Top Toys for Infants and Toddlers

Filed under: Holidays, Toys, Gear Guides: Babies, Gear Guides: Toddlers & Preschoolers

Sure, you can watch the toy commercials on TV and read the advertising inserts in your local newspaper. But if you really want to know what the hot toys for infants and toddlers are this holiday season, listen to the playtime experts at the Toy Industry Association.

Click on these links to find what's hot right now. Then, if you want to play even further, go to ToyAwards.org and register your vote for the 2011 Toy of the Year awards. Winners will be announced in early 2011.

In the meantime, happy shopping and merry everything!

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Explore N' Grow Musical Gear Center
Playskool
playskool.com
9 months+
$19.99
Spinning colorful gears and merry music make the Musical Gear Center toy perfect for lively babies! As baby's fine motor skills begin to develop, the Musical Gear Center toy offers exciting new ways to play – baby can now stack and reconfigure the interchangeable gears for even more fun.

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Laugh & Learn™ Learn & Move Music Station™
Fisher-Price, Inc.
fisher-price.com
9 to 36 months+
$49.99
The Laugh & Learn™ Learn & Move Music Station™ is a musical toy that can be played on its own, or connected to the TV to bring baby's favorite characters to life. With five interactive worlds to discover on two levels, baby's every interaction with the Music Station activates animation, music and learning right on the TV. Baby can explore real instrument sounds and learn about colors, counting, animals, greetings and more with over 50 songs.

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LEGO® DUPLO® Play with Numbers
LEGO Systems, Inc.
duplo.lego.com
18 Months+
$24.99
This versatile box of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks opens young minds to building and counting. Using the numbered bricks, parents can create endless games to promote counting, sorting, stacking, color matching and more. Includes bricks numbered 1-10 and printed with corresponding images, dog, figure, car chassis and accessories.

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Lil' Zoomers™ Spinnin' Sounds Speedway™
Fisher-Price, Inc.
fisher-price.com
6 to 36 months+
$29.99
The action-packed Lil' Zoomers™ Spinnin' Sounds Speedway™ features two roller-ball cars that make fun rattle sounds when shaken. Baby can roll the cars down the race ramp and into the light-up spinning speedway or pull the gearshift to start the fun. The speedway features cool raceway sounds, lively music, and five flashing lights that ramp up the excitement.

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Mega Bloks® Pull Along Musical Pirate Ship
MEGA Brands
megabloks.com
12 months+
$29.99
The Mega Bloks® Pull Along Musical Pirate Ship is a multi-dimensional play set perfect for pint-sized builders. With features such as a catchy musical tune, crew, a working cannon, a friendly shark and a treasure chest, the Pull Along Musical Pirate Ship combines building fun with discovery and imagination.

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My First Disney Princess Baby dolls
Tollytots®, a division of JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
jakks.com
Ages 2+
$9.99
Choose from cute, cuddly dolls Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Ariel, and Tiana. Each 12-inch, soft bodied My First Disney Princess Baby doll is dressed in an adorable onesie in her signature color and a tiara and is a wonderful first introduction to the Disney Princesses and their magical world. Little girls can take care of their Disney Princess baby dolls just like a real mommy does!

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My Own Leaptop
Leapfrog
shop.leapfrog.com
Ages 2+
$24.99 Toddlers can personalize pretend computer play with My Own Leaptop™ which has 6 learning activity stations including music playlist, email messages, the alphabet, pretend play, music and sounds, and animals. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path for customized learning ideas and insights from LeapFrog.


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