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October 16, 2023

Best Tech-Free Toys for Babies and Toddlers

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Best Tech-Free Toys for Babies and Toddlers.
Best Tech-Free Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Give a child a toy that beeps, moves, whirrs or sings, and they’ll be mesmerized long enough for you to pour yourself another cup of coffee. But those electronic toys can only hold a child’s attention for so long.

Tech-free toys encourage exploration, creativity, imagination and open-ended play, which can engage children through a wide range of ages and interests. Because tech-free toys often don’t have one set way to play, they can be used and combined in all sorts of ways that challenge children and help them build strategies for focus and resilience.

Rest assured, parents will feel #blessed that tech-free toys will help boost baby’s skills while avoiding screen time. (And as a bonus, tech-free toys also save you the headache of frantically searching the house for AAA batteries.) Here are some of our favorites:

IKEA Lillabo Train Set.

IKEA Lillabo 
Train Set

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Pottery Barn Kids Wooden Food Set.

Pottery Barn Kids 
Wooden Food Set

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Foamnasium Gymnasium.


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Tender Leaf Toys Tool Bench.

Tender Leaf Toys 
Tool Bench

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Wonder & Wise Airplane Rocker.

Wonder & Wise 
Airplane Rocker

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Fisher-Price Classic Infant Trio Toy Set - Infant Set.
Melissa & Doug Water Wow!.

Melissa & Doug 
Water Wow!

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Hape Block and Roll Walker with Wooden Blocks.
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle.

Melissa & Doug 
Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle

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Tender Leaf Toys Birdie Tea Set.

Tender Leaf Toys 
Birdie Tea Set

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Rosie Colosi

Rosie Colosi writes books for curious kids and articles for parents who are counting the minutes until bedtime. Once upon a lifetime ago, she played Mrs. Claus in The Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes, but now she mostly focuses on singing songs from Annie to her two little girls.

Amylia Ryan

Associate Editor

Amylia Ryan is the Associate Editor at Babylist, specializing in the topics of health, wellness and lifestyle products. Combining a decade of experience in writing and editing with a deep passion for helping people, her number one goal in her work is to ensure new parents feel supported and understood. She herself is a parent to two young children, who are more than willing to help product test endless toys, books, clothes, toiletries and more.

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