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    34 Products For Your Baby That Might Actually Keep Them Busy For A Bit

    From musical toys that, shockingly, aren't irritating to classic ones you may recognize from your own childhood, your kiddo will definitely enjoy one of these items.

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    1. A magic cube featuring classic Mozart sounds your musical genius of a child can mix and match to create their own tunes. So fun!


    Promising review: "My son plays with it for up to 15 minutes many times a day. I never get sick of the songs. Like another reviewer said, it's the perfect size for the baby to use as a counterbalance while learning to sit up. Every baby/parent needs this toy. If they came out with another cube with new songs/instruments I would buy it in a heartbeat!" —Kevin

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    2. A set of wooden blocks they can use to build towers and knock 'em down (over and over). You can also use these to help them work on their letters and animals.

    wooden square blocks with different animals and letters on them

    Promising review: "I've quite enjoyed our blocks. They're just the right size; our kid loves them; 40 seems the perfect number. The paint is bright and lively, and there's some educational on each face: an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, something that starts with that letter (a queen for Q, for example); many of the blocks also have numbers and even bricks or windows or doors so my boy can build a house when he wants to. Worthwhile purchase. Thank you." —Phoenix_AZ_1899

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    3. A Mickey Mouse Musical Crawling Pal to be your baby's new bestie! He can crawl along next to them while *they* also learn to make some moves.

    a child crawling alongside a crawling baby version of Mickey

    Mickey plays calm and soothing music as he crawls and is made with super soft fabrics. This toy is recommended for 9 months and up — your tyke will love him!

    Get it from Amazon for $21.58.

    4. Vibrant stacking rings that'll entice your tyke with its fun colors and keep 'em busy while they try to figure out what "stacking" even entails.


    Promising review: "Purchased these for my 7-month-old. The quality and design are great. The circles have different weights, shapes, and sizes which are great for learning. A couple of the smaller rings are made somewhat out of a softer material so it's not as hard when the baby tries to bite/chew on it." —JP

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    5. A 4-in-1 convertible scooter your baby can use from 15 months to 6 years as it'll transform from a toy they can sit on and be pushed to one they'll learn to maneuver all on their own. I'm not crying, you're crying.


    I got one of these for a friend's kiddo and even though she's only 12 months she's easily pushing herself around the house on it! She looks freakin' adorable while doing so and I love that this toy feels more like an investment than something they'll grow out of.

    Promising review: "LOVE THIS SCOOTER!!!!! We ordered this for my 9-month-old daughter for Christmas intending to use this summer. She is now 15 months and we got the scooter out just this week, she LOVES it! :) So worth the money! I do recommend getting a helmet for babe as they can fall off, especially if they don't hold on well or have good balance." —Glenna

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in three colors).

    6. Fisher-Price's Laugh and Learn My Smart Purse, to prevent your little one from digging through *your* purse for a little while and teach them about numbers, colors, and more at the same time.

    a baby playing with the interactive purse

    Promising review: "My daughter was staring at me one day with my handbag. I decided this was a great option to give her a mini handbag packed with her own accessories. She really likes it guysssss. She even walks with it on her little arm with her bracelet wrist bent LOL ! Totally recommend." —BeLLaDiiVa

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88.

    7. Breakfast-themed toys your mini-me can entertain themselves with during your next Starbucks run or brunch date.

    a baby playing with a toy newspaper, donut, and coffee cup

    Promising review: "We love this little set. I mean who doesn’t think a baby drinking a mini coffee isn’t just the cutest thing? We love this at church because the rattles aren’t incredibly loud so they don’t bother other people but enough noise to keep him occupied. So glad we bought this!" —Margaret

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (also available as a sushi or taco set!).

    8. A toy piano little ones can play with their hands and feet — watch out Billy Joel, there might be a new Piano Man in town soon!

    a baby kicking their feet against the toy piano in their crib

    BuzzFeed editor John Mihaly got this fun toy for his kiddo:

    "This was one of the first toys I bought our son and almost a year later it's still a hit for him (and us). The off-brand Idina Menzel that sings all of the tunes about Purple Monkey and Green Froggy should probably receive one of those Grammys they don't televise — she's that good. These songs will probably never leave my brain but I'm totally OK with that. 'You're gonna clap, clap, clap your hands!'

    Promising review: "My baby loves this piano! I had set this up for her to kick when she's laying in her gym and she loves it! I had her playing with this since she was 4-months-old and enjoys playing with it everyday! Highly recommend!" —Margaret C

    Get it from Amazon for $17.39.

    9. An activity center where your baby will be able to swivel and discover a new toy to keep their interest as soon as they get bored with whichever one they were already playing with.

    a baby standing inside the play center surrounded by toys

    This toy will also grow with your kiddo! It can be adjusted into an activity table once they don't fit in the seat anymore.

    Promising review: "I bought this activity center for my 4-month-old, and now that he's approaching five months this is EASILY one of his favorite places to be. In fact, the other day I had him in his bouncer and he kept staring at it and grunting until I moved him into it. He has learned so much since we bought this, and it keeps him occupied for at least 15 minutes which is great so I can do dishes and still see him. It's low to the ground and perfect height for his little legs. It has so many activities to keep him occupied and stimulated. I would recommend this 10/10!!" —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $79.90+ (available in two styles).

    10. A plush Minnie Mouse rattle they can shake to their heart's content while you *finally* watch Hamilton.

    a pastel pink and light grey minnie mouse rattle

    This rattle is soft, pastel, and makes a soft noise — so you won't find it SUPER annoying but it'll still entertain your tyke.

    Get it from shopDisney for $14.99.

    11. A foam-filled structure designed to look like a safari that'll encourage your little one to get in some tummy time while they rearrange Velcro animals.

    a rectangle soft toy with different safari animals on it and a safari scene

    Sounds fun to me, TBH.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $118.

    12. An inflatable bouncy unicorn for ages 18 months and up that'll encourage tykes to get outside and play pretend — AKA galloping like royalty throughout your yard. I'm kind of jealous, TBH.

    a toddler riding on the unicorn toy

    I gifted this to one of my friends who's been quarantining with their little one and was happy to have *anything else* to keep her entertained. It was a hit! The videos she's sent me of her daughter bouncing along on this toy has had me giggling for days.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my 3-year-old granddaughter. She LOVES it. Her favorite toy by far and good exercise for her. Fun times — it seems sturdy and it was easy to blow up. I like that the cover is washable. Our number one toy!" —Robert Sean Hamilton

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (also available as a horse or a cow).

    13. Soft pull-and-go cars that'll help develop your kiddo's motor skills and give you both a chance to practice your *motor* sounds. Vroom, vroom!

    a child playing with the four different plush cars

    Promising review: "Purchased as a gift for my great nephew who is only less than 1-year-old. Great use of dexterity for him to learn to play with, soft enough to not harm him. I suppose he can chew them when he starts teething." —bluegrasspioneer fan

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.97.

    14. Fisher-Price's Laugh and Learn Game and Learn Controller you can give to your tyke to start their video game training. You don't win millions of dollars on Fortnite as a tween without learning to compete from birth, right?


    Promising review: "My son loves his controller! He gets so excited whenever he sees it! I love that it has a learning mode and a mode that has video game like noises." —Sam

    Get it from Target for $6.79.

    15. An out-of-this-world play mat that'll encourage your baby to *reach for the stars* and stay busy long enough for you to brush your teeth.

    a play mat covered in plush planets and stars

    This stunning mat is made of cotton *and* is machine washable.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $98.

    16. A "Very Hungry Caterpillar" activity you can attach to your little one's crib to keep 'em busy until they eventually learn to read the book the toy is inspired by.

    a plush caterpillar-shaped toy with various things for a baby to play with on it

    Promising review: "This was the first interactive toy my baby girl really gravitated to at 3 months. She continues to find different parts to manipulate. My favorite of her toys so far." —Katelyn

    Get it from buybuyBaby for $16.99.

    17. A cooling, BPA-free teether featuring elements of nature that little ones can gnaw on to distract them from any pain from their incoming chompers — and hopefully prevent them from wailing for a little.


    Promising review: "This is a great teether. My daughter loves it so much. It’s not too soft like some of the other water teethers. It’s firm enough so babies can gnaw on it and get some relief from their gums. And it love the look of it. Like the clear. Makes it look modern." —momEof3

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (also available in a pack of two).

    18. A classic shape-sorting toy for your tyke to focus on for a bit, leaving you with plenty of time to eat a quick lunch *mostly* undisturbed.

    a toddle placing block shapes into one of the various openings of the plastic square box

    Promising review: "One of my daughter's favorite toys! She loves all the pieces, they aren’t too small (not a choking hazard), and she really loves how loud it is when she puts the pieces in as she shakes them back out. The plastic banging together is very loud! It keeps her entertained though! One of few toys she is actually interested in." —Karmin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A portable projector you can set up in your yard for the ultimate movie night your kids will never forget — good luck convincing them to watch anything other than Frozen.

    a mother and child watching a disney movie using the cinemood in their yard
    cinemood_usa / thehealthymouse / Via

    My husband and I recently tested this out on a wall in our apartment and it was pretty freakin' cool! I love Jessica McDonald's (@thehealthymouse on Instagram) setup for watching Disney movies with her tyke! I can totally see laying out cozy blankets, pillows, and a tent for an outdoor movie night the entire fam will enjoy. This pocket-sized gadget has the capability of streaming Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube.

    Promising review: "I was so excited when I came across Cinemood, because we had been searching for an alternative for my child’s room. The sleep timer is perfect because she likes to listen to lullabies before bed, and we often read the stories as well. Shadow puppets just blew her mind away, super cool! I enjoy finding new devices I can try, and this one surely did not disappoint. I originally bought it for the kids, but I’ve actually used it for movie nights, our friends are always impressed. I look forward to using it outdoors this spring!" —Elixir Premium Lab

    Get it from Amazon for $349.95.

    20. A TouchWords book filled with raised words for hands-on learning will fill your kiddo's *appetite* for sensory activities.

    Amazon, chroniclekidsbooks / Via

    Each page offers a new food for little ones to learn about and touch.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.69.

    21. A modern geometric activity chair that'll coordinate nicely with your living room decor and keep your baby busy for a bit.

    a rounded light blue play chair with various flaps and folds on the table for baby to play with
    Create and Barrel

    This soft activity chair comes with so many ways to stimulate your tyke's imagination. It has a removable tray, a squeaker, crinkle paper, a mirror and a rattle.

    Get it from Crate and Barrel for $111.20.

    22. A Laugh and Learn Puppy from Fisher Price complete with over 75 (!!!) songs, sounds, tunes, and phrases to keep your kiddo happily humming along so you can get through your Zoom meeting mostly in peace.

    a child squeezing the light up heart on the plush puppy

    Promising review: "My 1-year-old grandson sometimes gets restless on his car rides to and from daycare every day, about a half-hour each way. I bought him this musical pup for Christmas to keep him company on his car rides. He loves it! His parents named the pup 'Otto' ('Auto'). Otto has been the most valuable present he received. By pressing different parts of Otto in different sequences, different songs come out. He is an endless source of entertainment!" —All4Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    23. A touch-and-feel puzzle with a mirror in the middle so your adorable little one will be able to admire just how cute they are while working on their fuzzy puzzle.


    Promising review: "We got this for our son for his first birthday. He LOVES it. He loves petting the fur on the animals, he can recognize all of the animals, and the mirror in the center is fun. Plus it's easy for him to put the pieces back in. Great purchase." —madison

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    24. A WubbaNub lovey/pacifier combo you can hand over to your little one as you plop 'em down next to you for an outdoor chill sesh on your favorite blanket. Sounds cozy, right?

    a mom laying on a blanket next to her baby who has a lion plush with a pacifier attached to it
    wubbanub / Via

    I know so many parents who swear by these lil' plushies! They're made with a medical-grade silicone pacifier that's latex-free, BPA-free, PVC-free, and pthalate-free. Ideal for newborns through 6 months.

    Promising review: "We love the Wubbanubs — we’ve got two different animals for each of our boys. They’re easy to clean (we throw them in with the laundry) and the animals help keep the pacifier in the boys’ mouths." —Liz Lima

    Get it frmo Amazon for $16.95 (available in an array of other creatures).

    25. A Rattle and Shake Barbell from Bright Starts that'll let your mini-me feel like they're getting a workout in while you break a sweat during yours.

    a baby holding the barbel-shaped rattle in his hand

    Promising review: "This rattle is a great combination of light, and sufficiently 'rattle-y'. We use a pacifier clip to secure it to baby when we are in the car, and when she is in the Ergobaby carrier; so she can have a toy nearby on the go. The end is a good size to gnaw on, and overall this is a solid toy for small babies." —Michelle

    Get it from buybuyBaby for $2.99 or Amazon for $2.88.

    26. Or a whimsical knit rattle to pair nicely with the fairy tales you usually make up off the top of your head before putting your baby down for a nap.

    a unicorn shaped rattle and a dinosaur shaped rattle

    Get it from Anthropologie for $9.95 (available in a unicorn or dinosaur).

    27. A matching game you'll think is *egg-cellent* after seeing how amused your kiddo is while recognizing different shapes and colors.

    a yellow egg carton filled with toy eggs that break in half to reveal different shapes and colors inside

    Promising review: "My 16-month old loves this toy! The eggs are easily broken apart, which she enjoys; a lot of other toys cause her frustration. This keeps her interest for a long time and will grow with her, as over time she will learn to match the shapes / colors. This is one of my favorite toys of hers because it’s simple, interesting and educational! I hope to find more STEM toys like this!!"—Erin Michele Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    28. A super soft stacker toy with rings designed to look like your little one's favorite animals — you better believe they'll keep busy trying to put each one in place and replicate critter sounds at the same time.

    stacker rings shaped like a turtle, a cow, a pig, and a chicken
    Pottery Barn Kids

    Get it from Pottery Barn Kids for $59.

    29. A classic push toy like the one you probably had when you were a wee little one — a perfect way to bring a dose of nostalgia into your home and joy to your baby.

    a toddle pushing a toy filled with jumbling balls

    Promising review: "Bought this for my twin grandsons (age 2), and they LOVE it. It was in great shape, and the balls pop in all directions. It's pretty sturdy, as the boys have rolled it and thrown it! But a classic toy that still appeals to kids today!" —Crockett

    Get it from Target for $8.49.

    30. A personalized wooden toy you can place on your kiddo's shelf for decor when they're not zooming around the house with it.

    three cars in different colored woods with the name "milo" written on each one
    TimberWolfConcepts / Etsy

    Promising review: "Love! Great quality and a toy that I can save to pass down to my grandkids. Highly recommend!" —greylittlearrows

    Get it from TimberWolfConcepts on Etsy for $19.95+ (available in three materials).

    31. A magical drawing board that'll capture your little one's attention from the moment they lay their tiny eyes on it. They'll be able to make scribbly master pieces filled with shapes and colors all the while you catch up on Netflix., Amazon

    Promising review: "Listen up parents and family of a youngster: THIS IS THE ONE. This magnetic drawing board is durable, sustains accidental ninja moves, and has so far stayed together. I love giving my daughter a way to express herself (with minimal to no cleanup) and this board with all of the colors that pop up when she draws does the trick. Did I mention it comes with a companion board that she also loves? I think she likes it better than the big board sometimes because it can go wherever she does. You never know with children just how long toys will last but if either board was broken today, I would feel like I got my money's worth." —Destiny

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in five colors).

    32. A colorful xylophone so your tyke can express themselves *musically* ideally at the same time you plan to vacuum the whole house.

    a child playing with a rainbow colored xylophone

    Promising review: "It's a pretty straight forward toy so I'll skip describing it. Quality product. I love that there's a strong attaching the stick. Otherwise it would end under the couch never to be seen again in a week. My 9-month-old loves it and drags it around the house with him. It's not too loud as to be annoying like some of his battery powered toys. I think this holds his attention and affection longer than the light up, battery powered things I buy him. If I could do it all over again I would've only bought him toys like this." —Amazonmom

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    33. Foot rattles that'll be the perfect distraction for any little one who just realized, "OMG, I have feet!"

    a baby reaching for the rattles on their feet

    Promising review: "My baby loves these. I got a second pair. She really discovered her feet and purposefully kicked with these on. They are snug in an area but it prevents from being kicked off. If you stretch it when placing it on it's easy to put on the foot. It's not so tight that circulation is cut off from the ankle, it just needs to really be stretched over baby's chubby feet." —CD

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99 (available in two styles).

    34. And a jungle-themed activity table to ensure your kiddo has a *roaring* good time and you get a few minutes of calm and quiet.

    a child sitting at the small table playing with the jungle toys

    This wooden play table features eight different activities to keep your tyke busy (and hopefully quiet) while also encouraging important developmental skills.

    Promising review: "Beautiful engaging toy. Got it for my daughter when she was 4 months and she loved it, she still plays with it now, she is 9 months and I am sure she will continue as she will become more verbal and will discover new ways of how to play. Durable, easy to assemble, love this brand in general" —Rick

    Get it from Amazon for $29.11.

    Is there anything better than a happy baby? I think not.

    The Walt Disney Company

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