The 10 Best Crib Toys
This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in March of 2018. Whether they serve to provide a comforting presence at bedtime or to keep little ones happily occupied when they're awake, crib toys can be a welcome addition to a busy household. Our selections include everything from mobiles and pull-down toys to plush friends who can safely soothe or entertain little ones with lights, calming lullabies, and other reassuring sounds. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
June 01, 2020:
For this update we made significant revisions to reflect the safety standards for the youngest babies who sleep in cribs. While some children aren't adventurous enough to try and escape their cribs and can sleep in them until they are three, the primary time nearly all babies use a crib is for the first 12 months. Because of concerns about SIDS, experts recommend that babies up to 12 months have nothing in the crib that could obstruct the airway.
With this in mind we only included toys that secure to the rails, and have no strings longer than six inches. Plush friends and other loveys can be introduced later with older babies. Hanging mobiles are also soothing and stimulating, but they must be removed as soon as baby can push up to hands and knees. Our selection of crib toys can be used into the toddler years.
A popular crib toy for the youngest infants is the aquarium like the Baby Einstein Sea Dreams and the Fisher Price Settle and Sleep. There is no real water, but the ocean themes include calming water noises that are perfect for sending babies to dreamland. While the Fisher Price Settle and Sleep includes overhead projection that the Baby Einstein does not, we placed the Baby Einstein in the top spot because it features a remote control, which is vital for turning the unit back on undetected if your baby sometimes needs longer than 25 minutes to fall asleep.
The Cloud B Sound Soother and the Fisher Price Twinkle and Cuddle are plush toys that secure to the crib and play songs to young babies and then can transition to cuddly transitional object when the child is older.
Many babies become quite mobile by 12 months, so the fun toys that will visually stimulate a newborn like the Lamaze Freddie the Firefly become a useful way keep babies occupied for a few minutes after waking.