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Introduction

Infants and toddler’s always seem to have unlimited bundles of energy, ready to explore their immediate environments. They achieve this by squeezing, prodding, throwing, pushing, and grabbing anything that is within their reach. Whether your 18 month old baby is bum-shuffling, walking, or crawling, she is always curious to reach out to objects that entertain her thoughts.

In addition to improving on their mobility, babies at this age start showing improved hand-eye coordination, alongside other physical and mental developmental processes that help them understand the cause and effect nature of things. For example: what happens if she drops or throws a ball.

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Playtime is a crucial developmental part for your baby, and therefore choosing the right toys for experimentation and learning is important as well. By following this guide, you will escape being overwhelmed whenever you step into a store to purchase toys for your toddler. 

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Top Picks and Why – Full Review

1. The Classic Building Bag by Mega Bloks

The 80-Piece Classic Building Bag by Mega Bloks is a build-and-stack building tool for your toddler, and ideal for your 18 month old baby for unlimited fun.

The package consists of brightly-colored Lego-like blocks that encourage a hands-on approach to creative learning and exploration as your baby imagines and creates different kinds of models.

Using these blocks, your baby’s imagination has no limit, ranging from her favorite animal, model cars, bridges, houses, and so much more.

The blocks are big and easy to assemble with baby’s little fingers. Once they are done exploring their creativity, there is a environmentally-friendly and PVC-free bag to perfectly store the blocks away for the next adventure.

The Classic Building Blocks are an ideal toy for toddlers from 12 months old to bigger kids up to 5 years.

What We Liked
  • The toy pack consists of an adequate amount (80 blocks) for your baby to learn creativity.
  • The toy pack encourages a hands-on approach to exploration as your baby can imagine his/her creations.
  • The Mega Blok set is compatible with other building block sets from the manufacturer, thus providing unlimited and endless creative possibilities.
  • The portable bag which is also PVC-free allows for easy storage and transport.
What We Didn't Like
  • There are many pieces, making them prone to loss, especially during outdoor fun sessions.

2. The Music Rhyming Book by VTech

The Music Rhyming Book by VTech is an interactive kids’ learning book that combines intuitive learning skills for your kid with other physical developmental skills.

 

With this toy, your 18 month old can explore the classic nursery rhymes that are included at each turn of the page. Your baby can also build their motor skills by learning how to twist and slide the fun-play pieces on each of the easy-to-turn pages. They can also develop their musical skills using the five brightly-colored piano keys that also combine instrumental learning with perception of colors.

The Music Rhyming Book is recommended for babies between 6 months and 3 years.

What We Liked
  • This toy features two intuitive modes that are educative and fun for your baby: the learning mode with age-appropriate language learning; and the music mode with lovely instrumental and musical sounds.
  • This is an interactive toy for baby, providing visual stimulus with brightly-colored pages as well as a lighted star with flashes that rhyme with the sounds.
  • The toy offers a wide range of age applicability, from 6 months to three years.
  • The toy is a well-developed early learning tool for your baby that also incorporates motor skills and classic nursery rhymes
What We Didn't Like
  • The battery enclosure may pose a health risk for baby if not properly concealed.

3. The Play and Discover Musical Piano Toy

Music is undoubtedly a powerful instrument that keeps your baby engaged as well as entertained as he/she grows. The Play and Discover Musical Piano Toy is an ideal musical instrument that embraces your baby’s musical creativity.

 

 With the soft-to-touch musical piano keys featuring three modes, your baby is free to discover their intuitive musical talents at a tender age.

The instrument mode allows your baby to listen to sweet horn, violin, or drum sounds. Switching to Animal Discovery Mode allows them to indulge into meowing, woofs, and quacking sounds with his imaginary animal friends. In the third mode, the Number Mode, every key tap reads out numbers 1-5 in three provided languages (English, French, and Spanish).

The toy is ideal for children between 8 months to 3 years.

What We Liked
  • This is an interactive learning and fun tool for your baby that combines visual learning with music, thus creating a memorable learning experience.
  • The incorporated lights dance to the melodies’ rhythm, making it fun for a bored toddler.
  • The three fun/learning modes ensure that your baby does not get bored, while challenging them with learning basic counting as well as basic learning.
What We Didn't Like
  • The piano is not really a piano with an array of piano keys, which may make your baby outgrow the toy too soon.

4. The Peek-A-Boo Lamaze Forest Toy

The Peek-A-Boo Lamaze Forest Toy is an interactive and intuitive soft-book that gives your exploring toddler the chance to learn about different wild animals.

The pages, made of 100% polyester, are soft but durable and offer peek-a-boo flaps for easy perusal by those little fingers, while enhancing eye-hand coordination. The ‘book’ is brightly colored, offering a multitude of surprise puckers and textures that encourage your baby to be exploratory.

Each of the discovery pages features a friendly forest character, a fun story that improves language development, and textured layouts meant for awakening your baby’s senses.

What We Liked
  • The toy features durable peek-a-boo flaps that boost the development of your baby’s eye-hand coordination while supporting their frail motor skills.
  • It also features six pages popped full of bright colors and patterns as well as rousing rhymes that make bonding and story time more fun for you and the baby as well.
  • The intuitive design and textured patterns improves the baby’s focus while stimulating their visual skills.
  • As a starter in developing learning and reading skills, this toy fosters an imagination of the real world, making it a great learning tool for your toddler.
What We Didn't Like
  • With only six pages, the book is rather small to use over and over.
  • Washing is inevitable since the book is made of polyester, yet this may make the colors, textures, and writings fade away with time.

5. The Smart Stages Laugh and Learn Scooter by Fisher-Price

The Smart Stages Laugh and Learn Scooter by Fisher-Price is a fun toy as well as a learning tool that allows your baby to improve their motor skills while learning more about music and basic language.

The toy features Smart Stages technology with innate learning content ideal for your baby’s growth and development.

The toy also comes with three play levels, each with tunes, sounds, songs, as well as phrases for the range of age recommended for the toy.

Ideal for babies between 12 months and 3 years.

What We Liked
  • The instinctive toy features over 50 phrases, tunes, and songs, easily combining learning experiences while the baby enjoys his/her playtime session.
  • The toy also features shaped buttons for teaching the baby colors, numbers, opposites, shapes, and more.
  • The intuitive motion switch ensures a smooth integration between scooting and learning.
  • The toy offers a versatile approach to learning for hyper-active kids, while ensuring utmost fun for them.
What We Didn't Like
  • The product runs on AAA batteries which need to be replaced a bit too often.
  • Since the toy comes in a single piece (no dismantling offered), it might be quite bulky for transportation or storage.

6. The Smart-Shots Sports Center by VTech

The Smart-Shots Sports Center by VTech is a 2-in-1 sports development kit for your toddler. The set is ideal for both motor skill/sports talent development and instinctual learning, combining soccer playing, basketball, and educational learning. 

 

 The toy develops your toddler’s cause and effect mechanisms with fun sounds and phrases, thus ensuring an active and educative development for your child.

The Smart-Shots Sports Center set is ideal toddlers between 12 and 36 months.

What We Liked
  • The toy kit is quite indulging for any kids, especially since it indulges them to sporting activities (involving balls).
  • The kit features an animated scoreboard with LED lighting which further indulges your baby into playtime through scores and fun animations.
  • Other than counting your child’s soccer scores and basketball shots and the encouraging phrases and sounds, the kit has over fifty melodies, songs, phrases, and sounds, thus helping baby to develop communication skills as well.
What We Didn't Like
  • The kit may be quite bulky to carry around since it comes in a single piece.

7. The Stuffed Plush “My First Teddy”

Every baby develops a special bond with one of their toys from infancy onwards, and one of the most common bonds between baby and toys is their first plush teddy bear.

The Stuffed Plush “My First Teddy” by GUND is the perfect gift toy for your newborn. It consists of a 10-inch stuffed teddy bear made of soft plush material and embroidered detailing for added safety.

The material used is perfectly safe for your baby, including biting. The toy is ideal for creating a lasting memory for your baby as a first ‘friend’.

This is an ideal gift for any age, but it is best offered at infancy for the baby to develop a friendly bond.

What We Liked
  • The teddy features embroidered detailing, doing away with the hard plastic and glass materials that could pose a choking hazard or other safety risk for baby.
  • The teddy bear is easily machine washable, though the brown color could mean less washing frequency.
  • The plush material used is of high quality with ideal softness, thus improving comfort for your baby.
What We Didn't Like
  • Baby may outgrow this toy soon especially if they don’t like the color.

8. Classic Beaded Wooden-Maze Educational Toy

The Classic Beaded Wooden-Maze Educational Toy by Melissa and Doug is a creativity and educational toy made of brightly-colored and multi-shaped wooded beads that can swoop along three color-coded roller-coaster-designed steel wires.

By sliding and moving these beads along the wires, your baby can gradually learn the different kinds of bead shapes and colors (beads and wires). The toy also improves the baby’s motor skills in a fun and engaging manner.

The toy is recommended for kids between 1 and 2 years.

What We Liked
  • The toy gives your baby an adventurous feeling when winding the beads along the multi-shaped wires.
  • The 18 beads made of wood come in a variety of sizes and shapes, making it easy for baby to grip and move around in their tiny hands.
  • The sturdy base, also wooden, increases the toy’s sturdy construction, while allowing baby to improve their motor skills as well as their shape and color recognition.
  • The toy is compact and very easy to carry around.
What We Didn't Like
  • The toy may be prone to damage, especially the winding wires.
  • Baby may have a huge choking risk by the beads if the toy gets dismantled.

9. YIZI Giant Bubble Wand

The Think Gizmos Toddler Car Friction Toys is an entertaining set of three colorful toys (a street sweeper truck, a cement mixer truck, and a harvester).

This push-and-go set of toys is meant to create fun for kids play through friction-based movement. This also means that you do not have to keep buying batteries to run these toys. More so, they are very portable, thus ideal for fast packing and short weekend excursions.

The toy kit is ideal for the ages between 18 months and 3 years.

What We Liked
  • The three toys have interactive features that keep your young baby preoccupied while having fun, as well as boosting their concentration.
  • The motion of the toys is friction-based, meaning that there is no extra expense for batteries.
  • The toys are made of non-toxic ABS plastic that is highly durable; they are also intuitively colored to excite your baby.
  • Each of the friction-powered toys features a piece with realistic movements; i.e. the cement mixer has a spinning mixing compartment, the street sweeper has some spinning brushes, and the harvester features spinning blades. This makes the toys more realistic to your baby.
What We Didn't Like
  • Close supervision may be required to avoid injury by the friction-powered parts.

10. Tiny Captain Non-Skid Grip Socks

The Tiny Captain Non-Skid Grip Socks for Boy Toddlers is an ideal baby gift that consists of six pairs of stylish and fun socks with loads of grip on the underside that improve baby safety on rather slippery floors when walking.

The anti-grip surface is designed featuring various shapes such as stars, waves, lines and other patterns, and are also multi-colored, making them attractive for the baby as well.

The six-pair socks kit is a recommended gift for boys between the ages of 12 months and 2 years.

What We Liked
  • The socks are made of premium quality cotton, despite the rather modest price tag.
  • With the enhanced grip feature, the socks are ideal for wearing with or without shoes.
  • They are an ideal gift for baby boys between 12 months and 2 years, thus serving your baby for an adequate period.
  • The socks are very comfortable and durable, thanks to the high-quality cotton.
What We Didn't Like
  • Baby may not consider this as a gift as it is not a toy to play around and indulge with.

Tips for Selecting Toys & Gift Ideas for 18 Month Olds

1. Go for toys that are usable in a variety of ways.

Toddlers, given their curiosity, love dismantling, putting back together, pulling out, adding, and building up whatever surrounds them. As such, always go for toys that are rather open-ended i.e. those that let your child play a variety of games.

For example, chunky-interlocking plastic or wooden blocks can be used in making a variety of models such as roads and bridges. Such toys also go a long way in helping your baby develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills at a tender age.

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2. Choose toys that grow along with your baby.

It is a common experience to buy toys for your children that they only play with once or twice. To avoid this, always consider choosing toys that will inspire fun for your baby at different stages of development.

For example, plastic animals may be fun for an 18 month old baby who decides to make a box-house for them. Later, your toddler may use the same animals when acting-out her own made-up stories as he/she enjoys himself/herself. Toys such as stuffed dolls, dump-trucks and trains, and dollhouses are recommended for 18 month olds.

3. Look for toys/gifts that inspire and instill imagination into your baby.

At 18 months of age, your baby has began developing curiosity and imagination, including the ability to create his/her own fun sessions using toys. It is therefore recommended that you select toys that your baby can use as they develop their imaginative capabilities and to act out their own stories. Such toys will help in developing your baby’s literacy and communication skills as well as other physical and mental skills.

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4. Choose toys that encourage simple problem-solving and exploration.

Through playtime, your baby has the chance to exercise newly-acquired skills over and over. Toys that offer your toddler a chance to figure out something on their own or via some simple coaching sessions help in building their logical thinking skills, helping them be consistent and independent problem solvers. Further, such toys also help in developing your kid’s spatial relation skills (such as comprehending how things fit in together), motor skills (i.e. via their tender finger and hand muscles), and their eye-hand coordination.

5. Select gifts and toys that inspire and active life for your baby.

At 18 months, your toddler will mostly be engaged in activities that are physical and inspire confidence with their little bodies. To appreciate their effort, buy them toys that help your baby be more active in practicing their current physical skills, while helping them develop new ones. Such toys may include differently-sized balls, pull toys, and tricycles or assisted-walking strollers.

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6. Select some toys that prepare your child to read and learn.

While it may be quite early for your baby to be able to read or even comprehend letters and words, it is recommended to select some toys that inspire reading and learning imagination for your 18 month old baby.

They may not comprehend the meaning of the letters, words and drawings, but such toys develop your baby’s observatory and motor skills. These may include toys such as crayons and drawing pads, magnetic alphabet letters, picture books, and finger paints.

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Conclusion

Playtime is a very crucial part in the development of your baby. Therefore, choosing the right type of toys for having fun, learning, as well as experimenting with is critical in the development of her gradual advancement in various abilities and skills.

Consider selecting toys that develop your baby wholesomely (i.e. socially, physically, and mentally), while ensuring that they get the most out of their fun and playtime. Also, always consider the safety of the toys/gifts you purchase for your 18 month old baby in terms of materials used as well as choking and other safety hazards.

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