On-the-Go Baby Toys
Zoolio Rainforest Activity Book by Manhattan Toy
Six panels in assorted fabrics build motor skills by combining a cute animal with an action (a red frog with a zipper mouth, a toucan with a snap-on beak). Slip the panels in the carrying case and it can go from the car to the park with ease. (Ages 18 months to 3 years.)
To buy: $24, growingtreetoys.com.
Take Along Tunes by Baby Einstein
Call it an infant iPod: This player holds seven classical melodies from greats like Mozart (“Piano Sonata in A”) and Vivaldi (“The Four Seasons”) that play with the press of a button. Vibrant lights accompany each tune, and there’s a volume control button in case you want a quieter ride. (Ages 3 months and up.)
To buy: $10, babyeinstein.com.
Brilliant Basics Nursery Rhyme Keys by Fisher Price
The key to a happy baby: Give her this bright set that twists, spins, and rattles. Each key also plays one of three classic nursery rhymes―“Old MacDonald,” “Hey Diddle Diddle,” or “Hickory Dickory Dock.” (Ages 6 months and up.)
To buy: $7, fisherprice.com.
Jeepers Peepers Kick ‘N Go Seat Toy With Mirror by Safe Fit
He’ll get a kick out of this backseat activity center. A touch of the foot on one of the bottom roller balls activates music or a rattle, while the bumpy pad offers a gentle foot massage. Bonus: the large mirror lets you keep an eye on your future football player. (Ages 3 months and up.)
To buy: $18, babyant.com.
Lamaze Flutterfly the Butterfly by Learning Curve
Help your infant come out of her cocoon by teaching her sign language. On each wing are printed a word and motion for a need or want―like mommy and hungry. No more tears! (Ages newborn and up.)
To buy: $7, learningcurve.com.
Organic Bunny Stroller Toy by MiYim
Pull this rabbit out of your hat for a long day of sightseeing. Made of organic cotton, it has crinkly ears and a squeezable belly, so your toddler won’t want to let go. Also comes in the shape of an elephant and a giraffe. (Ages newborn and up.)
To buy: $16, petittresor.com.
Bobble Bee by Munchkin
Take the sting out of eating at restaurants. Secure the suction cup base to a table top or high chair; the bee’s head bobbles, its wings spin, and its belly rolls. (Ages 3 months and up.)
To buy: $9, munchkin.com for store locations.