Best Crib Toys

by Ayesha Ahmed |

If you’ve been searching for crib toys, then that means your life is about to be drastically changed (it hasn’t already!). Crib toys can be a great tool for helping your little one soothe themselves to sleep or be a creative stimulant that can provide entertainment for a specific period of time. That’s why Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile wins my vote. It’s portable and provides hours of entertainment for the little one and even helps with nap time!

Image of the Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile

The most parent favored and safe toys that I’ve found over time are the ones that are secured to the crib or any baby gear for that matter. I’m always hesitant to encourage the use of soft toys that babies can hug on to for the fear of SIDs in case the baby does fall asleep. Of course, when under parental supervision then no problem at all. But we all know that all parents need a break and having crib toys that won’t make you hold your breath is a great feeling.

Best Portable Mobile Toy

Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile

Tiny Love Meadow Days is possibly the best mobile crib toy on the market. It’s portable so it can be attached to multiple baby gear such as the crib, playpen, car seat, stroller (no bouncers) etc. It can be attached to a baby gear with a universal attachment arm and the large stroller clip or by the use of the attached Velcro straps.

It helps in giving the baby a sense of familiarity seeing the same soothing animal motions as well as sounds wherever you go. It’s perfectly mobile in all senses of the word. The animals on the mobile are facing downwards so the baby has a clear visual sight at all times too. It is recommended for a newborn until 6 months of age, but some kids get accustomed to the sounds so this can be easily used for longer.

Image of the Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile

Setting it up is pretty easy. The height of the arm is about 12” from tip to the highest point so it’s high enough. There’s no tools or screws involved, you just attach it to the crib with a clamp, add 3 AA batteries and it’s all ready.

Love Meadows comes with 30 minutes of continuous music with 5 different tunes.  The songs that are currently on the mobile are:

  1. Bach J.S.suit No 3 in D Major
  2. Bach minuet G major
  3. Mozart K467 Piano concerto
  4. Mozart minuet and trio in G K1
  5. Original- folk

The best part is that it turns off automatically. Love Meadows can play up to 20 hours of songs because of that. So, it’s all about popping the Love Meadow on and sneaking off to drink that cup of coffee while it’s still hot.

Image of the Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile

Size wise it’s not tiny as the name may lead you to believe. It’s mid-sized and rotates in a slow controlled motion that helps the baby fall asleep.

Looks wise the felt characters are gender neutral so that makes it easier to buy as a gift for someone or just for your own little cutie.

Keeping it clean is pretty simple, a quick wipe down with a damp cloth and you’re good to go.

Why it’s so great

  • Plays for 30 continuous minutes
  • Easy to attach
  • Can play 5 different tune
  • Has an auto on/off option
  • Can be attached to multiple baby gear
  • Rotates in a smooth slow motion
  • Gender neutral characters
  • 20 hours of battery life

What to keep an eye out for

  • The connector can be loose when attached to fabric over plastic such as on playpens. It’s best to attach it to the plastic edge for stability

Best Musical Crib Toy

Fisher-Price Precious Planet Kick and Play Piano

When your infant is learning to use and coordinate those chunky little legs you know you need to help boost all that energy. And there’s nothing better than getting help from an adorable musical piano aide like the Fisher-Price Kick and Play Crib Piano

Decked in the cutest tiger character, the Kick and Play can be used as a crib toy while the baby’s lying down, moved to the floor for tummy time or even as a sit and play mode. The soft keys are sensitive enough to respond to the baby’s touch. It’s a pretty great tool for a baby to see a cause and effect impact on the kicks and the resulting music and lights. Plus, you will get tons of cooing and teeny little giggles out of it!

I’m always looking out for baby gear that gives me my money’s worth. And any toy or gear that is multi-use or long-lasting is a total winner in my book.  Essentially the baby can start using the Kick and Play from birth to up till toddlerhood.

It’s made from soft fabric with fabric strings that lets you tie it to the crib. You will need 3 AA batteries to turn it on. That’s all there is to the assembly.

There are two modes to the Fisher-Price Crib Piano, a free play or a ‘build-a-song’ mode where your little munchkin can hear sounds with tiny kicks or taps. The long play mode lets the baby enjoy 20 minutes’ worth of continuous melodies and songs with volume adjustment. During both times the colorful lights continue to dance in line with the tunes for visual stimulation.

Kick and Play can be cleaned very easily with a damp cloth or wipes. In case of a mess, it’s recommended to spot cleaning.  Its dimension are pretty standard to a cribs width; it’s 11” H x 16.5” W x 2“L.

Why it’s so great

  • Made from soft fabric
  • Multi-use for play
  • Stimulates action and reaction effect for the baby
  • Gender neutral characters
  • 2 modes of manual play or continuous songs
  • Volume control

What to keep an eye out for

  • No manual piano key sounds

Best High-End Developmental Crib Toy

SHILOH Baby Developmental Crib Toy With Arm and Musical Mobile

This crib toy is like heaven on earth. It’s so well made that even before your child can interact with it, it features just bring you sheer joy.

It’s environmentally friendly with non-toxic and durable ABS material to ensure your baby’s safety if the baby does try to bite it (which is highly likely at some point). The Shiloh comes with 4 strings attached to plush toys that have various visual and sound triggers for the little one. The plush toys include a BB squeaker, jingle bell or a music player that creates wonderful sounds when squeezed. And the fun part is, the plush toys are all removable and can be played with individual toys!

Image of the SHILOH Baby Crib Decoration Newborn Gift 60 tunes Pllush Musical Mobile (Blue Sky)

Shiloh mobile can be used on various cribs, bed boards or playpens as long as the board is not curved or has a width greater than 1.8 inches.  It is a little of the larger size. Larger because it has the capability to be adjusted as your little one grows. How incredible is that!

The rotating mobile toy can play over 60 different continuous melodies. You do require 2 AA batteries for this and it should last you for some time. There is an auto sleep feature that turns the mobile off after 30 minutes of inactivity, so you will have to press on again to get one full hour of songs.

The plush toys are absolutely adorable! Most of the material used is either velvet or cotton which kind of add to the different textures and give a sheen to the cute toys.Image of the SHILOH Baby Crib Decoration Newborn Gift 60 tunes Pllush Musical Mobile (Blue Sky)

My favorite part of Shiloh Musical Mobile is that its arm is adjustable at 3 different levels, so you can safely say it’s part of the grow as you go kind of a theme.

Cleaning and maintaining are simple, all the plush parts are machine washable in a gentle cold water cycle. It is recommended to air dry it.

Size wise the measurements are 13.8 x 19.7 x 13.8 inches

Why it’s so great

  • 3 level height adjustment
  • 60 minutes of continuous songs
  • Auto sleep option
  • Plush textured and sound enabled toys
  • Non-toxic material

What to keep an eye out for

  • Expensive
  • Can fit on limited baby gear

Best Soft Play Activity Crib Toy

Infantino Spiral Activity Toy

Infantino Spiral Activity Toy is the perfect crib toy that triggers your little one to interact with the toy and get all sensory movements going. It’s a convertible multi-use toy (you know I love that!) that can be used in car seats, strollers, cribs and other baby gear.

The Spiral Activity is full of sensory textures and materials. It includes a peek’n’see mirror, 2 clacker rings, animal rattle, crinkle bug on different textured fabrics and satin ribbons. Each touch and feel of the Spiral Activity will be a burst of sensation for your infant.

Image of the Infantino Spiral Activity Toy

The vibrant colors always prompted my infant to try to reach out and pull the Spiraltowards her. I actually ended up using some of her other ring toys and attached them to the clacker rings so each time I added an old toy, it was a whole new experience for her.

You could see the actual motor skill development as the baby tries to grab on to the hanging toys. I even hung a couple teethers on the Infantino Spiral. I mean it’s so soft that you don’t have to worry about the baby getting hurt or bumping hard against it.

Image of the Infantino Spiral Activity Toy, Blue

Cleaning this is a breeze. Since it’s made of soft fabric you can just remove the clacker rings and pop it in the machine on gentle/delicate cycle (preferably in a mesh bag or a pillowcase). You can also wipe it down with a baby wipe or a damp cloth.

Why it’s so great

  • Made from soft fabric
  • BPA free
  • Customizable by adding toys to the clacker rings
  • No batteries or power required
  • Great for visual and motor skill development
  • Comes in a variety of colors and designs
  • Doesn’t break the bank

What to keep an eye out for

  • It’s meant for infants so this will last you only a couple months

 

Ayesha Ahmed
I'm a stay at home mom to a 2 year old daughter. My background is in consumer behavior so I'm super critical and wide angled when it comes to making baby product purchases. Unless they are so darn cute that all logic escapes my mind:)

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