In the latest installment of Toy Insider and Family Circle magazine’s “25 Days of Toys” series, Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo and Social Media Editor Sugey Palomares preview the best toys for your littlest ones. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • From sitting to crawling and standing, the Safari Learning Station grows with children while keeping them learning and entertained.
  • The three-in-one arch adjusts for floor play to standing play and includes three different modes.
  • Giraffe, Lion, and Zebra introduce the ABCs and 123s while playing catchy safari-themed songs.
  • Press the light-up piano keys to make music and discover shapes and colors.
  • Little ones can spin Elephant’s bead spinner for fine motor fun and twist Chameleon’s tail to learn about colors. Children will also love dropping the balls through Monkey’s tail and watching as they roll down the ramp, through the trees, and back to them.
  • Ages: 6 MOS+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Target (exclusive)


  • This cuddly plush turtle features a variety of textures, colors and patterns to stimulate your baby’s senses and encourage fine motor skills.
  • Play peek-a-boo with the cute and cuddly turtle by tucking in his head and legs to change him into a soft, wobbly ball for two-in-one play.
  • The chunky button on the top of the shell is easy for little ones to press and lights up in a variety of colors as it responds with sounds, music and cute phrases.
  • The shell includes a baby-safe mirror, rattle and ring.
  • Ages: 3 MOS+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: All major retailers


  • Provides an innovative and fun platform that encourages exploration
  • Develops upper body strength and lower leg development
  • Unique shape and rotating motion
  • Lamaze puts a unique spin on tummy time play, an important developmental phase for all newborns.
  • Babies gently and comfortably spin round on their tummies, stretching and building upper bodies while exploring lots of squeaky, crinkly and tactile fun.
  • Remove the spinner once babies sit up and the fun and learning grow on and on.
  • Ages: 1+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Target

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Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Business Operations Manager at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.