy when the kids were about 8 months old... I think. They would lay it flat on the floor and sit across pressing the various keys.

Even now after almost a year, the table is still going strong. There are attachable legs, but I prefer to keep them off since my kids tend to try and climb on the table and jump on it, which I think can turn into an accident. On other safety aspects the table fares well since the corners are rounded off and the material is quite sturdy.

I was surprized to find that two to five-year-olds are also amused by the Learn & Groove Musical Table. I would not buy it specifically for older children, but if your baby has older siblings, this will be a hit with them too.  With its more than a dozen activities and over 40 songs, the table keeps my twins entertained for long periods of time. And it is not like leaving them in front of the television.

The table has activities specially designed to nurture the auditory, visual and even metal capacities of the child’s mind. There are activities related to learning about numbers, shape and even the concept of counting.

There is a fair lot of information about alphabets and even opposites that helps build a strong foundation in these areas. The colorful piano keys are a hot favorite with my twins and I feel it helps them learn a lot about hand eye co-ordination too over and above learning the musical notes. My sons have learnt about almost all the colors on the table and do give me both the English and the Spanish version when I ask them for it.

The large variety of problem solving games included in the table is what makes it a complete hit if targeting the overall development of the child. One of my boys loves to flip over the book and keeps reciting the alphabet song while he goes along. There are several push and pull buttons that are great to enhance the child’s gross motor skills. All in all, I feel it does a lot more for my kids rather than just exposing them to Spanish. educational toys for infants

I was surprized to find that two to five-year-olds are also amused by the Learn & Groove Musical Table. I would not buy it specifically for older children, but if your baby has older siblings, this will be a hit with them too.  I would recommend keeping a few extra AA batteries handy since the table can frustrate your child a lot, if not working properly. If you do use the legs of the table make sure that the kids don’t climb on top of it, even though it is sturdy enough to let your child pull himself up using the sides. educational toys for infants

The table is worth every penny that I paid for it and is still in very good condition despite us having it around for long. The appeal of this baby learning toy is quite long-lasting and my twins are still happy to play with it.

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Baby Learning Toy #3

Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Stacking Action Blocks

Many infants simply love the 'action' of these stacking action blocks.

Many infants simply love the 'action' of these stacking blocks. 

I have three kids and my youngest is a girl, who is 9 months old. My house looks like a store house of toys and strangely I find that all my kids keep complaining about lack of toys. educational toys for infants

One day my husband pointed out that the kids were irritable since they were all being exposed to the same toys that were of course not age appropriate for all of them. So while the musical piano was great for my four year old boy, it frustrated the nine month old daughter and was a sheer waste of time for my ten year old.

Grudgingly accepting the logic in that, I decided to sort out the toys so that the kids could have a better time.

While I was sorting the stuff out, I found this unopened stack of presents that the kids got over time which I had put away to open gradually later. One of these presents was the Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Stacking Action Blocks, which was given as a present for my now four year old boy when he was about six months old. It was given by Martha, one of my play date mom group member.

When I gave the blocks to my nine month old, I did not have too many expectations, but I was going to be pleasantly surprised.

Many infants simply love the 'action' of these stacking blocks. I always check to see of the toys I give my kids are safe. On this front the blocks fared rather well. There were no pointed tips that could hurt the kids in any way. No tiny parts that came off and became potential choking hazards and absolutely no tiny slots that could pinch the skin of the babies. educational toys for infants

There were three blocks and each one of them had its own activity and movement. Children simply needed to press the head on the top and the activity would begin. I thought it was a great way to drive the cause and effect point home. In fact the colors on the blocks were also impressive and the range stuck to the primary ones like blue, yellow, green, etc. My youngest kept squeaking in delight while she would press each cube and watch the motion on the block get going.

The size of the blocks also seemed to be the perfect size. My nine month old could hold them easily and even raise them up and fling them across without a problem. In fact it was this very activity of hers that attracted my four year old towards the toy too. He joined in the play and began to stack the toys in a tower like fashion.

Both my youngest daughter and four year old son seemed to laugh a lot seeing this crazy movement tower.

This got my 10 year old daughter out of her room too explain to my four year old the difference between the motions of each block. ‘This is a spinning movement’; ‘this is revolving, while this one is rotating’. I had no clue she even knew these words, leave alone their corresponding movements.

It struck me then that all my kids were sitting together and playing with the same baby learning toy and having fun at it.

I called Martha to thank her for the blocks that seemed to be one of the best stimulating baby learning toys, not only for my 9 month old child but also my older ones. 

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