While not exactly a toy, the Skip Hop Playmat (around $69) is essential for any room in which babies are just learning how to walk. It provides vital protection from falls in gender-neutral coloring that will match almost any space. Unfortunately, some tiles don't connect well.
The Vulli Sophie Giraffe (about $17) is an excellent option for the teething baby who just has to put everything in her mouth. It provides visual, tactile, and audible stimulation with a squeaking noise when squeezed, and many parts to find and chew on.
The IQ Baby Knock Knock Blocks (about $51) are tons of fun for babies and toddlers as they move and throw the soft, stuffed cubes. It is a 16-piece set that includes colorful squares and bold black and white triangles, so it won't be the end of the world if some get misplaced.
The Manhattan Toy Stim Mobile (appx. $9) is a versatile option that will keep baby entertained for hours. It can be clipped to a stroller, crib, car seat, and a variety of other items so you don't have to buy separate toys for all of your baby's sleep and travel gear.
The Sassy Bumpy Ball has a variety of textures, shapes, materials, and colors to not only keep your baby occupied, but also help them with tactile sensation development and color recognition. It is extremely soft and squishy, so it won't get damaged if babies throw it.
The Manhattan Toy Skwish Rattle (around $16) is great for newborns as they age all the way through toddlerhood. It is made completely of sustainable wood that has not been pressure treated or dyed, and it has pure elastic ties for extra stimulation.
Your munchkin will be eager to get in the tub when she sees the Simple Lines Bath Animals (appx. $33). Each adorable creature is mold-proof and made without toxic materials. They're soft, squishy and they float, providing plenty of fun in the water.
The Fisher-Price Rainforest Gym (around $60) has music, lights, and nature sounds galore. It features colorful arches, rattling beads and spinning butterflies, which capture and keep a baby's attention, so you can relax while they play or have tummy time.
Hook up the Lamaze Mortimer The Moose (around $12) to your baby bag or stroller and take it with you everywhere to keep even the most active babies busy and happy. It is an all-in-one toy that safely meets each of your baby's sensory requirements.
The Evenflo ExerSaucer (about $114) has a unique base that provides twice the bounce of other jumpers, making it more fun and offering more exercise. It also has a soft-landing pad that promotes stability and ensures a safe jump every time while advancing babies towards milestones.