2013 Holiday Toy Guide

Here are our favorite new toys for Baby and Toddler

Don't forget to check out our lists for Preschool, Early Elementary and Tweens, plus great stocking stuffers!

Playmobil 1.2.3 Take Along Fire Station is perfect for kids pretending they’re first-responders. Goes anywhere with its handy carrying case, or store it when not in use. Ages 18 months and older. At playmobil.us and major retailers. $49.99

Babies can sing along with more than 75 songs and phrases as they turn the key, shift gears, honk the horn and twist the steering wheel of the Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car from Fisher-Price. The colorful plastic “car” doesn’t move, but baby will be too engaged to notice. Ages 6 months-3 years. At major retailers. $69.99

New Sprouts’ Ring It Up! My Very Own Cash Register from Learning Resources is just right for small hands. Push the buttons to spin the display and count what appears, or twist the knob to see coins go down the slide and into the cash register. Ages 2 and older. At amazon.com. $29.99

HABA’s Clutching Toy Ringi is a colorful toy with a two-tone base ring attached to movable disks and a wooden ball. Perfect for chewing. Made from maple and beechwood. At habausa.com. Ages infant and older. $12.99

Rattle, stick and pop! PipSquigz from Fat Brain Toy Co. is a set of three toys including a textured silicone rattle, a suction toy and an attention getter. Stick it to a highchair or bathtub, and watch your child reach for it, bat it, squeeze it or attach it to another PipSquigz. BPA-Free and dishwasher safe. Ages 6 months and older. At BeanHead Toys, Kazoo Toys, Learning Express and MOMO toys. $19.95

Our testers, a 9-month-old and a 2-year-old, squealed with delight when Playskool’s Poppin Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper shot a ball from his trunk. The sturdy toy plays 10 fun tunes as it shoots out balls for children to chase.Parents can change the angle of the trunk so balls roll down or keep popping. The baby quickly learned how to touch the button to play the music and make the balls move, but the music and fan volume is a bit loud. Ages 9 months and older. At major retailers. $29.99

Mooshka Tots from Zaph Creations are adorable, machine-washable plush dolls. They were transformed from paper dolls to huggable dolls through the power of friendship. Each 9.5-inch doll comes with a finger puppet and paper doll chain. Ages 2-8. At major retailers. $12.99

The Musical Gator from Alex Toys is a whimsical wooden toy that’s four instruments in one – a xylophone, cymbal, drum pad and washboard. It comes with two mallets to make just the right sound. Ages 18 months and older. At BeanHead Toys. $36.00

Shake or twist these five colorful Musical Eggs from HABA and you hear rattling, clattering, jingling and more, just the thing to keep the beat with music. Made of beechwood. Ages 2 and older. At habausa.com. $29.99.

Babies won’t be able to keep their hands off the Rolling Busy Bus from Alex Jr.  They’ll play with the curvy bead maze, open peek-a-boo windows and turn gears and wheels. Ages 10 months and older. At Bean Head Toys. $44.00

When preschoolers hug Big Hugs Elmo from Hasbro, Elmo hugs back and utters one of his phrases, such as “Elmo loves getting hugs from you.” Our toddler tester was a big fan of his lullaby song and putting him to bed. He also snores in sleep mode. Ages 18 months and older. At major retailers. $59.99