Babipouce Activities, Corolle, $50; birth to age 3. This perfect first plush doll has soft vinyl hands and face. Machine washable.
Flow N Fill Spout, Yookidoo by International Playthings, $16.99; age 9 months and up. A battery-powered spout suctions to the side of the bathtub and continuously draws bath water up from the tub itself, allowing kids to play with running water without overflowing the tub.
Spring Roller, Chicco, $19.99; age 6 months and up. This colorful, cylindrical toy invites baby to crawl, as it plays upbeat Caribbean tunes when rolling along the carpet or floor. Encircling the toy are manipulative activities with cause-and-effect buttons to push, and lights and sounds to intrigue.
Big Bird, Little Bird, Sleeveless, 2010; 35 min.; $14.99; birth to 5.
Dancing Feet, by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown; Random House Childrens Books, 2010; $16.99.
Old MacDonald Had a Farm, adapted by Kim Mitzo Thompson and Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand, illustrated by Patrick Girouard; Twin Sisters Productions, 2010; $10.99.
One Pups Up, by Marsha Wilson Chall, illustrated by Henry Cole; Simon &Schuster Childrens, 2010; $16.99.
Up, Up, Up!, by Susan Reed and Rachel Oldfield; Barefoot Books, 2010; $16.99.
Music Together Lullabies, various artists, Music Together, LLC, 2009; $14.95; age birth-6.
Party Like a Twinkle Star, Charity and the JAMband, 2010; $17.98 Double CD; age birth-9.
Sing Me Goodnight, Lisa Redfern, Hurricane Music, 2010; $15; age birth and up.
Sing Me to SleepIndie Lullabies, Various Artists, American Laundromat Records, 2010; $13.95; age birth and up.
A Mighty Good Day, Hullabaloo, Hullabaloo Music, 2010; $12; age birth-6.
Rock and Roll Garden, Bari Koral Family Rock Band, Loopytunes, 2010; $10.99; age 1-5.
The Wild World of Wildlife, Birdie Mendoza, Birdies Playhouse, 2010; $10.99;age birth-5.
For more on the season’s must-haves, return to our 2010 Toy Guide or check out the following “best-of” lists:
- Best DVDs
- Best music
- Best video games and software
- Best books and magazines
- Best toys for infants and toddlers
- Best toys for preschoolers
- Best toys for ages 5+
- Best toys for ages 8+