Welcome to the 2012 updates of Baby Cheapskate’s “Toys That Get Played With” lists. The twelve toys on this list are here for one reason and one reason alone – because kids love them and continue to play with them long after the holiday decor is boxed up.
There’s no one toy that every kid likes, but the 12 toys on the list have proven track records. Hundreds of Baby Cheapskate readers have responded to more than half a dozen polls posted thrice yearly over the course of three years about which holiday toys their kids are still playing with. I’ve pored through the responses to compile this list. Each toy is linked to its listing on Amazon so that you can learn more about it.
Most Loved Toys for Babies 13 months to 24 months:
- Play Kitchen and play food
- Activity Table: Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Fun with Friends Table, LeapFrog Learn and Groove Table or Chicco Music ‘N Play Table
- Trains (wooden– Thomas, Chuggington, etc.) and Train Table
- Musical Instruments
- Little People Sets: Zoo Talkers is a popular one.
- Weebles Sets: Treehouse is a popular one.
- LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set
- Toy Shopping Carts (Melissa and Doug, etc.)
- Mega Bloks, Duplo, other building sets
- Play Houses (Step 2, Little Tikes, etc.)
- Wooden Puzzles
- Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Workbench
- Gund My First Doll and other “first dolls” (FP, Corolle, Melissa and Doug etc.)
- Doll Stroller
- Little Tikes Cozy Coupe (other ride-ons, too: Wheelybug, Step 2 Up & Down Roller coaster, etc)
Tip: To save, try to find these second-hand via Craigslist, garage sales, thrift stores, etc. Inspect them carefully and check for recalls.
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