The best infant toys for baby development from Walmart
The best infant toys for baby development from Walmart
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Though it may not seem like your little one is up to much while lying on their playmat, gazing at a mobile toy or grasping a rattle, there’s a lot happening behind the scenes. The best infant toys encourage all types of physical and cognitive development, helping your baby achieve important milestones from holding up their head to recognizing objects.

Whether you prefer getting involved or basking in a few moments of relaxation while watching your little one play, rest assured that these stimulating (and affordable!) infant toys will help promote developmental growth throughout your child’s first year.

Best Ball Toys

VTech Lil' Critters Shake & Wobble Busy Ball

1 Review

This development toy for infants promotes fine motor skills with its six bead tracks that twist and turn. Plus, chunky buttons introduce colours, numbers, animals and vocabulary and play sounds, music and songs promoting auditory growth while encouraging your baby to play.

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Ball Toys

VTech Pop-a-Balls Pop & Count Ball Pit

45 Reviews

Featuring 30 squeezable multi-coloured balls that are easy to hold and toss, this pit also includes a ball popper, a sliding bird and a twisting butterfly—all of which promote hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

Recommended age: 9 months and up

Best Ball Toys

TOPINCN Hammering Game

0 Reviews

In addition to helping your baby develop their colour recognition skills, this hammer game builds dexterity and hand-eye coordination, providing the ideal amount of play stimulation for babies starting at around nine months.

Recommended age: 9 months and up

Alex Brands People Block Squirters

Best Baby Bath Toys

Alex Brands People Block Squirters

0 Reviews

Many of the best developmental toys are ones that encourage movement and play, and that’s what these squirters are all about! Along with building hand-eye coordination, these bath toys will help baby develop their fine motor and cause-and-effect skills.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Baby Bath Toys

Nuby Nûby Splish Splash Stacking Cups

11 Reviews

With five colourful cups that are perfect for filling and pouring, this stacking set will improve coordination, stimulate visual and auditory senses and teach your wee one about cause and effect.

Recommended age: 9 months and up

Best Baby Bath Toys

Munchkin DuckDunk Bath Toy

3 Reviews

Taking tub-time fun to the next level, this dunking game not only helps baby build their colour recognition abilities, but it also refines grasp strength while improving their overall gross motor skills.

Recommended age: 12 months and up

Best Playmats

Bright Starts Safari Blast Activity Gym

23 Reviews

In addition to five detachable overhead toys that promote visual and auditory development, this vibrantly coloured tummy-time playmat encourages young babies to build neck strength while cultivating their sense of touch.

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Playmats

Bright Starts Giggle Safari Baby Mat

40 Reviews

While your baby lays, stretches and rolls on this colourful, cushioned play gym, they’re engaging and strengthening gross motor and sensory skills. Bonus: Its removable prop-up pillow is perfect for tummy time.

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Playmats

Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick Play Piano Gym

322 Reviews

A smorgasbord of developmental goodness, this playmat helps baby grow their ability to identify colours, shapes and numbers. As they transition from tummy time to sitting, built-in Smart Stages technology allows you to adjust learning content to suit their needs.

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Crib Mobiles

Tiny Love Tiny Princess Soothe N Groove Mobile

31 Reviews

Sometimes the best things in life are simple yet charming. Baby will be visually stimulated by this pretty mobile’s eye-catching colours, while the interesting mix of textures will provide tactile appeal to the little hands of babies (under supervision, of course!).

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Crib Mobiles

VTech Soothing Songbirds Travel Mobile

40 Reviews

A mix of soothing nature sounds and relaxing music will delight your baby’s auditory senses while adorable songbirds will stimulate visual focus. Fun fact: This mobile‘s built-in voice sensor automatically responds to your baby’s cry with soothing melodies. Brilliant!

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Crib Mobiles

Tiny Love Meadow Days Take-Along Mobile

21 Reviews

Baby’s eye contact, curiosity and focus will be engaged with this colourful mobile featuring 30 minutes of soothing melodies. The best part: It’s portable and easy to attach to strollers, bassinets and more.

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Rattles & Teethers

Soft Plastic Baby Rattle

0 Reviews

This rattle made from BPA-free plastic makes a sound when shaken, helping baby cultivate their cause-and-effect understanding. It’s also a great toy for building fine motor, dexterity and hand-eye coordination skills.

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Rattles & Teethers

Soft Towel Rattle

0 Reviews

Featuring bright colours, interesting fabrics and graphic patterns to jumpstart your baby’s cognitive development, this clip-on toy includes a variety of fun-to-touch tags for sensory engagement and a squeaker for fine motor skills.

Recommended age: 3 months and up

Best Rattles & Teethers

Oball Shaker

253 Reviews

Colourful, durable and ideal for shaking and chewing, this rattle is destined to become a diaper bag staple. The developmental benefits it has for babies include stronger fine and gross motor skills and better hand-eye coordination.

Recommended age: 3 months and up

Best Stroller & Car Seat Toys

Tiny Love Tiny Princess Sunny Stroll Arch

11 Reviews

Consider this arch as baby’s go-to entertainment while strolling. Not only does it develop hand-eye coordination—little ones will first watch and eventually grasp dangling toys—but the flexible arch also allows you to customize the number of toys your baby sees (and therefore the amount of sensory stimulation they receive).

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Stroller & Car Seat Toys

Mary Meyer Baby Taggies Sensory Toy

1 Review

Textures and sounds are powerful sensory stimulators in the first few months of your little one’s life, and this toy offers a variety of both. Babies will also build their fine motor skills as they touch and tug on each loop.

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Stroller & Car Seat Toys

Manhattan Toy Playtime Activity Spiral

1 Review

Perfect for perching on your baby’s stroller, this spiral encourages grasping in developing infants, offers auditory and tactile stimulation, and features a mirror that helps develop your child’s vision and self-awareness.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Plush Toys

Mary Meyer Baby Lovey Blanket

1 Review

More than a soothing snuggle blanket, this 10-by-10-inch version includes an adorable plush bunny head and is knotted in three corners, with each knot offering your little one a healthy dose of tactile stimulation.

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Plush Toys

Fisher-Price Click Clack Llama

2 Reviews

This adorable click-clacking llama toy strikes a perfect balance between fun and development. When your baby turns its head, they’ll hear clicking sounds and when they shake it, they’ll hear clacking. Plus, it comes with soft fabric feet, a cute bandana and a saddle for your baby to play around with (hello, sensory development!).

Recommended age: 3 months and up

Best Plush Toys

Fairy Tale Fingertip Puppets

0 Reviews

The perfect addition to a bedtime or playtime routine, these textured finger puppets offer sensory and cognitive stimulation while your imagination injects stories for improving language, of course!

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Baby Books

Peek-A-Who?

0 Reviews

If your little one is a peek-a-boo-loving baby (aren’t they all?), they’ll adore this interactive board book where you’ll reveal what’s hiding below the flap. Books like this one build language, animal recognition and fine motor skills.

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Baby Books

Little Baby Bum Singing Storybook by Little Tikes

44 Reviews

The perfect size for little hands, this book has soft, easy-to-turn pages and catchy nursery rhyme tunes (think: Old MacDonald, Mr. Golden Sun and the ABC song). Even better, it helps build letter, colour, number and animal recognition.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Baby Books

Mary Meyer Baby Touch Feel Soft Cloth Book

0 Reviews

This baby book is a textured wonder with its fabric cover, Velcro closure and sewn-in crinkle paper and squeaker. Your child will love the tactile stimulation the materials offer. Plus, the bright colours will help promote cognitive development.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Wooden Baby Toys

Flmtop Colourful Twist Wooden Insect

0 Reviews

Simple and lightweight, this seamless wooden caterpillar will help baby develop their handgrip while serving as the perfect teething option for younger infants.

Recommended age: Newborn and up

Best Wooden Baby Toys

Magic Touch Drums Wooden Musical Toy

32 Reviews

With ultra-cool features like Melody and Drum Mode that allow your baby to switch between playing along with classical songs and creating their own beats, this drum kit will help your little one improve dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Wooden Baby Toys

Melissa & Doug Bead Maze

0 Reviews

Brimming with physical and cognitive benefits, this brightly shaded, oldie-but-goodie bead maze will improve your little one’s attention span as they push beads along the wire track.

Recommended age:  12 months and up

Best Activity Centres

Summer Infant Pop ‘n’ Jumper

171 Reviews

Perfect for a day outdoors, this easy-to-assemble unit includes a discovery mirror book, spinner ball, teething toy and rattle, all of which stimulate your baby’s cognitive development.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Activity Centres

6-in-1 Multipurpose Play Centre

0 Reviews

This musical, interactive play station helps your baby learn to recognize shapes and colours while developing their fine motor skills through touching, turning, twisting, squeezing and creating shapes.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Activity Centres

Baby Trend 3-in-1 Bounce ’n’ Play Activity Centre

130 Reviews

With bright colours, textures and fun sounds, this activity centre is destined to become your baby’s favourite play hub. The fact that it encourages the development of emerging senses (think: sight and touch) and motor skills is a bonus.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Push Toys

Musical Mix 'n' Roll 4-in-1 Activity Walker

68 Reviews

Your baby will love the many modes of this toy: floor toy station, walker, music table and creative table. You’ll love that you’re child’s building and strengthening their gross motor and cognitive abilities while they play.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Push Toys

Costway 3-in-1 Baby Sit-to-Stand Walker

2 Reviews

While learning to walk, ride and play with this versatile push toy, your baby will improve their coordination and balance. The music and lights also provide visual and auditory stimulation.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Push Toys

Fisher-Price Little People Music Parade Ride-On

17 Reviews

Hands down, this ride-on bus is one of the best infant toys for budding walkers. In addition to enhancing your baby’s balance and gross motor skills, this push/sit toy’s songs will have little ones bopping while they stroll.

Recommended age: 12 months and up

Best Stacking Toys

Fisher-Price Unicorn Rock-a-Stack

37 Reviews

Putting a modern twist on the popular old-fashioned stacking toy, this unicorn version features four colourful rings—each with its own distinct texture—plus a base that jingles when batted by your baby. It’s a delight for sensory and motor skill development.

Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best Stacking Toys

Fisher-Price Giant Rock-a-Stack Multi

288 Reviews

At 16 inches tall, this oversized version of the classic stacking toy will build your baby’s hand-eye coordination, improve gross and fine motor skills and engage their problem-solving abilities.

Recommended age: 12 months and up

Best Stacking Toys

Spark Create Imagine Alphabet Blocks

4 Reviews

While your baby will likely adore stacking and identifying block colours, letters and shapes from approximately 18 months onward, little ones under a year can improve dexterity by building—and knocking down—mini towers. Your child might also love these baby and toddler must-haves.

Recommended age: 18 months and up