2014 Holiday Toy Guide

Baby and Toddler

Atlanta Parent tested many new toys to help Santa find just the right ones. Here are our favorites.

Manhattan Toy’s Stack & Pull Train teaches fine motor skills and shape and color recognition while baby just thinks he’s having fun with this three-piece pull-cord train. Ages 1 and older. At Picayune Toys and Salon Red Kids. $30

Plan Toys Chicken Nesting helps a baby learn shapes, sequencing and stacking with colorful chicks. Ages 1 and older. At plantoys.com. $15

Looking for a perfect first doll for your little one? The Mon Premier Calin Charming Pastel Doll from Corolle fits the bill with a soft beanbag body and vanilla-scented supple vinyl skin. At 12 inches she fits just right into toddler’s arms. The doll style is also available in multi-ethnic choices. Corlle also has a small stroller perfect for pushing baby around in. Ages 18 months and older. At select Learning Express and Amazon.com. Doll, $42. Stroller, $39

Sprouts Grill It! from Learning Resources allows pretend chefs to “cook” meat or veggies on a soft kettle-style grill, indoors or out. All of the pieces, cheese, meat, veggies and tongs, store in the grill. Ages 2 and older. At learningresources.com. $29.99

Night Light Owl by Lamaze plays a gentle melody for five minutes as baby hugs this soft owl and falls asleep in the glow of its night light. Ages infant and older. At Toys ‘R’ Us. $24.99

Explore and More Roll Around Rattles from Skip Hop – a bee, hedgehog or owl – are whimsical see-through creatures with rubberized flexible bodies. Ages infant and older. At Babies ‘R’ Us. $8

Smart Snacks Number Pops from Learning Resources build fine-motor skills while teaching numbers 1 to 10 and colors. Our kid testers loved their soft texture and removing the pop cover to count the dots that correspond to the number on the pop. Ages 2 and older. At The School Box in Marietta. $19.99

Big Dog Truck from Little Tikes is a walker, rider and dump truck that emits sounds as a toddler pushes it from behind, rides it or uses the dump truck to develop motor skills as he picks up or dumps “boulders.” Our tester delighted in dumping the rocks by pulling the lever and having them shoot out the back over and over. Ages 1-3. At major retailers. $49.99

Drop the colorful balls to feed Playskool’s Tumble n Glow Froggie and his cheeks will glow, he’ll ribbit with delight and play music. Ages 1 year and older. At major retailers. $19.99

Reviewed by Amanda Allen, Diane Radloff, Felicia Barman, Jordan Lisvosky, Camille Moore and Laura Powell. Shop early and check with stores on availabilty. Prices listed are MSRP.

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