Busy dealing with the ‘Terrible 2’s’? We thought we’d help and try and make life a little easier for you! We’re saving you time and effort by bringing some of the best toys for kids aged 2 and below straight to you:
Best role-play toy
Mini Doll’s Pram, $49; Doll’s Pram $159, Moover Toys at Playhao (see above)
This gorgeous wooden pram is a high-quality children’s push along toy that will delight children and last the distance. A modern heirloom.
“Stunning Danish design and a beautifully constructed toy. Emma loves to copy what I do and she pushes her little baby doll around inside the pram.” —Lauren Clarke Jensen
Best outdoor toy
Baby Truck, $119, Moover Toys at Playhao
Sturdily constructed and beautifully designed—this toy is built to last. Little ones will have hours of play with this top tier toy.
Best toy for sport
YGLIDER 3-IN-1 by YVolution, $139, Mothercare
Fun and challenging, yet safe and sturdy, this early stage, adjustable scooter is perfect for tots to practise emerging balance—and grow into.
Best all-round educational toy
AlphaPup, $40, Leapfrog at Mothercare
Your new little walker will love pulling this toy along, plus it teaches early alphabet skills and provides interactive fun.
Best toy for art
Block Crayons 24 Assorted, $79.90, Blockmar at Playhao
Elegantly designed, these high quality beeswax-formulated crayons will drive your little one’s creativity. Look out for some mini-masterpieces.
Best toy for tactile play
Scout & Friends Baby Walker, $89, Leapfrog at Mothercare
Great even for babies as young as six months—children will discover new functions and ways to play with this bright,activity-based walker as they grow and develop.
Cake Sofa, $219, Design Skin at Mothercare
With a gorgeous and minimal design, and muted colours, this will provide function and style in any small child’s playroom or nursery.
Best travel toy
Snow White Reversible Puppet, $79.90, LILLIPUTIENS at The Better Toy Store
Small enough to pack in your carry-on luggage, this clever transforming puppet will delight little ones and encourage storytelling. The perfect travel companion.
Best eco-friendly toy
KORXX Form, $229, at Playhao
Made of all natural and sustainable cork material, these traditional blocks are lighter, softer and quieter than their wooden counterparts—toddlers will enjoy stacking these blocks up super-high and there’s no risk of injuries from falling towers.
Best bath toy
Floating Duck $14.90, Kid O at Playhao
Cool classic bath toys are a must for any little splash lovers—the problem is, you’ll find it hard to get your children out of the bath!
Best sensory toy
My Discovery House, $29.90, Leapfrog at Mothercare
Little ones will love opening and closing the house’s doors and exploring all the elements of this multi-functional toy.
Best Soft toy
My First Bear 24cm, $69.90, Steiff at The Better Toy Store
This soft, cuddly yet traditional plush toy would be a great gift for any little one—and our mini judge, Emma gave her bear plenty of cuddles.
Best toy vehicle
Vehicles, from $14.90, Kid O at Playhao
The simple design belies the fun bundled in these little cars. With glossy, bright paintwork and an easy-to-grasp form, these toys are perfect for tiny hands.
Best ride-on toy
First Trike, $159, Early Learning Centre
Little ones will love trying out pedals for the first time. This early tricycle is a perfect introduction to bike skills. The extendable handle for parents is great for runaways while the sun shade is a necessity in Singapore weather.
Best developmental toy
Brush Your Teeth Bear $49.90, BabyGUND at Nature’s Collection
A unique, animated toy, this helps little ones learn about the importance of brushing their teeth. It keeps your children company by singing and moving along with their brushing movements. And as a reward, its teeth light up at the end of brushing.
Best new toy on the market
Rocking Horse, $249,
Sirch Sibis Olga at Playhao
This elegant and birch wood rocking horse would bring a sense of style to any nursery. Little ones will have a ball rocking and playing “horsie.” Being sturdy, this savvy toy also helps your child practise early balance skills.
Best classic toy
Sort and Lace Caterpillar, $39.90, Im Toys at Kidzloft
A super classic wooden toy that is perfect for little ones to recognise colours and practise stacking.
Looking for toys for older children? We’ve got them at http://thefinder.life/kids/playtime/got-3-4-year-old-ditch-ipad-try-these-toys-instead
By Lucy Cleeve, Harper’s Bazaar Junior Issue 15, November 2014
Photos: White Room Studio