Best Musical Toys for Babies and Toddlers of 2019

Best Musical Toys of 2019

January 1, 2019

Best Musical Toys of 2019

Most babies and toddlers love music. These fun toys let them get their groove on. Best Musical Toys of 2019

Have you noticed your baby’s eyes light up when you turn on music? Does your toddler like to rock out when they hear their favorite song? It’s no coincidence.

Most babies and toddlers love listening to music, and for good reason. Hearing is one of a baby’s first senses to fully develop, and, just like us, little ones love listening to songs, rhythms and beats.

As early as when they’re still in the womb, playing music for your little one can have tons of benefits. Music can help your baby and toddler with everything from creativity and language development to memory and emotional intelligence. Music can help soothe a crying baby, or help lift the mood of a cranky toddler. Some studies even suggest music should be part of therapy for premature babies because it can aid in development and weight gain.

There are lots of ways to enjoy music with your little one. Something as simple as incorporating music into your baby’s bedtime routine or spending a few minutes each day rocking out (literally and figuratively) to your favorite tunes can help with soothing and comforting your babe. And as you reach the toddler years, music can become a much more interactive experience. Toddlers love learning through musical play by singing and rhyming together and making their own music.

We’ve rounded up our favorites when it comes to the best toys for your baby and toddler that will make it easy for you to incorporate music into your everyday routine. So have fun and rock on! Just be sure to pick up some earplugs somewhere along the way.

Shake, Rattle and Roll

These (adorable) animal shakers are the perfect way to introduce music to your growing baby. The bright colors will immediately capture baby’s attention, and the fun noises (each animal makes its own unique sound) will keep them coming back for more. The larger size and grippy rubber patches make them easy for little hands to hold, and they stand up on their own, so they’ll be great for pretend play as your little one gets older.

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Age range 3 months and up

A Classical Primer

Let your little one control the playlist with this on-the-go toy complete with classical melodies, lights and, best of all, parental volume control! Babies and toddlers alike will love pressing the buttons to play one of the seven different classical tunes. It’s the perfect size for tossing in your stroller or diaper bag for whenever you need to keep your little one entertained.

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Age range 3 months and up

Songs Under the Sea

This oversized octopus is filled with music in every leg! Each tentacle plays a different note, and little ones will love exploring them on their own or listening along as their parents lead the way. Bright color and varied textures add to the fun, and there’s even a color-coded songbook included. And with no batteries required, you’ll never have to worry about the tunes fading away.

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Age range Newborn and up

Move, Groove and Learn

Activity tables are a fun, engaging way for your little one to start exploring basic concepts like letters, numbers and colors through sounds and songs. This one has two modes—music mode and learning mode—and is packed with features like a learning station with 70 songs and learning responses, a mini keyboard, shape buttons and much, much more. (It’s even bilingual, with Spanish and English modes!) The legs can be popped off for floor play, then replaced when your little one is ready to stand.

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Age range 6-36 months

A Musical Rainbow

A classic first toy, this colorful wooden xylophone will inspire hours of musical creativity from the baby years all the way through toddlerhood. It’s great not only for creating melodies, but will help your little one develop fine motor skills along the way. Shaped like a caterpillar for added cuteness, a color-coded song card is included, and the wooden mallets self-store right inside the xylophone itself so they’ll never get lost at the bottom of the toy chest.

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Age range 3 years and up

I'm with the Band

What’s more fun than making your own band? Your little one will love to move and groove with the 10 hands-on musical instruments included in this set. With everything from cymbals and maracas to a clacker and a tambourine (and more), this set is an ideal way to introduce your toddler to musical exploration. And when it’s time for clean up, it all packs up neatly in the sturdy wooden crate for storage.

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Age range 3 years and up

Retro Tunes

It may not be vinyl, but it’s probably the closest your toddler is going to come to appreciating the joy a record player can bring. This endearing classic is an exact replica of the original 1971 Fisher Price toy, featuring 10 songs on five records that store right inside the player. Songs include classics like “Twinkle, Twinkle” and “London Bridge,” among others, and there’s a easy carry handle for taking it on the go. It’s vinyl love for a whole new generation!

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Age range 18 months and up

Get Meow-sical

This cat-shaped keyboard has everything your toddler needs to compose their first piano masterpiece. The keyboard plays a host of different sounds and beats, has a record button for playback later, and even comes with a microphone for singing along. It’s the perfect toy to grow along with your child for years of musical fun.

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Age range 2 years and up

Feel the Beat

Looking to take the band on the road? This colorful, portable drum handily stores everything your toddler needs to take their act on the road. There are seven instruments, including castanets, a whistle, a shaker egg and more, for hours of jamming. The drum even has a neck strap so your little one can lead the parade. Just keep in mind that you may want to hide this one during naptime!

Additional Specs
Age range 18 months and up
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