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Top Toys for Babies for 2014

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Play is baby's work, so toys are baby's work equipment. While the assortment of bells and whistles available to today's children is astounding, rest assured, however, Mom and Dad are still baby's number one playthings.

When looking for toys, you want to consider a number of factors. First off, is it safe? This is usually fairly easy to ascertain. Abide by the age guidelines one toys, and be aware of any possible choking hazards. If the toy isn't new, make certain there are no recalls on it. Make choices that are age-appropriate to baby's development. Look for toys that will stand up to the beating a well-loved toy is sure to get.

Don't just focus on the most technologically advanced toys, either; sometimes the best toys are the simplest and most old-fashioned. They have stood the test of time for a reason, after all.

Fisher-Price Baby's First Blocks and Rock Stack Bundle.

A classic combo for baby. It can and will be played with countless ways as baby learns to manage the fine motor skills to the point of placing the blocks in the matching holes, and stacking the rings in the right order. You can talk about colors and shapes while playing as well.

V-Tech Baby's Learning Laptop.

From a classic to a new toy, baby will love interacting with this pint-sized laptop that teaches concepts such as counting, colors and such while giving baby practice pointing and pushing. Maybe baby will enjoy typing away while you are doing the same?

Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball.

Baby will love the easy to grab ball and all the fun things to slide around, and touch. There is even a mirror so baby can catch a glimpse of him or herself! Later, when the skills have developed, you can even play a good old game of catch.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Love to Play Sis Plush or Puppy.

Every baby needs a toy that can be hugged and touched and loved on. These are great for that, but baby will learn while playing with it, as well.

V-Tech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight.

Kids love flashlights, all flashlights. Save yours and your batteries for real emergencies and get your baby one of his or her own. This will amaze and entertain baby, and you can talk about colors and other concepts at the same time. Don't forget to show baby shadow puppets!

Bright Starts Lots of Links.

Simple and wonderful. Linking toys give babies so many opportunities to work on those fine motor skills. Plus, they feel wonderful against achy teething gums.

Earlyears Roll 'n Swirl Ball Ramp.

Sometimes it can be the most basic things that engage baby over and over. Watching a ball swirl and fall from top to bottom is darn near hypnotic. Plus baby is learning about gravity and other fun science.

Sassy Developmental Sensory Ball Set.

Tactile experiences are important for babies and toddlers, and these balls provide a slew of different textures to handle. Baby will enjoy rolling, chewing, poking and eventually throwing, these balls around.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy and Friends Learning Table.

These are great for babies who are getting bigger and learning to stand. Baby can interact with a variety of buttons and things, while practicing balance. Learn how you can win one for your baby.

Melissa and Doug K's Kids Pull-Back Vehicle Set.

Cars are a staple of the toy box. These are just right for the youngest people, as they are soft and chunky, perfect for little hands. Combine that with ever-cool pull back and go action, and you have a hit.

Hape-Pound and Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone.

If you don't buy baby a musical toy, you know Grandma will. This one is a classic. Baby will love pounding with a stick, listening to what their clever actions yield in music to their ears.

Little Tykes Gas 'n Go Mower Toy.

Every little one needs a push and walk toy to help build independent walking skills. This one has the added plus of getting to copy grown ups at work, something all babies love to do.


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