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September 25, 2022

Top Toys: Ages 0 – 2


Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station

1 – 5 years | VTech | | $49.99
This high-tech train set for beginners plays songs, talks, lights up and has lots of interactive features. The smart technology on the track allows the battery-operated engine to stop at certain spots as it goes around the track, responding.

Infantino Ball Pit

Grow-With-Me Activity Gym & Ball Pit

0 & older | Infantino | | $59.99
This colorful mat is perfect for tummy time with four detachable plush toys. With the pop-up mesh walls, it then transforms into a ball pit for even more interactive fun.


Follow Me Fred

6 months & older | Tiny Love | | $24.99
Colorful Fred the pup is the perfect crawling companion for Baby. Your infant will love playing with his crinkly ears, and with the flip of the switch, simply tap his back and he plays music and rolls across the floor to your little one’s delight.


Mess-Free Touch Lights

2 & older | My First Crayola | | $28.99
Creative fun without a mess for little hands comes by way of this sealed gel surface tablet. Kids can use their fingers or the accompanying stylus to create. The unit plays music and illuminates six different background colors on the screen.


The World of Eric Carle Blanket & Rattle

0 & older | Kids Preferred | | $14
Soft, satin lining makes this special washable lovey a keeper for your baby. Read Eric Carle’s books to Baby as he grows … and when he’s ready, let him try the Hungry Caterpillar Rocker ($124.99). It’s a special item for a special baby!

Ba Ba Barn


2 & older | B. Toys | | $34.99
This unique and richly colored barn set provides lots of fun and safe interactive play. Play with the zany animals, hear the songs, lift and open doors, spin the silo, slide the critters and more. Four AA batteries included. We love B. Toy’s attention to detail!

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Bath Time Baby Frog

1 & older | Adora Dolls | | $34.99
Your little one will love taking a bath with this adorable doll. She comes with her own wash cloth and bath robe, too. Not to mention that she smells wonderful! There’s also dolls with an owl or shark robe, too. The dolls are also made to dry out fast after bath.

Katarina Kitten

Floral Friends Katarina Kitten

0 & older | Jellycat | | $20.99
Katarina Kitten in her cute flowery dress is a super soft plush toy that little girls will love. Her arms and legs are just the right size for little hands to hold, too. It’s the purr-fect first kitty cat to snuggle up with.

Hungry Pelican

Hungry Pelican Learning Toy

9 months & older | Melissa & Doug | | $24.99
It’s a plush pelican that has a belly for little toys. Kids can open the pelican’s big bill (it squeaks when squeezed!) to drop in four mini plush including the crinkly shrimp, squeaking octopus, and rattling fish and crab. The belly has a viewing window, too.

Stretchy Puppy

Stretchy Puppy

10 months & older | ALEX | | $27.95
Stretch this toy and watch the puppy grow! It’s colorful, crinkly body gives baby something fun to touch. You can even squeak his soft nose. His tail is covered in bumps for a stimulating feel to Baby’s touch.

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Super Shapes Dump Truck

12 months & older | International Playthings | | $39.99
Little ones can sort four different shapes into the dump truck — including an elephant, a turtle, a fish and a bird — and dump them back out using the moveable lever. You can even press the truck’s horn or seat to hear a variety of sounds and melodies, too.


Roly Poly Figures: Frog, Kasper & Hedgehog

6 months & older | Haba | | $18.99 each
These ingenious bobbles sway to Baby’s swats and never fall down. They’ve got soft, cushy bodies set atop a hard plastic base for smooth rocking and make the gentlest of tinkling sound for Baby’s enjoyment.

About the Author

Kiera Ashford

Kiera Ashford is the Managing Editor of Cincinnati Family Magazine, and a mother of two.