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Christmas 2012: Hottest and Best Toys for Babies Under 12 Months

Updated on December 10, 2012

A new world unveils under the sparkling eyes of a baby. As the child starts to explore the world through touch, sight and sound, a toy may be a great tool that will accompany him through these new daily adventures. Whether it is a soothing teddy bear to embrace or an exciting multi- sensorial toy, the baby will surely entertain himself even though his attention span may not be one of the greatest. 

For those that have a friend, relative or neighbor that recently had a baby, choosing among several toys suitable for babies may be an arduous task. The reason being that there is surely a lot to choose from and the task may feel overwhelming.  As several toys are considered the most important factor is to ensure that the toy is labeled safe for the baby's age. Following are some of the hottest toys for babies up to 12 months.

-Fisher Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse

This makes a great night time friend for any baby that feels lonely and needs some extra comfort when the sun goes down. When the seahorse is hugged its belly will glow and it will play 5 minutes worth of lullabies and ocean sounds. Baby will feel soothed as the noise of waves and bubbles accompanies the baby to sleep. The toy comes with the option of setting the volume higher or lower or even switch it off. The soothe and glow seahorse will surely be a precious friend for baby and mom.

-Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

For the little genius of the household, this special toy will provide lots of interaction and fun. With seven classical melodies easily actioned with easy to press buttons, the lucky baby will start enjoying music from a very tender age. Featuring Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin and Rossini melodies accompanied by flashy lights, this toy will promote auditory development and visual perception.

-Hasbro Playskool Step Start Walk 'n Ride

Wobbly babies that are in need of something to lean on will enjoy this wonderful and ''supportive'' gift. This toy will basically accompany the baby from different stages of his life. It will act as a sturdy walker at first, promoting the baby's motor skills and then as the baby balances himself  in time, it will easily convert into the baby's first and exciting ride on toy. The stable walker features as well silly sounds, interesting sights and several textures for great adventures in the living room.

-Baby Einstein Animal Exploration Tunnel

Baby will spend hours delighted in exploring a new magical world under this exciting tunnel. Mommy can play peek a boo through the mesh windows panels or mommy can crawl under the tunnel as well and enjoy some quality time with baby. Tunnel features real life imagery, sounds and toys incorporated. Lots of fun guaranteed!

-Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

Sometimes the most enjoyed toys are simply the simplest ones. This toy features an interactive and very colorful cube with rounded edges that will produce eight Mozart masterpieces. This award winning toy will teach the baby how sounds can be combined to create something exceptional. It features the harp, French horn, piano, flute, and violin so baby will start appreciating music from a tender age.It is all accompanied by flashy lights to add visual perception.

As seen, babies  can enjoy and spend hours entertaining themselves with toys. It is a great misconception to think that the best gifts for babies should be the most practical, focusing on clothing, blankets and accessories. Babies are eager to learn and will love to spend time giggling with their newly found friends: their very  first  toys. Overwhelmed by too many choices? Just try to see the world  through a baby's eyes!


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