Buying Guide for Interactive Toys

It seems like there are endless toys out there marketed for babies and toddlers and all claim to help babies learn in some way or another. While a buying guide on interactive toys for development can be helpful to pick out the best options, the reality is your baby will most likely be more interested in the box that it came in. That being said, there really are some toys that are aimed at helping your baby reach their developmental milestones on time or even a little sooner that are worth buying.

My first child was a preemie and my last baby was also a little delayed in development so I’ve come to find products that have helped to steer them towards reaching their milestones like sitting up, pulling up to stand, and walking. I created this buying guide for interactive toys on some of the products out there that I really like and find helpful to parents. It’s important to keep in mind that no matter what kind of engaging toy you buy for your baby your physical stimulation plays a vital role in helping them achieve various accomplishments.

Interactive Toys for Development

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space 
I’ll be honest, I don’t personally own one of these but the minute I saw it advertised I had to add it to my Christmas list for our youngest boy. He’ll be 9 months old by then and the ideal age for this toy to where he can grow with it. The recommended age range is 6 months to 3 years as it has multiple modes of play. There are little interactive toys like a spinner and colorful balls that are great for independent sitters and a touch sensitive light-up bar that plays music and lights up when it’s touched. There are different phases that coordinate with their movements to encourage pulling up to stand and cruising around as they make music. My only gripe is that it takes 4 C batteries that are not included. Some assembly is required, but from what I’ve read in reviews it is very easy to put together and takes little time.

VTech Magic Star Learning Table
I can tell you from personal experience and working in a daycare that these learning tables are wonderful interactive toys for development! I highly recommend one to any parent. They are definitely engaging and babies instantly want to go up to it and pull up to stand. What I love about this particular one is it’s suitable for babies 6 months and up because it can be used without the legs when babies are learning to sit up on their own. It’s also great for older toddlers as it plays in English and Spanish so they learn words in both languages. I own one like this and we had a different one that we used in our daycare and loved them both. This particular model is a Holiday Hot List item so it’s definitely worth checking out.

Combi Go and Grow Walker, Play Table, and Chairs
This isn’t technically an interactive toy, but worth mentioning for a few reasons. First, it features 3 different things in one – a stationary activity center, a walker, and converts into a table. I’m not a huge fan of walkers because they aren’t actually helpful for developing muscles since babies tend to just push around in them rather than rely on their own weight to stand and walk. However, this one has a floor that serves as a stationary activity center which is helpful to building strength in their legs. Second – this is really unique and not just because of the the 3-in-1 factor. The walker is round in design so it’s less prone to getting stuck in corners like the square ones (speaking from experience). Third – it converts to a cute little table and chairs set that’s great for toddlers.

If you’re concerned about your baby’s development always discuss it with your child’s pediatrician. Keep in mind that children will develop at their own pace and there is a broad range in age for certain milestones that may take some longer to master. Still, don’t hesitate to ask questions as sometimes a delay in development can be a sign of a more serious issue that may need attention. Be sure to check out more ideas on interactive toys for development¬†that help your baby grow and learn.

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