Baby years (0–2)
Ikea Klappa Baby Gym, $35 (newborn and older)
Tummy time is easier when baby is having fun. Ikea’s popular baby gym promotes visual development, healthy growth and hand-eye coordination for your littlest one. If your baby falls head over heels for the sweet hanging toys (it happens), the ladybug, butterfly and frog are detachable for close-up play.
Playskool Fold ’n Go Elephant Tummy Time Toy, $26.99 (ages 3 months and older)
Most baby activity mats are best used at home, but this one is good to go. Soft, crinkly and squeaky, this mat promotes sensory development with seven activities to keep babies moving. It’s also easy to stash in a diaper bag and tote to relatives’ homes over the holidays.
Little Tikes Classic Rocking Horse, $29 (ages 1–3 years)
Equipped with easy-grip handles and a seat that prevents falling forward or backward, this classic rocking horse is safe for newly mobile toddlers. It is also easy to clean and light enough to tote from room to room or from playroom to patio. For more rock-around-the-block adventures, download the Little Tikes Play Big Skill on any Alexa-enabled Amazon device.
Baby Shark Dancing DJ, $33.88 (ages 2 and older)
Dance out the stresses of the year with everyone’s favorite toothy aquatic tot. Baby Shark Dancing DJ plays six remixes of your child’s favorite song to turn any room into a dance floor. Choose between game mode, dance mode and play mode to keep the dance party going all day.