The Smart Parent’s Guide to Finding Toys Your Baby Will Actually Play With

The Smart Parent's Guide to Finding Toys Your Baby Will Actually Play With
Whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or just because you’re tired of him slobbering over the dog’s toys, picking out toys for your baby can be a daunting task.

First, there’s all the options.

  • Do you want plastic or wood?
  • Do you want beeps or blurps?
  • Are you looking for education or distraction?

Then there’s the budget.  You could easily spend an entire paycheck on doohickeys and thingamajiggers.  But a purchase completed is not a toy played.

How do you know that the $52,000 Pirate Ship Playhouse you purchased actually gets used, and doesn’t become a homeless shelter for raccoons?

Simple.  Smart baby toys are those that are matched to your infant’s current developmental skills.  

Find toys that are linked to the skills he’s working so hard to master and you’ve got an slam-dunk winner.

Fortunately for you, that’s kinda my thang.  I do all the research, find some kick-tush toys that you’ve probably never seen before, and then design graphics that are fun to browse through.

Ta-da!  Here’s your Smart Parent’s Guide to Toys Worth the Purchase.

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Smart Baby Toys for 0-3 Month Olds

Smart Baby Toys: 0-3 Months

  1. Activity Spiral
  2. Nookums
  3. Projection Mobile
  4. Octopus Activity Mat
  5. Hedgehog Taggie   |   Lamb Taggie   |   Football Taggie
  6. Look Look Newborn Book
  7. Girl Clutching Toy  |  Sun Clutching Toy   |   Frog Clutching Toy
  8. Nogginrings
  9. Tummy Time Water Mat
  10. Mamaroo Bouncer 

Smart Baby Toys for 3-6 Month Olds
Smart Baby Toys: 3-6 Months

  1. Roly Poly Dragon  |  Roly Poly Duck  |  Roly Poly Horse
  2. Dinoztory Texture Book
  3. Toofeze Teether
  4. Play Triangle
  5. All in One Baby Car Toy
  6. vTech Swipe Phone
  7. Balancing Caterpillar
  8. Multi-Position Activity Mat
  9. Fold ‘n Go Elephant
  10. Convertible Activity Center

Smart Baby Toys for 6-9 Month Olds

Smart Baby Toys: 6 - 9 Months

  1. Boppin Activity Bugs
  2. Lil’ Explorers Adventure Course
  3. Musical Ball & Ring Stacker
  4. Oreo Cookie Teethers
  5. Happy Kitten
  6. Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada
  7. Pippin Push Along Pup
  8. Caterpillar Activity Balls
  9. Wooden Bunny Stacker
  10. Owl Rocker   |   Pirate Rocker

Smart Baby Toys for 9-12 Month Olds

Smart Baby Toys: 9-12 Months


  1. Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space
  2. Stretchy Sandwich
  3. Rolling Bug
  4. BeatBo Dance Toy
  5. Moby Dick (An Ocean Primer)  |  Pride & Prejudice (A Counting Primer)  |  The Secret Garden (A Flowers Primer)  |  Alice in Wonderland (A Colors Primer)  |  See all the BabyLit books
  6. Pick ‘n Pop John Deere Combine
  7. Click & Spin Activity Blocks
  8. Turtle Pull Along Shape Sorter
  9. Jungle Bowling
  10. Woodland Wonders Activity Center

Smart Baby Toys for 1-2 Year Olds

Smart Baby Toys: 1-2 Years

  1. Musical Owl
  2. Touch Think Learn About Vehicles  |  Touch Think Learn About Homes  |  Touch Think Learn About the Farm  |  See all Touch Think Learn books
  3. Finger Paint Party
  4. Animal Garden Pegging Game
  5. Tablet Protector
  6. Gro to Pro Junior Basketball
  7. Pound & Roll Tower
  8. Wooden Flower Puzzle  |  Animal Wooden Puzzle  |  3D Wooden Puzzle
  9. Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table
  10. Country Critters Play Cube

Still Looking?

If you’re still searching for THE perfect gift, bop over to several toy round ups from previous years.  I don’t repeat toys, so you’re sure to find something in those as well!

How to Hedge Your Bets and Purchase a Winner

The Best Brain-Boosting Baby Toys

21 Baby Sports Gifts Your Little All-Star Will Love

Which Ones Excited You the Most?

I’m curious to find out which toys above popped out to you the most.  Which ones are you most excited to introduce to your baby?

Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments and let me know!

The Smart Parent's Guide to Finding Toys Your Baby Will Actually Play With

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Meet Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor

Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at Incredible Infant and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007.  She's certified in baby sleep coaching (yes, that's a real thing), has served as an Expert Parenting Panelist for numerous events, and has been a featured writer on blogs like,, My Kid's Adventures, Cafe Mom, and others.  If it's 2am and you're desperate to read SOMETHING, click here for all her darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn't be allowed to blog.  


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