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With three kids apiece, we’ve been through our share of toys. The last thing we’d want is for you to waste your money and have more stuff that your kids won’t use.
With the help of some mama friends, we’ve pulled together the best of the best ideas for you in this gift guide for 0-2 year olds.
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My kids loved these when they were little. They are great for car rides and bath times. They can even be easily washed in the dishwasher!
Animal Sound Book
This was a huge hit with my kids at this age. I continually gift it to people too! Kids love to push the animal sound that goes with the animal they are reading about.
Lego Duplo Train
A classic toy for this age! Includes 10 number bricks carried in the push-along train’s carriages, plus boy, girl and dog LEGO DUPLO figures to inspire imaginative role play.
My kids LOVED these books. The Big Blue Box is a perfect collection for terrific little kids. Includes four wildly popular books:
1. Moo, Baa, La La La!
2. A to Z
4. Blue Hat, Green Hat
A classic toy that every young kiddo should have!
Makes a great gift for toddlers and preschoolers.
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog
My kids would have loved this when they were young! I’m snagging one for my nephew this year! It has over 33,000 great reviews too.
Poke a Dot Books
A huge hit with this age. A 20-page interactive sturdy board book with buttons to press and “pop” on every page. Little ones love this!
Crayola Washable Fingerpaint
Perfect for toddlers! This 6-pack of paints is safe, non-toxic, and washable. Use them in an empty bathtub with the Fingerpaint Paper Pad for the easiest clean up ever!
Baby Einstein Star Bright Take-Along Toy
A hugely popular toy for kids. Great to throw in your purse! It’s also an entertaining toy that isn’t annoying to parents. WIN!
Manhattan Toys Links-To-Go
Flexibly, bendably versatile for moments that need it. Another great item to throw in your purse.
LeapFrog My Pal Scout
40+ learning songs, melodies and lullabies, for active daytime fun. Lots of ways to have fun with this little guy.
Metal Dump Truck
Out of all of the trucks we own, the dump trucks get the most action. Hint: metal trucks seem to be favored among the kids. I think it’s because the noise it makes when rocks and materials are dumped in and out.
VTech Story Book
A great car toy. Kids like all of the buttons and the loud click that happens when you turn the pages.
Baby’s First Blocks
A classic toy for a good reason. It’s so fun to see kids begin to figure out how shapes work. Easy to store all of the pieces too.
Great for all ages, but the fun can start as soon as they can crawl. My kids had a lot of fun in these!
Place a puzzle piece correctly in the puzzle board to hear realistic sounds. We had all three types and these were used over and over again.
Stroller for Baby Doll
I don’t know why kids love these but they just do! My daughter’s baby stroller went with us on SO many walks when she was little.
Little ones take to dolls really quickly. This is a classic doll that is durable and will become a favorite quickly.
Water Wow! Books
We have gone through SO many variations of these. My preschooler still loves to play with them. They make a great car activity or even a, “Please do something in one place while I make dinner,” activity.
Counting Piggy Bank
Not only do little hands like putting the “coins” in the bank but this toy has 40+ sing-along songs, tunes & phrases.
Stack Up Cup Toys
These are a must for little ones. My kids used these over and over and over again! I love that they have little holes in the bottom for bath play too. For such a great price, you’ll get so much play out of something so simple and cheap!
Bath Letters and Numbers
I got a set of these when my children were in this stage and they are STILL around. It’s one of those toys that grows with the kids!
Little hands love these! Features five vibrant Silicone Bubbles built into a plastic frame that they can push, pop, poke, and grab. Perfect sensory delight!
Indestructibles is the trusted series for easing little ones into story time. Beloved by babies and their parents. They are built for the way babies “read” (i.e., with their hands and mouths) and are rip proof and waterproof.
$25 – $50
Award Winning Durable Wooden Musical Pounding Toy. Sorry, parents. Kids this age love stuff like this! Their little brains love a big cause-effect toy!
Playmobil Noah’s Ark
Designed with a handle, this set can be taken anywhere! Think sibling soccer games, road trip travel, grandma’s house. This toy has been a hit!
Green Toys Recycling Truck
I have never met a toddler that doesn’t obsess over this truck. It’s made from earth friendly materials (no BPA!), easy to clean, and dishwasher safe.
Inflatable Bounce Toy
I got this for my youngest son when he was about 1.5 years old and it was a huge it. I thought for sure it’d pop quickly but was so surprised by it’s durability! It even survived older kids bouncing and boinging around the house with it.
Mega Blocks First Builders Table
30+ building pieces perfect for little hands. These blocks are a toddler staple that develop imagination and gross motor skills.
Water is drawn through the submarine to create a steady stream of water. No need to keep the bath faucet on!
Laugh & Learn Wagon
For 6 months and up, this wagon grows along with your little one’s age and stage.
We had one of these hanging under our deck for YEARS. Kids love them! My kids, who are way too old for it now, still ask about it!
Little People Caring For Animals Farm
My nephew’s favorite! Classic Little People farm playset with lights, music, sounds, and Smart Stages learning content.
This came highly recommended by my sister-in-law. As a mother of a 2-year-old, she said this was a top favorite toy for the past year.
$50 – $100
Baby Einstein Jumper
A big ticket item but something you’ll be so glad you have.
Junior Play Slide
Used this inside during the winter months and outside in the summer. A huge hit!
Push Around Buggy
All three of my kids LOVED this little buggy. It’s a great alternative to the stroller for little ones, and also comes in red!
Good News of Great Joy
A simple, weekly Advent devotional that’s intended to help your family focus on the story of Jesus’ birth.
The discussion questions and wide range of fun activities are designed for children ages 2-11.
Each weekly activity focuses on a different aspect of the Christmas story.