5 Best Baby Toys for 2018 Christmas

5 Best Baby Toys for 2018 Christmas

5 Best Baby Toys for 2018 Christmas
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Introduction

Christmas time is closer each day. It is one of the most joyful holidays in the year, especially for children. The reason is clear – new toys.

It is easier to buy a toy for older children, they will write their wishes to Santa. But, what to buy to a baby that also has wishes but it isn’t still able to ask for them. In order to help you choose the quality toy that your baby will love we prepared for you the list of 5 best baby toys for 2018 Christmas.

Our Picks For The Best Baby Toys for 2018 Christmas

5 Best baby toys for 2018 Christmas – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

 #1  – The Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker Review

If you are looking for a toy that will engage your baby and help it learn new things than The Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker can be what you need. The toy is recommended for the babies from 9-36 months. Besides a function to give a fun to your baby, it is also useful toy.

Thanks to adaptive technology this toy will help your baby to improve its moving from crawling to walking. It will learn walking while having fun with a barnyard full of interesting animals.

The toy has spinning gears, three rollers, three light-up buttons, three light-up shape sorters, a telephone handset and five piano keys.

There is an activity panel with two modes for music and learning. The panel will help your baby to develop motor skills while discovering colors, animals, shapes, numbers and sounds.

When learning mode is on, a baby will have fun while spinning the flowers and will hear new sounds, fun phrases and melodies, or learning animal sounds, numbers and colors while pressing the piano keys.

Choosing the music mode there will be inserted shape sorters and a baby will also hear upbeat melodies and other funny sound effects.

Regardless of what mode is chosen, a baby will enjoy while picking up the phone to hear animal sounds and playing hide-and-seek with a funny cow while opening and closing the swinging doors.

This toy has a purpose to provide a fun learning to a child and by many studies this is one of the most effective ways that can help little children to learn new things. It is adaptable to a child’s growth and also helps it to develop motor skills.

Things We Liked
  • It helps a baby to develop its moving from crawling to walking providing safety in the same time.
  • The walker has a strong base so you don’t have to worry about tripping over.
  • This is a stable and durable walker able to support a child from 9 to 36 months.
  • Our test showed that it operates well on hard, but also on carpeted floors thanks to quality wheels.
Things We Didn't Like
  • Combination of different sounds coming from wheels, piano panel and shapes can make a disturbing noise.
  • We found out that the option to slow down or lock the wheels doesn’t come with all models of this toy.
  • When you listen to music for a longer time, it can get monotonous.

 #2  – VTech Smart Shots Sports Center Review

You have a boy between 1 and 3 years old and you are looking for a toy that will bring him new experience. We have here one more, educational toy that will help the child to develop motor skills.

In comparison to the previous one, it is a sporty toy and it isn’t so universal like the first one. It is more boys’ toy.

The Smart Shots Sports Center will introduce your boy to the fundamentals of basketball and soccer and make him a small football or basketball player. He will learn to score and shoot. There is possibility to kick the Soccer ball into the net and hear interesting sounds or toss the basketball into the hoop to score points.

The toy has animated light up LED Scoreboard that counts baskets up to 10 while playing funny animations, and offering more than 50 phrases and sounds.

It comes in frustration free packaging that is easier to open in a plain brown box and works with help of 3AA batteries that must be bought additionally.

Things We Liked
  • The instructions for this toy are simple, concise and the assembly is very easy as well.
  • It is made of durable plastic, so your football or basketball player can spend hours playing and make “slum dunks”.
  • You can choose between 3 volume modes: high, low and off.
  • Thanks to sensors integrated in soccer net and basketball hoop scores are automatically counted.
Things We Didn't Like
  • Even if the specification says it is also made for older children up to 3 years, our test showed it is small for them.
  • There is no option to buy a multiple balls neither for basket nor for football.
  • It is a toy mainly designed for boys.
  • Even if it has power off feature that extends a little battery life, this toy eats up a battery. The other bad thing is that it requires 3 AA batteries that aren’t included in the package and you will need a large set of them.

 #3  – Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set – 3 Ball Review

The age between 18 months and 5 years old is a good time to start developing child’s physical and social skills. Basketball game is good for boys, but also for the girls to improve motor skills while running, throwing and jumping. We can’t forget hand-eye coordination that can be developed by catching the ball and fighting for the highest score.

That is why we put this toy to our list of best baby toys for 2018 Christmas. Besides developing motor skills, this toy also has a purpose to make children learn what the challenge in life and healthy, positive competition is. When achieving a good result a child will gain self-esteem and be stimulated to work more on itself to be better.

In comparison to a Smart Shots Center, this is more serious toy for preschoolers encouraging them for more active play and it is specialized only for basketball game. It will teach a child to play independently and work in the same time on coordination and balance.

The toy has adjustable height with options between 2 and 4 feet that can suit even the littlest basketball star. Thanks to oversized rim 3 junior sized basketballs there will be provided easy scoring and joy during the game.

Things We Liked
  • It can help children to develop coordination, motor and social skills.
  • The basketball set is extremely stable so it can stand still even if there is a wind outside. Even if it is already stable enough, one more, good thing is that you can always support the base additionally with sand. That is why it is a good solution if you want a basketball hoop outside.
  • There is an option to choose between 6 different heights from 2 to 4 feet.
  • The ball is very light so there is no worry to get children hurt or broken something in the house if you want to have it inside.
Things We Didn't Like
  • Hoop could me improved, it is little weak.
  • Even if its specification says that it is a toy for children up to 5 year old, we really think that isn’t a case and that those children need something more serious and durable.
  • We came up to more than 6 reviews of parents telling that they didn’t receive 3 balls as it described in product specification.

 #4  – Little Tikes First Slide, Red/Blue Review

If you are looking for a toy that will make your child between 1.5 and 5 years old more active and bring it fun, then this could be a nice present for Christmas. It is suitable especially for kids that are newbies in sliding. In comparison to the previous three toys, this one besides being made for older children that are already being able to take care of their selves when sliding and avoid getting hurt, it is a toy primarily made for having fun, not for education.

This toy can be used inside and outside, but you must take care to put it on some soft surface. If you are using outside, it is recommended to put it on the grass or sand. You won’t need additional tools to set it up and steps can be also removed without tools for compact storage and moving.

The slide can support maximum 1 child up to 60lbs heavy.

The slide is convenient to be stored on tight places or taking on the go. It is 3-feet long and can be unlocked and folded in seconds when your kid has some other business.

Things We Liked
  • This toy doesn’t have only a fun purpose, but also to help children to develop motor skills like coordination, fitness, balance and motivate them to be more active than just to sit on one place. It can improve children’s coordination, fitness and balance.
  • A feature that each good toy must have is to be easy to setup. This one requires minimal effort to assembly and you will need no special tools to put its pieces together.
  • You won’t need an effort to put the slide in the storage room thanks to easy removable steps that saves the room space.
  • It is flexible for indoor and outdoor use. The toy is compact to be positioned inside the nursery, but also it is consisted of durable materials that are convenient for outdoor use. Rain or sun won’t affect its quality so you can make a playground from a small backyard.
Things We Didn't Like
  • The construction is pretty flimsy and that could make a problem when the child gets heavier. That is why you will have to keep on eye the kids when they are playing in order to improve their safety.
  • Handles should be better hitched in order to avoid falling on the back and dangerous injures.
  • The slide isn’t so stable, so if the ground isn’t completely flat, you will need to hold it still when children are playing with.

 #5  – Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym, Pink Review

You want something exciting that will make your little crawler busy? How about this toy?

Your baby will be able to lay and play or sit having exciting activities. Your little one will have a good time with its new friends: elephant clackers, rollerball frog, hippo and many other moveable toys that encourage grasping and batting. This toy offers four ways of playing: lay and play, tummy time, sit and play, and take along.

If your baby shows interest in music, there is also option for this. All you have to do is to move the arch down for tummy time, put a baby in sitting position and it will have its first piano concert.

This option will help you teach your baby what is connection between actions and reactions. You just have to put its little foot within reach of the piano. Its foot will connect and activate rewarding and fun response from the gym.

That’s not the end. When you move the piano you can take the fun on-the-go. This option has short and long music play modes that last up to 15 minutes. There is also an option to control power and volume.

The toy works on 3 AA batteries that last up to 90 hours and must be bought additionally.

Things We Liked
  • The toy is easy to setup and you can change it and adapt it as your baby is growing.
  • It improves baby’s motor skills when baby is stretching and kicking the piano keys or reaching for the busy activity toys.
  • There is a mirror that encourages ‘tummy time’ when you put the arch in the flat position.
Things We Didn't Like
  • It has a pretty light padded mat so you must use it only on a carpet or find and extra padding to put it underneath.
  • It isn’t so easy to store this toy unless the arch is taken off.
  • In order to make the piano play, a baby must kick the right spot on the keys, as the button isn’t a whole key, but only a lower part of it.
  • It is worth to be bought, but only for infants up to 2 months. It will fit difficult to older ones.

How to choose the best baby toy for 2018 Christmas?

If you are not sure how to choose the best baby toy for 2018 Christmas, don’t worry. We prepared for you the list of valuable tips that will help you make the right choice.
  • Always read the label first because it can give you important information about the right toy usage and about the suitable baby age. According to those instructions, show your child how to use the toy.
  • We recommend you to buy sturdy, plastic toys because it is less possibility to be broken.
  • Don’t look just for a price, it’s your child and quality must be on the first place. Check that all the parts of the toy are seams and tight.
  • Never buy toys consisted of toxic materials in order to avoid poisoning. You can check that on the label where must be written ‘nontoxic’.
  • Don’t buy toys with small bean-like pellets because there is a danger of suffocation if a baby swallows it.
  • We recommend you to be very careful when choosing a crib toy. Such soft toys can increase the risk of strangulation, entrapment or suffocation and you should keep them out of the crib. Hold out of baby’s reach hanging crib toys like crib gyms and mobiles. They also must be removed when a baby starts to push up on hands and knees or when it is 5 months old because they can strangle a child.
  • If you are buying an electric toy, check on the label if it is UL Approved.
  • As you know, batteries are bearing serious risks like chemical burns, internal bleeding or chocking. If the toy works with batteries, check if it contains a battery case secured with screws. In that way, a child won’t be able to open it.
  • Toys that can be bought at fairs and carnivals mainly don’t meet safety standards. If you decide to buy a toy on these places, we recommend you to check them carefully for sharp edges and loose parts.

Conclusion

Christmas is really special holiday and it requires a special toy. That should be a toy that will make your child enjoy while playing with it. It also should be a nice memory on that Christmas that will last.

On the list of the best baby toys for 2018 Christmas, we voted for the mix of fun, education and motor skills development: The Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker. With this toy a baby will enjoy meeting new things like animals, music, colors and shapes while learns to walk in the same time. It won’t only teach a baby to advance from crawling to walking but also provide a joyful learning.


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