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    Mar 31, 2020

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

    Your little one will go *goo-goo ga-ga* for these toys.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. 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.

    Pottery Barn Kids

    Get them from Pottery Barn Kids for $40.

    2. 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.

    shopDisney

    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 shopDisney for $26.95.

    3. Charming pastel 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.

    Crate and Barrel

    This take on the classic toy is made of natural beechwood, so it's super safe for your little one. The rings were also designed for small hands — perfect for any kiddo who tends to get frustrated easily.

    Get them from Crate and Barrel for $23.20.

    4. 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.

    Target

    Promising review: "I bought this specifically for a trip which involved a 9-month-old taking a long plane ride to Alaska and a round trip drive from Fairbanks to Seward and back. We chose it because it was compact and light and had sounds and light triggered by the baby's actions. Our strategy was successful and the toy continues to entertain. The toy didn't impress me at first glance. Babies will play for a while with any bag, putting things in and taking them out. This purse is truly several steps above that. Something about the weight of the plastic top of the purse and magnetic closure makes it more fun to open and close. The sounds and adorable heart-shaped light prevented the baby from getting bored and needing another toy." —Anonymous

    Get it from Target for $26.99.

    5. 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.

    buybuyBaby

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

    Promising review: "My daughter was 5 months when I purchased this. She loves it. She enjoys it. She spends so much time playing it. She’s entertained. I also love it. The reason why I purchased this for her was because it has a lot great features. This will help her a lot with her motor skills. Visual, sound, etc. it’s just very educational. This will help her not lock her legs as well. Great product! Worth it!" —Opeitxjhoy

    Get it from buybuyBaby for $135.99.

    6. A handmade ice cream cone rattle they can shake to their heart's content instead of *screaming* for ice cream like you and I secretly want to do when we're having a bad day.

    The Little Market

    Get it from The Little Market for $14.

    7. 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.

    Anthropologie

    Sounds fun to me, TBH.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $118.

    8. 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!

    Melissa & Doug

    Promising review: "Works on hard wood and the carpet so my toddler can play with them anywhere. Love that they are soft so it's easier for him to grip and carry around. They go a decent distance too! Great for playing 'fetch' with the kiddo! LOL" —Amber

    Get four cars from Melissa & Doug for $24.99.

    9. 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?

    Target

    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.

    10. 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.

    Anthropologie

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

    Get it from Anthropologie for $98.

    11. A cooling 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.

    buybuyBaby

    Promising review: "I love this cooling teether! It is really big, which makes it easy for my child to hold and gives him a big space for chewing. I put the teether in the fridge and it seems to get cool quickly and stays cool which I know feels good on his gums. Plus it's easy to clean so it's a win for everyone!" —Becky917

    Get it from buybuyBaby for $3.99.

    12. A bus-shaped sorting toy your adventurous tyke can use to learn about shapes and drag around the house, leaving you with plenty of time to eat a quick lunch *mostly* undisturbed.

    Pottery Barn Kids

    This shape sorter school bus is ideal for kiddos 12 months and up.

    Get it from Pottery Barn Kids for $39.

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

    Chronicle Books, chroniclekidsbooks / Via instagram.com

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

    Get it from Chronicle Books for $16.99.

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

    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.

    15. 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.

    Target

    Promising review: "This toy is loved by my 1-year-old. We keep it in the car as it holds their interest and makes car trips more enjoyable. The voice may be a little high for some adults, but the toy really is child friendly. Even my 4-year-old wants to play with it." —Anonymous

    Get it from Target for $12.74.

    16. 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.

    Melissa & Doug

    Promising review: "This holds our 20-month-old granddaughter's attention well. The pets get her attention for other uses such as passengers in her 'purse.'" —Nancy

    Get it from Melissa & Dog for $12.99.

    17. 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.

    buybuyBaby

    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.

    18. 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.

    Anthropologie

    Get it from Anthropologie for $18 (available in a unicorn or dinosaur).

    19. A shape sorter you can bring in the car to entertain your tyke during your next road trip (or honestly any time you venture out to get groceries or gas).

    Melissa & Doug

    Promising review: "My 10-month-old grandson loves this toy. His mom loves it too. I appreciate that it is a take-along toy and it has multiple things going on to keep our little guy happy!" —Christina

    Get it from Melissa & Doug for $19.99.

    20. 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.

    Pottery Barn Kids

    Get it from Pottery Barn Kids for $59.

    21. 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.

    Target

    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.

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

    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).

    23. 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.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "I got this for my almost 28-month-old son and he loves it. He knows his alphabet and numbers, so he loves to write or place his hand on mine as I write. Of course, he loves the stamps and colorful beads. I take it with me when I need him to do a quiet activity while we're in public. It sure beats the iPad!" —momayor

    Get it from Anthropologie for $72 (available in two styles).

    24. Unicorn-inspired instruments so your tyke can express themselves *musically* ideally at the same time you plan to vacuum the whole house.

    Pottery Barn Kids

    Get them from Pottery Barn Kids for $18+ (tambourine and xylophone sold separately).

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

    buybuyBaby

    Promising review: "I bought these for my son when he was about 5 months old because he loved playing with his feet. He enjoys kicking and hearing the rattle sound, as well as pulling at the animal faces. I wish I’d discovered these sooner!" —Victoria M

    Get them from buybuyBaby for $5.99.

    26. 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.

    Melissa & Doug

    This wooden play table features eight different activities to keep your tyke busy (and hopefully quiet) while also encouraging important developmental skills. This toy is best for kiddos 12 months and older.

    Get it from Melissa & Doug for $39.99.

    Is there anything better than a happy, entertained baby?

    The Walt Disney Company

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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